Sheila Urban Smith, a program leader in Michigan 4-H with Michigan State University Extension, recently received word that she would be honored with a Meritorious Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA). The NAE4-HA is a professional organization that, according to its website, is “dedicated to promoting, strengthening, enhancing and advocating for the 4-H youth development profession.”
An individual can be nominated for the prestigious Meritorious Service Award only if he or she has served 15 years or more in Extension 4-H youth programs and has been a member of the association for the four years before being nominated. Additionally, nominees must have demonstrated innovative youth programming and leadership in the NAE4-HA at the state, regional or national level.
According to Sheila, “This is incredibly exciting since I’m being recognized by colleagues.”
She is referring to Jennifer Weichel, Christine Heverly and Kristy Oosterhouse, who spearheaded the nomination.
The award will be presented to Sheila at the NAE4-HA 2015 Annual Conference in October in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations, Sheila!