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INSIDE In memorium Remembering Irvin “Butch” Whittler p.3

Clover Classic Sixth annual Clover Classic benefits Missouri 4-H’ers p.4

Hall of Fame 4-H Hall of Fame honors 46 inductees p.6

4-H Bridge Builder Monsanto Company p.7

Trivia Night Join us for the Inaugural Missouri 4-H Trivia Night p.7

Spirit is published biannually by the Missouri 4-H Foundation with generous support from the MFA Foundation. Missouri 4-H Foundation 1110 S. College Avenue Columbia, MO 63211 573-882-2680

Missouri 4-H shooters are national champs 4-H career. They made new friends, set Missouri 4-H shooting sports teams won personal goals and developed life skills top honors at the 2015 4-H Shooting that will help prepare them for future Sports National Championships in challenges and opportunities." Grand Island, Neb. More than 500 of the nation’s most skilled 4-H members from 34 states competed. Building on a long tradition of excellence, University of Missouri Extension 4-H members represented their state well when they returned with the Tom Davison championship trophy for the top overall result by a Taylor Orton, Ally Parks, Nichole Gann and Jaime Vaughan proudly display the Missouri state flag during the opening ceremonies of the state program. 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships. This is the second Photo by: Brad Mellema time in the event’s 13Over three days of competition, teams year history that Missouri has unseated and individuals competed in three reigning champs Texas 4-H. events within their shooting discipline, “The team members and coaches were learning lessons in leadership, safety very excited to bring home the trophy. and self-discipline. Members were It’s something tangible that represents recognized in each daily event, as well as the hard work and long hours they spent for their overall effort in all three events. preparing for this competition,” said Missouri teams placed in the top five Gerry Snapp, 4-H youth development in eight of the nine disciplines: air rifle, specialist. compound archery, recurve archery, Missouri took a full complement of hunting skills, muzzleloading, shotgun, teams—nine teams of four youths each, smallbore pistol and smallbore rifle. and a volunteer coach for each team. Overall, Missouri teams took first "But they brought home much more place in hunting skills and recurve than a championship trophy," Snapp archery. The hunting skills team of said. "Nearly every 4-H member speaks of the experience as a highlight of their >> continued on page 3 Y602

Honorary Chair Governor Jay Nixon

Chair Marla J. Tobin, MD

Trustees Lynn K. Ballew Kelli Jo Buettner Morris Burger Bill Copeland Mary C. Davis Mark Goth Thomas Henderson, PhD Robert E. “Bud� Hertzog, DVM Joan Hickman Robert G. Idel Patricia S. Koenigsfeld Ina Linville, PhD Dale R. Ludwig Brock M. Lutz Don Nikodim Diane Olson John Raines Linda Scorse, DVM Vida Stanard George E. Thomas Leroy Van Dyke Mindy Ward

Executive Director Cheryl Reams

The Missouri 4-H Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the private resource partner of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development, and is governed

Dear 4-H Friends, The Missouri 4-H Foundation recently said goodbye to longtime Foundation trustee Irvin Whittler, affectionately known as Butch. To know Butch was to love him, and he knew many and was loved by many. He had battled cancer over the past few years, and yet his death still took us all by surprise. He was in our office just a few weeks prior and still exuded the tremendous spirit he always had. His love of life and his love of 4-H were evident, and no one was a greater advocate for Missouri's young people than Butch. Our thoughts and prayers are with Butch's wife Kay, his daughter Candias, his grandchildren, and the many friends he considered family, who will always miss him. It was a great pleasure to honor Monsanto Co. at the Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship and Awards Banquet in September. Monsanto is the recipient of the 2015 Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations for exceptional service bridging youth and community. Monsanto has been a Missouri 4-H Foundation partner for more than 30 years, and the company's support of 4-H is stronger than ever. Monsanto's investment in numerous 4-H programs has sustained and enhanced opportunities for thousands of young people over the decades. Additionally, Monsanto's employees have been among our most loyal volunteers in the field and in the board room, and we are grateful for their continued partnership in so many capacities. Earlier this spring and over the summer, the Foundation honored numerous volunteers through the Naomi Crouch and Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Awards, and the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. Nothing brings us greater pleasure than to be able to say thank you to those who have so generously dedicated themselves to service on behalf of 4-H. Thanks to many of you, the Sixth Annual Missouri 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament, held June 2 in Columbia, was once again a great success. The co-sponsors for this year's event were Monsanto Co. and The Climate Corp., and Great American Insurance-Crop Division. A huge thank you to our tournament co-chairs Bob Idel of FCS Financial and John Raines of Monsanto Co. and The Climate Corp. Bob, John, the golf committee and our loyal sponsors, players and volunteers make it possible to raise funds through this event to support Missouri 4-H. As always, thanks so much to each of you for your support of Missouri 4-H through the Missouri 4-H Foundation! Please join us for the inaugural Trivia Night for Missouri 4-H to be held Nov. 7 in Columbia. We look forward to a great evening of fun in support of Missouri 4-H, and we hope you and your family and friends will join us. See page 7 for details on how to register, or call us at 800-642-8041, email us at, or visit is online at Warm Regards,

