Betty McCoy inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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‘Betty’ McCoy

A longtime leader of Montana 4-H was inducted recently into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the youth development organization.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ McCoy of Bozeman was one of 15 people inducted during the ceremony, which was held Oct. 19 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Montana 4-H is the youth development program of Montana State University Extension. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America and 20,000 youth in Montana annually, with research-based programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. The program also offers leadership development for almost 3,000 adult volunteers in Montana.

“With a constant focus on youth, Betty McCoy provided leadership for the Montana 4-H Youth Development program with professionalism and passion,” said Cody Stone, MSU Extension director. “She earned the trust of youth and adults across the state and the admiration of peers across the country through her dedicated service.”

McCoy served as a state 4-H specialist from 1978 to 1988 with responsibilities in curriculum development, volunteer management and volunteer leadership. She became the 4-H program leader in 1988 and served as a leader of the program from 1988 until her retirement in 2004. In that role, McCoy provided leadership in the areas of youth development, volunteer management and resources. She also was instrumental in guiding the transition from the State 4-H Office to the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development through the university approval process and the Board of Regents. The center was approved in November 2002.

McCoy’s nomination materials note that she “is truly an individual who embodies the values celebrated by this award. Her influence and positive impact to the character of the 4-H program nationally has been pervasive and substantial from her early career to her retirement as Montana 4-H program leader in 2004. Since her international 4-H youth exchange experience as a delegate to Venezuela in 1969-1970, McCoy has been a positive and influential force behind all international programs in Montana 4-H.”

McCoy is author of “Past, Present, Possibilities: Exploring 100 Years of Montana 4-H 1912-2012,” a book she wrote in celebration of Montana’s 4-H centennial.

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