On August 18, 2012, there were 53 4-H Leaders from 43 counties honored by being inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.
The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.
These 53 inductees established a legacy totaling 1,625 years of service to 4-H.
The awards ceremony was held on the campus of State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Mo., and the event was sponsored by the Missouri 4-H Foundation, FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair.
“This celebration acknowledges the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders–past and present” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Chair Nelda Godfrey.
Among the honorees were the late Clarence and Evelyn Loesch, Cole County (Russellville, Mo).
Representing the Loesch family on stage to receive the award was daughter Carol (Loesch) Fischer, of Vandalia, Mo.
There were 23 Loesch family members at the event to help celebrate the legacy that their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents began so many years ago.
At the time of Evelyn’s passing, there were four generations active in the Stringtown 4-H Club.
Clarence and Evelyn were blessed with four children, Melvin (Marjorie) Loesch, Ruth Ann (Ron) Klatt, Russellville, Mo.; Glenn (Carol) Loesch, Jefferson City, Mo.; and Carol (Dale) Fischer, Vandalia, Mo.
The family also includes 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Clarence and Evelyn devoted their whole life to their family, church, 4-H, and community.
While on stage, the Induction Ceremony Statement highlighting the Career of Clarence and Evelyn was read by Jessie Fowler, Vandalia, who is a Trustee for the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
Others present for the award ceremony were Nelda Godfrey, Chair, Board of Trustees, Missouri 4-H Foundation; Cheryl Reams, Executive Director, Missouri 4-H Foundation; Michael Ouart, Vice-Provost MU Extension; Ina Linville, Director, MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development; and Morgan Beach, Trustee, Missouri 4-H Foundation.
The statement read:
• 4-H was a lifelong interest of Evelyn as one of the founding members of the 4-H Club at Honey Creek and later volunteering for 46 years as the Stringtown 4-H Club Leader and Home Environment project leader. During this time she also served as the club’s representative to the Cole County 4-H Council and Fair Board, and was the superintendent of the Home Environment Project at the fair.
Clarence was involved in the 4-H program for over 40 years, beginning as a charter member of the Stringtown 4-H Club, and also serving as a member of the Cole County Fair Board; Assistant Superintendent of the Woodworking Project; and project leader for the Beef, Swine and Rope projects for over 25 years.
Clarence and Evelyn’s dedication and involvement in the 4-H program have been passed down through the generations of their family, with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continuing their legacy as project leaders, club committee members, and members of the Cole County 4-H Council and 4-H Foundation.
At the event, Carol had the pleasant surprise and honor of reconnecting with Nelda (Schwinke) Godfrey. Nelda grew up in Osage County and they had been friends during their years in 4-H. Local family members attending were Dale and Carol Fischer, and sons Kyle Fischer, Vandalia, and Curtis (Michelle) Fischer, Jefferson City.
Jessie Fowler, of Vandalia, reads an induction statement on the Loesch family for the 4-H Hall of Fame.