User Login    
 + Register
News : Life Lessons Taught By 4-H Hall Of Fame Leader
Posted by Randy on 2013/8/8 10:45:41 (430 reads) News by the same author

For 32 years Nathan Martin of Centralia has been a 4-H livestock leader. On August 17 he will be inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall at the Missouri State Fair.

Click to see original Image in a new window

“It’s not something I ever thought to strive for, it just happened and it is neat to have peers select you for something like that,” Martin says. “I’m very honored and humbled by it and very thankful.”

It was a natural progression for Martin to become a 4-H livestock project leader. His family was very involved in 4-H and livestock projects and he joined 4-H as an eight-year old and spent 10 years as a member.

“I was blessed with an understanding of the livestock industry and evaluating livestock and I wanted to impart that to other youngsters,” Martin says. “I had an interest in kids and learning and teaching, and it just kind of fell into place when I was given the opportunity to lead some livestock projects.”

Martin was a 4-H leader before he had children of his own and continues as a leader though his children have moved on to careers in agriculture and the livestock industry. He says having the opportunity to lead his children was very special.

“It’s great anytime dad can work with sons or daughters and other 4-H members to impart some skills and interests I have and see it blossom in them,” Martin says. “It’s very rewarding to see them grow and develop those skills.”

Martin says that 4-H is really a family experience, which in today’s age is so important; to continue developing skills and then share them with others. He says the experience of the entire family in the 4-H program is very positive.

Martin has helped trained countless kids on evaluating meat animals and has taken several teams to national livestock judging competitions. One team qualified to compete in Scotland and Martin says the exposure to agriculture outside of central Missouri the kids experienced will help them in their careers for the rest of their lives.

“The reward is seeing the development of the youngsters over time to be able to take basic skills and then apply them to their lives,” Martin says. “We’re teaching life skills of commitment, of dedication, of starting a project and carrying it through to its completion. Animals just happen to be the avenue that we are working with, but really we’re developing kids who will be leaders tomorrow.”

About Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

The Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame was established by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of outstanding 4-H volunteers.

Volunteers must have at least 20 years of service to be nominated. This year’s 47 inductees have logged 1,645 combined years of service, averaging 35 years, and representing 40 counties.

Missouri 4-H Foundation sponsors the Hall of Fame program in partnership with FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article

Other articles
2015/10/4 9:43:13 - Homeless Man In Anchorage Uses Homemade Spear To Kill Bear
2015/10/4 9:30:00 - Gun Control Back In The Spotlight
2015/10/4 9:10:00 - Paula Cooper: Death Row Inmate At 16 - Later Freed - She Can't Escape Past
2015/10/4 9:05:26 - Remains Found At Trail Of Tears Park Could Be From Burial Ground
2015/10/4 8:59:33 - Fake Police Officer, Father Get Into Shootout During Attempted Break-In
2015/10/4 8:53:00 - Cameron Man Arrested For Growing Marijuana
2015/10/2 18:26:38 - Governor Jay Nixon Has Commuted The Sentence Of 51-Year-Old Kimber Edwards
2015/10/2 16:07:52 - Trump Scores Three Touchdowns, TMS Bulldogs Win At Princeton
2015/10/2 16:00:00 - Trenton Doubles Team Finishes Fourth At Tennis Districts
2015/10/2 15:40:35 - Fields Of Faith Will Be At C.F. Russell Stadium Later This Month
2015/10/2 15:30:00 - Friday Morning Wreck Injures Two Near Cameron
2015/10/2 15:20:00 - Trenton Woman Wins $100,000 Playing Scratchers
2015/10/2 6:46:11 - Two Hurt In Accident North Of Mercer
2015/10/2 6:29:01 - Princeton Homecoming Parade Begins At 2 This Afternoon
2015/10/2 5:50:00 - Trenton Homecoming Parade Kicks Off At 2 Today
2015/10/2 4:21:55 - Ring Bearer, Flower Girl Marry 17 Years Later
2015/10/2 4:12:14 - Minnesota Couple Billed $75 Because They Missed Wedding
2015/10/2 4:08:16 - Injured Kitten Found At The K Receives "Royal" Treatment
2015/10/2 3:59:17 - Man Arrested For Statutory Sodomy; Father And Brother Jailed Too
2015/10/2 3:52:16 - "A Terrible Day" - 9 Confirmed Dead In College Shooting In Oregon
2015/10/1 20:30:00 - Trenton Tunes Up For Chillicothe Showdown With Shutout Of South Harrison
2015/10/1 20:26:47 - Milan Wildcat Coaches Shows For Thursday, 10/1/15
2015/10/1 18:10:00 - Jameson Man Faces Seven Felonies After Road Rage Incident
2015/10/1 16:22:35 - Everyone Safe After 4-Year-Old Starts Fire With Lighter
2015/10/1 16:12:16 - Trenton Police Department, Grundy County Sheriff Work To Collect Unused Medication
2015/10/1 16:01:50 - Warrensburg Man Charged With Crossing State Line For Illicit Sex With A Minor
2015/10/1 14:37:09 - Former Chiefs QB Kenney Pleads Guilty To DWI
2015/10/1 14:31:32 - Up to 13 Killed, 20 Injured By Shooter At Oregon Community College
2015/10/1 13:00:00 - North Central Missouri College Responds To Kansas City Star Article Providing Clarification On Issues
2015/10/1 11:07:24 - Spickard Under Boil Water Advisory

Bookmark this article at these sites


Listen to KTTN-FM