COLUMBIA, Mo. – Making the best better for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Nelson Trickey of Columbia joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.
A National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate, Trickey joined the Pocahontas 4-H Club of Cape Girardeau County in 1937. Through 4-H, he first visited the University of Missouri, where he would earn a degree in agriculture. Trickey’s career as an MU Extension 4-H specialist spanned 1949 through 1984. After retirement, he became a “professional volunteer fundraiser,” securing more than $1 million for the Missouri 4-H Foundation. In addition, Trickey has worked with the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.
The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. “These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members,” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.
Hall of Fame inductees from 35 counties established a legacy totaling 1,600 years of service to 4-H. A record crowd of 650 family members and friends attended the fifth annual event.