South Dakota 4-H leader named to National 4-H Hall of Fame |

South Dakota 4-H leader named to National 4-H Hall of Fame

Submitted photoLongtime South Dakota 4-H leader Joe McAuliffe, seated left, was named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 10 in Maryland. His former staff went to the event to honor him. In addition to McAuliffe and his wife, June, pictured are (from left) Nancy Swanson, Carolyn Clague, Richard Howard, and Mary Ellen Aamot.
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A longtime South Dakota 4-H leader has won a place in the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

V. Joseph McAuliffe, South Dakota 4-H’s program leader from 1977 through 1984, received the honor at a ceremony Oct. 10 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. A number of South Dakota 4-H supporters took part in the ceremony. Gov. Mike Rounds honored McAuliffe, naming Oct. 10 as V. Joseph McAuliffe Day in South Dakota.

Although his career in 4-H started in his hometown of Kerhonkson, NY, McAuliffe served as a 4-H agent in New York, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He currently resides in Shoreview, MN, with his wife, June.

In addition to his state service as program leader, he served as a national 4-H program leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program and services director for the National 4-H Council, and as a professor with the University of Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service.

He provided oversight of the J.C. Penney Hall at the National 4-H Center, helped lead the Kellogg Foundation-funded national 4-H staff development program, and worked to establish the Center for Youth Development and Research at the University of Minnesota.

South Dakotans who attended the ceremony included McAuliffe’s SDSU 4-H department staff from 1977 through 1984: Nancy Swanson, executive director of the South Dakota 4-H Foundation; Mary Ellen Aamot, professor and Extension educator emerita; Richard Howard, professor and Extension educator emeritus, and his spouse, Jane Howard; and Carolyn Clague, associate professor and Extension educator emerita, and her spouse, Dennis Hopfinger.

Swanson cites McAuliffe’s long-lasting influence.

“Those of us who worked for Joe on the state 4-H staff were forever impacted by his visionary leadership,” said Swanson. “While we all have different roles with 4-H today, we are still guided, over 20 years later, by the principles he taught us in 4-H youth development and volunteerism.”

Clague, a former South Dakota 4-H youth development and 4-H Extension educator, said McAuliffe’s work in South Dakota is worthy of note.

“The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H program, along with the New York State Extension Service, was pleased to nominate Joe,” she said. “Joe is well-deserving of this highest 4-H honor, recognizing him for his lifetime of work with the 4-H program at all levels, even internationally, establishing guiding principles for the program’s future as we know it today.”

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