“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 54 volunteers joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 13 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Inductees from 40 counties established a legacy totaling 1,594 years of volunteer service to Missouri 4-H, said Rachel Augustine, associate director of development for the Missouri 4-H Foundation. More than 400 family members and friends attended the 10th annual event. Inductees were nominated by their counties for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.
“This is a celebration to acknowledge, with statewide historical documentation, the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders-both past and present,” said State 4-H Council President Sarah Townley.
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, Augustine said.
“These volunteers have played a vital role in helping our youth develop essential life skills that will empower them to become strong leaders in the 21st-century workforce,” she said. “We are proud to honor their legacy of service to Missouri 4-H.”
The annual event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
“Our University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth faculty and staff work in partnership with our volunteers to see they have the support needed to empower youth to succeed as future leaders,” said Ina Metzger Linville, program director, MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. “Dedicated faculty and staff, committee volunteers, and spirited 4-H’ers will continue to learn and grow together to help our youth and communities thrive.”
Audrain County residents Bobette and Warren Wilson were included in the 4-H Hall of Fame inductees.