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Delaware 4-H celebrates 2014 Hall of Fame laureates

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons told the audience that  those who served through 4-H contribute an essential part in the lives of tens of thousands of youth in Delaware
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons told the audience that those who served through 4-H contribute an essential part in the lives of tens of thousands of youth in Delaware

On Friday, October 3, 2014, Delaware 4-H celebrated the induction of 21 individuals whose time, dedication and volunteer service have left lasting legacies that will inspire future leadership through involvement with the nation’s largest youth program. The event was held at the Dover Downs Hotel.

 

U.S. Rep. John Carney with Laureates Ruth Ann Messick and Jay Hukill
U.S. Rep. John Carney with Laureates Ruth Ann Messick and Jay Hukill

U.S. Representative John Carney and U.S. Senator Chris Coons paid tribute to the Delaware 4-H Laureates. Additional members of the Delaware Legislature and representatives from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware 4-H Foundation also applauded the significance the Laureates’ service on behalf of the Delaware 4-H program and the entire state.

“I hope all of us will remember tonight so many different ways the great leaders of 4-H, Bobby [Messick] and Mark [Manno] and many, many others have made a vital difference in the lives of young people that has changed them, lifted them up and given them the skills to will help them be an important part of our state, our community and our country,” Coons said.

The inaugural Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Ceremony was held in 2012 and is modeled after the national ceremony. In 2012,  the event included a Pioneer class of inductees as well as the first class of 4-H Laureates.

The evening of celebration, shared with family and friends, remembered and honored the memory of the Laureates who could not be present at the ceremony. Their presence, in photographs shown throughout the evening, and through remarks made by family members who accepted on their behalf, was keenly felt by all who attended.

Members of the Delaware 4-H State Teen Council served as Laureate escorts for the evening.

The Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame is sponsored and supported by the Delaware 4-H Foundation and Delaware Cooperative Extension.  Delaware 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state with 41,000 members yearly and also the most effective, based on data from the Tufts Study of Positive Youth Development. Volunteer adults, known as leaders, are the life force behind the success of the 4-H program. Once a leader, the majority of volunteers continue to serve the organization for decades – a lifetime commitment to “making the best better” for Delaware children.

The 2014 Laureates in alphabetical order by county inducted in the ceremony (deceased in italics) are:

New Castle County: H. Wallace Cook, Jr. (Hap), H. Wallace Cook, Sr. (Wallace), Patricia Shaffer

Kent County: Frances Clinton and Earl Clinton, Susan Benson Cox, Jane EverlineLola GibbsBetty Lou Gooden, Ruth Ann Messick and Robert Messick, Sally Moller, Grace V. Tinley, Betty Jo (BJ) Van Kavelaar

Sussex County: Jay Hukill, Carlene Jones, Frances Millman, Barbara Taylor, William (Bill) and Ellen Vanderwende, Carole Vincent.

 

Images of the 2014 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame are available for download on the Delaware 4-H Flickr site and may be seen below: