The Hettinger County 4-H Awards Round-Up for the 2015-2016 enrollment year was held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 in Mott, in the Mott-Regent Public School gymnasium.
By Christina Kindt
Hettinger County Extension
The Hettinger County 4-H Awards Round-Up for the 2015-2016 enrollment year was held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 in Mott, in the Mott-Regent Public School gymnasium. The county has two 4-H Clubs, one being the Flickertails Club (home-based in Mott) and the Prairie Clovers Club (home-based in New England). It was another great year for the Hettinger County 4H program. Total enrollment reached an all-time high of 83 in total, there were approximately 62 4-H’ers and parents, in attendance.
The evening began with the Pledge of Allegiance and The 4-H Pledge. Dinner, condiments, lemonade and dessert was provided by the 4-H Leaders Council.
This year the 4-H Council voted to award the “Friend of 4H” Award to Jan Ottmar, she has been a 4-H volunteer for 27 years.
Several 4-H members that were present gave brief testimonials about their 2016 4-H camp experience, urging others to go and experience what each camp has to offer them in 2017!
Megan and Abby Hill spoke briefly about Communication Arts and their experience this past year. Kristina Ehlis, Hettinger County 4-H President, briefly informed the families present that the camp renovations are now complete and that the 4-H council will be giving away a full camp registration to one 4-H member before the end of the night!
Leaders of 4-H were recognized for their years of service. Those individuals were Nadra Auch – 4 years, Kristina Ehlis – 8 Years, Christian Hardison – 2 years, Dani Krebs – 6 years, Carol Kunnerup – 3 years, James Johnson – 2 years, Darwyn Mayer – 9 years, Rachael Mayer – 6 years, Jan Ottmar – 27 years, Christa and Scott Schmidt – 2 years, Mary Pat Schwartz – 4 years, Steve Sloan – 3 years, and Anne Wolf – 8 years.
This year the “I Dare You Leadership Award” recipient was Emily Ehlis (Prairie Clovers—New England). This award is presented to young people who have strived to achieve their highest potential and have influenced others through lives of leadership and service. The award is for youth ages 15-18 (as of Sept. 1 of the current year of 4-H) and a high school junior or senior. Students should demonstrate personal integrity, lead well-rounded lives and possess a willingness to assume responsibility. They do not need to hold leadership positions currently but be recognized by their peers and adults who work with them as emerging leaders. The award is extended without regard to race, sex, religion or national origin. The Award consisted of verbal recognition and a copy of Mr. Danforth’s classic book on personal motivation, “I Dare You.”
Emily Ehlis was the recipient of the Key Club Award as well. The Key Club is a special award presented to 4-H’ers who have demonstrated outstanding 4-H careers. The program guidelines for selecting Key Club nominees suggests the members have completed a minimum of 4 years of 4-H work and were 16 by Sept. 1 of the 2015-2016 year. Members can be awarded the Key Club only once. The selection criteria include leadership responsibilities, project and program accomplishments, personal development, activity participation, demonstrations, talks, reports, committee activities, how knowledge and skills gained through 4-H programs is shared with others, and club and community citizenship participation.
Achievement Award recognition was given to the following 4-H members. Julianna Mayer, Mary Jane Mayer, Michael Mayer, Teddy Mayer, Andrew Eikamp and Madee Eikamp. In order to receive this recognition each 4-H member needs to submit a minimum of one paragraph in writing to the NDSU Extension office Hettinger county telling us what they have taken away from their year and what they have learned. We encourage all 4-H members to take the time to apply for this recognition next year!
The 4-H’ers were each awarded their award discs for projects displayed at Hettinger County Fair and for participation and or placement in district and state events. Each member also received yearly membership discs and new members were awarded a new member plaque.
Throughout the banquet door prizes were drawn for kids and adults of all ages. The Hettinger County 4-H Council would like to thank the following businesses for their donations. Farm Credit Services of Mott, Farmers Union Insurance – Brad Greff, Dakota Community Bank of New Leipzig and The Hettinger County 4-H Council.
The new 4-H enrollment year began Sept. 1, 2016. Enrollment numbers are up compared to the same time last year and the Hettinger County Agent, Duaine Marxen, is confident that this year will be another record breaking year for the Hettinger County 4-H program! If families in Hettinger County, with children ages 5-19 on or before Sept. 1, 2015, are interested in becoming members of the Hettinger County 4-H program, you can contact the Hettinger County Extension office at (701) 824-2095 for more information.