CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program will induct four longtime volunteer leaders or retired staff into its Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
This year's inductees are Mary Mosier of Coburg, Barbara Sawer of Corvallis, Sherri Jensen of Yamhill, and Sue Weinbrecht of Lebanon. They will be honored at a ceremony during the OSU Extension Annual Conference in Corvallis.
“It is such an honor to recognize these four individuals who have made such an imprint on the Oregon 4-H program,” said Pamela Rose, state 4-H youth development program leader. “We are grateful for their service and incredible contributions to improving 4-H for so many young people.”
The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the Oregon 4-H program.
Mosier has contributed to Oregon 4-H for more than 20 years as a leader in Lane County and in many roles at the state level. As a superintendent and clerk in the 4-H/FFA youth program at the Lane County Fair, she coordinated the fiber arts and clothing exhibits and competitions, as well as the fashion review and food contests.
Mosier served on the state’s 4-H Home Economics Development Committee from 2001-2009 and helped revise the state’s sewing and clothing program. She was also involved in modernizing the crocheting and knitting projects to include current trends like loom knitting and felting. For 10 years, she taught 4-H leaders in home economics. Mosier, who grew up participating in 4-H in Kansas, has served as chair of the food and nutrition exhibit at the Oregon State Fair and was a member of the fair’s board of trustees.
Sawer was involved in 4-H for 10 years as a youth in Kansas and translated that experience to a 21-year career as a state 4-H specialist with OSU’s Extension Service, making significant contributions in leadership and winning numerous awards that include the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award. She helped run the Oregon State Fair 4-H program and Oregon 4-H Summer Week, which drew more than 1,000 kids.
During her time with OSU, Sawer became heavily involved in the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach project as an expert in the design of culturally responsive approaches to program evaluation. She also had a significant impact on the Judges Are Teachers, Too initiative and Parents and Adolescents Can Talk program.
For 29 years, Jensen has dedicated many hours as a 4-H leader in Yamhill County, primarily in the horse club Saddle Dusters, which she founded, but also in leadership, veterinary science and horticulture. A former 5-year Yamhill County 4-H member, Jensen served as president and secretary of the county’s 4-H Horse Leaders. She is a member of the county’s 4-H Advisory Board and state’s Horse Development Committee. For most of her time as a leader, Jensen acted as Yamhill County Fair superintendent. Her extensive volunteer work was recognized with the Yamhill County 4-H Distinguished Service Award and Horse Leader of the Year.
Weinbrecht, a lifelong 4-H volunteer, continues a tradition that stretches back two generations. For 43 years, she has mentored youth in projects such as rabbits, clothing, photography and food as a leader in Oregon, Utah, Washington, Maryland, Iowa and Idaho. She’s chaired a three-state 4-H conference and co-chaired the North Central Regional 4-H Leaders Conference that encompasses 17 states.
In Linn County, Weinbrecht took on the responsibility of county fair photography superintendent, which she’s done since 2002. She serves as president of the 4-H Leader’s Association Executive Council. In 2011, she was awarded the Linn County 4-H Outstanding Leader Award.
4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program nationwide. The OSU Extension Service oversees Oregon's 4-H program, which reached nearly 94,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade via a network of 10,410 volunteers in 2014. Activities focus on areas like healthy living, civic engagement and science. Learn more about 4-H on this OSU website.