Tucson, AZ- Robert “Bobby Mounce was honored as the 2020 Gila County 4-H Hall of Fame nominee by the Arizona 4-H program for the generosity, support and kindness provided to Gila County 4-H from the Mounce family for decades. The award recognition was held virtually. AZ 4-H Presents recognized Arizona 4-H youth, volunteers, University of Arizona employees, and alumni for continued commitment to improving young people’s lives.
In 2018 Bobby started the process of rededicating The Globe Stockyards to the youth of the community, 4-H and FFA, by making the arena and facilities available through the Globe Unified School District. Volunteers began cleaning up and rebuilding the site to provide an educational center, meeting space, stalls and pens for youth to rent to keep their project animals close to town. Development also includes repairs to improve the arena for both exercising livestock and the horse clubs. Plans also include space to install a greenhouse and more.
Unfortunately, in early 2020 Bobby passed away before this could be completed, but the Mounce family remains committed. They know this is what Bobby wanted and agrees that providing for the youth of Gila County has been a family priority for generations.
Quote Gila County 4-H youth development Assistant Agent, Renee Carstens, “The Mounce family have a long history of supporting 4-H and youth development in Southern Gila County. Decades ago, Buster Mounce helped start the original local 4-H club, and donated land for boarding and learning space for 4-H and FFA youth at the Globe Stockyards.”
The Grace and Michael Wystrach family of Sonoita, AZ are named Arizona 4-H Family of the Year. The three generations of 4-H participants and volunteers learned life skills of responsibility, dedication, and resiliency that have led to professional success. The six sons and daughters of Grace and Michael Wystrach, joined Grace, as inductees in the Arizona 4-H Hall of Fame because of their professional and personal successes they attribute to their participation in the program. Andrea Walker, Audrey Wystrach, DVM, Alex Flanagan, Amie Wystrach, Michael Wystrach, and Mark Wystrach join twenty-two 2020 Arizona 4-H Hall of Fame inductees.
Arizona 4-H State Program Leader, Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel, said “AZ 4-H Presents is a celebration of the impact Arizona 4-H has on young people and our communities.” He went on to say, “because of our dedicated staff, and passionate volunteers young people are able to take their spark and make it into mastery which leads to educational, career, and life success.”
The AZ 4-H Presents is made possible by Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation partners Arizona Farm Bureau, Dairy Council of Arizona, and Bayer Crop Science and the generous support of many individual donors.
About 4-H 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. Arizona 4-H programs empower nearly 200,000 young people across Arizona through educational experiences provided by Arizona Cooperative Extension employees that develop critical life skills. Arizona 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Arizona, Arizona’s 1862 land-grant university, and serves every county and five tribal communities. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and, two times more likely to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
About Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation
The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation (AZ4-HYF) was incorporated in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization by a service minded group of Arizona’s agricultural, civic and corporate leaders to ensure opportunities for 4-H youth across the state. The AZ4-HYF celebrates 50 years of providing support for 4-H members this year. Annually foundation endowments and annual gifts provide 44 Arizona 4-H youth higher-education scholarships and nearly $150,000 in funding for the Arizona 4-H program. For More Information: https://youtu.be/B8-jMeTg9Mw or https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2020-06-01/az-4-h-summit-2020