4-H Club News 11-1-10 | TheFencePost.com

4-H Club News 11-1-10

Jamie Axtell
CSU Extension Program Associate

A great crowd gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of Washington County 4-H at an achievement program held October 17 at the Washington County Events Center in Akron, Colo. The achievement program is an annual event held each fall to recognize members, leaders and supporters of 4-H in Washington County. The event was hosted by the Country Club and Silver Spurs 4-H club and was led by County 4-H Council officers from the past and present year.

The evening honored many members and leaders for their years of membership and service to the organization. Supporters of 4-H were also recognized for their commitment to the youth organization. Chris Dudley, Sharon Cook and Jan Bird were honored as Leaders of the Year for their hours of volunteer time in the dog obedience program this past year. Chris, Sharon and Jan kicked off a series of dog training lessons that sparked a new interest in 4-H dog projects. Because of their time and efforts, Washington County saw a huge increase in participation at the county dog show and also had one member participate at the state fair level. Many individual project awards were presented as well as club awards. Three 4-H clubs received Gold Club Excellence Awards including the Arickaree Tumbleweeds, Busy Beavers and Sunnyside 4-H Clubs. The Arickaree Tumbleweeds represent a large area surrounding Anton and Cope. Head club leaders are D’Lynn Shaffer and Tina Leoffler. The Busy Beavers are located in the Woodlin and Last Chance area under the supervision of club leader Pam Priest. The Sunnyside club represents the Lone Star area with Shera Kiess acting as club leader.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of several awards to outstanding 4-H members. Preston Mehring was awarded the Sarah Eatherton 4-H Horsemanship Award. Preston is a very hard working young man who has advanced greatly in the horse program. He shows responsibility and also exhibits patience and consideration for other young riders like his little brother Peyton.

Four first year members were recognized in the Paulette Campbell Memorial Award Program. The top new member this past year was Elijah Myers of the Arickaree Tumbleweeds. Elijah is very active in sheep, swine and horse projects as well as activities like livestock judging. Other new members recognized were Keli Thinnes of the Otis Jackrabbits 4-H club and Kit Bellefeuille of the Busy Beavers 4-H club. Keli attended 100% of her club meetings and worked hard to complete her first cake decorating project. Kit was active in his club community service activities and participated in the county catch-it-chicken program this year. Kate Pachner, Arickaree Tumbleweeds 4-H member, was also recognized for her first year achievements in Fashion Revue.

Several members were recognized with plaques for outstanding member awards. In the junior category, Jasmine Priest of the Busy Beavers 4-H club was awarded the citizenship award. Jasmine, a sixth grader at Woodlin, is very active in her club and community and even finds time to be a junior volunteer at Eben Ezer. Layne McCaleb was awarded the junior achievement award. Layne has been active in a variety of 4-H projects including market and breeding goat, market chickens, vet science and global citizenship. Lynde McCaleb received the junior leadership award. Lynde is active in club and county 4-H activities as well as FFA and FBLA in Arickaree. In the senior division, Kelly Jo Kiess was awarded for her achievement. Kelly has seen great success in the cake decorating project and placed Reserve Champion in her division at state fair as well as placing second in a cake decorating contest held this year at the state fair. Rebekka McCaleb was recognized for her leadership. Rebekka has served as the county 4-H council president this past year and was re-elected to serve another term this year. She is also active in FFA. Kyle Mann was honored for his citizenship. Kyle is a member of the Otis Jackrabbits 4-H club and has always been active in helping the club and county with community service or fundraising activities. Kelsey Mann was recognized with the Pursuit of Excellence Award. Kelsey has been very active on the county 4-H council and has served as District 4-H Secretary. She has participated in numerous county, district and state activities.

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