The 4-H leader appreciation banquet took place at the Heritage Center and spotlighted several 4-H members, mentors, volunteers and community members that donate many hours to the 4-H program.
Following a dinner catered by the Garden House and a welcome by 4-H Coordinator Angela Hackwell, awards were presented by the staff of the Iron County Extension Office.
The Salute to 4-H Volunteers award was given to Melanie Hall, a former Extension Office secretary who was instrumental in getting the 4-H program up and running in Iron County. She still serves as the secretary for the Southwest Junior Livestock Show.
Courtney Terry, a current 4-H member, was spotlighted with the Salute to 4-H Youth Volunteers award. Chad Reid with the Extension Office presented Terry with the award and said they have lost count of how many hours Terry has volunteered over the past several years.
The Friend of 4-H award was given to Southern Utah University professor Dr. James E. Bowns. Reid said Bowns has taught thousands of 4-H kids over the years, including many parents of current 4-H members. Bowns takes 4-H members on several field trips and also volunteers with the Southwest Junior Livestock Show.
Frank Phelps was honored with the Clover Key award, presented by Riley Howard of the Extension Office. The Clover Key is an award given to newly committed volunteers that have been working with the 4-H program for one to five years, Howard said. Phelps has been volunteering with 4-H for two years, teaching Junior Master Gardener day camps where the kids were taken on field trips to the SUU community garden as well as Phelps’ personal garden.
The Doorknob Award was given to Nate Thomas, another 4-H volunteer. The Doorknob award is given to a volunteer as a way of saying “thanks for opening the door of opportunity” for the youth of 4-H. Thomas has been volunteering with 4-H for two years. He started a lamb project with his daughters and has held an archeological day camp for the 4-H youth.
The Martineau family was presented with the 4-H Family of the Year award. The family of six has been involved in 4-H for four years. Deborah Martineau said she appreciates the positive impact 4-H has on children and the hands-on learning they receive.
The 4-H Alumni of the Year award was given to Blaine Nay, who is over hunter education and the 4-H shooting sports club. Since becoming a firearms instructor in 1986, Nay has served hundreds of youth. He said his biggest contribution is to keep youth safe around firearms.
Three other awards were given to honorees who were not in attendance. The Stucki family was given the YFP (Youth and Families of Promise) 4-H Mentor Family of the Year award, Shelli Richardson and Veronika Rudd were given the YFP 4-H Mentor of the Year award, and Steve Burton was given the Friend of YFP 4-H award.
The members of the 2010-2011 Teen Council were also recognized for their service at the banquet.