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Montana 4-H gives Outstanding Alumni and Hall of Fame awards

October 4, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The Montana State University 4-H Youth Development program recently awarded Outstanding Alumni and Hall of Fame recognition to long-time contributors to 4-H.

The Montana 4-H foundation annually recognizes a former 4-H club member for contributions promoting, supporting, and enhancing the benefits of youth and adult involvement in the 4-H program.

Rita Jane (Smith) Watson, of Rosebud-Treasure county, is the 2012 outstanding 4-H alumni award winner. Watson was born into a 4-H family and became a member at age 10. She has been a 4-H leader and role model to many, and is currently a 4-H Ambassador advisor for Rosebud-Treasure County.

The Montana 4-H foundation also recognizes individuals who have significantly helped generate opportunities for youth by raising funds, gifting, or other support of the 4-H program at the county or state level.

The 2012 4-H Hall of Fame award winners are Doyle Stocks and Douglas L. Steele.

Doyle Stocks, of Billings, is a past Hill County Extension Agent and area Extension supervisor for 14 Montana counties, influencing 4-H since 1963. Stocks helped to diversify the 4-H program and encourage volunteerism. He has dedicated many years of his life to 4-H and service and remains a supporter today.

Douglas L. Steele, former Vice President of External Relations and Director of Extension at MSU, has been an exemplary mentor of Montana 4-H. Steele was a 4-H member while growing up in Texas. He transformed Montana 4-H and has been an integral leader in Montana 4-H since 2004. Steele recently accepted the position as Director of Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University.

Contact: Martha Klaumann, (406) 994-5911,