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By Crystal Murr, 4-H Youth Program Associate, University of MO Extension, Knox County
Edina, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Michael Ellison of Baring, MO was inducted into the 2020 4-H Hall of Fame. He was among 43 inductees from 36 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,008 years of service to 4-H.
In his 27th year as a 4-H volunteer, Mike has generously contributed hours of his time to positive youth development. First with his children, and now with his grandchildren, and others, he is committed to the youth in our community. Mike has served as a project leader for beef, swine, sheep and goat projects, a livestock superintendent and assisted in livestock judging clinics. He has served on both the 4-H Council and Fair Board as a representative, and Past Vice-President and President of both 4-H Council and Fair Board. Mike is also a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau and Ag Boosters.
“Knox County youth are fortunate to have a volunteer with Mike’s dedication to the 4-H program,” shares Crystal Murr, 4-H Youth Program Associate in Knox County. “His devotion to the 4-H program and our youth is an asset to our community.”
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, said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation
“These volunteers have played a vital role in helping our youth develop essential life skills that will empower them to become strong leaders in the 21st-century workforce and we are proud to honor their service”
“Missouri 4-H’s most valuable treasure is represented by more than 9,000 volunteers, who provide mentorship to our youth to become leaders and responsible adults said Dr. Lupita Fabregas, director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. Volunteers inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame have committed years of their lives to make 4-H in the state of Missouri a strong program.”
“Today, more than ever we need to celebrate and thank you for all the years you committed to Missouri 4-H. Our volunteers, like the ones we celebrate in our Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame have shown us the true meaning of the words devotion, compassion, and commitment. Thank you to all of our inductees for your support of Missouri youth. You are contributing to building a better future for the next generation of Missourians.”
About Missouri 4-H
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.
University of Missouri Extension 4-H connects the technical knowledge of Mizzou youth across Missouri learning about the sciences, leadership, citizenship and skills for life. For 70 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.