Marking a 100-year legacy for three Missouri 4-H families

  • Published: Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation recently recognized three families with the 2020 Missouri 4-H Century Family Award. Each family represents a combined 100 years or more of membership and volunteer service within 4-H.

Bates County

  • The Arnold Family

Pike County

  • The Branstetter Family

Vernon County

  • The L.J. Austin Family

The 4-H Century Family Award commends families for their dedication to supporting and building the 4-H Youth Development program in communities across Missouri.

Applying for recognition as a 4-H Century Family is an opportunity for family members to sit down together and talk about their history with 4-H. Families can share highlights of 4-H experiences, laugh together and recognize the importance of 4-H in their lives.

Congratulations to the 2020 Missouri 4-H Century Families. We are proud to honor their 4-H legacy.

About 4-H

Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow while making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. Learn more at

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is the private resource partner of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. For 70 years, the foundation has secured and managed funds for Missouri 4-H, providing higher education scholarships, recognizing 4-H volunteers and supporting the work of MU Extension 4-H. Learn more at

Writer: Chris Willow Schomaker

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