Last week, we wrote about how former state director of Michigan 4-H Mike Tate was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. We also highlighted the accomplishments of several other Michigan recipients, including Janet Blanchard, Leah Ritchie, Arne Kettunen and Russ Mawby. It was brought to our attention that, even though he was not featured on the National 4-H Hall of Fame website, another Michigan recipient was Melvin Thompson, who received the national award in 2012.
He worked as a 4-H agent in Monroe County, before taking a role with the National 4-H Council, where he stayed until retirement. He became associate director of 4-H on the national level in 1968, and later was promoted to director of 4-H’s international programs. He served as president of the Michigan 4-H International Association and was president of the International 4-H Youth Exchange Association of the USA twice.