St. Joseph County 4-H'er elected to Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees
St. Joseph County 4-H member Shawn McNamara, of Constantine, was elected Oct. 5 to a three-year term as a trustee of the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — St. Joseph County 4-H member Shawn McNamara, of Constantine, was elected Oct. 5 to a three-year term as a trustee of the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the mission and vision of Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. The foundation receives donations from individuals and organizations to support 4-H youth development activities and to train Michigan 4-H’s adult and older teen volunteers.
McNamara comes from a multigenerational family of 4-H members and volunteer leaders. He has been active locally and statewide. In May 2018, he graduated from Centreville High School, where he had been dual enrolled with Glen Oaks Community College. He has served as a part-time, on-call maintenance assistant at the St. Joseph County Grange Fairgrounds, worked with the Centerville Athletic Boosters concessions stand and volunteered with the Centreville Fire Department.
McNamara fills one of three positions on the board reserved for trustees between the ages of 16 and 22. These trustees, all 4-H members, provide a youth voice to the board and help it keep to the 4-H mission. Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees are volunteers who manage foundation policies and operations and are community advocates for ongoing and increasing support for 4-H. They are also charged with overseeing the activities of foundation staff members and working on committees developed to facilitate foundation operations.
The Michigan 4-H Foundation owns and operates Kettunen Center, the state’s 4-H leadership training and conference center near Tustin, Mich. The organization also generates private support to operate and maintain the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens at Michigan State University. For more information about the Michigan 4-H Foundation, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org. Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension. More than 209,000 youth are involved in 4-H with the support of 16,000 adult volunteers. For more information about Michigan 4-H, visit www.4h.msue.msu.edu.