On Saturday, Jan. 11 the Appanoose County 4-H program held their awards banquet to celebrate the successes and achievements of the youth involved in 4-H. The evening began with a welcome by members of the Appanoose County 4-H Youth Council. The presentation of awards followed a delicious meal and great time of visiting by 220 4-H members and their families.
The 4-H Adult Committee began by recognizing the scholarship recipients from the previous year. The winner of the Anna Louise and Davis H. Burgher Scholarship was Shelby Royer, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Royer. Shelby Thamke, daughter of Aaron and Marcy Thamke, received the Alfred Bauman Scholarship. The winners for the Norris Price Scholarships were Shelby Royer and Shelby Thamke.
The Youth Council recognized the 30 leaders of Appanoose County’s 13 4-H Clubs, as well as the members of the various councils and boards associated with 4-H, including the 4-H Adult Committee, Appanoose County Fairboard, 4-H Foundation and the Appanoose County Extension Council.
The next order of business was awards for Record Books. Although record keeping is a time-consuming and strenuous task, the Appanoose County 4-H Program had over 100 Record Books turned in this year and over 250 awards given.
Each year the State 4-H Council, in cooperation with the Iowa 4-H Foundation and county 4-H staff, conduct the Iowa 4-Hers for 4-H campaign. Local clubs are asked to contribute $2.50 per member to support 4-H events and program activities as identified by the State 4-H Council. This year, the B.V. Sodbusters met their campaign goal and received a certification of appreciation.
The Rainbow Cookbook award was received by Melanie McGill, daughter of Mark and Myra McGill. This award is given every year in memory of the Rainbow 4-H Club and is donated by the Jerald and Judi Lawson family. The Rainbow 4-H Club was a formerly active club in Washington Township during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The cookbook is given each year to a senior 4-H member who has excelled in food and nutrition.