For their lifelong service and steadfast commitment to 4-H youth, Bob Meadows and John Dooley were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during recent celebrations in Washington, D.C. In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals, National 4-H Council, and 4-H National Headquarters partnered to create the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, Cooperative Extension professionals, staff employees, and others who made a significant impact on 4-H.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to both Bob and John,” Jeremy Johnson, the Virginia State 4-H leader, said at a luncheon honoring the pair on Oct. 13. “With their support, Virginia’s 4-Hers have been able to grow into independent, confident, resilient, and well-rounded civic-minded individuals, ready to conquer any task put before them. Bob and John, we thank you and celebrate everything you’ve done for 4-H.”
For his impactful work, Meadows entered the 2020 National 4-H Hall of Fame.
“This is an honor that I cherish in recognition for my work in Cooperative Extension and 4-H,” Meadows said. “I was blessed to have a career that allowed me to touch the lives of thousands of youths and adults. In reality, working with 4-H enhanced my learning and I benefited as much as those I served.”