Four dedicated 4-H volunteers became the newest members of the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame this month. Steve Arnold, Robert McBride, Donna Missler, and JoAnn Skiles were inducted at the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on March 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The breadth of Steve Arnold’s volunteerism is the greatest example of his dedication to 4-H. He founded and advised two 4-H clubs in Wood County, served on the Wood County 4-H Committee for more than 20 years, and continues to volunteer as an adult staff member at 4-H camp. In addition to his county involvement, Arnold is a member of the Ohio 4-H Conference Planning Committee, State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, and Buckeye Leadership Workshop Committee.
Over the 59 years Robert McBride has volunteered with Hardin County’s Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes Club, he has advised three generations of club members and shared his expertise in livestock, shop projects, and public speaking. He has judged projects in several counties and at the Ohio State Fair for decades and, before retiring from his position as FFA advisor at Hardin Northern Schools, forged a lasting partnership between Hardin County’s FFA Chapters and the 4-H program.
Donna Missler became the head advisor for the Stars of 4-H Club in 1985 and since then, has supported 4-H’ers who have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, veterinarians, seamstresses, and nurses. In 1997, she became Williams County’s Master Clothing Educator and has shared her knowledge with her club, county, and at the state level as a project judge. Missler helped establish the first endowment committee in 2000 and helped grow this fund over the years to generate money that enables youth to go on trips, attend camps, and earn educational scholarships.
As a nationally certified shooting sports coordinator and state certified pistol, rifle, and archery instructor, JoAnn Skiles loves sharing her knowledge with youth by teaching at the county and state level. She volunteers at the National Shooting Sports Event in Nebraska and served as a shooting sports project judge in Ohio and Michigan since 2008. Skiles also helped found the Williams County Endowment in 2002 and helps raise thousands of dollars each year to support youth.
Join us in congratulating the other award winners at this year’s Ohio 4-H Conference:
Ohio Friend of 4-H Award
Dr. Augustine Kellis, Geauga County
Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, Ashland County
Friends of Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports
Virgil Strickler, Fairfield County
4-H Meritorious Service Award
Regan Demshar, Lake County
Mary Harp, Ross County
Jerry Krebs, Clermont County
Teresa Stone, Washington County
4-H Community Service Award
Ace of Clubs 4-H Club, Licking County
Equine Club of Clermont County
Farms-N-Friends 4-H Club, Pike County
4-H Innovator Award
Melissa Stroupe, Delaware County
4-H Alumni Award
Megan Burgess, Hardin County
Jamie Loudon, Brown County
Stacey Russell, Muskingum County
Please join us in thanking all the sponsors who made this year’s awards ceremony possible: The Ohio 4-H Foundation, Fred and Kathy Pepple, Paul Hall & Associates Foundation, Lois Puskarich, Terracon, and Ron and Carolyn Cull