Monroe County Volunteer Inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

September 05, 2018
Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustees Joan Hickman with Monroe County 4-H volunteer Lois Spencer and State 4-H Council member Rachel Love (right). Photo by Casey Buckman. Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustees Joan Hickman with Monroe County 4-H volunteer Lois Spencer and State 4-H Council member Rachel Love (right). Photo by Casey Buckman.

SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Lois Spencer of Paris was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 18 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

He/she was 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.

Lois Spencer began her 4-H contributions in the Fabius 4-H Club in Marion County. As a young lady, Lois began her teaching career in Marion, continuing in Monroe County after she married R. V. (Vene) Spencer, a dairy farmer. She was known as a very fun-loving young lady, and her students remember her as the prettiest teacher they had! That enthusiasm continued as they had children of their own and the family’s involvement in Monroe County 4-H. Even after her children were no longer in 4-H, she continued to share generously of her time, knowledge and skill! She was a Monroe County Eager Beavers 4-H Club project leader in Horticulture and Crafts, as well as the 4-H Club Leader. She has served as a judge at Achievement Day and Fair Exhibit Day, as well as an interviewer of 4-H King & Queen Contests. She chaperoned Interstate 4-H Exchange trips, always enjoying being around the young people! She is truly an example of “Making the Best Better”!

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, “These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members and we are proud to honor their service” said Chris Willow, Advancement Coordinator.

The annual event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

“Our University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth faculty and staff work in partnership with our volunteers to see they have the support needed to empower youth to succeed as future leaders,” said Dr. Alison Copeland, interim director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. “Dedicated faculty and staff, committed volunteers, and spirited 4-H’ers will continue to learn and grow together to help our youth and communities thrive.”

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 more than 65 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.