CHARLESTON -- Members of Coles County 4-H Clubs and their families came together to honor 4-H’ers for all of their hard work during the 2016-2017 4-H year at their annual achievement night held on Nov. 3 at the 4-H Center on the Coles County Fairgrounds. 4-H challenges youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for living. Youth learn leadership by holding offices within their clubs, citizenship by being involved with community service projects, and life skills through more than 100 projects offered by 4-H.
4-H members, along with their leaders, families and community supporters, were honored for all of their accomplishments. Awards presented to members included Project, Service, and Leadership Achievements for record keeping; Livestock record keeping; outstanding first, fifth and tenth year members; secretary and treasurer awards; and Individual Experience awards.
Awards were also given in memory of local Coles County families who served as leaders and advisors to the 4-H program. The Patsy Luedke Community Service Award recognizes a 4-H’er and a club which have planned and conducted an outstanding community service project. Wade Hudson of the Cooks Mills Clovers received the individual award and Cooks Mills Clovers received the club award. The Shultz Memorial Award and the Today’s 4-H’er Tomorrow’s Volunteer Awards are given in remembrance of Bob and Arnieta Schultz, long time dedicated 4-H leaders in Coles County. These awards recognize individuals who give their time and talent back to help their 4-H club and county 4-H activities. Daisy Taylor of Cooks Mills Clovers received the Shultz Memorial Award and Isabel Spear of Cooks Mills Clovers and Ethan Burns of Lincoln Railsplitters received the Today’s 4-H’er Tomorrow’s Volunteer Awards.
Also recognized were the first year volunteers Brad and Ellen Homann of Coles County All Stars and Jenny Kapraun-Veach of Oakland Oakleaves. These individuals stepped up to the challenge to lead a 4-H club and have done an outstanding job their first year!
Every year Coles County recognizes individuals who continue to serve, support, and promote 4-H as an adult. This year we recognized a 4-H alumni who goes above and beyond to continue to support 4-H by providing members with the education of horse safety, lessons, and etiquette. Cassie Kin was the recipient of this year’s 4-H Alumni Award.
Congratulations go to all 4-H members for all of their hard work and efforts throughout the year.
Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.