COLUMBIA, Mo. – Jim Tobin of St. Louis was named a 2011 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 25. Jim was recognized for his outstanding commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program through his service to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
“It is our great pleasure to honor Jim with the Naomi Crouch award for his dedication to Missouri 4-H,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “Volunteers like Jim have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for young Missourians that it is today, and we are indebted to him for his service.”
A former Missouri 4-H Foundation chairman and trustee and former National 4-H Council board member, Jim Tobin grew up on a farm near New Market, Iowa, where his family was active in 4-H. His career has focused on agriculture and currently Jim is the industry affairs lead at Monsanto Co. In 2008, Jim was recognized with the Gary L. Davis Leadership Award by the National 4-H Council. Since he was elected to the Missouri 4-H Foundation in 1990, Jim has been a tireless advocate for 4-H.
The Naomi Crouch award is given annually to volunteers and organizations that devote their time and talents to Missouri 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 Missouri 4-H youth development program.