ASHLAND, Ohio — The Ashland County 4-H program recognized their outstanding members, advisers and friends during its annual volunteer recognition banquet.
The 2009 Meritorious Service Awards were presented to Beckie Parsons, Mike Sagar and Cathy Rice in appreciation of their support of the 4-H program with their time and talents.
Parsons, a former 4-H adviser and 4-H committee member, has worked as the junior fair secretary since 1994.
Sagar helped the junior horse committee purchase lumber and build new equipment.
Rice assists with quality assurance training, 4-H committee fundraisers and countywide 4-H activities and helps with the junior fair board.
The 2009 Meritorious Support Awards were presented to four businesses who have supported the 4-H program in some way. This year Sorellas II, Ball, Bounce and Sport and Active Metal owned by Bill, Tim, Jim and Sam Kline were recognized for their support of the junior fair livestock auction.
Fin-Feather-Fur Outfitters donates ribbons for the junior fair livestock shows, donates hats for the exhibitors and serves as a host site for clubs to hold bake sales and other fundraisers.
Recognized as the 2009 Outstanding Advisers were Joie Wynn, Jodi Scott and Pam McGinnis.
Wynn is a 17-year volunteer with the Ashland County 4-H program.
Scott has served as a volunteer for 7 years as a club adviser with the Honeycreek Herd Hustlers.
McGinnis is a 31-year volunteer with the Paw Pals and Barn Buddies Club.
Brittani Baldner-Hill, Matt Butler and Sarah Kline were selected as the recipients of the 2009 “I Dare You Leadership Awards.” The recipients of this award are selected based on their personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership.
The award was first offered in 1941 by William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, who challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service.
Brittani Baldner-Hill, 16, is the daughter of Bobbi Baldner-Hill of Jeromesville and Randy Hill of Strongsville. She is an 11-year member of the Midnite Riders 4-H Club and also serves on the 4-H food and fashion board and the junior horse committee.
Matt Butler, 17, is a 12-year member of the Mohican Premier 4-H Club. He is the son of Dale and Connie Butler of Jeromesville. He is a member of the Ashland County junior fair board, serves on the Ashland County 4-H committee and is a member of Hillsdale High School FFA.
Sarah Kline, 17, is a nine-year member of the Red Haw Country 4-H’ers. She is the daughter of Randy and Janna Kline of Ashland.
She has served as a Cloverbud camp counselor and is a member of the Ashland County junior 4-H food and fashion board.
County award medals were presented to: Sarah Bookman, Karla Neer, Felicia Spidel, Kyle Zimmerman, Trevor Kline, Ashley Pickering, Mitch Rooks, Melissa Phillips, Raelyn Fliger, Nathan Kline, Luke Shearer, Kaelan Butler, Matt Butler, Katherine Holmes, Katy Shearer, Isaac Shearer, David Amstutz, Mason Mencl, Natalee Blackford, Melanie Fitch, Sarah Kline, Nella Blackford, Jessica Farley, Drew Kline, Logan Lovejoy, Chesna Wertz, Cierra Campbell, Cody Davis, Cheyenne Spidel, Bekka Foreman, Stephanie Berger, Chelsea Lovejoy, Lina Berger, Erich Berger, Jacob Close, Shawnee Koch, Amanda Hall, John Holmes, Jasmine Love, Brian Popovich, Miranda Tanner, Peter Spidel, Derek Spotts, Katy Shearer and Shane Berger.
The Green Clover Kids Club were selected as the 2009 4-H Honor Club, while Katie Grundy of All Around 4-H was recognized at the top frozen food salesman for 2009. The top club in the frozen food sales contest was All Around 4-H, while Trail Blazers were second.