By Randy Kirby
David Dick was presented with the John Mergen Spirit of Extension Award for outstanding service and dedication to the University of Missouri Extension programs at Tuesday night’s annual meeting of the MU Extension Council.
“David has been very active with 4-H, he’s been very active on the Extension Council for many years, he’s been involved at the state as well as local level, and we’re just very proud of him,” said Lori Gerke, 4-H Youth Program Associate. “He’s also very active with the livestock committees.”
Only three or four Spirit Awards have been presented, she noted.
“Well you know I grew up knowing John Mergen — the Mergen family and our family have got a long, long history together, and that’s all through 4-H, the Pettis County Cattlemen’s Association, so getting that award that’s in honor of him and his forethought and leadership, is just tremendous,” Dick commented afterwards. “I’m just humbled beyond belief.”
Dick has been involved with 4-H and Extension for most of his life.
Dick currently serves as treasurer of the 4-H Foundation, as well as a member of the Extension Council.
“And I’m on the Mergen Spirit Award Committee, but obviously I didn’t know they were giving it to me,” he laughed.
Patty Wood and Dr. Doug Kiburz were recognized with the Leader’s Honor Roll.
Roy and Mary Kehl, and Mark and Vicki Jones were honored as Century Farm Families for 2012. The Kehl farm has been in business since 1911 and the Jones farm has been in operation since 1897. Vintage footage from 1938 showed the farm in operation near La Monte, showcasing Jones’ father, grandfather, uncle and other family members.
There are now a total of 91 Century Farms recognized in Missouri, according to Brent Carpenter, Ag Business Specialist. “That’s what it’s all about, and that’s why we’re here tonight, to celebrate families,” Carpenter said.
Guest speaker for the evening was Wayne Prewitt, University of Missouri Extension West Central Regional Director.
Newly-elected Council officers were sworn in by Judge Robert Liston. They are Dana Binder, Council chair; Kevin Gibbs, Council vice chair; Patty Wood, Council secretary; and Joe Wells, Council treasurer.
Seven individuals were sworn in (also by Judge Liston) as newly elected, or re-elected members of Council for 2013-14.
Outgoing Council members were recognized also, including Kevin Bond, Stacey Morton, Don Hutcheson, Leonard Kindle and Larry Wilson. Kindle and Wilson were not in attendance.
The evening’s meal was provided by Simmons First Band of Sedalia. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.