National 4-H Hall of Fame Honors Boise’s Frankie Marler

Tuesday, October 11 2011

BOISE, Idaho – Retired University of Idaho Extension faculty member Frankie Marker was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Friday for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Marler was one of 15 inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Beginning her Extension career in 1970 as the area home economist in charge of the Boise-based district Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Marler was responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of 20 nutrition aides in five counties. In 1977, she accepted a temporary position as the Extension home economist in Ada County, Idaho’s most populous.

She served in Ada County until she moved to Alaska in 1987 and later served in Washington’s Snohomish County. In 1993, she returned to Ada County where she continued her career as Extension 4-H agent till her retirement in 1999.

After returning to Idaho and Ada County in 1993, Marler boosted 4-H membership from 870 to 4,063 youth. She secured funding to add 4-H program assistants, who continue to serve Ada County members, said Linda Webb, retired 4-H youth development specialist at Boise.

“Frankie recognized the importance of special interest and school enrichment programs as an essential programming outreach for new youth audiences. Fifty-two classroom teachers used 4-H materials to supplement their curriculum,” Webb said in nominating Marler for the hall of fame.

Among her other 4-H efforts, Webb said, Marler organized the Ada County 4-H Endowment Committee in 1995, and it continues today to raise funds to support the program.

National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents or 4-H Headquarters based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.

The Hall of Fame 4-H supporters receive the National 4-H Hall of Fame Medallion, plaque and memory book. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the Centennial Project of the NAE4-HA, and partners with National 4-H Council and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA. For more information about the National 4-H Hall of Fame event and past recipients, visit