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Meet Your Alum Board – Pam Clodfelter

Hello!  My name is Pam Clodfelter, and I serve as the Parent Liaison on your Alumni Board.  It amazes me how time slips away so quickly and before I know it, I find myself being a 30-year alumnus of the University of Illinois and 4H House.  I graduated with a BS (1989) in Agricultural Communications (News-Editorial) and an M.Ed. (2002) in Human Resource Development.   I grew up in Kewanee Illinois on a farrow to finish hog farm where I was active in athletics at Wethersfield High School and 4-H.

In the past 30 years, I have worked in various industries as my husband, Randy, and I have grown our careers and our family. Starting with the Illinois Pork Producers Association to Higher Education to Ag in the Classroom, I never strayed too far from promoting agriculture and education.  Currently, I am the human resource/office manager for a local commodity brokerage firm.  We live in Sterling where we raised our two children – Meghan and Mitch.  Both kids are attending the University of Illinois. Meghan is a senior at 4H House. Mitch is a freshman at FarmHouse.  It is so enjoyable to watch them create their college memories. I have many fond recollections of living four years at the house – the saloon doors on the bathroom stalls, four-mans, the wooden 4H House sign, MCNM notes, the sun deck, and of course, Mom T!  I served as President, Treasurer, and few other junior exec offices.  The leadership experiences that the house afforded me have helped me throughout my career.  Being a part of the alumni board and a parent of a house active, I have been able to observe our current members grow into impressive future leaders.  Their excitement for our house makes serving on this board worthwhile. 

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Underwriting 85th Reunion

Dear House Sisters,

Plans for this summer’s 4-H House 85th Anniversary reunion are well underway! We hope you’ve blocked the weekend of July 12-13 on your calendar and will be in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate with alumnae and current House sisters.

As you know, during the 75th Anniversary in 2009, 4-House alumnae unanimously agreed that reunions every 25 years were 20 years overdue! What a joy it was to come together again in 2014 and now to look forward to July, 2019. Obviously, we can’t allow the celebrations to create a financial burden for our 4-H House Alumnae Association. And thanks to some very generous House sisters, we are close to accomplishing this goal!

Cindy Eustice, Kay Bonneur and members of the Class of ’56 have elected to celebrate their milestone birthday this year at the 85th Anniversary party – 85 at the 805 85th! These women were among the leaders of our sisterhood who managed to build and pay for our House at 805 Ohio. They are underwriting the cost of the Union banquet rooms for the Saturday luncheon!

But wait! There’s more!

The Pledge Class of 1968 has generously agreed to sponsor the Friday night picnic at Lake of the Woods! The women of ’68 are doing this as a tribute to those alumnae in the catering group who worked tirelessly to raise money to build, and then pay off the mortgage on, 805 Ohio.

The Class of 1970 is underwriting the audio and visual portions of the Saturday luncheon, ensuring that we have a final video to share with alumnae who are unable to attend.

The Class of 2017 will be underwriting the cost of the pre-luncheon social.

And, the Class of 2018 is preparing 4-H House Favorites for us to enjoy at the Open House Dessert Reception.

Thanks also to Barbara Campbell Determan, who is donating her graphic design services for all printed materials; to Charlee Walker, who is developing the logo for our 85th anniversary; and to Joyce Riskedal, for donating profits from the sales of her soy candles.

We do still have a few remaining needs for individuals and pledge classes to underwrite various aspects of the 85th Anniversary weekend.

Underwriting Opportunities

Friday, July 12

5:00 p.m. BBQ at Lake of the Woods Sponsored by Class of 1968

Saturday, July 13 – Luncheon at Illini Union

11:30 a.m. Pre-luncheon social Sponsored by Class of 2017

12:30 p.m. Luncheon $1,500*

2:30 p.m. Shuttle to 4-H House $500

3:00 p.m. Dessert Reception $500

* Illini Union expenses; does not include cost of meal

Printing/Postage

Other needs include the estimated $1,200 cost of printing and mailing the anniversary registration materials and printing the commemorative program booklet given to each attendee.

How to Give

The Classes of 1956, 1968, 1970, 2017 and 2018 have issued a challenged to other pledge classes to select a sponsorship opportunity, either individually or in partnership with other classes in their decade. But of course, all donations are greatly appreciated. Also, donations of in-kind services (e.g. printing), are welcome.

