4-H leader appreciation held
“A Visit Across The Pond!” was the theme of the recent Indiana County 4-H Leader Appreciation Dinner. S&T Bank sponsored the evening’s program that recognized the 69 volunteers involved with the county program. The program for the evening was a review of a 4-H dairy trip that Carol and Gene Schurman chaperoned to Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.
A special part of the program was the recognition of county leaders who have participated in special programs and won honors this year. Debbie Beisel was honored for her work with the 4-H forestry program and again having team members qualify for the national contest. Marjorie Bezilla was recognized as the 2013 southwest Pennsylvania 4-H Leaders’ Symposium Outstanding Leader. Kitty Eget was honored as the chairwoman of the southwest Pennsylvania 4-H Leaders’ Symposium committee. A special 4-H “thank you” went to Lori Richardson for always being willing to chaperone 4-H events.
Jesse Isenberg, 4-H Ambassador, served as emcee for the evening. Bruce Shannon, Marion Center Handy Helpers, gave the invocation, and Lori Richardson, Marion Center Handy Helpers, led the pledges. Mary Ann Ostach and Alexis Elgin provided remarks as Indiana County 4-H Ambassadors. Gary Sheppard, District 6 Extension Director, also spoke.
Leaders were recognized for years of service with certificates and pins:
New leaders: Michael Bridge, Elizabeth Buterbaugh, Larissa Petika, Shelia Stibrik, Susan Bracken and Ashley Sloan.
First year: Angela Adams, Alyssa Antalis, Wendy Cahill, Kristine Cook, Carolyn Detweiler, Stacy Ghiardi, Jenna Hawk, Jennifer Fedder, Beth Kobak, Jeannette McCoy, Kari Zaragoza
Second year: Donna Meyer, Mandy Stiles, Shannon Tokar
Third year: Pat Debnar, Gretchen Buterbaugh, Debbie Malicky
Fourth year: Christine Hile, Raymond Hile, Robin Laney, Michele Olson, Kevin Porter, Lori Richardson
Fifth year: Award of the Silver Clover: Todd Fulton, Amanda Kanouff, Steve Kunselman, Krista Peles, Jodi Sisitki
Sixth year: Heidi Higbee, Julie Moretti, Lorelei Smathers
Seventh year: Evan Farmery, Brad Trout, Dawn Trout
Eighth year: Kim Bishop, Edward Kocinski, Natalie McKee, Michael Miller, Kristine Sloan, Marcy Williams
Ninth year: Mary Douglas
Tenth year: Award of the Gold Clover — Lee Hudzicki, Kim Rhea
12th year: Tawnette Arford, Richard Bishop
14th year: David McCoy
15th year: Award of the Pearl Clover — Amy Olson Lowmaster
16th year: Dian Matko
17thyear: Debbie Beisel, William Farmery
18th year: Dawn Smith
19th year: Anthony Miller, Mary Joy Miller, Nancy Trimble-Kline
20th year: Award of the Diamond Clover — Bertha Ackerson
21st year: Clark Bruner Jr.
22nd year: Connie Bruner, Bruce Shannon
23rd year: Anne Shannon
25th year: Award of the Emerald Clover — Gladys Trimble
26th year: Kitty Eget
29th year: Ethel Coleman
32th year: Pam Nealer
35rd year: Janice Fox
40th year: Award of the Diamond Clover — Marjorie Bezilla
PHOTO: Leaders who reached milestones in volunteer service to the county 4-H program were honored recently at the Indiana County 4-H Leader Recognition Dinner. Pictured, from left, are Jesse Isenberg, 4-H Ambassador and emcee; Marjie Bezilla, Shawnee Riders, 40 years of service; Amy Lowmaster, Northern Livestock, 15 years of service; Mary Ann Ostach, 4-H Ambassador; Bertha Ackerson, Northern Dairy, 20 years of service; and Gary Sheppard, District 6 Extension Director. (Submitted photo)