4-H honors members’, leaders achievements
Maxine Buttram was recognized for 40 years of leadership in the Jefferson County 4-H program during the annual achievement banquet Nov. 6 in Meriden.
Charles Noll was cited for 25 years and 15-year recognition went to Duane Heston and Jerry Seifert.
Buttram is a charter member of the Fairview 4-H Club and continues passing on the skills that her mother taught her in sewing. She serves as a county leader in the clothing project and is clothing fair superintendent. She operates Grandma’s Sewing Room and is a longtime fair donor for 4-H clothing members.
One of Maxine’s highlights was being named State Alumni winner several years ago.
Noll has long been recognized in tandem with wife, Sarah, as a leader of the Mooney Creek 4-H Club. He has been active in the swine project on both the club and county level. His efforts in the Mooney Creek Club have allowed many a youth the chance to raise and exhibit a pig for the fair.
Heston is the fair superintendent and county leader for the bucket calf project. He’s a leader in the Fairview 4-H Club, to which he belonged as a youth. He is a former member of the club and was its president and 4-H Council president. He and son, Cody, were the first father and son combination from the Fairview Club to serve in that role.
Seifert also was a Fairview 4-H member and served as president of the club and of the 4-H Council. He served as a member of the 4-H Meats Judging team, which led to a degree in meat science and his current 4-H leadership role as 4-H Meats Judging Team leader. In this role, he has used his professional training in meat science to assist in educating 4-H Meat Team members as they prepare for meat judging contests. He has taken numerous teams to the State Meat Judging Contest.
The Doug and Sandy Walbridge family of McLouth was named the “4-H Family of the Year.” They were featured in last week’s edition.
Two 4-H alumni pins for continued dedication to the 4-H program were awarded to Susie Deeken, McLouth, and Jennifer Jo Tichner, Valley Falls.
The scholarships awarded were:
Joe Weishaar Scholarship, $500, Allyson Ottensmeier; Dale Nichols Scholarship, $200, David Pangburn; Jefferson County 4-H Foundation Scholarship, $200, Emma Gantz; Norris Rees Scholarship, $150, Derek Williams; Clifford Houk Scholarship, $200, Keri Heston; Allen Houk Scholarship, $500, Justin Sales; Christina Kirby Scholarship, $500, Katie Walbridge.
The “I Dare You” award for youth leadership went to Derek Williams.
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