The Missouri 4-H Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Bob “Chuck” Idel of Gasconade County into the prestigious 2023 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame held on Saturday, Aug. 12, at …
The Missouri 4-H Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Bob “Chuck” Idel of Gasconade County into the prestigious 2023 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame held on Saturday, Aug. 12, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.
“The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with induction in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame,” said Rachel Augustine, senior director of advancement for the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
“Each year, the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame induction serves as a poignant reminder of the lasting impact that volunteers can have on the lives of young people, families, and communities,” she added. “It is a celebration of passion, selflessness, and a relentless drive to empower the next generation of leaders.”
Inductees representing 33 counties and one inductee representing the state established a legacy totaling 1,061 years of service to 4-H. 4-H friends and family members attended the 17th annual event sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
Idel has devoted more than 20 years of volunteer service to supporting young people across the state, according to a release from the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. Idel’s passion and unwavering commitment to 4-H includes more than 16 years of service on the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, serving as a member of the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee, and as a member of the Gasconade County Fair Foundation and board, among several other volunteer roles.
Throughout his career with FCS Financial, Idel was instrumental in fostering a partnership between FCS Financial and the Missouri 4-H Foundation, securing thousands of dollars to support 4-H members and volunteers across the state. Under Idel’s leadership as chair, the Missouri 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament has raised more than $600,000 since its inception, including a record-breaking $91,000 in 2023.
For his commitment of time, talent, and treasure, the 4-H program is “forever grateful to Bob,” according to the release.
“We are eternally grateful to these volunteers with an incredible legacy of service and honor these exceptional individuals, we not only celebrate their individual accomplishments but also the ripple effect of their influence that extends far beyond their time of service,” said Dr. Lupita Fabregas, director of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development.
“From the heart of Missouri’s vibrant cities to the quiet corners of its rural landscape, the 2023 inductees have woven together a tapestry of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom that have enriched the lives of countless 4-H members. Their stories inspire us to reach greater heights, to embrace challenges with resilience, and to pass on the torch of leadership to the generations that follow,” added Fabregas.