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.