Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans County 4-H Senior Council hosted a hunting themed Achievement Night on Oct. 24 to recognize their peers’ contributions to a successful 4-H year. Awards and recognition were given to 4-Hers and clubs who had gone above and beyond in the 2012-2013 4-H program year.
The Horse Program Development Committee recognized two 4-Hers by presenting them with the H.P.D.C. Award, which is given to Junior and Senior 4-H members who have demonstrated leadership within Orleans County 4-H, faithfully performed community service, and proven themselves to be excellent role models for other 4-H members. This year, the Jr. H.P.D.C. Award was given to Loren Beam and the Sr. Award was given to Kristy Mundaniohl.
Clubs having 100 percent re-enrollment were: Busy Bees, H.O.R.S.E., K-9 Companions, Kendall Country Kids, Lazy Ranchers, Leaf No Plant Behind, Lyndonville Mongrels, Needle Threaders, Orleans County (O.C.) Buds, O.C. Robotics, O.C. Beef Club, O.C. Goat Herders, O.C. Heelers, O.C. Horsefeathers, O.C. Meat Goat Producers, Rabbit Raisers, Outback Orleans, Paw Praisers, and the Wranglers.
The Super Clubs for the past 4-H programming year were also announced. They received certificates recognizing their outstanding efforts and participation in 4-H events. The 2012-2013 Super Club award recipient in the large-size club category was the Lyndonville Mongrels and the runner up was the Rabbit Raisers. In the medium-size club category, Leaf No Plant Behind won the title and the Lazy Ranchers were the runner up. The top club in the small-size club category was the O.C. Buds.
The Dedicated Journalist Award recognizes a 4-H Club Reporter who turns in eight or more news reports for the 4-H News on-time during the program year. This award was presented to Brooke Kiefer of the K-9 Companions 4-H Club.
Honorable Mention recognition went to Jacques Gregoire, Adia Wachob, and Peggy-Jo Gabalski.
The Honorary Secretary Award recognizes a 4-H Club Secretary who turns in nine or more secretary reports on time during the program year and was awarded to Maggie Gabalski of the O.C. Rabbit Raisers.
The Family and Consumer Science committee recognized one individual who has made outstanding contributions promoting and participating in the Orleans County 4-H Family and Consumer Science Program for the first time this year. The winner of the 2013 Family and Consumer Science Member or the year was Rachel Gregoire.
Project records are eligible to be judged for Project Champion once their Club Leaders have evaluated their records and deemed them worthy of consideration. Records are judged on their completeness, quality, quantity of activities, leadership, community service, demonstration experience, and neatness. The Project Champions are: Megan Leight, Dog Junior; Aeddon Cayea, Wilderness Survival Junior; Nicole Mrzywka, Meat Goat Junior; Natalie Mrzywka, Meat Goat Senior; Rachel Gregoire, Poultry Junior; Claudia Drechsel, Poultry Senior; Nic Culver, Public Presentations Junior; John Gabalski, Rabbit Junior; Peggy-Jo Gabalski, Rabbit Senior; Andrew Moore, Sheep Junior; Mandy Armer, Sheep Senior; Jayden Neal, Swine Junior; Zachary Neal, Swine Junior; Gabrielle Uderitz, Horse Junior; Madison Bale, Horse Junior; Emily Harling, Horse Junior; Kylie Narburgh, Horse Junior; Rebecca Albrecht, Horse Senior; Rachel Gregoire, Horticulture Junior; Will Gregoire, Clothing and Textiles Junior.
Jacob Wachob also presented heartfelt words of appreciation to 4-H leaders who had a priceless positive impact on his life and all the 4-H members in Orleans County. He also recognized Mrs. Janice Giltner, who had been a 4-H leader for over 40 years, stating, “Mrs. Giltner demonstrated the epitome of a devoted woman to this organization…(she) was a friend to 4-Hers everywhere; whether it was sewing projects, military mailgrams, holiday faire, public presentation judging etc. she was there for us. As I look around, I see several leaders in this building that mirror the selfless attitude of Mrs. Giltner, and I am blessed by them. Thank you to every leader that has ever served our county’s 4-H program, I truly cannot put into words how much your efforts mean to me.”