Special 4-H awards for special people

It’s exciting to see the presentations at the Jefferson County 4-H Adviser Banquet, to learn who will be awarded the Head, Heart, Hands and Health awards from the many adults who have worked to promote the youth organization during 2016; to see what 4-H’er sent the most club meeting write-ups and did it in a precise way; and the outstanding 4-H’er, too. There are many champion 4-H members, but just like grand champion livestock, there is only one junior and one senior who are rewarded.

Janine Yeske, the very popular Extension education  and 4-H development agent, was the one making the announcements that everyone wanted to hear at the Jefferson County Fair Kitchen. “This is the building that started as the 4-H Fair Kitchen when the move was made to Friendship Park. Everyone here seems to be pleased with the location for the dinner, with the friendliness and ‘fair’ environment,” she said.

“And They Lived Happily Ever After” was the theme of the junior fair this year, and with all the events that went smoothly it was an appropriate title.

Now to the results of the awards.

Aimee Glenn, a five-year adviser with her husband, Carl, in the Country Rangers 4-H Club, was the recipient of the Using your Head award. One of her skills, according to Yeske, is that she talks “horse talk” from her many years of experience with the animals. Her husband and children, C.J., Samantha, Auggie and Gabe, are horse people as well. They and the whole Glenn family are quite active in the Jefferson County Fair, too.

Carolyn Piergallini received the Heart award. She is a 42-year adviser of the Golden Horseshoe Club, where she started as a member at age 12. Carolyn recently retired from the county agricultural society after 40 years. She served on the junior fair committee, many horse committees, executive committee, auditing, public affairs and publicity. Now that she has retired from the board, she and her husband, Larry, will travel to other fairs next summer for competition with their draft horses.

Fred Tarr, who received the Hands award, is not an adviser but keeps as busy as any adviser. He is caretaker of the grass mowing at the fairgrounds all year to make it look quite respectable for 4-H events that are held and for the fair. “He is always busy out here, and we appreciate his work,” Yeske said. He and his wife, Renee, raise llamas and take part in a llama show at the grounds and participate in llama shows elsewhere.

The Health award recipient was Pat Ambler, a lady the 4-H organization could not do without. She has been an adviser in clubs where her children were members for 57 years, was active with 4-H committees and helped with auctions for the 4-H scholarship program for many years. Her daughter, Suzie Zorbini, followed in her footsteps as a 4-H adviser. Pat taught anything from sewing to raising goats in her years as an active adviser.

The 4-H Alumni Award went to T.C. Chappelear, Indian Creek Local Schools superintendent. The school board agreed to rent office space for the Extension office location, and it is an amazing fit for the organization, according to Yeske. The gymnasium is available for club activities and workshops, the environment is friendly for members to come for evening meetings, and there are great neighbors in the building, such as the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and the Headstart Program, it was noted.

4-H members put their hearts into projects that spike their interests and aptitudes and go above and beyond in planting flowers at the fairgrounds and in their home towns, waiting tables at fundraisers and taking part in parades. Many are active in church youth groups and school organizations and visit residents at health facilities. This is taken into consideration when selecting the junior and senior outstanding 4-H’er.

Eleven were named candidates: Christian Hayman, Hannah Randolph, Addison Lude, Rachael Jarman and Alizabeth Lude, the junior most outstanding 4-H’er, and Krysten Mazzferro, Catalina Mazzaferro, Frank Mazzaferro, Faith Davies, Karacel Haymen, who were present, and Jordan Vance, who could not make the event but is senior most outstanding 4-H-er.

Budding writers could come out of the office of 4-H news reporter as there is a reporter of the year award. Members send a completed form, provided by the Extension, to their office. It is recorded, sent to the Herald-Star and published. Two young reporters got the award: Gabby Bodo, Cross Creek Tomahawks, and Abigail Kinney, Bits ‘n’ Pieces 4-H Club.

I might add that Liberty Gals and Guys members send photos of their community projects to show how busy they are through the year as well.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is a staff columnist and food editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)

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