Curtis and Michele Sargent of Audrain County were named 2016 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winners by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 18. The Sargents were recognized for their commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.
“It is our great pleasure to honor the Sargents with the Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership Award for their dedication to Missouri 4-H,” said Marla Tobin, chair of the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. It is volunteers like the Sargents who have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for which it is so well-known, and we are indebted to the Sargents for their service.”
The Sargents have served Audrain County 4-H for a combined total of 31 years. The food stand at the Audrain County Fair is the sole fundraiser for the county 4-H council. Rain or shine, the couple helps 4-H members and their parents serve good food and have a good time. Mrs. Sargent also volunteers for the Soup & Sandwich Day to support the Audrain County 4-H Foundation.
The Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes volunteers who work to guide our youth. The award is named for Frank Graham, who served as director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development from 1958 to 1975. During his 33 years of service, Graham was an avid supporter of volunteer leadership, believing that volunteers are the foundation of the 4-H program.
About Missouri 4-H Foundation
For more than 65 years, Missouri 4-H Foundation has managed funds for the MU Extension 4-H youth development program, providing higher education scholarships and recognizing 4-H volunteers. MU Extension 4-H is a community of more than 260,000 youths from across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.