Bill Nation of Vandalia was named a 2012 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundation, March 25. Bill was recognized for his commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.
“It is our great pleasure to honor Bill with the Naomi Crouch award for his dedication to MU Extension 4-H,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “It is volunteers like Bill who have made MU Extension 4-H the quality experience for young Missourians that it is today, and we are indebted to Bill for his service.”
As a Liberty Wide Awake 4-H Club member, Bill was very active showing cattle and horses, and competing on the livestock judging team. He was honored with both the Danforth and Key Awards.
Bill has served as chairman and vice-chair for the Ralls County Junior Fair Board many times over the years, overseeing all of the county livestock shows. The Nation family has furnished the cattle classes for Ralls County livestock judging for more than 40 years and has provided cattle classes for numerous 4-H and FFA teams.
Bill has been a 4-H beef leader for 25 years and has played a vital role in the Vandalia Area Fair.
The Naomi Crouch award is given annually to volunteers and organizations that devote their time and talents to MU Extension’s 4-H youth development programs.
The award is named for Naomi Crouch, a Plattsburg native, who was an active 4-H volunteer and Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee for more than 20 years.
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.