Wise County 4-H families gathered Aug. 20 to recognize the accomplishments of the youth in the 4-H program. It was an excellent evening with catering provided by Sagebrush. Chase Vineyard, 2011-2012 State 4-H Council President, offered encouraging words on how to achieve your highest goals.
The banquet’s theme was “4-H is Timeless,” and decorations were filled with pictures from the last 11 decades of 4-H’s existence. At the beginning of the night, 4-H leaders and volunteers were recognized for their years of dedication and service to the 4-H program.
Tractor Supply was named Friend of 4-H for 2010-2011, and we greatly appreciate all they do to help support 4-H through the Paper Clover campaign.
The Leader of the Year was John Moore. He serves as club manager for the Boyd 4-H Club and led the Wise County 4-H Food Challenge team to a victory at the State 4-H Roundup this summer.
The Club of the Year was Bridgeport 4-H. Their hard work and commitment to improving their community has not gone unrecognized.
The Farm Bureau Leadership award was presented to Dalton Meadows of the Paradise 4-H Club by Wise County Farm Bureau Board President Herb Williams. Texas Farm Bureau recognizes youth each year that exemplify leadership and knowledge in agriculture.
William H. Danforth believed that each person had special gifts. He regularly threw out the challenge, “Be your own self and at your very best all the time.” The Danforth ‘I Dare You’ award winners were Kendall Vawter of the Bridgeport 4-H Club and Logan Moore of the Boyd 4-H Club.
The Bronze Star award goes to Junior 4-H members, ages 8 to 10, that complete a record book and interview. These 4-H members truly bleed green and can be found helping out other 4-H members and representing Wise County 4-H at district contests throughout the year. This year’s are Lauryn Luttrull of the Decatur 4-H Club and Michaela Martin of the Chico 4-H Club.
The Silver Star award goes to Intermediate 4-H members, ages 11 to 13, that complete a record book and interview. These 4-H members are starting to find their niche in 4-H and are learning all they can about fashion and design and health and safety. This year’s winners are Fallon Sachse of the Decatur 4-H Club and Morgan Barnes of the Slidell/Greenwood 4-H Club.
The Gold Star award is the highest recognition for a 4-H member. It is awarded to Senior 4-H members that go above and beyond in their clubs and community and continuously strive to ‘Make the Best Better.’ This year’s Gold Star recipients are Catherine Gallant of the Boyd 4-H Club and Bailey Morris of the Chico 4-H Club.
I personally would like to thank everyone that came out to recognize the youth, volunteers and leaders in 4-H. Without them, the Wise County 4-H program would not be possible.