The 4-H Leader's Association held two recognition ceremonies to honor the members, leaders, and supporters of the 4-H program in Clatsop County.
The first award night was held on November 7th. 4-H members received pins for their years in the program as well as certificates and medallions for special achievements. Those nominated and receiving special awards were: Micah Sapp, Hailey Ranta, Baylee McSwain, Ian Thompson, Rebecca Owenby, Libby DiBartolomeo, Dani Sampson, Candice Kerr, Rachel Lertora, Megan McCall Devos, Christy Lynn, Sidney Owlsey, Dalton Smith,Sarah Rucheninsky, Ashton Wittich, Rachel Sparks, and Nikki Saaso.
Completion of the 4-H Record Book is optional in Clatsop County. We had 25 members turn in their record books for competition and they were awarded certificates and medals for their hard work and superior accomplishments.
The 4-H program would not exist without the 153 volunteer leaders who work with the youth on a regular basis. These leaders share skill, knowledge, time and their good moral values with the youth while they teach them in a project area. On November 17th, the annual 4-H Leader's Recognition Reception was held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds to recognize the 4-H adult volunteers and supportive community.
The room was filled with 4-H leaders, spouses, special guests, youth servers and speakers. Certificates and pins were given to leaders who had just completed their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, etc. years of volunteer service. Sharon Tuveng was recognized for 46 years of service and both Katie Paaso and Lisa Lilley were recognized for their 35 volunteer years. A special award was given to Sally Freeman for being the 2011-2012 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year. Other special leader awards were given to: Kelly Smith, Sabine Sparks, Kathryn Lacy, Sabrina Rainey, Katie Paaso, and the Frank and Ashley Lertora family. The County Fair Superintendents were also awarded certificates for their many hours of volunteer work.
The 4-H Leader's Association also recognized community members and businesses for their support throughout the year. These awards went to: Brims Farm and Garden, Bornstien Seafood, Point Adams Packing Co., Clatsop County Fair and Expo, Sunset Empire Parks and Rec, Astoria Sunday Market, Astoria Fiber Arts Academy, Western Oregon Waste, Wauna Federal Credit Union, JcPenney, Cynthia Weber, Ohana Media Group, Walsh Trucking Company, Camp 18, Lum's Auto Center, Carlson Farms, Hampton Lumber Mill and ABECO.
A delicious pork tenderloin meal was prepared by the Andy and Tammy Mendenhall family.
4-H wishes to thank all of the members, leaders, community members and businesses for your continued support for this educational Oregon State University youth based program.