BRITT | Rob Willms, of Britt, has been inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for his support of 4-H on the local level.

Willms and his wife, Sheila, served as leaders while their children were in 4-H in Winnebago and Hancock counties.

Rob helped them prepare livestock exhibits and supported their 4-H involvement. He always helped set up the swine show for the fair and helped with other 4-H volunteer projects as needed.   

Willms served on the Hancock County Expansion and Review committee, giving direction to the program. He has also served on the Extension council nominations committee multiple times. 

In recent years, Willms helped to organize bids from local businesses for our 4-H members who sell livestock at the fair auction. He recognized a need to get more auction buyers and took on the task of creating a solution. 

He recruits 10 to 15 businesses who would be willing to buy auction items. Willms then attends the auction to bid on items on behalf of the sponsoring businesses. 

At the completion of the auction, Willms sends the businesses a letter along with the bill of sale, telling them the exhibitor’s name, the amount they purchased animals for, and the amount they will be receiving from the sale of the animals. 

Due to Willms' efforts, the number of businesses supporting 4-Hers at the livestock auction is significantly higher, according to Hancock County Extension officials.

In addition to supporting the 4-Hers with his auction buyer organization, he also contributes to the Hancock County 4-H program in a variety of ways. 

As an officer at Farmer Trust & Savings Bank, in Britt, he facilitates multiple sponsorships for Hancock County 4-H.  He organizes workers and monetary support for the 4-H food stand at the Hancock County District Fair.

Willms also facilitates the bank’s support for Hancock County Extension’s annual 4-H Fund drive. 

When he is not busy supporting 4-H, Willms is active with his own herd of Angus cattle and serving as a deacon at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garner. He is also a committee member of the Hancock County Foundation. 

Willms serves on the Hancock County Health System Board of Directors and on the Board of the Winnebago-Hancock County Cattlemen. 

Willms said in a news release a favorite memory of his 4-H involvement over the years is "Seeing the smiling faces of the young 4-Hers as they receive ribbons for their projects.” 

Willms was in 4-H growing up in Guthrie County. His projects included beef and swine along with demonstrations at the county level. 

Willms and 120 other 4-H volunteers from 94 counties were inducted into the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at this year's Iowa State Fair. 

The honorees were selected by their respective counties for their service and dedication to 4-H, contributions to the lives of 4-H’ers and the program

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H.