Clay Haynes, Engineering Manager for Black & Veatch, has been named a 2020 honorary member of the CAFNR Alumni Association. Haynes is the husband of Dana Brown Haynes, retired CAFNR Director of Alumni Relations. Over the years, Haynes helped with many of the CAFNR Alumni Association’s events and activities, including the CAFNR Week Bonfire, Tiger Classic Golf Tournament and Steak Fry, Alumni Gathering at the Missouri State Fair, out-state alumni events, and the CAFNR Unlimited Banquet and Auctions, where he helped with auction item transport and assembly (including numerous pedal tractors and a windmill!), in addition to clean up and loading of vehicles after the event.
“Clay Haynes has been an unequivocal presence and volunteer for the Mizzou Ag Alumni Association. Although not a CAFNR grad, he is always a fixture at many of our events, lending a helping hand and supporting our College and alumni association. Clay would never expect praise; he volunteers quietly and unassumingly,” said nominator Dana Rogge, past President, CAFNR Alumni Association. “I feel it is only fitting that we bestow Honorary Membership to Clay for his tireless volunteer efforts on behalf of our College.”
“Those involved from a board member perspective with our beloved organization and its numerous activities fully understand the meaning of ‘all hands on deck’! And when that call is made, board members rise to the occasion. However, there are a few who also rise to the occasion even though they have no ‘contractual obligation’ and Clay Haynes is one of those individuals,” said Tony Francis, past president of the CAFNR Alumni Association. “Volunteer boards are only as strong as the individual members who comprise that board and dedicate time and talent to help the organization find success. It is truly an added benefit when an organization has such strong support from friends like Clay Haynes who are more than happy to lend a hand for the good of the cause. Clay is a true friend of CAFNR and has been an integral part of the success of the MU Ag Alumni Association over the course of many years.”