Dave Hileman honored as 2016 Friend of 4-H

March 24, 2016

Story source: Rachel Augustine, 573-884-7641

Dave Hileman

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dave Hileman of Franklin and Gasconade counties was honored with the 2016 Friend of 4-H Award by the State 4-H Council on March 18 in Columbia. Hileman was recognized for his commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.

“We are grateful to Dave for his years of dedicated service as a youth specialist, volunteer and supporter of Missouri 4-H,” said State 4-H Council representative Angela Marulanda.

Dave Hileman began his 4-H involvement at the age of 7 as a junior member of the Whippoorwill 4-H Club in Laclede County. He continued as a Mizzou Collegiate 4-H member and began working as a 4-H youth specialist in Wagoner County, Okla., in 1982. He returned to Missouri in 1983 and for the past 32 years has served as a Missouri 4-H youth specialist. In September 2015, he celebrated 50 continuous years in 4-H.

Hileman currently serves as the 4-H youth specialist for Franklin and Gasconade counties, serving more than 800 4-H members and their families. At 4-H Camp, one of his favorite 4-H activities, he is well-known as “Ranger Dave” because of his enthusiasm and distinctive camp attire. Hileman has also been closely involved with State 4-H Congress, attending once as a delegate, serving five years as a Mizzou Collegiate 4-H member, and serving as an adult adviser for the past 30 years. In total, he has attended State 4-H Congress 36 times. He has also attended all but two of the State 4-H Teen Conference events as an adult adviser.

The Friend of 4-H Award was established by the State 4-H Council to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to Missouri 4-H and the State 4-H Council.

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 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.