Alewel's Country Meats honored with Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award

March 24, 2016

Story source: Rachel Augustine, 573-884-7641

Randy Alewel

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Alewel's Country Meats of Johnson County received the 2016 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award on March 18 in Columbia. Randy Alewel, owner of Alewel's, was recognized for his commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.

"Supporters like Alewel's Country Meats have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for which it is so well know, and we are indebted to Randy for his service and support," said Marla Tobin, chair of the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.

For 32 years, Randy Alewel has served west-central Missouri as a Country Ham Curing project leader for clubs in Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Jackson and Saline counties. Alewel's Country Meats has supported the Johnson, Lafayette and Saline County livestock shows by purchasing livestock and sponsoring trophies. The company also hosts the carcass shows, which allow 4-H members to see the results of their hard work feeding and caring for their livestock. In addition, Alewel worked with the Missouri State Fair to expand the youth classes to include a cured bacon class, which was recently added as a 4-H project.

The Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award is given annually to volunteers and organizations that devote their time and talents to MU Extension's 4-H youth development program. This award is named in honor of Naomi Crouch, a Plattsburg native who was an active 4-H volunteer and Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee for more than 20 years.

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been managing 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. For more information, go to

For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.