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Thursday, 27 October 2011 08:21

4-H Regional Council honours its best

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By Jamie Woodford
Given it was the Thanksgiving long weekend, the 4-H Regional Council was surprised at the turnout for the annual 4-H welcome back celebrations held Oct. 8 at the Taber Community Centre.

“About 200 people showed up,” said Ginny Smith the southern region’s 4-H regional co-ordinator, southern 4-H region. “It was great.”

Participants spent the afternoon in learning sessions followed by an evening celebration where council and the 4-H Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development recognized 80 volunteer 4-H leaders who reached a three-, five-, 10-, 15- or 20-year milestone, as well as the achievement of the top 100 4-H members.

Members, ranging in age from nine to 21, were recognized for their achievements in various regional and provincial programs from the 2010/2011 club year.

Seven youth received a Platinum Award of Excellence given in recognition of a 4-H member’s project work, leadership and community service achievements. 

This year’s recipients included, Adriane Good and Seamus Good, both of the Brooks and Area 4-H Beef Club, and the Cow Country 4-H Judging Club and Caytlin Crooymans of the Prairie Roses 4-H Multi Club; Lori Hart of the Medicine Hat 4-H Light Horse Club; Mikayla McKee of the Stavely-Parkland 4-H Beef Club; Rebecca Taylor from the Pincher Creek Silver Reins 4-H Light Horse Club; and Alan Valin of the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club.

In addition, the council awarded 33 scholarships totalling $16,500 to southern 4-H region members.

Nine “Friends of 4-H” were recognized for going above and beyond within their district.

The council recognized “key leader” Tracy Hall for his “outstanding work with 4-H at a club, district, regional and provincial level over a span of many years.”

“He’s truly the nicest and most caring person I’ve ever met. He’s open about keeping people on track,” said Smith.

Other “friends” included: Cathy and Craig Gleisner (Cactus Country District), K & D Implements (Cardston District), Eastern Irrigation District (Newell District), Diane Bowen-Oczkowski (Pincher Creek District), Perlich Bros. Auction Market (Taber District) and Marion Van Sluys (Willow Creek District).

Heading into the 2011/2012 year, about 65 clubs in the southern region will be working on all kinds of projects from livestock to to small engines among many others.

Smith noted Alberta 4-H launched its brand new online club registration and payment system earlier this month.

“It’s pretty exciting. We’re really looking forward to it,” she said. The option to register in person or by phone is still available.

“We always try and stay current with other organizations, and I think this will allow us to have all our registration done quicker as opposed to some people were doing it online, and some doing it by paper ... it is just going to be a lot easier.”

Online registration for programs is coming soon.

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