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August 29, 2013

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame Inducts 47 Members

COLUMBIA - "Making the best better" for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 47 luminaries joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, August 17th at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia.

Inductees from 40 counties established a legacy totaling 1,465 years of service to 4-H. Family members and friends attended the seventh annual event. Inductees were nominated by their counties for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.

"This celebration acknowledges the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders-past and present," said Missouri 4-H Foundation chair Nelda Godfrey.

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.

The 2013 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Scotland County was Kay Eggleston.

"For 60-plus years, Scotland County has been privileged to have Kay Eggleston as a 4-H member, parent, grandparent, and as one of our biggest fans and supporters," said Scotland County 4-H director Patricia Wiggins. "She began her 4-H career at the age of eight, as a founding member of the Azen Jolly Timers. Kay enjoyed showing sheep, steers and heifers, and showed her cattle at the State Fair. We might mention that she was Fair Queen in 1953. Her dedication to the 4-H program and the 4-H kids in Scotland County is greatly appreciated."

Other counties' inductees included: Andrew: Ruth Dunn; Barton: Dennis Wilson; Bates: Ron Nissen; Boone: Nathan Martin; Caldwell: Lena Houghton; Cape Girardeau: Cathy Hemmann; Carroll: Belinda Flick; Chariton: JoAnn Mott; Clark: Marilyn Day; Clay: Robert and Anna Noland; Clinton: Margaret Schemmer; Cole: Ruth Ann Klatt; DeKalb: Jim and Melissa Stulz; Franklin: Sue and Stan Koch; Harrison: Glenda Mercer; Henry: Mike and Lois Miller; Howard: Kay Schnell; Jackson: Harold Smith; Jasper: Sherry Block; Johnson: Roy Lee White; Lafayette: Linda Strathman; Lawrence: Karla Grimm; Lewis: Lester Hoffman; Lincoln: Elizabeth Schlueter; Linn: Dr. John Perry; Livingston: Cindy Jones; Macon: Cathy Baker; Marion: Richard "Leon" Perry; Monroe: Margaret and Robert Wilkerson; Osage: Gerald (Jerry) Starke; Pettis: Dorothy Sparks; Ralls: A.J. Bassinger; Randolph: Edith Stegall; Ripley: Beverly Reagan (posthumous); Saline: Elsie Werneke (posthumous); Schuyler: Sam Western Family; Shelby: Leslie and Kelly Wilt; St. Clair: Barbara Taber; and Vernon: Jerry and Katherine Arnold.

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