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Niemeyer receives 4-H volunteer award

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Shari Niemeyer of Pike County was named a 2014 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 14.

Shari was recognized for her commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.

“It is our great pleasure to honor Shari with the Frank Graham  4-H Volunteer Leadership Award for her dedication to Missouri 4-H.” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “It is volunteers like Shari who have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for young Missourians that it is today, and we are indebted to Shari for her service.”

Shari has served as a volunteer leader for 21 years.  During that time she has led projects such as Veterinary Science, Aerospace, Foods, Child Development, Home Environment, Leadership, Citizenship and more.

Being a club leader, fair judge, kitchen helper at camp, and chaperon for trips are just a few of the roles Shari has taken on for 4-H.

She has also been a willing parent to host three 4-H Japanese exchange students.

Shari works hard to make the 4-h program a success on the local and county level.  She is also very active  member of the Bowling Green Baptist Church while working as a high school special education teach and MO Options Drop-out Prevention teacher, Junior Class Sponsor and Prom Coordinator for her school.

The Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes leaders who work to guide our youth. The award is named for Frank Graham, who served as director of MU Extension 4-H Youth Programs from 1958 to 1975. During his tenure of 33 years, Mr. Graham was an avid supporter of volunteer leadership, believing that volunteers are the foundation of the 4-H program.

Celebrating 64 years of service to 4-H youth, the Missouri 4-H Foundation was established to secure and manage funds for the Missouri 4-H youth development program.