Checks should be made payable to Illinois 4-H House Association (please note 85th expenses on the memo line) and sent to IL 4-H House Association, 105 N. Main St., P.O. Box 522, St. Joseph, IL 61873.

Or, donate online at https://4hhousealumni.com/make-a-gift.php.  Select “Current Projects” to pay with credit/debit card or to use PayPal.

Thank you so much for helping make this the best 4-H House Reunion yet! Looking forward to seeing you in July.

Sincerely,

85th Anniversary Committee

Pat Fuchs, ‘68 Chair

Becki Ries, ‘17 Co-Chair

Carolyn Grieser ‘66

Sherri Harper ‘66

Peggy Boston ‘68

Patty Thaxton ‘79

Beth Patterson ‘82

Sheryl Solomonson ‘02

Erica Peters ‘15

Sydney Mumm ‘18

Kaity Spangler ‘18

Olivia Wilson ‘18


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Meet Your Alum Board- Joyce Riskedal

Hi, this is Joyce (Maierhofer) Riskedal (’91).  I am the one you hear from on FB and emails.  I serve as the website/database chair on the alum board. (Don’t forget to update your profile).

Shortly after I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, I married my college sweetheart, Brad (FH, ’91).   I taught kindergarten for 2 years and started our family.  I like to consider myself as still being on maternity leave.  Except for some substitute teaching years ago, I have not returned to the classroom.

We have 2 sons, Darren and Stephen.  Darren (FH, ’16) married Kendall Herren (4-H, ’16) and lives in Lake Mills, WI. He works for Insight FS.  Stephen (FH, ’19) will be starting a job with Grainco FS here in LaSalle County after graduation.

I stay busy helping Brad on our family farm in Leland, IL, keeping the books for our trucking company, “R” Delivery, helping with Riskedal Beef while the boys are away, and running our business Country Lights Soy Candles.  Country Lights is my passion.  We manufacture soy candles and sell most of them through fundraisers across the country.  We have also started selling on our website www.countrylights.net and Amazon.

I have stayed involved with youth by serving as Cub Master for our local Cub Scout pack and helping Brad with his role as Scout Master for the Boy Scout Troop.  We are also both active in our church.  Brad is in the Lions Club and serves on the school board.  We love to help out in the community whenever we can.

I am excited about the upcoming reunion in July.  I look forward to connecting with old friends.  The best part of being on the alum board is meeting sisters from other generations and getting to know the current house girls.

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Meet Your Alum Board – Rebecca Ries

Hi! My name is Rebecca (Becki) Ries. I am a member of 4-H House’s 2017 pledge class, but I graduated from U of I in 2016 with a degree in Animal Sciences. I grew up in Waterloo, IL on a small hobby farm. While in 4-H House, I served as the Philanthropy Chair, Brother’s Weekend Chair, and Risk Chair. On campus, I was very active with ACES Council, serving as President my junior/senior year. I was also the President of a club for international students called English Corner for two years. 

After graduation, I received a poultry certification from the Midwest Poultry Consortium’s Center of Excellence Program hosted at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. With the poultry certification, I moved to Kentucky to work in a management training position with Pilgrim’s. From there I became the Human Resources Supervisor. This past summer, I moved back to the Champaign-Urbana area and took a job at the Champaign County Humane Society as their Events & Marketing Coordinator. I’ve now been there for almost 8 months, and I love being able to help the animals at CCHS find new homes! 

Since coming back to the area, I have been wanting to get involved with 4-H House again, so I’m very excited to officially be on the board and start this journey! I am currently working on the 85th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and I hope you can all attend the fun events that we are planning. I am also a member of the Champaign Rotary Club, and I am a sponsor of Centennial High School’s Interact Club. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my boyfriend, hanging out with my friends and family, and cuddling with my cats. 

Some of my favorite memories are from my time in the house – like doing handstands in the hallways! 4-H House introduced me to some of my best friends and for that I am forever grateful! My advice to current members of the house is to soak it all in and enjoy. Your time there will be over before you know it, but the memories and friends that you make will last a lifetime!

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Meet Your Alum Board – Kelli Lively

I, Kelli Lively, am a Class of 1996 alumna of 4-H House and graduated UofI with a major in Finance from the College of Business. I grew up in West Salem, IL as part of a proud farming family and was a 10-year member of our local 4-H Club. As an undergraduate, I was an active member of the house mostly serving in offices related to Treasurer, Social, and Pledge guidance. I was proud to represent 4-H House on the University’s Panhellenic Council for two years, and held an elected position in Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) serving as Homecoming Committee Chairperson in my senior year.

