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Charlie Becker of Pike County was named a 2013 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 15.
Becker was recognized for his commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.
“It is our great pleasure to honor Charlie with the Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership award for his dedication to Missouri 4-H,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
“It is volunteers like Charlie who have made Missouri 4-H the quality experience for young Missourians that it is today, and we are indebted to Charlie for his service.”
Becker is the treasurer of the Pike County 4-H Council and co-chairs the 4-H council fundraiser which includes a meal and silent auction. Each year Charlie secures four to five donated hogs.
The meat is used for the meals with the remaining meat packaged and sold in the silent auction. He also takes care of making arrangements for the meat preparation.
Becker also serves on the county youth fair board, where he collects donations and helps with preparing for the fair. He has been a volunteer for 18 years and is always willing to give of his time, ideas and talents to the total 4-H program.
The Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes leaders who work to guide our youth. The award is named for Frank Graham, who served as director of MU Extension 4-H Youth Programs from 1958 to 1975. During his tenure of 33 years, Graham was an avid supporter of volunteer leadership, and still believes that volunteers are the foundation of the 4-H program.