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Local 4-H volunteers recognized at Indiana State Fair


Kelly and mike Howe, Sharon Heare, Sandra Maratin, and Richard Frey of LaGrange were recognized on Saturday, August 11 for their years as a 4-H volunteer on LaGrange County.

Mike and Kelly Howe have been leaders with the Horse and Pony club for 20 years. Sharon Heare have been with the Dog club for 25 years. Sandra Maratin has been with the Topeka Happy Workers for 25 years and Richard Frey has been affiliated with the Draft Horse program for 20 years.

Each year, the Indiana 4-H Foundation and State 4-H Program at Purdue recognize the outstanding contributions of adult 4-H volunteers who help make the 4-H youth development program a success.

According to Dr. Renee McKee, State 4-H Program Leader, “The hard work and dedication of 4-H volunteers significantly contribute to the success of the 4-H Youth Development Program in Indiana. Although we feel certain that viewing the accomplishments of the young people with whom they have worked is rewarding to volunteers, we are also committed to recognizing them on this special day at the Indiana State Fair.”

In 2012, 304 individuals were recognized as tenured 4-H volunteers, representing a total of 8,345 years of service to the Indiana 4-H Program. Tenured volunteers are first recognized once they have completed 20 years of service and are subsequently recognized every five years. Each tenured volunteer received a gift with the 4-H emblem and their years of service. The volunteers are also invited to a meal following the recognition program.

Primary sponsors of the tenured volunteer program and recognition were Beck’s Hybrids, Reynold’s Farm Equipment, Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, Dow AgroSciences, Indiana 4-H Foundation, and Purdue University Extension Service.