4-H leaders participate in symposium
Twenty-six Indiana County 4-H leaders and three teens recently participated in the SW PA 4-H Leaders’ Symposium held at the Indiana Holiday Inn. The event attracted nearly 60 4-H volunteers from 11 counties and was designed to provide a volunteer leader training and personal development experience.
The theme of the conference was “Volunteers – The Keys To 4-H Success!” Workshops on the program included craft ideas, quality animal management, presentation skills, technology and tweens, horse program ideas, foods and nutrition, media relationships, sport fishing, risk management, digital photography, clothing, cloverbuds and keys to a successful club.
Several county leaders received recognition at the event. Lori Richardson was honored as an “Outstanding 4-H Leader” by the planning committee.
Richardson has served the county program for five years as a leader with the Marion Center Handy Helpers and Great Eggs-pectations 4-H clubs. She is active beyond the club level and supports programming at county, regional and state levels. She has chaperoned National 4-H Congress, State Teen Conference and Regional Teen Leader Retreat. She serves on the symposium planning committee and also attends state 4-H Leader forums. She also has served as the potato judging team coach for the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Five leaders were recognized for years of service: Ethel Coleman, horse activity leader, 30 years; Anthony Miller and Mary Miller, Treasure Seekers, and Nancy Trimble-Kline, Southern Dairy, 20 years; and David McCoy, Northern Livestock, 15 years. Animal science leaders participating in the event were David McCoy, Tony Miller, Marjie Bezilla, Angela Adams, Clark Bruner, Jeannette McCoy, Julie Moretti, Sue Bracken, Gladys Trimble, Nancy Trimble-Kline, Todd Fulton, Amanda Kanouff, Amy Olson Lowmaster, Donna Meyer and Michael Miller.
Community club leaders involved were Richardson, Connie Bruner, Bruce Shannon and Debbie Beisel. Home economics leaders who participated were Kitty Eget, Mary Miller, Anne Shannon, Elizabeth Buterbaugh, Mary Douglas and Janice Fox. Shooting sports leader William Farmery also attended. Teen leader Marshall Richardson also participated.
Teens Jesse Isenberg and Mary Ann Ostach served as workshop assistants, and Isenberg made remarks as Indiana County 4-H Ambassador. Several county people served as workshop presenters including leaders Kitty Eget, Mary Miller, Mary Douglas and Debbie Beisel; Extension educator Carol Schurman; and Jim Wakefield, retired Indiana Gazette photographer.
Eget, Richardson and Schurman served on the planning committee. Northern Dairy, The Bunny Bunch and Great Eggs-pectations 4-H clubs provided club exhibits. Volunteers at the event were asked to bring a school supply item for a donation to the Kingsley Association in Allegheny County.