MIDDLEBURY — Elkhart County's 4-H adult volunteer leaders were recognized during a banquet at Das Dutchman Essenhaus on Monday, Nov. 5.
There are 452 community members who volunteered as 4-H leaders, helping young people in grades three through 12 get the most out of their 4-H experience. These members hold regular meetings, attend trainings, with 4-H students on an individual basis as they prepare for fair preparations and more.
Jeanette Prenkert of Jeanette's Fabric Boutique, Jack Lengacher, president of the 2012 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board, Rita Overholser and Wendy and Rick Sapp were presented with the “Friend of 4-H” award, given to those who have contributed in some way to the county's 4-H program.
Diane Kritzman, assistant leader of the 4-H lamb club, was presented with the Bronze Award for one to five years of leadership. Regina Goodman, organizational leader of the 4-H rabbit club, won the Silver Award for six to 11 years of leadership and Jeff and Doris Biller, who lead the 4-H bicycle club, won the Gold Award for 12 years or more of leadership.
Sue Perri, who has been involved in the 4-H poultry club and the Exploring 4-H program for 31 years, won the Platinum Award for her leadership.
Steve Books, Curt and Jen VanCuren, Shelly Brubacher and Dee Rassi were presented with Adult Leader Service Awards after retiring from their leadership roles.
The families of Judy Lewis, who served for 17 years in the Happy Clovers 4-H club, and Helen Yoder, who served for 47 years in the Middlebury 4-H club, were presented with certificates honoring the two women who passed away in 2012.
Pam Brock, Teresa Evans, Colleen Prough and Beth Yoder won the Spirit of 4-H award, which was given to adult volunteers for the first time this year.