THE MULBERRY HONOR SOCIETY
The Mulberry Honor Society was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to NAADA and to foster their continued involvement in the organization and with institutions of higher education associated with agricultural sciences and their related programs. NAADA Past Presidents, individual achievement award recipients and other honorees invited by the NAADA Executive Committee are eligible for induction into the society.
The Mulberry Honor Society is named from a long-standing NAADA tradition—the president’s gavel. Upon his retirement as president of NAADA in 1986, Dave Mugler, Associate Dean of Agriculture at Kansas State University made a gavel and presented it to the organization. The gavel is made of Mulberry and more specifically of a Mulberry root from a tree that stood on Dave’s family farm in Kansas. It was Dave’s wish that the gavel be passed from president to president and that it becomes a reminder of “NAADA’s roots” (root of the Mulberry tree and root of the organization certainly intended) from which the organization was given life.
The charter members of the Mulberry Honor Society are as follows:
Nancy & Jim Smith
Ginger & Joe Taylor
Bonnie Lou Wampler
Sarah & Lawrence Davenport
*indicates honoree inducted into the Mulberry Honor society posthumously