by an elected board of trustees.

Cheryl Reams Executive Director



In memorium Irvin "Butch" Whittler

1953 - 2015


rvin Francis Brown, Jr. Whittler passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at the age of 62. Irvin, affectionately known as Butch, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Irvin Francis Brown, Sr. and Elizabeth Mae Bass. He was a graduate of Hickman High School, a member of the S. S. Warren 4-H Club in Boone County, Mo., and he became the first black State 4-H Council president. Butch met his wife, Kay, while attending Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he received his bachelor and master degrees. He began his teaching career in the Boston, Mass. School District. In 1987, he returned to Columbia, Mo., where he taught at West Junior High School for 18 years. Upon retirement, he began working as the Northeast Region

Field Service Coordinator for the Missouri State Teachers' Association. Butch dedicated most of his life to advocating for Missouri's teachers and the children they serve. He was a devoted volunteer and embodied every quality the 4-H clover represents. In addition to serving on the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees for 11 years, he served on the executive boards of several nonprofit organizations and was an elder and minister at The Latter House Kingdom Ministries. He also worked as a funeral director for H. T. May and Son Funeral Homes. We will always remember Butch for his kind smile and welcoming demeanor. He was an incredible friend and advocate for Missouri 4-H and cared deeply about the young people of Missouri. Survivors include his wife, Kay; his daughter Candias (Marcel) Hardin; three grandsons Maurice, Tre and Bryce Banks of Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, Barbara (David) Horrell of Columbia, Mo. and Robin (Homer) Butler of Des Moines, Ia.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.

Memorials for Irvin "Butch" Whittler may be given to the Missouri 4-H Foundation at 1110 S. College Avenue, Columbia, MO 65211

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Missouri 4-H shooters are national champs Stewart McCollum, Sydney Orton, Anthony McCollum, and Allyson Parks swept their discipline, ranking first, second, third and fourth, respectively. Tad Terrell brought home a first-place finish overall in recurve archery. Shooting sports is among the largest projects in the University of Missouri Extension's 4-H program, Snapp said. It is one of the fastestgrowing programs nationally and is one of the largest shooting education programs in the United States. Generous support for the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports national team was provided by the National Rifle Association Foundation, Brenda and Larry Potterfield, the Big Game Hunters Foundation of St. Louis, Starline Brass, Sierra Bullets, Prairie Grove Shotgun Club, Powder Horn Guns & Sporting Goods, the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and the Missouri Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Competition participants included 4-H youths from the following counties: Boone, Cass, Clinton, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Grundy, Harrison, Jasper, Lafayette, Linn, Macon, Marion, Polk, Pulaski, Saline, St. Charles, Texas and Warren. 3

