SEDALIA, Mo. - “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 46 4-H luminaries joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 15 at the State Fair Community College campus.
Inductees from 36 counties established a legacy totaling 1,434 years of volunteer service to Missouri 4-H. More than 300 family members and friends attended the ninth annual event. Inductees were nominated by their counties for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.
“Today we honor the dedicated people who’ve helped shape 4-H history by nurturing Missouri youths,” said State 4-H Council President Laura Bardot.
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 and we are proud to honor their service,” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.
The annual event is sponsored by FCS Financial, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
2015 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees
Andrew County: Toni Newcomer
Audrain County: Richard Henke
Barton County: Butch and Vickie* Rush
Benton County: Wilma Keightley
Boone County: Bill and Julia Helvey
Boone County: Janice Spears
Callaway County: Thomas and Karen Lee
Cass County: Connie Chevalier
Cass County: Tammy Lueker
Cole County: Ray Luebbering
Cooper County: Sharan Schnuck
Franklin County: Vincent Mueller
Gasconade County: Virginia Buschmeyer
Greene County: Janice Cooper
Grundy County: Mary Ellen Johnson
Henry County: Sandy Hutchinson
Howard County: Don* and Diana Bartholomew
Jasper County: George* and Ruth Kolpin
Johnson County: James and Wilma Baile
Lafayette County: Susan Jaster
Lawrence County: Jim Freeman
Lewis County: Donna Lawson
Linn County: Ted Belzer
Livingston County: Diane Kerns
Macon County: Jane Ann Oliver
Miller County: Phyllis Rush*
Monroe County: Shirley Ensor
Montgomery County: Sara “Betty” Walton
Osage County: Tom and Becky Loehner
Pettis County: Robert Curtis
Randolph County: Patty Mollick
Schuyler County: Charles Scoon
Scotland County: Linda Mallett
Shelby County: Lesa Blackford
St. Charles County: Al and Ruth Heitman*
Vernon County: Jean Haner*
Warren County: Ruth Moreland*