Six Michigan 4-H volunteers honored for 50 years of service in 2024  

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For the fourth consecutive year, MSU Extension is celebrating outstanding volunteers who have pledged their hearts, hands and service to Michigan 4-H for half a century.  

“So many of our MSU Extension programs would not be possible without caring volunteers, especially Michigan 4-H,” said Quentin Tyler, director of MSU Extension. “We are grateful for each and every volunteer who gives their time to our organization, but these six individuals in particular have given so much to MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H. For five decades, they have given their services to our 4-H youth; we cannot thank them enough.”  

4-H volunteers help lead young people and grow their skills in many venues, including after-school programs, summer camps, short-term special interest groups, year-long clubs, special events, fairs and more. As they provide hands-on guidance and real-world experience, these volunteers also offer young people a healthy adult role model who helps to grow their confidence and ignite dreams for the future. 

“In 4-H, we pledge our head, heart, hands and health to better living for our clubs, communities, country and world,” explained Jodi Schulz, state leader for Michigan 4-H and co-director of MSU Extension’s children and youth programs. “Over their half-century of service, these six individuals have lived this promise. On behalf of Michigan 4-H, we thank them for their service and dedication.”  

The Michigan 4-H 50-year volunteers recognized in 2024 are: 

  • Ralph Gage, St. Joseph County 
  • Sandra Gage, St. Joseph County 
  • Sue Grover, Livingston County 
  • Judith Huynh, Ionia County 
  • Jacqueline Manwell, Monroe County 
  • Donna Zenker, Calhoun County 

In recognition of their service, 50-year volunteers received a gift of appreciation from MSU Extension leadership as well as a note of thanks.  

“Their lifetime of service has made a difference beyond measure,” said Lisa Bottomley, co-director of MSU Extension’s children and youth programs. “We offer these individuals our gratitude and know we are joined by countless youth impacted by these individuals.” 

Tribute gifts in honor of any or all of these 4-H volunteers may be made to support 4-H at To learn more about volunteering with Michigan 4-H, visit