Volunteer Gordon Munsell received the 2012 Cleary University Bob Lyons Community Leadership Award June 2 at the university’s graduation ceremony in Howell. The award recognizes volunteers whose work significantly influences a nonprofit organization.
Gordon has served as a Michigan State University Extension 4-H leader in Livingston County for 33 years. He became involved in 4‑H as an adult because of his own positive experiences as a young 4-H member.
Besides leading his 4-H club with his wife, Teena, Gordon serves Livingston County 4-H in numerous varied positions from goat superintendent to fair board liaison. His involvement in working with Cohoctah Township enabled the creation of a park, which hosts 4-H county horse workshops, clinics and shows. The countless hours Gordon spends dedicated to 4-H makes him a natural for this community leadership award.
Extension educator Roxanne Turner and Extension program instructor Sarah McKinney nominated Gordon for the award.
Roxanne, Gordon and Teena attended a reception the evening before the graduation ceremony at the home of Cleary University President Thomas P. Sullivan. The university’s Board of Trustees and others also attended. Roxanne, Sarah, the Gordons and some of their five grown children along with their spouses attended the graduation ceremony and dinner following.
When speaking about Gordon, Roxanne said, “He understands that we are trying to make better leaders for our future, teach life skills and emphasize the importance of citizenship and community service to youth of all ages. He also recognizes that working toward these goals takes a lot of time and effort.”