MILKS GROVE TOWNSHIP — Yvonne and William Behrends’ 4-H story began in Milks Grove Township — a township without a town, tucked in a remote corner of Iroquois County.
Despite never being 4-H members themselves, they gave 4-H a chance by enrolling their eldest child. In time, they would sign up all seven of their children for 4-H clubs in Iroquois County, and Yvonne would serve as a 4-H club leader for 15 years.
This year, to celebrate Yvonne, William and their family’s involvement in 4-H, the family was bestowed the Illinois 4-H Foundation’s 4-H Family Spirit Award, which recognizes an Illinois family “who has substantially benefited from and who continues to advocate for the Illinois 4-H program over multiple generations.”
The Behrends family accepted the award during a special ceremony at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.