4-H Award Family Fun Night held
The Washington County 4-H and Youth Committee, along with the Washington County 4-H County Council, held an Award Family Fun Night Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 Amy Greiner, Kathleen Brinning and Ralph Cox were recognized for five years of service to the Washington County 4-H program. Stephanie Sexton was recognized for 10 years of service. Bob Stutzman was recognized for 15 years of service. 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. Retiring leader Jackie Ross was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. Receiving the 4-H Alumni Award was Jodi Ebert for her ability to fill in many different roles being club leader, photography superintendent and fair volunteer.
Multiple generations of the Elmer and Vernita Schneider family were awarded the 4-H Family of the Year Award. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider have had eight children and 24 grandchildren participate in 4-H and the Washington County Fair over the years. Keith Murphy was awarded the Friend of 4-H Award after his 55 years of service to the fair livestock auction. Receiving the Partner in 4-H honor was the Washington County Farm Bureau after many partnerships with 4-H programs but most recently donating $2 toward every 4-H members’ enrollment fee. The Washington County 4-H program runs smoothly with volunteers, so they deserve to 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 with a certificate if they donated to the 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign.
Current seniors were recognized for the 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. Hamburgers were grilled by Washington County Cattlemen.
The event was a success, with approximately 225 people in attendance.