Golfers raise more than $27,000 for Missouri 4-H


4-H Youth Development program, this year's tournament raised more than $27,000 for Missouri 4-H programs, the most the tournament has raised to date." John Raines, co-chair and ambassador for Monsanto and The Climate Corp., along with Greg Sowder of Great American Insurance-Crop Division, welcomed players, thanking everyone for their ongoing support before challenging teams to compete on behalf of Missouri 4-H youth. Prizewinners of the Championship Flight were "Team 21" and "UMKC." A-Flight winners were "4-H Director's Team" and "The Long Shots." Foursomes teed off under the banner of hat sponsor Osborn Barr. Clover Classic Platinum Sponsors were DuPont Pioneer; Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa; FCS Financial; and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. Premium Sponsors included Cargill Pork, LLC; the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Teams from across the state gathered in support of Resources; MFA Missouri 4-H Youth. Winners of the Championship Flight Inc.; Missouri Farm were Team 21 (top) and UMKC (bottom). olfers competed for charity at the sixth annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Clover Classic Golf Tournament, June 2 at A. L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Co-presenting sponsors were Monsanto, The Climate Corp. and Great American Insurance-Crop Division. "It was a very successful day thanks to the tremendous support shown by our 4-H Foundation friends and partners," said Cheryl Reams, Missouri 4-H Foundation executive director. "With 21 teams participating in support of the University of Missouri Extension



Bureau; Rain and Hail; Linda J. Scorse, DVM; Kay Sparks; Starline Brass; George Thomas; and Marla Tobin, MD. Players enjoyed lunch courtesy of the Missouri Beef Industry Council; the Missouri Cattlemen's Association; the Missouri Pork Producers Association; and Lutz's Famous BBQ. Fechtel Beverage & Sales, Inc. was the beverage sponsor. Hole and Team Sponsors included the 4-H Center for Youth Development, Ina Linville; Busch’s Florist; Cotton Producers of Missouri; Crop Insurance-FCS Financial; Denise and Richard Derks; DTN/The Progressive Farmer; Edward Jones, David A. Reid; Exchange Bank of Missouri; FCS Life Express, Doug Van Wyk; Heimer & Associates Inc.; Henderson Implement & Outdoor Power Co.; Dr. Robert E. “Bud” and Betty Hertzog; Joan and John Hickman; Lyle and Velma Houts Family; Robert and Pam Idel; Patricia Koenigsfeld; Laclede Electric Cooperative; Carol and Kevin Langford; Brock and Nancy Lutz; Midwest Dairy Association; Missouri Agribusiness Association; Missouri Corn Growers Association; Missouri Geographic Alliance; Missouri Pork Producers Association; Missouri Ruralist-Farm Progress; Noah’s Ark Veterinary Service; Diane Olson; Ozark Mountain Popcorn; Pioneer, Stephen G. Morfeld; and Cheryl,

Above: 4-H Director's Team (top left), Missouri Department of Agriculture (top right), The Long Shots (bottom left) and FCS Financial (bottom right).

Terry and Wendy Reams. Players won cash and prizes donated by 1canoe2 Letterpress; 4imprint; A. L. Gustin Golf Course; Aetna Foundation Inc.; AgriMissouri; Rachel Augustine; Broadway Brewery; Courtyard Marriott; F & H Food Equipment Co.; Olive Graham; Clay and Dana Haynes; Joan and John Hickman; Kansas City Royals; Les Bourgeois Vineyards; Missouri State Fair; Missouri Wine and Grape Board; St. Louis Cardinals; Target Stores; University Concert Series; Walmart Associates, Columbia; Warm Springs Ranch; and Chris Willow. The Clover Classic committee was led by co-chairs Bob Idel and John Raines, and included Rachel Augustine, Patricia Koenigsfeld, Cheryl Reams, Kay Sparks, George Thomas, Johanna Thomas, Marla Tobin and Chris Willow.

Volunteers and staff came out to support the tournament including state staff member Megan Whitney and Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee George Thomas.



Foundation honors volunteers’ contributions to 4-H

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame


he Missouri 4-H Foundation recognized 32 individuals and one organization for their commitment to the University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program during the foundation's 2015 Volunteer Recognition Banquet.

