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4-H’ers and parents celebrate past achievements

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By Cathy Toole

4-H’ers and their families recently came together to celebrate this past year’s achievements.

Following a pizza meal sponsored by the Henry County 4-H Council, the evening began with pledges to the flags led by Micah Lineman and Colt McGuire.  Each of the club members was recognized.  The clubs that were recognized were:  Beginning Cooking Club led by Shannon Bratton,  Advanced Cooking led by Jane Mann, Photography Club led by Cathy Toole, Dog Club led by Adriana Plum, Horse Club led by Phyllis McGuire and Mary Jo Ricketts,  Crocheting by Brenda Simpson, Knitting by Saundra Smith,  Beginning and Advanced Sewing by Alice Newman, and Shooting Sports led by Dennis Campbell, Jeannie Campbell, Gary Gosser, John David Yount, Charles Topp, Howard Rice, Todd Toole, Charlie Hagan, Russ Hosey,  John Dockter, Jerry Rankin, and David Wilson.

As a token of appreciation and acknowledgment of a job well done each, 4-H’er was presented with a  4-H pin per club participation.  The pins were long ago given to each member that completed a record book. Cathy Toole told the group that the pins had been found during the move to the current building and that she felt that they might enjoy receiving a small piece of 4-H history.  Many of the pins were believed to be 4- to 50-years-old.

Special recognition was given to the newest members of the 100 Ribbon Club. All 4-H’ers are encouraged to keep track of the ribbons that they receive and once they have earned 100, their names are placed on a plaque that hangs in the conference room.  This past year four new names were added:  Justin Yount, Jared Yount, Kellyn Smith and Kendyll Smith.  Congratulations on becoming part of such a distinguished group of 4-H’ers.

The Outstanding Teen 4-H Award for 2012 was presented to Jacob Yount.  Jacob is the son of John David and Lynnette Yount and has dominated in the Shooting Sports arena since he began in 4-H.  Jacob has won competitions at every level over the past 8 years and is well respected for his sharpshooting abilities.  He has placed in several state championships as well as placing 2nd in archery at the national level.  He has also been a key member on many state championship team placing’s as well.  Jacob is now a freshman at the University of Kentucky where he is shooting on the UK Shotgun Team.  He was unable to be present to receive his award so his brother Justin accepted it on his behalf.

A new award that was presented was one that was long overdue and that is the Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Barbara Gregory won that award. She has attended 4-H camp 28 years as a volunteer leader.  She has driven the U-Haul of luggage, taught classes and supervised a cabin of kids with an ease that is astounding.

Several years at camp we were privileged to have three generations of her family in attendance:  her daughter Belinda Sutherland as an adult leader, granddaughter Sarah Sutherland as a camper, then teen leader, and several years as an adult leader.  Barbara also serves on the Henry County 4-H Council as well as on the Henry County Cooperative Extension Council.  She has been a friend of 4-H for many years and we are grateful for all she has done and continues to do.

I want to say thank you to all of the volunteers that work with the 4-H program.  It is because of your dedication that the youth of Henry County have been given opportunities to learn by doing.