After college, I worked in various finance, treasury, and trust administration roles at Citicorp and Northern Trust in Chicago, IL. At Northern Trust, Washington University in St. Louis was one of my not-for-profit trust administration accounts, which led me to pursue a career at WashU when I married and had the desire to move back “downstate”. For the last 18 years, I have worked in higher education, in Admissions and Aid at Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, I took at position as the Manager of Loan Programs, reporting directly to the university Treasurer.  

Today, my husband Troy and I live in rural Bethalto, Illinois, with our four children — aged 8-16 — where we enjoy the outdoors, being active in our children’s activities (including our local 4-H club, Fosterburg Ag), and teaching our children the skills we learned in our youth, many through 4-H. I am an active volunteer at our children’s school and parish serving as Vice President of the School Board. I am the owner of ‘a little lively’, a small business hobby that allows me to enjoy occasional contract sewing and patternwork. Over the last 14 years, I’ve contributed my pattern and design skills to the success of Sweet Petunia Clothing, a children’s clothing brand based in St. Louis  — a company proudly committed to textile manufacturing in the U.S.A.

It is so rewarding to see my family and life-long 4-H House friends — some of the most amazing women I know — as Moms to daughters enjoying their time at UofI as members of 4-H House! For this reason, I have a personal interest in ensuring the next generation experiences the best that 4-H House has to offer young active members — and I’m proud to serve as your Association Treasurer!

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Distinguished Alumni Award

Take a moment and think about your house sisters. Which one comes to mind when you think about service to the house, the University, her profession, and her community? Please consider nominating her for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The guidelines and application are posted below. This year’s application is due to the Alumni Board by May 1, 2019. Applications can be emailed to membersupport@4hhouse.com or mailed to 4-H House 805 W. Ohio, Urbana, IL 61801 Attn: Anne Hathaway

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award – Meg Cline

                                        2018 4-H HOUSE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Since 2009, the 4-H House Alumni Association has presented the 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award to one of our outstanding alumni to recognize contributions she has made to her community, her profession, her sorority and/or her university.  Winners of this award are an example and a source of pride for all members of the 4-H House sisterhood.

The 2018 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Meg Webster Cline. 

Meg Cline graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer Economics from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). She received her Masters in Business Administration from the University in 2009.  Meg is also a Certified Financial Planner and has been awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter.

Meg lived at 4-H House for 4 years and served as Secretary, Assistant Secretary and J-Board Chair.  As an alumnus, she served on the 4-H House Alumni Association Board from 2010-2013, was President 2011-2013 and a member of the Renovations Committee 2012-2014.  Her leadership was instrumental in expanding and redefining the qualifications to reside at 4-H House and for setting in motion the 4-H House renovation.  Meg’s determination to see 4-H House thrive led to the kitchen remodel in 2013 and the long-term strategic plan to maintain the house infrastructure. 

Meg has been a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association since 1996 and a member of the Presidents Council since 2000.

 Professionally, Meg is Vice President of Gift Planning and Trust Services for the University of Illinois Foundation.  Previously she was Associate Dean for Advancement in the of College of ACES, Director of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning Advisor as well as Executive Assistant to the President for Development/Director of Principal Gifts at the University of Illinois Foundation.  

Meg has been deeply involved in her community.  She is a member of P.E.O International Sisterhood where she has served on the State Member Development Committee and has been President – twice! Vice President, Fundraising Chair, Budget Chair, and Treasurer. She is on the Board of the Crisis Nursery.  Meg is a member and has been President, Vice President Secretary and Treasurer of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council, a Regent and General Trustee for the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, and a member of the Financial Planning Association and National Association for Charitable Gift Planners.

Meg has been recipient of many awards and honors.  While at the University of Illinois she was a member of Ma-Wan-Da, Atius-Sachem. In 2002 she was named Outstanding Young Alumni for the College of ACES. She received the MBA Class of 2009 Dean’s Award for Highest GPA as well as the MBA Class of 2009 “Best Teammate” Award.

Meg resides in Champaign with her husband, Scott Cline and their daughter, Anna Kate.

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2018 Fall Homefront

2018 Fall Homefront

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2018 Annual Association Meeting

Check out the Annual Meeting/Homecoming Schedule – hope to see you there!

 

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1960 House Bill

Here is a fun little bit of history!

 

4-H House 1960

 

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