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story.lead_photo.caption Betty Vickery, center, poses with Sage Eichenburch of the 4-H Center for Youth Development and Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Joan Hickman. Vickery was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 17. Photo by Submitted

SEDALIA — A Callaway County resident was among 47 volunteers inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 17 at State Fair Community College.

Betty Vickery joined 42 other inductees from 35 counties, whose legacy collectively totals 1,021 years of service to the 4-H.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with a membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

"These volunteers have played a vital role in helping our youths develop essential life skills that will empower them to become strong leaders in the 21st-century workforce, and we are proud to honor their service," she said.

Vickery was the club leader for the Guthrie 4-H club for many years. She has taken the lead on many projects: from gardening to cooking, crochet, arts and crafts, sewing and cake decorating. She served on the Callaway County Senior Council for many years. She helped many 4-H members in applying scholarships to attend national and state events.

She was one of the leading organizers for the County Events Day activities, including public speaking, fashion review and royalty. She was the 4-H Awards Committee Leader for many years. Vickery, along with her family, has helped judge many projects at the county fair.

The Hall of Fame induction event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

"There are no words to express our gratitude to the 4-H volunteers who have devoted their time and effort to support our Missouri 4-H program," said Lupita Fabregas, director of the University of Missouri Extension's 4-H Center for Youth Development. "Our volunteers, like the ones we celebrate in our 4-H Hall of Fame, have shown us the true meaning of the words devotion, compassion and commitment. Thank you to all of our inductees for your support of Missouri youths. You are contributing to building a better future for the next generation of Missourians."

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