Tributes to 100 West Virginians who have dedicated their skills to helping young people will highlight the dinner program that officially opens the West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame Saturday, May 31, at WVU Jackson’s Mill Center for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp in Weston.

The large inaugural class commemorates both the official opening of the hall of fame and the conclusion of West Virginia’s observance of 4-H’s national centennial. Last year’s observance included an invitation to 4-H members and supporters in each of the state’s 55 counties to nominate candidates for the hall’s inaugural class.

The 100 inductees will be honored during a public reception at 5 p.m. in the West Virginia Building, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Dining Hall.

The dinner program is open to the public but has limited seating. For more information about dinner reservations, contact Diane Lambert at the WVU Extension Service in Morgantown at 304-293-2796.

West Virginia University created the state 4-H Hall of Fame to honor 4-H members, leaders, volunteers and donors who have served West Virginia’s youth by working with the WVU Extension Service to build a strong community-based 4-H program.

In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents inaugurated the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame is an independent institution. Individuals may be honored by both.

The WVU Extension Service, the primary outreach arm of West Virginia University, conducts 4-H and other educational programs in each of the state’s 55 counties. The 4-H program opens doors to fun and friends for youths while building their community service and leadership skills.

Each year, more than 56,000 children and teens are involved in 4-H youth activities, under the guidance of more than 7,200 adult volunteers who keep 4-H programs successful. Information about local 4-H opportunities is available at each county’s WVU Extension office and on the 4-H Web (www.wvu.edu/~exten/).