Cooper County volunteers inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers,  Anna Rosa Widner and Anne Marie Kempf of Speed was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 17, 2019, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

They were among 43 inductees from 35 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,021 years of service to 4-H. More than 250 family members and friends attended the 13th annual event.

Included in the picture are:  Front row - Mark Widner, Lee Kempf, and Sherry Kay Kempf; Back row – State 4-H Council member Sage Eichenburch, Ralph Widner, Dean Widner, James Kempf, and Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Joan Hickman

Anna and Anne were a mother and daughter who shared a love of family, church, and 4-H.  They both served for many years working with the youth in both 4-H and church activities, giving their lives to service for their family and community. 

Anna served as Project Leader for Sheep and as a club leader for the Speedy Workers 4-H Club.  She received her Diamond Recognition Pin for 35 years and served a total of 37 years as a 4-H volunteer.  She served as the Sheep Superintendent at the Cooper county Youth Fair for many years.  Anne, Anna’s daughter, was a member of the Speedy Workers club as a youth, and then served as a Project Leader for Gardening and as a county 4-H Council member and officer in her adult years.  She was recognized as Cooper County Club Leader of the Year in 1995.  Both of these women were highly involved in their clubs and the county fair.  They are exemplary examples of the kind of leaders who were dedicated to 4-H in Cooper County and helped build it into the legacy that exists today.  They believed in teaching, a love of youth, and leading by example.  Their contributions to 4-H through their clubs and the fair are immeasurable. 

The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

“These volunteers have played a vital role in helping our youth develop essential life skills that will empower them to become strong leaders in the 21st-century workforce and we are proud to honor their service.”  “There are no words to express our gratitude to the 4-H volunteers who have devoted their time and effort to support our Missouri 4-H program,” said Dr. Lupita Fabregas, director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development.  “Our volunteers, like the ones we celebrate in our 4-H Hall of Fame have shown us the true meaning of the words devotion, compassion, and commitment. Thank you to all of our inductees for your support of Missouri youth. You are contributing to building a better future for the next generation of Missourians.” 

About Missouri 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.

University of Missouri Extension 4-H connects the technical knowledge of Mizzou youth across Missouri learning about the sciences, leadership, citizenship and skills for life. For 70 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been managing funds for the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing higher education scholarships and recognizing 4-H volunteers.



2018 4-H Hall of Fame Recipients


John and Barbara Holtzclaw of Boonville was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 18, 2018, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

They were among 50 inductees from 38 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,318 years of service to 4-H. More than 250 family members and friends attended the 12th annual event.

John and Barbara are strong advocates of education and support the youth of the county.  They encourage 4-H members through the judging process at the county fair, offer assistance with state fair items, sponsor awards for projects/events and help youth attend 4-H activities. 

Included in the picture are:  Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustees Dr. Marla Tobin (left) with Cooper County 4-H volunteers John and Barbara Holtzclaw and State 4-H Council member Rachel Love (right). Photo by Casey Buckman.



2017 4-H Hall of Fame Recipients


Trudy and Earl Twenter of Pilot Grove were  inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 19, 2017, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  

Trudy and Earl have served the Cooper County 4-H program for more than 30 years.  Trudy was club leader and project leader for foods, breads, clothing and child development.  

She also taught First Aid classes.  Earl was a project leader for beef, forestry and gardening, and was a beef superintendent at the Cooper County Fair.  Earl and Trudy have also been very involved with 4-H exchange programs and Citizenship Washington Focus.

Included in the picture are: Missouri 4-H Foundation Chair Dr. Marla Tobin (left) with Cooper County 4-H volunteers Trudy and Earl Twenter and State 4-H Council member Ashlyn Peterson (right). Photo by Amanda Stapp.