The annual Buena Vista County 4-H Recognition Day was held Sunday, November 3 at the Alta Community building.
A Birthday Party was also held for 4-H's 100th birthday. Cookies and party favors were enjoyed by all. Over 150 4-H'ers, leaders and volunteers were recognized for their efforts from the past 4-H year. The Maple Valley Agriculturists and the Maple Valley Motivators were hosts for the event.
"Recognition Day is a celebration for all the work and efforts put into the past 4-H year. It is a great way to recognize 4-H'ers for their hard work and to thank all of the leaders and volunteers who help make the 4-H program what it is," said Melissa Fahr, County Youth Coordinator.
4-H'ers received recognition for holding club offices, being a member for one, five, eight or ten years, and for completing a record keeping system.
Junior 4-H members could apply for Project Awards by submitting their record books and illustrating personal growth, citizenship and leadership in that project area. Those receiving Jr. Project Awards were: Daniel Christensen, Fairfield Pioneers, Chris Sievers, Fairfield Pioneers, and Jill Smith, Providence Go-Getters for Beef. Kari Bodholt, Newell Achievers, Rachel Culp, Newell Achievers, Karina Overgaard, Newell Achievers, for Citizenship. Kathleen Arnts, MVA, Rachel Culp, Newell Achievers, for Clothing. Jake Bibler, MVA, for Entomology. Kathleen Arnts, MVA, Jessy Bibler, MVA, Rachel Culp, Newell Achievers, Karina Overgaard, Newell Achievers, and Jill Smith, Providence Go-Getters, for Food and Nutrition. Kathleen Arnts, MVA, Sarah Baxter, MVA, for Home Improvement. Jake Bibler, MVA, Jessy Bibler, MVA, and Daniel Christensen, Fairfield Pioneers, for Horticulture. Jonathan Hartje, Providence Go-Getters, and Maleia Miller, Providence Go-Getters, for Photography. Matt Hammen, Providence Go-Getters, and Kyle Ricter, Providence Go-Getters for Poultry. Robbie Carlson, MVA, for Rabbit. Kari Bodholt, Newell Achievers, and Karina Overgaard, Newell Achievers, for Self-Determined. Kari Bodholt, Newell Achievers, for Sheep. Also Daniel Christensen, Fairfield Pioneers, Will Franzmeier, Fairfield Pioneers, Jake Bibler, MVA, and Jessy Bibler, MVA, for Woodworking.
Junior 4-H'ers could also self nominate themselves for the Outstanding Junior Achievement Award. Those receiving this award were: Robbie Carlson, MVA, and Will Franzmeier, Fairfield Pioneers.
Intermediate and senior level 4-H members also applied for Project Awards by providing up to five pages of support materials detailing personal growth, leadership and citizenship in those project areas. Those receiving project awards at the intermediate/senior level were Adam Glienke, MVA, in Dairy and Amanda Bodholt, Newell Achievers, for Poultry.
Fair superintendents also chose a master producer based on a points system which included the following: accurate and efficient records, cost of grain, daily rate of gain, return per dollar invested, feeding arrangements at home, and show placing at fair. This year's master producers were: Kelsie Peterson, MVA, in Sheep and Jake Bibler, MVA, in Beef .
Several special awards are given to intermediate/seniors for outstanding accomplishments in leadership, citizenship, personal growth and service to the 4-H program. Those receiving special awards were:
Britt Cressler, Newell Achievers, receiving the Intermediate Achievement Award, Beth Baughman, Newell Achievers, receiving the Kiwanis Leadership Award, Sydni Williams, BV Clovers, receiving the Junior Leadership and the Intermediate Merit Award, Peter Olsen, Newell Boosters, receiving the Craig Sump Memorial Award and the Intermediate Achievement Award, Adam Glienke, MVA, receiving the Junior Leadership Award and the Intermediate Merit Award.
Dustin Smith, Providence Go-Getters, received the Craig Sump Memorial Award and the Rafa Worthan Memorial Award, Johanna Grieme, MVA, received the Senior Merit Award, and Kurt Olsen, Newell Boosters, received the Senior Achievement, Senior Merit, and Ak-Sar-Ben Award.
Leaders, volunteers and businesses were also recognized for dedicated service to the 4-H program in Buena Vista County. Peg Hinkledey, Kim Sievers, and Mike Sievers received the Award of the clover for five years service to the 4-H program. Bil-Mar, Storm Lake received a plaque in honor of their support and contributions to the 4-H program. Ray Trimble, Darrel Millard, and Sharon Grau were honored as 4-H Volunteers of the Year because of their high commitment to the 4-H youth. Retiring leaders and volunteers were recognized with a plaque of thanks for their time and efforts as leaders and volunteers. They were: Val Hogrefe, Fairfield Pioneers, and Janet Struss, Fairfield Pioneers.
The B.V. County Recognition Day is held every year to close out the 4-H year. For more information about recognition or 4-H programs, contact the B.V. County Extension Office at 732-5056.