The annual Delaware County 2009 4-H Awards Ceremony was held at the Jay Community Center on Thursday on August 27th. The event was attended by more than sixty individuals who joined in the special evening of recognition of the 4-H Volunteers/Leaders and Supporters for their participation in the 2008-09 Delaware County 4-H program. In addition, the following 4-H members who submitted project record books were recognized and received awards for achievement in their project areas: Troy Helms, Chaz Lewis, Colton Parker, Raniee Weeks, Wynter Weeks, Nichalas O’Herin and Jennie Bergman. “Cloverbuds”: Dyllen Hern, Daryl Smith Austin Shorter, Tesssa DuBois and Riley DuBois were recognized for submitting their beginning level record books. (Cloverbuds are the youngest 4Hers, ages 5—8 who are introduced to 4H learning experiences though non-competitive educational activities.)

The Awards and Recognition Ceremony was opened by Barbara Denney, County Extension Director, FCS/4H Educator and Ryan Sproul, AG/4-H Extension Educator. Youth Officers Jennie Bergman, Delaware County 4-H President extended greetings to the attendees and Troy Helms, Recreational Leader, let in the recital of the 4-H Ritual and flag salute. Jennie Bergman introduced the 4-H youth who were campaigning for positions as the 2009-2010 Delaware County 4H Teen Youth Officers who then gave their campaign speeches. All 4-Hers present then cast their ballots during dinner and the election of the new officers was announced after dinner. The new officers for 2009-2010 are Colton Parker, President; Chaz Lewis, Vice President; Wynter Weeks, Secretary and Troy Helms, Reporter. Decorations and a delicious meal were provided by Ladies and Gents of the Lake, Oklahoma Home & Community Education (OHCE).

The following Delaware County 4H Volunteer Leaders were recognized and presented tokens of appreciation: Charlotte Carnes, Oaks leader/ pres; Beverly Helms, Grove leader/vice-pres; Tammy Jenkins, Leach leader/secretary; Ronni Sue O’Herin, STARR leader/past pres; Briana Pharr, Colcord; Wendy Lewis, JAY; Beth Williams, KANSAS; Jim Hutson, KENWOOD; Esther Doshier, MOSELEY; Rachel Shorter,Turkey Ford. Travis & Cynthia Taylor, DOG; Jeff Orr, FORESTRY; Natalie Yozzo, GARDENING; Dusti Crace, HORSE; Melinda Jarvis, Knitting; Jim Hollenback, LIVESTOCK JUDGING; Janet Leshko SEWING; Rick & Bruce DuBois, SHOOTING SPORTS. Also recognized for being partial term leaders were Laura Bailey, Oaks and Stephanie Whitmire, Colcord.

Outstanding 4H Supporters were: Representative John Auffet, Representative Doug Cox; Senator Charles Wyrick; Judge Barry Denney; Grand Savings Bank; Arvest Bank; Jill Ashbrener & Christine Rose of Delaware County Conservation District; Amanda Wiley, Park Naturalist of Bernice State Park; George Driever, NE District Entomology Specialist, OSU Extension; Natalie Yozzo, OSU Intern; Teresa Atkinson, Master Gardener; Delaware County Oklahoma Home & Community Education: STARR & Ladies & Gents of the Lake; Delaware County AG TEACHERS: Ronnie Enyart/Colcord, Shane Johnson/Grove, Dearl Cunningham/Jay, Clayton Williams/Kansas, and John Mitchell/Oaks; Delaware County Commissioners: District 1 Commissioner Ken Crowder, District 2 Commissioner Billy Cornell, and District 3 Commissioner Dave Kendrick.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or sponsors of a 4H member, were also recognized because, without their support of 4H, these youth would not be participating .

Special Awards Winners

Extra Mile Award Winner: Charlotte Carnes because of her consistent and unwavering support and hard work, stepping up to the plate when ever needed.

Volunteer of the Year: Beverly Helms

This leader must never sleep. She is always encouraging us with creative ideas and support, attending much training, rarely missing a meeting and stepping into leadership roles… not only in 4H but out in the community, she focuses on bettering our area though education and service.

Other important points mentioned that evening:

For 100 years, the 4-H program’s mission has been to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

If not for our adult volunteers & supporters, 4H would not be one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6 1/2 million young people

Because of our adult volunteers & supporters, 4-H has a presence in every county in Oklahoma.

Because of our adult volunteers & supporters, over 150,000 Oklahoma youth benefited from 4-H last year.

Because of our adult volunteers & supporters, last year 4-H’ers conducted over 27,000 community service activities in Oklahoma & contributed over 300,000 hours of service to their communities at a value of just under $2 million.

Because of our adult volunteers & supporters, over 50% of Oklahoma 4-H alumni earn college degrees, compared to 20% of the general populace.

Because of our adult volunteers & supporters, 88% of 4-H alumni continue to live, raise families, and spend money in Oklahoma.