FOREST CITY | Paul Fitzgerald of Forest City has been inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald said he was "excited and humbled" to be among this year's honorees, who were selected by their respective counties for their service and dedication to 4-H and contributions to the lives of 4-H’ers and the program.
Fitzgerald began working with Winnebago County 4-H youth in 1981 as a volunteer and leader. Prior to his time in Winnebago County, he was a 4-H volunteer in Hancock County.
Fitzgerald was the Iowa State University Extension Director in Cerro Gordo County for a number of years. He served on several extension committees in Winnebago County, including the Extension Council Nominating Committee for Winnebago County Extension.
During his career with Titonka Savings Bank, Fitzgerald was instrumental in providing support for Extension programs.
He recently retired from his position at the bank, but continues to be active with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach through the FINPACK program.
FINPACK, which was established in the 1980s, provides assistance to farmers who are in financial trouble.
Fitzpatrick said for him the best part about 4-H is the kids.
It's rewarding to see a 10-year-old mature through the years until he or she is a high school senior, according to Fitzpatrick.
4-H helps young people "broaden their horizons," he said.
When he was still in banking and an outstanding resume came across his desk, his first thought was "they must have been in 4-H," Fitzgerald said.