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4-H Adult Volunteers Honored at Awards Day

Posted on 14 November 2017 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Sunday, November 12th, was Boone County’s Annual 4-H Award’s Day.  A part of the program is recognizing adult volunteers that help with the success of 4-H in Boone County.  Boone County Extension has announced those recognized during the Sunday program:

Volunteers are the backbone of the Boone County 4-H program.  Adult 4-H volunteers were recognized at 4-H Awards Day held on Sunday, November 12th at the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Jeremiah Haub was presented the 4-H Alumni Award.  For the last 9 years, Jeremiah Haub has volunteered as the Dairy Superintendent.  Since then the dairy project area in Boone County has grown significantly, due to his efforts.  Jeremiah believes in educating more youth about the dairy industry and over the last couple of years, Jeremiah has been able to give members a rare opportunity to experience what it takes to raise and show a dairy animal.  Starting in 2015, Jeremiah offered Westside Hustlers 4-H Club members the opportunity to lease a dairy calf from him.  While the animal lived on his family farm, members came out daily to feed, water, learn how to halter and how to safely lead their calves, clean up after them, wash them, clip them and show them at the Boone County Fair. Jeremiah’s selflessness demonstrates his citizenship for giving back to 4-H members and in educating youth about farming, milking and showing.  He has sparked an interest in the dairy project area in Boone County.

The Friend of 4-H Award was presented to Jimita Consier.    Jimita is very passionate about giving back to the community and in educating young people.  For the last seven years, Jimita Consier has been a huge asset to the Westside Hustlers 4-H Club in Ogden.  Every year, Jimita spearheads the Westside Hustlers BBQ, which serves as the club’s annual fundraiser.    The Westside Hustlers BBQ is a big community event where some of the money raised goes toward club activities but the majority of the money goes back into the community.  In the past, the funds have gone toward paying for summer bussing to the pool, a vending machine at the Ogden High School and various things needed at the Boone County Fair.   Jimita’s enthusiasm for giving back to the community has ignited a passion for generosity in the young people that she works with.

The Meritorious Service to 4-H Award was presented to Vision Bank.  Vision Bank continues to be a strong supporter of the 4-H Program in Boone County. Vision bank has provided financial and in-kind support countless times, including donating cups and napkins for different 4-H activities; donating meat for the Westside Hustlers’ Annual BBQ Fundraisers and for the last Seventeen years, sponsoring the Beef Pen of 3 Awards and the Merit & Achievement Awards.

(L to R): Sara Bryan and Nick Lentz representing Vision Bank (Meritorious Service to 4-H recipient), Jeremiah Haub (4-H Alumni Award Recipient), Jimita Consier (Friend of 4-H Award Recipients).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only do they provide financial support to 4-H efforts, Vision Bank recognizes the important role that our volunteers play in our program. Vision Bank supports their employees volunteering with Boone County 4-H during the work day and beyond. Several Vision Bank employees are involved in some way with the 4-H program. In the past, staff have volunteered to help with the bake sale; to be a judge’s helper at the Boone County Fair; to serve as a Clover Kids coordinator; and serve as a club volunteer.  Volunteers are the heart of 4-H, and we thank Vision Bank for providing that opportunity to their staff.

A highlight of the 4-H Awards Day program is the presentation of the Fran Thompson Memorial Outstanding Leader Award.  This year’s recipient was Annette Brown.   One of the most important parts of the 4-H model is the partnerships that youth create with amazing adult leaders. Through activities as a leader of the Green Clovers 4-H Club, and her role working for ISU Extension and Outreach, Annette has been able to make a positive impact on youth in many different situations. “I know that some of my favorite 4-H memories when I was younger, such as Tri County Junior camp and Ricochet, always involved Annette’s careful planning and guidance.” Said Landra Reece, Boone County 4-H Member.

Many people know Annette Brown from her role with ISU Extension & Outreach but might not know that Annette has also volunteered countless hours as a club leader for the Green Clovers 4-H Club.   Green Clovers members and leaders describe her as a teacher, mentor, friend and even a Mom to all!  She is passionate about helping youth grow and succeed.  Annette has always been committed to sharing her enthusiasm of 4-H and all the amazing opportunities available to youth.

(L to R): Annette Brown (middle) receiving the Fran Thompson Memorial Outstanding 4-H Leader Award from Fran’s Grandson, Brad Nelson (Left) and daughter, Sharon Nelson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the awards ceremony Vicki Heiller, representing the Iowa 4-H Foundation, presented Award of the Clover pins to twelve 4-H volunteers.  One thirty-five year Sapphire pin was awarded to Peg King. Three twenty year Diamond pins were awarded to Barb Clawson, Dawn Schmidt and Kathy Toms.    One fifteen year pearl pins were awarded to Mari Lynn Heineman.  Two ten year gold pins were awarded to Danette Garcia and Nicole Jonas.  Five year silver pins were awarded to Jennifer Derry, Phil Heckman, Dan Lease, Kevin Meier and Stacy Walters.

Front Row (L to R): Nicole Jonas, Peg King, Stacy Walters, Kathy Toms and Danette Garcia.
Back Row (L to R): Mari Lynn Heineman, Barb Clawson and Phil Heckman.
Not Pictured: Jennifer Derry, Dan Lease, Kevin Meier and Dawn Schmidt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Awards Day program, members of the Boone County 4-H Youth Committee presented 4-H member awards as well and recognized 4-H club leaders. Sixteen youth were installed as members of the 2017 – 2018 County 4-H Council.

If you are interested in learning more about how to volunteer with the 4-H program, please contact the Boone County ISU Extension & Outreach office at (515) 432-3882.

 

(contributed article and photos, Boone County Extension)

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