The Daily Iowegian
---- — 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, meal and presentation of awards.
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 Jared Brown, son of Brent and Barb Brown. Tara Powers, daughter of Barb and the late Larry Powers, received the Alfred Bauman Scholarship. The winners for the Norris Price Scholarships were Jared Brown, son of Brent and Barb Brown, Lauren Lain, daughter of Carla Dye and D.W. Lain and Avery Schmidt, daughter of Jon and Robin Schmidt.
The Youth Council recognized the leaders of Appanoose County’s 11 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. Appanoose County 4-H Program had 100 record books turned in this year and over 250 awards given.
The Rainbow Cookbook award was received by McKinlee Maletta, daughter of Heather Maletta and Roger Maletta. 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.
The Herdsmanship Award was given to the Moravia Farmhands. Herdsmanship is judged by the Youth Council members and is evaluated on barn appearance, organization, décor and detail work.
William H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina Company, challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through their services. The individuals who receive the Danforth Awards each year are selected by the 4-H Adult Committee for outstanding leadership in their club and their communities. This year’s recipients of the Danforth Award were Shelby Royer, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Royer, and Neal Caylor, son of Kym and the late Dan Caylor.
The Appanoose County 4-H Program is very grateful to have support of the local banks. Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri – in realizing the importance of record keeping and honoring seniors who turned in record books by giving them a monetary incentive. David Yahnke from Iowa Trust & Savings Bank presented awards to Neal Caylor, Tell Heesch, son of Clint and Andrea Heesch, and Shelby Thamke, daughter of Aaron and Marcy Thamke. Franz Lubenow from Farmer’s Bank of Northern Missouri presented Shelby Royer, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Royer, her award at a later date.
The Ron Turk Memorial Award was presented to Jessica Bratz, daughter of Jason and Beth Burgin. Turk devoted a great deal of his time and hard work to “Make the Best Better” and today continues to give to the youth of 4-H through this memorial award. Turk was a 4-H Leader of the Franklin Farmhands for 53 years and was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame at the 2003 Iowa State Fair. The 2001 Appanoose County Fair was dedicated in his honor as well as the show arena being named the Ronald Turk Show Arena.
The evening ended with the installation of new Youth Council Members, who hope to continue carrying on the 4-H spirit in Appanoose County. To find out more about 4-H in Appanoose County, contact the Iowa State University Extension Office at (641) 856-3885 or go to www.extension.iastate.edu/appanoose.