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MSU Extension, Montana 4-H, volunteers earn recognition for international programs

December 11, 2014 -- MSU Extension Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension citizenship and international programs coordinator, as well as Montana 4-H and volunteers earned national recognition recently.

Stephanie Davison, citizenship and international programs coordinator for MSU Extension’s Montana 4-H earned the 2014 Above and Beyond award, and Montana 4-H received the Outstanding Quality Program Award, both at the 4-H International Coordinators’ Conference recently held in San Diego.

Linda Stewart and Janis Loomis received Volunteer Appreciation Awards. In addition, Montana 4-H, including Davison and volunteers, Linda Stewart and Janet Loomis, received the Outstanding Quality Program Award. 

Davison has lead Montana 4-H’s international efforts for nine years. During that time, Montana 4-H has exchanged over 350 youth with Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, UK, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Australia, Ukraine, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Costa Rica, Argentina, Botswana, and Tanzania.

Over 550 Montana families have served as hosts to foreign youth. These youth have shared their international cultures with nearly 22,500 (yearly average of 2,500) Montana youth through classroom visits, summer camps, and special international programming events.

In her recognition letter for Davison, Yoko Kawaguchi, States’ 4-H International President, wrote: “The success of States’ 4-H International’s global citizenship programs would not be possible without the efforts and dedication from 4-H staff and volunteers in your state (Montana), especially state coordinator Stephanie Davison.”

Montana 4-H volunteers Linda Stewart and Janet Loomis were also specifically selected for the Volunteer Appreciation Award due to their long-term dedication and support to 4-H international programming. Stewart has been an active volunteer for more than 20 years. Both have worked tirelessly to recruit and orient host families, as well as to provide welcome and farewell events for participants. Both have been hosts themselves and have traveled with the program.

For more information about hosting opportunities or participating in MSU Extension’s Montana 4-H international programs, contact Stephanie Davison at 406.994.3502 or sdavison@montana.edu.

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Contact: Jodie DeLay (406) 994-2502 or jdelay@montana.edu.