Naomi Crouch Award Recipients Eastern Missouri Commission, Pike Nancy Harris, Ralls Bruce Childress, Scotland Frank Graham Award Recipients Waneta Tilinski, Adair Caelene Lance, Andrew Brad and Connie Hagan, Audrain Curtis Reinbott, Butler Alta O'Neal, Carroll Vickie DeBrot, Cass Dale Endecott, Cass Trudi Baker, Clark DeWayne Selway, Clark Janice Loesch, Cole Brenda Wieder, Greene Lyle East, Henry Matt Volkmann, Howard Grace Ziler, Jasper Rhonda Butters, Lafayette Paula Oelrichs, Lafayette Karla Grimm, Lawrence Kim Jennings-Wilson, Lewis Margaret Momphard, Lincoln Angie Russell, Lincoln Trisha Happe, Montgomery Susan Wieberg, Osage Nancy Buchmeier, Pike Al Kennett, Ralls Pat Werneke, Saline Cindy Whitlock, Schuyler David Koch, Scotland Ruth Mellor, St. Peters JT Brehmer, Stoddard Beverley Willoughby, Warren 6



aking the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 46 luminaries joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 15 at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia. Inductees from 36 counties established a total of 1,434 years of volunteer service to Missouri 4-H. More than 300 family members and friends attended the ninth annual event. Inductees were nominated by their counties for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs. “Today we honor the dedicated people who've helped shape 4-H history by nurturing Missouri youths,” said State 4-H Council President Laura Bardot.

Toni Newcomer, Andrew Richard Henke, Audrain Butch and Vickie* Rush, Barton Wilma Keightley, Benton Bill and Julia Helvey, Boone Janice Spears, Boone Thomas and Karen Lee, Callaway Connie Chevalier, Cass Tammy Lueker, Cass Ray Luebbering*, Cole Sharan Schnuck, Cooper Vincent Mueller, Franklin Virginia Buschmeyer, Gasconade Janice Cooper, Greene Mary Ellen Johnson, Grundy Sandy Hutchinson, Henry Don* and Diana Bartholomew, Howard George* and Ruth Kolpin, Jasper James and Wilma Baile, Johnson

Susan Jaster, Lafayette Jim Freeman, Lawrence Donna Lawson, Lewis Ted Belzer, Linn Diane Kerns, Livingston Jane Ann Oliver, Macon Phyllis Rush*, Miller Shirley Ensor, Monroe Sara "Betty" Walton, Montgomery Tom and Becky Loehner, Osage Robert Curtis, Pettis Patty Mollick, Randolph Charles Scoon, Schuyler Linda Mallett, Scotland Lesa Blackford, Shelby Al and Ruth Heitman*, St. Charles Jean Haner*, Vernon Ruth Moreland*, Warren *Posthumous award

4-H Bridge Builder: Monsanto Company


onsanto Co. was honored with the Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award Sept. 11 in Columbia. Monsanto Co. has been a dedicated Missouri 4-H partner for more than 30 years. "At Monsanto, we recognize that making a balanced meal accessible to everyone, and doing it in a sustainable way, requires a wide range of resources," said Mark Goth, channel brand analyst for Monsanto and Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee. "That's why we're dedicated to supporting the next generation of ag leaders and have proudly partnered with the Missouri 4-H Foundation for over 30 years." Since the early 1980s Monsanto has supported Missouri 4-H programs that focus on developing important leadership and life skills, while engaging in citizenship and service-learning activities. Their support for Missouri 4-H includes the Youth Civic Leaders Summit, Mizzou 4-H, the State 4-H Council, the State 4-H Dairy Judging program and the Missouri Citizens in Action workshop. At the national level, Monsanto's support for 4-H has taken many forms over the years, including funding for 4-H Volunteer Training Forums and Salute to Excellence awards, and promotion of 4-H volunteer recruitment initiatives. Since 2010, more than $2.3 million has been directed to individual 4-H clubs across the country through America's Farmers Grow Communities, which provides farmers with an opportunity to support a nonprofit organization in their local community. Through this program, Missouri farmers have directed $137,500 to Missouri 4-H clubs. "Monsanto's commitment to improving the lives of young people, farming families and their communities is evident in the work that they do," said Cheryl Reams, Missouri 4-H Foundation executive director. "We are very grateful for the generous support Monsanto provides to Missouri 4-H youths."


ather your friends and get ready to give your brain a workout, while supporting Missouri 4-H! Mark your calendars for the Inaugural Missouri 4-H Foundation Trivia Night, benefitting the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 6 p.m. Doors open, registration begins 7 p.m. Trivia begins Table of 6 $150 | Individuals $25 Registration includes beverages, but teams are encouraged to bring their own snacks and drinks!

