Delaware County 4-H Volunteer Banquet Held

Michaela 4-H Banquet

The 64th annual Delaware County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held on November 4 at the Earlville United Parish in Earlville.
Loras Bagge, 4-H Youth Committee member and Michaela Collins, County Youth Coordinator, presented the 4-H Awards of the Clover certificates and pins to 4-H club leaders, project leaders and Youth Committee members who have served 5 years and at 5-year increments thereafter.  Five year honorees were Vicki Fortman and Colleen Bonert.  Jean Domeyer, Patty Conrad and Tammy Eibey were recognized for 20 years of service.  Iowa 4-H Foundation and Iowa State University Extension jointly sponsor Awards of the Clover for 4-H volunteer service.
Gene Tinker and Jerry Maker were presented with 4-H Alumni Awards.   4-H Alumni winners are former 4-H members whose achievements exemplify effective citizenship, leadership, community and public service.  Mike Loecke was presented with 4-H Honorary Awards.  4-H Honorary awards recognize adults who are not former 4-H members but who have given service and leadership to 4-H, community service and success in a chosen career.
The “Meritorious Service To 4-H” plaque was given to the Delaware County Farm Bureau.  This award is given to a businesses or individuals who have given time and/or resources to support the Delaware County 4-H program.
Michaela Conklin and Breanna Recker were awarded the national I Dare You Leadership Awards in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership. 
The I Dare You award was first offered in 1941 by the late 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.  The Award takes its name from the book, I Dare You! written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.  Over 7000 high schools and 4-H programs participate in the program each year.  Each county 4-H program can select outstanding members to receive the award.
In addition to a certificate of recognition, each recipient received a copy of Danforth's inspirational book, I Dare You!  which they are encouraged to read and pass on to ten others within the next year.
Harold & Gladys Childs Family, Allen F. & Ruth Remling Family, George Shearer, James R. & Frances Shover Family, Tom and Pam Sellner, Virginia Hall, Gary (Otis) Helmrichs Family, the 4-H Foodstand, and Delaware County 4-H Foundation were recognized for their continued support of county 4-H scholarships that were presented last spring at graduation. 
The Delaware County 4-H Foundation recognized those who have made a difference thru their support to the county endowment program.
A silent auction of 4-H items was sponsored by the Delaware County 4-H Foundation. The 4-H Food Stand, Delaware County Farm Bureau and Delaware County Fair Board provide financial support of the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet.
Any individual interested in joining the 4-H program either as a member or volunteer should contact the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Delaware County at 563-927-4201 or The 4-H program is open to all youth in grades K-12 without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion or disability.
Michaela Conklin
CYC Michaela Collins congratulates Michaela Conklin - a member of the Coffins Grove Guys & Gals Club - on being named one of this year's recipients of the "I Dare You!" Award. 
 Gene Tinker
4-H Youth Committee Chair Loras Bagge congratulates Gene Tinker, who received the 4-H Alumni Award at the banquet. Gene, a 9-year member of the Elk Chargers, helps with livestock shows at the fair and assists individual 4-H'ers with their projects.
 Jean Domeyer Patty Conrad
Jean Domeyer and Patty Conrad received recognition for their volunteer service to 4-H.  Both were honored with the Award of the Diamond Clover for 20 years of service.
Delaware County Farm Bureau
Delaware County Farm Bureau received the Meritorious Service Award for their support of the new show ring at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. CYC Michaela Collins presented Kevin Maloney with the honor for Delaware County Farm Bureau's continual support of youth and agriculture.

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