4-H holds recognition dinner

BLOOMINGDALE – Without adult leaders, volunteers and those who make monetary and labor contributions, the 4-H groups of Jefferson County would not be the thriving organizations that they have become today.

Some of the groups’ projects in the past year included a colorful pillow case project for a children’s hospital, food and fruit baskets delivered to shut-ins, flower beatification projects at the county fairgrounds and in local communities, clean-up projects and a collection of Barbie dolls to be given to needy children.

Another project included helping children who couldn’t afford to go to summer camp that featured companionship, outdoors and athletic activities and art.

The Rosebud Mining Co., owned by J. Clifford Forest, made a donation to the county Extension office that then was used to take $30 off the cost each of the 150 4-H campers.

“We had the biggest attendance in Jefferson County at the camp this year, due to their contribution,” Janine Yeske, county Extension education in 4-H youth development director, said.

“This enabled the 4-H committee to make the cost of camp cheaper, and for this we thank Rosebud Mining,” she said.

For their contribution and providing a service to the 4-H program, Rosebud was presented the Friend of 4-H Award at the recent banquet and auction held at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Anne Besece and Karen Howell accepted the award.

Bob Grimes was presented the 4-H Alumni Award by Carl Glenn, 4-H committee member.

The second 4-H alumni award was presented to Katrina Nitz, who grew in 4-H in Harrison County but is now working as a Jefferson County Extension educator.

Mary Arbaugh received the 4-H Honorary Award for helping the Ridge Hoppers 4-H Club become enthused about making pillow cases, some with cartoon characters or balloons, for young child in the hospital.

Arbaugh teaches sewing and is still promoting the pillow case project. To date, there have been 261 pillow cases made and given to patients, with Arbaugh making several hundred herself. “It is called “The Amazing Grace Pillow Case Project.”

Clint Finney received the Extension Distinguished Service Award for upholding the traditions and standards of Extension, according to officials. In his position with natural resources and with Sarah Cross, agriculture and natural resources, he helped get a master gardening program started in the county and has accomplished other projects.