Sponsorship opportunities Round Sponsorship $150 Includes special logo/name recognition at the beginning of your trivia round Round Sponsorship + Table of 6 $250 Includes admission for six players and special logo/name recognition at the beginning of your trivia round. The deadline to register is Oct. 30, 2015!

Register online



Missouri 4-H Foundation 1110 S. College Ave., Room 152 University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211

Missouri 4-H Foundation awards 67 scholarships


hanks to the generous contributions of our 4-H donors, the Missouri 4-H Foundation awarded 67 scholarships totaling $72,050 to 4-H members from across the state during the foundation's 2015 Scholarship and Awards Banquet Sept. 11 in Columbia.

4-H Day with the Cardinals Scholarship Mackenzie Cullifer Samantha Even Madelaine Geibler Alexandrea Hamlin Lynsey Rector Mary Ann Schlueter Aleta Crawford 4-H Scholarship Michaela Martin Alexandra Maybri Anderson 4-H Equine Scholarship Alexandra Stichnote B. W. Harrison Memorial 4-H Scholarship Morgan Bangert Kayla Uhles Billy Joe West Memorial 4-H Scholarship Charles Ebbesmeyer C. O. and Katy Balentine 4-H Scholarship Jacyln Crawford Sydney Hoffman Cecil and Bina Davis 4-H Scholarship Alexander Jones Billy Joe West Memorial 4-H Scholarship Charles Ebbesmeyer Charles and Marilyn Rosenkrans 4-H Scholarship Brett Mason Dennis E. Gallup 4-H Memorial Scholarship David Bippes Jamielee Buenemann Alysa Lyle Shaylen Martin Russell Mitchell Jesse Shilling

Don and Melva Henderson 4-H Scholarship Cooper Sadowsky Donald W. Bailey Memorial 4-H Scholarship Walter Schaefer E. C. Adams Memorial 4-H Scholarship Spencer Crumbaugh Edna and James Burch Memorial 4-H Scholarship John Anderson M. David Boatright Alexander Siefker Ashlee Waddell Kelly Wilsdorf Fowler and Viola Smith-Young Memorial 4-H Scholarship Paige Halsey Fred Oehring 4-H Scholarship Krista Massman Brenna Scott Goppert Foundation 4-H Scholarship Taylor Orton Nicole Riddle Kaytlyn Zimmerman Jackson County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Nicole Bricker Ethan Cross Kelsey Ellis Anna Lee Kate Lee Michaela McMillan Danielle Picard Sydney Webb James H. and Kittie Reams 4-H Scholarship Daniela Hoyos

Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship Allison Frappier Jasper County 4-H Scholarship Alyssa Rockers Joyce and Dick Taylor 4-H Scholarship Mikayla Engemann Miller Thorne 4-H Free Enterprise Scholarship Trent Ludwig Orscheln 4-H Scholarship Hannah Boatright Maria Calvert Amanda Carpenter Jessica Cobban Alexander Engeman Sydney Fisher Carly Greer Alicen Harrison Jacqueline Heath Chania Hoffman Chase McClelland Andrew Mott Lauren Potthast Madeline Smith Robert and Berniece Hartley and Family 4-H Scholarship Chyanne Davis Robert and Anna Noland 4-H Scholarship Paige Carter Terry Cole Memorial 4-H Scholarship Alyssa Walls Waldo and Mary Belle Turner 4-H Scholarship Asha Nelson Williamson 4-H Scholarship Rachel Bonacker

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