Sam McMillan, a longtime director of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County who quietly devotes hours and hours of his time to 4-H and the community, is the 2011 recipient of the Shining Star Award.
The Shining Star Award, given by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to the 4-H Foundation and 4-H Club work. Fellow directors on the 4-H Foundation board praise Sam as the Foundation’s unsung hero because he is always there to help and always gets the job done. He does it all without drawing attention to himself, quietly doing whatever needs to be done to advance 4-H Club work and assist the 4-H Foundation.
“Sam truly is the 4-H Foundation’s shining star. He has been a very dedicated, hard-working board member on the 4-H Foundation for many years. Sam can always be counted on to spend countless hours helping with our fund raising events and the management of the 4-H Center,” said Shirley Dempel, a founding director of the 4-H Foundation and the recipient of last year’s Shining Star Award.
Sam was a member of the 4-H and his children were 4-H Club members as well. He grew up on his family’s Santa Rosa poultry farm where he raised Hampshire sheep and Duroc hogs as his farm projects. He has been a director of the 4-H Foundation since 1999.
The Shining Star Award will be presented at the 4-H Foundation’s annual barbecue on Sept. 17 at Richard’ Grove in Windsor.