4-H honors its Harrison volunteers

CADIZ – There are more than 20,000 volunteers in the state of Ohio alone providing their expertise in the world of 4-H.

And because of these volunteers, 4-H members have many opportunities to experience subjects and projects that will be beneficial in later life. This was pointed out to the full house of volunteers, fair board members, 4-H committee members, project judges and the local media at the recent Harrison County Volunteer Recognition Banquet held on the concluding day of the fair.

Emily Jones of Summit County and Amanda Beam of Morgan County, members of the Ohio 4-H Teen Advisory Council, spoke to the group.

Tim Tanner, Harrison County OSU Extension educator and county director, congratulated the work of the 4-H youth this year, saying the teens are getting their names out in the community in leadership and service.

He praised the assembling of a new club, Crafty Country Kids, with Mandi Price and Kristen Willis as advisers.

Sherri Van Tassel assumed a position on the 4-H committee and as an adviser with the Dusty Boots 4-H club. Mindy Vrable is a new adviser with Liberty Trails and she and Loretta Marchetta and Kerri Johnson, the other advisers, had biographies of each member posted in their fair booths.

Volunteers receiving service award certificates were Tillie Heavilin, Green Valley, 60 years; Loretta Pickens, Stitch and Hitch, 40 years; Karolyn Wright, Country Cousins, 20 years; Pam Fulton, Kountry Kids, 20 years; and Keila Telfer, 4-H committee, five years.

Others honored were Marchetta, 10 years; Wilbur Birney, New Rumley 4-H, 45 years; and Linda Yourko, Tri-County Showstoppers. 15 years.

Tanner said those with 50 years of service would receive a silver platter at the state volunteer conference in the fall.

“A volunteer is a lot like parenting. It goes in circles. We will see someone who has advanced in public speaking and then something happens and they drift back again. I enjoyed this year’s theme, ‘Sowing the Seeds of Greatness.’ Volunteers are so good at sowing seeds. We don’t see the results now but others will see them later. You have impacted many people in your lives,” he said.