Several Fulton County 4-H leaders were honored Nov. 18 at the annual Advisor Recognition Banquet. Advisors who achieved five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of volunteer service were recognized for their efforts.
30 Years: Herb Harris and Nancy Krieger.
25 Years: Becky Ehrsam and Ron Ehrsam.
20 Years: Ann Lee, Denny Reckner, Terra Riegsecker, Laurie Rufenacht, Matthew Rufenacht, Kimberly Smallman, Peggy Smith and Jon Strauss.
15 Years: Christina Holland, Catherine King, Jean Kovar, Terry Kovar, Brittanie Ledyard, Catherine Mielke, Carma Miller West, Shelly Morrin, Pat Schroeder and Christina Seiler.
10 Years: Jessica Double, Kyle Link, Bridgett Miller and Mary Mohler.
Five Years: John Alexander, Sarah Alexander, Tabitha Bergstedt, Jayson Blaylock, Kisha Genter, Bruce Holland, Allyssa Lane, Melissa O’Neil, Craig Pember, Karen Pennington, Kylie Reckner, Leah Schrock, Susan Starr, Christina Stuckey and Mark Stuckey.
Honors and awards were presented to 4-H clubs for their participation in community service and for achieving “Honor Club” status. To be selected as a 4-H Honor Club, a club must perform community service in the Fulton County area and acquire 125 minimum points earned through participation in various 4-H events and activities throughout the year.
All the Fulton County 4-H clubs participate in community service including beautification projects, recycling and roadside cleanups. Fund-raisers are also conducted with the proceeds donated to various charitable organizations and benefits.
The 2012 Outstanding Community Service Clubs and their head advisors are Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger; Goats and “Udder” Things, Linda Bollinger; Hoppin’ & Trottin’, Kim Baker; Nifty 4-H’ers, Joan Rubel; Pike X-L, Jim Savage; Roamin’ Country Raisers, Etc., Ann Kirkum and Shelly Morrin; and Young Frontiers, Vickie Barber.
This year's Outstanding 4-H Alumni are Ann Kirkum, Kelly and Vickie Barber, and Randy Shumaker.
The Outstanding Friends of 4-H—community members and partners who either directly or indirectly support 4-H with their time, resources or both—are Huntington Bank, represented by Ellen Rohrs and AJ Genter; and Alan and Nancy Garrow.
Huntington Bank has provided monetary support for 4-H and participated in the Outstanding Record Keepers Contest for the past 18 years.
The Garrows have served as head advisors of the Junior Fair Board for the past 12 years. As advisors, they have encouraged youths and supported the Junior Fair and 4-H program in Fulton County. Over the past years, they have shaped many young people into hard working, responsible, and devoted leaders in their current endeavors.
In addition, Alan served as a Senior Fair Director for 14 years. During that time he was assigned several different species at the fair and was assigned to the livestock sale committee. Even though they are retiring from the Fair Board this year, it was stated at the banquet that the difference they made will continue to show in the lives of the past members for years to come.