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Kansas 4-H geology volunteer honored


Sarah Murphy has served as the countywide geology leader for Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties for 37 years. She has a passion for geology and enjoys helping others find the passion within them.

To recognize her for many years of hard work and dedication to youth and the 4-H program, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to announce that Murphy, of Newton, Kan., is a recipient of the 2013 4-H Distinguished Service Award.

“The award, one of three presented in the state this year, will be presented at the Kansas 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet held in Manhattan, Kan., on May 30,” said Pam Van Horn, K-State Research and Extension state 4-H specialist and 4-H awards coordinator.

A charter member of the Jolly J’s 4-H club, Murphy has served as a Marion County 4-H volunteer for the past 45 years.

She has been a mentor, teacher and developer of junior leaders and works with them to prepare and teach educational sessions.

A mentor to many geology members, Murphy has been a coach and a teacher during her many years as a volunteer, assisting with exhibits and teaching members how to identify specimens.

Murphy has been part of a group of state 4-H geology volunteer leaders for many years. For the last 30 years, she has helped check-in geology exhibits at the Kansas State Fair.

She was one of the first volunteers to apply for a position on the state 4-H Geology Action Team. She has assisted with the writing and reviewing of lessons for the Kansas 4-H Geology Leader’s Notebook.

Along with other dedicated volunteers, she is very involved with the planning and facilitating of many state 4-H Geology field trips. She is well known for developing judging classes and conducting the judging contest held with each field trip.

Date: 7/29/2013



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