COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of 4-H’ers, 54 people joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia.
Inductees from 41 counties bring with them a total of 1,566 years of volunteer service to the hall of fame. More than 300 family members and friends attended the eighth annual event for which citizens nominated 4-H’ers for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.
“This celebration acknowledges the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders — both past and present,” says State 4-H Council President Trent Ludwig. The Missouri 4-H Foundation honors individuals with a legacy of service to 4-H with induction into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.
“These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members, and we are proud to honor their service,” says Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.
FCS Financial, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri 4-H Foundation sponsor the annual event.
2014 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inductees by county
Andrew: Sam Carneal
Audrain: Leland Hanneken
Barton: Donald and Wilma McKibben
Bates: Anna Lou Engelhardt
Benton: Mary Westermier
Buchanan: Helen Whitlock
Caldwell: Virginia Howell
Callaway: Rodney Garnett
Carroll: Candy Schlueter
Cass: John Vic Grice
Clark: Larry Young, Kahoka Meat Processors
Clinton: Rosalie Ingle
Cole: James Jay Wilbers
Cooper: Ann Lenz
Franklin: Marilyn Eckelkamp
Gasconade: Gary and Jane Peanick
Greene: Sherry Kelley
Grundy: Les and Betty Spickard
Henry: David and Laura Henny
Jasper: Mike and Pat Cloud
Johnson: Kenneth and Marilyn Parsons
Lafayette: Mary Jane Bergman
Lawrence: Marilyn Calvin
Lewis: the late Kevin Cary
Lincoln: John Northcutt
Linn: Doris Liebhart
Livingston: William Bagley
Macon: Shari Bibbs
Marion: Don and Kathy Nicholson
Monroe: Mike and Julann McLaughlin
Osage: Geralyn Kleffner
Pettis: Karl and Ruth Ann Darby
Pike: Chris Niemeyer
Putnam: Robert and Karen Houf
Ralls: Terry and Joy Hoyt
Randolph: Arthur Ray and Clara Heath
Saline: Kim Vogel
Scotland: Randy Ward
Shelby: Jan Beach
St. Clair: Barbara Haverland
Vernon: Neal and Connie Gerster
The 2014 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right:
Row 1 — Rodney Garnett, Donald and Wilma McKibben, and Karl and Ruth Ann Darby.
Row 2 — Cindy Cary, Kim Vogel, Rosalie Ingle, Karen and Robert Houf, Kenneth Parsons, Marilyn Parsons, Barbara Haverland and Ann Lenz.
Row 3 — Arthur Ray and Clara Heath, Sherry Kelley, Gary Peanick, Jane Peanick, Joy and Terry Hoyt, and Laura and David Henny.
Row 4 — Virginia Howell, Mary Westermier, Helen Whitlock, John Vic Grice, William Bagley, Randy Ward, Betty and Les Spickard and Mary Jane Bergman.
Row 5 — Don and Kathy Nicholson, Neal and Connie Gerster, John Northcutt, Marilyn Eckelkamp, Leland Hanneken, Julann and Mike McLaughlin.
Row 6 — Shari Bibbs, Larry Young, Mike Cloud, Pat Cloud, Marilyn Calvin and Candy Schlueter.