Delaware County 4-H recently held their annual 4-H Volunteer and Member Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, November 28th. Volunteers were recognized for years of service and four were inducted into the Delaware County 4-H Hall of Fame; and a community member was presented the Friend of 4-H Award.
Fifteen 4-H youth were also recognized for outstanding work in their project area.
Charles Lynn, of Ashley, has been a volunteer for 50 years. He has helped members with a wide variety of projects including poultry, swine, sheep, cattle and most recently shooting sports. Charles has always looked to improve and support younger generation by teaching and mentoring youth. He is on the board of Consolidated Electric and often has represented the company to purchase animals at the Delaware County Junior Fair sale.
Donna Morton, of Galena, as been contributed to 4-H at club, county, state, national and international levels. In her 50 years of 4-H service, has been an organizational advisor, Camp Nurse, Home Economics Committee member, Master Clothing Educator, International County Coordinator, State 4-H Conference Committee member and a past co-chair of this statewide conference, and a presenter at the multi-state North Central Region 4-H Leaders Conference.
Tom Stout received the Hall of Fame award posthumously for his mother, Ramona Stout. She was the advisor of the Shawnee Hills Braves and Maidens 4-H club for over 25 years until her death in 1979.
She started the club about 1963 because there was not any youth organizations in the area. At a time when 4-H was most known for agriculture, she paved the way for kids to take projects in first aid, canoeing and water safety, dog obedience, rockets, and gun safety. She dedicated her life to ensure all youth, regardless of income or life circumstance, had the opportunity to gain the important life skills taught in 4-H.
Bill Thurston received the award posthumously for Shirley Thurston. Shirley was a 45-year 4-H volunteer of the Ashley Junior Farmers 4-H club. Of her many contributions to the club and its members, she focused on youth doing community service and learning public speaking skills.
She was highly involved with anything that contributed to the furtherance of youth, families, and agriculture. Her work in the Farm Bureau, the Dairy Association, and the Ashley Wornstaff Library are examples of her dedication to the community.
Friend of 4-H Award
Tom Stout, of Columbus, is a 4-H alumnus of Delaware County and a past 4-H camp counselor. In dedication to his mother, Ramona Stout, and the 4-H program, he has contributed to a full camp scholarship every year for about 35 years, in memory of his mother. The scholarship has always included a camp photo, money for a t-shirt, and camp store snacks. Over the past 35 years of sponsorship, we estimate is that Tom has personally donated over $6000 to 4-H campers.
Top Youth Awards
The following youth were presented awards for their work and leadership over their 4-H careers.
Susan Bargar Horse Achievement Award – Hannah May, Cinch N’ Saddle
Ashley Jr. Fair Award – Jordi McBurney-Buell, Critter Run and Donald Smith, Rabbits & Roosters and Buckeye Valley DACC FFA
Cunningham Leadership Award – Jocelyn Cardi, Sunbury Halter & Saddle and Lauren Van Gundy, Hams and Udders.
4-H Youth Members Receiving County Achievement Awards
The following youth received an achievement award for their outstanding work in their 4-H project:
Beef – Sara Reed, Just Lopin’ Around
Citizenship & Community Service – Erin Barr, Berlin 4-H’ers
Clothing & Textiles – Elise Hook, Nature’s Friends
Dairy – Rachel Sherman, Eagle Country
Dogs – Hannah Ramsey, Scioto Dog Club
Food & Nutrition – Elizabeth Mugge, Set 4 Success
Goats – Heather Cade, Critter Run
Health – Ellen Riley, Homegrown 4-Him
Horse – Jocelyn Cardi, Sunbury Halter & Saddle
Leadership – Kendall Sestili, Elm Valley 4-H’ers
Personal Development – Halle Wachalec, Scioto Dog Club
Photography – Heather Cade, Critter Run
Poultry – Donald Smith, Rabbits and Roosters
Rabbits – Kendall Sestili, Elm Valley 4-H’ers
Sheep – Haylie McComas, Eagle Country
Shooting Sports – Halle Wachalec, Scioto Dog Club
Veterinary Science – Kendall Sestili – Elm Valley 4-H’ers
Secretary Pin – Chase Heissner, Homegrown 4-Him
Treasurer Pin – Elizabeth Ursich, Won by One
Information for this story was provided by Laryssa Hook, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development.