Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Awards
Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Awards
Recognizing volunteers for their hard work and dedication is very important to the 4-H Youth Development Program. Every county has some outstanding volunteers who should be considered for these special awards. Below is a description for each award category. Please note that a resume is required for all nominations. The Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Nomination Form and Resume Form is included and must be filled out for each applicant and submitted via e-mail. Three letters of support and a picture depicting the volunteer’s work with youth should be attached to the application. The deadline for submitting award applications is February 1, 2022. Awardees will be recognized at the Annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Banquet, which will be held February 25, 2022, at Mississippi State University Bost Building B Conference Center.
Rising Star 4-H Volunteer Award
A volunteer must have served from one to three years to be considered for this award. One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized.
Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award
A volunteer must have served from three to ten years to be considered for this award. One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized
Lifetime 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award
A volunteer must have served more than ten years to be considered for this award. One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized.
Kenneth Cook Award
The Kenneth Cook Award was established to recognize one Extension employee from each region who has gone above the call of duty to support the Mississippi 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Association.
MVLA Officer Nominations:
Nominations will be accepted for volunteers who would like to run for an officer position with the Mississippi 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association. Nomination forms are due in the State 4-H Office February 1, 2022. This year the following offices will be elected during the Annual 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Conference: President Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. Nominations will also be accepted for the Assistant Coordinator position in all four regions. In order to be considered for one of the aforementioned offices, the candidate must be a registered 4-H volunteer leader. Candidates must also be prepared to make a three-minute campaign speech during MVLA Annual Business Meeting on Saturday morning, February 26, 2022. The enclosed form should be returned by February 1. With your help, we can put together an excellent slate of officers to serve.
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The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.
Ray Henderson’s love for the outdoors began in his youth with learning by doing in 4-H Forestry. He won the State 4-H Congress competition, went to nationals, and placed fifth. After he aged out of the youth development program, he pursued a career with the U.S. Forest Service, and he volunteered in the 1990s as a coach for a few 4-H Forestry teams in Wayne and Greene Counties.
Since he was featured in the first issue of Extension Matters magazine in 2015, Nic Carter has continued his involvement in 4-H, breeding show pigs and attending the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions when he can.
Cleaning Up Our Coast
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4-H volunteer invests in community kids
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“I had a big tree to sit under and some cardboard, and I acted as if I was the adult,” she remembers.
Noxubee County volunteers make a difference through service
Everybody who knows Landis and Katherine Mickens, who’ve lived in Noxubee County all their lives, knows they care about service. The Mickens’s ties to their Macon neighbors are strong and run deep, just like their 38-year marriage.