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Local women get volunteer award

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Shown, from left: Jody Horner, Pike County; Frank Graham, Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee and former director of MU 4-H Youth Programs, presented the awards; and Martha Fowler, Ralls County.

Jody Horner of Pike County and Martha Fowler of Ralls County were named 2012 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winners by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 23. Jody and Martha were recognized for their commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.
“It is our great pleasure to honor Jody and Martha with the Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership award for their dedication to Missouri 4-H,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “It is volunteers like Jody and Martha who have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for young Missourians that it is today, and we are indebted to Jody and Martha for their service.”
Jody has been a leader for 10 years. The horse project has doubled in size since her involvement. She works to make sure every member knows what is expected of them when it comes time for the fair or other 4-H shows.
Jody works along with her cohort, Jean Ledford, to lead the county wide horse project for 10 years. She and Jean also coach the horse judging for all the youth interested, they even help those from other counties if they want to attend the practices. They work to stay on top of the latest information for the project. Jody and Jean have taken one horse judging team to the national competition in Louisville and have aspirations for getting another team there someday. She and Jean have built a friendly, educational horse program for Pike County.
Martha has been a volunteer in Ralls County for 16 years.  She has served as a project leader, club leader, committee member, mentor for new leaders, and a 4-H council officer.
She has also been a very supportive parent of 4-H members, encouraging them to be active in the program.
Martha has helped judge demonstrations, Missouri Recognition Forms, and other award applications.
Martha is currently involved in the behind the scenes activities. She is a project leader, judge, committee member, and helps at the fair and anywhere else she is needed.
The Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes leaders who work to guide our youth. The award is named for Frank Graham, who served as director of MU Extension 4-H Youth Programs from 1958 to 1975 and has served as a Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee since 1949.
Celebrating more than 60 years of service to 4-H youth, the Missouri 4-H Foundation was established to secure and manage funds for the state Missouri 4-H youth development program. The foundation supports state 4-H programs, scholarships, volunteer recognition and community service projects.