Wilson family creates 4H awards in honor of late father
“Homer had the ability to tie the kids, community and everything together in his own way that was uncanny. He made it a more enjoyable experience, more rewarding to the young people and helped make it a successful sale.”
— Chad Green, of the 4H Foundation, about the late Homer Wilson
Shane Wilson said his late father, Homer, knew how to make others laugh and had a passion for the children in the local 4H and FFA programs.
To carry on that legacy Shane and his wife, Shelly, have established a 10-year program that will award three $500 scholarships each year in Homer's name to outstanding children in the Moffat County 4H and Future Farmers of America programs. Shane said the award will be given in cash and can be used however the recipient wishes.
“It was really important to Homer to be there to represent the kids,” Shelly said. “He wanted to help the kids that spent the time to start and finish a project.”
“My dad said everybody needs a good start and everybody needs help,” Shane added.
Homer Wilson, a longtime Craig resident and an original member of the 4H Foundation, was instrumental in the organization’s start. He also was the auctioneer for the 4H and FFA junior livestock sales.
“To my knowledge I don’t know of any other program that’s as good for kids, as far as in agriculture,” said JD Sexton, Moffat County Extension and 4-H youth agent. “They are putting time and labor into a product or crop, then they get to work at it and reap the reward by selling it.”
More importantly, Sexton said youths involved in 4H and FFA learn how to win and lose.
“That’s extremely important, especially in today’s day and age because everybody wants to win,” Sexton said. “They learn they’ve got to work hard and spend more time to do better.”
Drawing from her experiences with 4H, Shelly said participants learn about community, working as a group or team, how to work independently, finances, and many other important life skills.
Sexton said to receive the award a youth will have to be nominated by a 4H leader before continuing with the interview and application process. He said a qualified applicant would be extremely involved with his or her community, is a leader, and is involved with other activities outside of 4H and FFA such as student council or a church group.
They also are looking for youths who have an understanding of patriotism and what being an American in Moffat County means, Shelly said.
Scholarships will be awarded to winners chosen from three age groups: eight-10 years old, 11-13 years old and 14-18 years old.
Chad Green, of the 4H Foundation, said he’s excited to honor a great patron to the community and he considers it an honor that the Wilson family selected them in accomplishing their goal rewarding the kids.
“Homer had the ability to tie the kids, community and everything together in his own way that was uncanny,” Green said. “He made it a more enjoyable experience, more rewarding to the young people and helped make it a successful sale.”
Sexton said Homer isn’t the only Wilson with a legacy in the 4H Foundation.
“Helping with the sale and by doing this award through the Moffat County program, that’s carrying on not only Homer’s legacy but Shane’s as well,” he said.
Shane and Shelly ask all contributions in honor of Homer Wilson be given to the 4H Foundation. They also said they would like to express their appreciation for all the business's in town who participate in the livestock sale.
They would encourage business owners not yet involved in the sale or families interested in more information about the Homer Wilson award to call the extension office for more information at (970) 824-9180.
Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org