The State Bank honored with Missouri 4-H volunteer leadership award

  • Published: Friday, April 15, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, the Missouri 4-H Foundation presented The State Bank, of Richmond, with the 2022 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award in recognition of more than 30 years of service and support to 4-H.

“We are honored to recognize The State Bank for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Ray County 4-H,” said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Recipients of the Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award may select a 4-H club or county program to receive a $250 award in their honor. The State Bank chose the Clever Clovers 4-H Club.

Q: How did The State Bank first become involved with 4-H?

A (Jill Rodgers of The State Bank): Vickie McGinnis, our former bank president, had been involved with 4-H for many years. During the past 30 years, The State Bank in Richmond has supported the youth of Ray County by purchasing multiple animals at the livestock auction and hams at the community ham breakfast each year. In addition to being a devoted fair supporter, in 2010 The State Bank began providing exhibitor shirts free of charge for each 4-H and FFA member participating in the county fair. This is roughly 250 shirts each year. Vickie McGinnis has served as an auction clerk at both the livestock and ham auctions for many years. We strive to continue supporting our local 4-H.

Q: Why do you think 4-H is important for young people?

A: We believe that 4-H teaches young people life skills and responsibility. It gives them an opportunity to be involved with their community and develop lifelong relationships.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a 4-H volunteer?

A: Seeing youth show their accomplishments and what they have learned throughout the year.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to give back to 4-H?

A: We would encourage them to become involved and attend some 4-H events to see firsthand the impact of the support that is given.

The Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award is presented annually to volunteers and organizations for devoting their time and talents to MU Extension’s 4-H youth development program. The award is named in honor of Naomi Crouch, a native of Plattsburg, Mo., who was a 4-H volunteer and Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee for more than 20 years.

About Missouri 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 – 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. For more information, visit

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 more than 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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