CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program will induct four longtime volunteer leaders or retired staff into its Hall of Fame on June 28.
This year's inductees are Tom and Mona Easley of Corvallis, Dawn Frazier of Prineville, and Marilyn Moore of Baker City. They will be honored this week at the annual OSU 4-H Summer Conference.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for 4-H youth to be able to interact with people who have spent 30-40 years of their lives contributing to 4-H," said Helen Pease, coordinator for OSU Extension's 4-H program.
The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame (http://bit.ly/181pu66) was established in 2004 to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the Oregon 4-H program.
The Easleys have contributed to 4-H for more than 40 years. Mona started in her youth as an OSU Extension 4-H member in Umatilla County. In the early 1970s she worked as a 4-H home economics specialist in Polk and Union counties, later volunteering as a club leader. In the early 1990s, Mona joined the state staff of Oregon 4-H, coordinating statewide events. Tom has worked by her side throughout those years, giving countless hours of time and skills. He transports, constructs, designs, paints, sets up and cleans up at fairs and events.
Prineville's Frazier served nearly 30 years as a 4-H leader. She volunteered in several roles in Lane County for nearly 15 years. She served as fair superintendent, County 4-H Leader Association member and taught home economics. She was instrumental in helping the state 4-H Leaders Association rebuild itself in the 1990s.
Moore of Baker City worked as a 4-H specialist in Malheur County for more than 25 years. She helped develop shooting sports, outdoor cookery and ranch horse programs. She taught science classes to more than 10,000 youth. Since retiring, she has volunteered as a program coordinator for Baker County's Field to Fork Agriculture Field Days, serving more than 1,000 fifth-graders.
4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program nationwide. The OSU Extension Service oversees Oregon's 4-H program, which reached nearly 117,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade via a network of 8,534 volunteers in 2012. Activities focus on areas like healthy living, civic engagement and science. Learn more about 4-H at http://bit.ly/14fEFHF.
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Helen Pease, 541-737-1314