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Emmet County 4-H holds annual awards night

By Staff | Nov 23, 2016

GRUVER – Besides the fair, Sunday’s Emmet County 4-H Awards Night is the biggest night of the year for youth in the county. The night is an opportunity to honor 4-H members, clubs and volunteers.

Those among the volunteers honored include the 4-H Alumni Award Winner, Honorary 4-H Award Winner and Friend of 4-H Award recipient.

This year’s 4-H Alumni Award Winner is Brian Rosburg. As a youth, Brian was a member of the Ellsworth Ever Ready 4-H Club. Project areas that he participated in include: crops, woodworking, pie contest, and food and nutrition. He even participated in the clothing selection with a hunting outfit! Brian showed swine and cattle where he placed first in the Rate of Gain contest one year and usually placed in the Top Ten Market Animal. In addition, he demonstrated his leadership skills by serving on the Emmet County Council. Brian’s leadership skills continued after nine years of 4-H participation. He has volunteered by serving on the 4-H Swine Committee, 4-H & Youth Committee and being a Shooting Sports Group Leader. He also serves on the Emmet County Fair Board and Vice President of the Emmet County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, which are two organizations that are great supporters of our 4-H Program.

The Honorary 4-H Award is given to an individual who never participated in 4-H as a youth, but has supported and given back to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient is Barb Reardon.

Barb has been an important part of the Emmet County 4-H program since her daughter joined the organization. She has served 4 years as the club leader for the Ellsworth Go-Getters. As a leader, she encouraged the members of her club to be involved and give back to the community, from making pillow cases for children with cancer to helping with a Relay for Life Fundraiser. Barb has loved the many experiences and lessons that 4-H’ers gain through the program. Barb and her family have always supported 4-H events and willing to help wherever possible.

Asmus Farm Supply and its staff were recognized with the 2016 Friend of 4-H Award. They have been supportive in the program by attending the Market Premium Livestock Auction at the Emmet County Fair and showing support to individual 4-Hers to donating cases of water for the Glowing 4-H Foot Race in October.

The 2016-17 Emmet County 4’H Council also was inducted on Sunday. Members are Brianna Birkland, Caressa Franklin, Claire Herum, Tiegan Huntley, Brandy Kinnander, Claudia Kinnander, RaeAnn Krull, Faith Lutat, Landra McClellan, Ethan Marth, Scarlett Rose and Kayla Sabin.

Various 4-H leaders and project leaders were recognized for service. Recognized for five years of leadership service were Arvin Enerson, Emmet County Shooting Sports Group; Derek and Janette Young, High Lakers 4-H Club; and Cheryl Harris, High Lakers 4-H Club.

Coleen Buum was recognized for 10 years for leading the Iowa Lake 4-H’ers 4-H Club. Clara Valen was recognized for 20 years of leading the Lincoln Handy Helpers 4-H Club.

Barb Reardon and Anna Enerson both received certificates having retired as leaders.

Club Awards were as follows:

Center Champions: Certificate for contributing $3 or more per club member to the Iowa 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign

Ellsworth Go-Getters: First Place Historian Book; Second Place Secretary Book; Third Place Treasurer Book; Certificate for contributing $3 or more per club member to the Iowa 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign

Emmet County High Flyers: Second Place Historian Book; Second Place in Window Decorating Contest

High Lakers: First Place Secretary Book

Iowa Lake 4-H’ers: First Place Treasurer Book; First Place National 4-H Week Window Decorating Contest

Jack Creek Feeders: Third Place Secretary Book; First Place in Enrollment Contest with nine new members; Certificate for contributing $3 or more per club member to the Iowa 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign

Lincoln Handy Helpers: Second Place Treasurer Book; Third Place in Window Deocrating Contest

Twelve Mile Lakers: Third Place Historian Book

Senior Awards are as follows:

Natalie Henricksen and Landra McClellan received the 4-H Citizenship Award

Landra McClellan received the Gene Rullestad Award for Achievement and Merit

Scarlett Rose, Suzann Anderson and Natalie Henriksen received the county 4-H Foundation $150 college scholarships.

Landra McClellan and Avery Skrepak received the Danforth “I Dare You” Award, which includes $250 in college scholarships from the county 4-H foundation.