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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 30, 2014

4-H Award Family Fun Night held

Nov 05, 2013
Each year a family is recognized as 4-H Family of the Year for their ongoing involvement as volunteers. They have a willingness to give back and embody the four-fold development of our youth through their head, heart, hands, and health. This year the Jim and Mary Nebel family of Washington were recognized. Daughter Bridget and son Zach were also present.

The Washington County 4-H & Youth Committee, along with the Washington County 4-H County Council, held an Award Family Fun Night on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event was held to recognize 4-H’ers and volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.

4-H club leaders Angie Sandburg, April Cuddeback, Deb Kleese, Fred Witt, Jayme Sieren, Kolin Ross, Laure Schmitz, Todd Schmitz and Mindi Rees were recognized for five years of service to the Washington County 4-H program. Lynn Wright was recognized for 15 years of service, Tammy Vittetoe for 20 years, Jim Hotchkiss for 25 years. Gale Whitacre, 4-H leader for the Horse & Pony 4-H Club, was recognized as a club leader for 35 committed years. They have volunteered their time, service, skills, and leadership to youth.

4-H Volunteers were awarded for their dedication and contributions to the Washington County 4-H Program. Retired 4-H Club leader and ELITE Project Team co-sponsor Julie Altenhofen was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. Receiving the 4-H Alumni Award was Marie Hora for her dedication to the program in a variety of ways for the past 70-odd years. Hora, being 98 years young, is the oldest 4-H volunteer in Washington County still being active to help with the photography project area and judging day. Jim, Mary, Zach and Bridget Nebel were awarded the 4-H Family of the Year Award after their many years devoted to the Clover Kid sheep program, and last year spearheading the new sheep wash rack for the Washington County Fair. Hy-Vee of Washington was awarded the Friend of 4-H Award to thank them for continued sponsorship for 4-H and extension programs all year long. Receiving the Partner in 4-H was Marc Peck with Washington Ag after being a dedicated supporter of youth with livestock projects at the auction each year. The Washington County 4-H program runs smoothly with volunteers, so it is deserving they get a portion of the Awards Night.

Washington County Special Awards were also announced during the evening. Intermediate and senior 4-H’ers had the opportunity to apply and interview for these prestigious awards.

4-H’ers were recognized individually for Outstanding Record Books, Honorable Mention, Outstanding Junior Members, and Project Awards. First-year members were given a certificate and seal, marking one year of membership in 4-H. Clubs were also awarded a certificate if they donated to the 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign.

Current seniors were recognized for their involvement in the Washington County 4-H program and thanked for their hard work over the years. This program wishes these seniors the best of luck this year and hope 4-H continues to play an important role in their lives.

In addition to the Awards Program, 4-H’ers and families enjoyed a potluck supper and a haunted house designed by County Council. Pork burgers were donated by the Washington County Pork Producers.

The event was a success, with approximately 200 people in attendance.

For more information on the 4-H program, please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

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