4-H Volunteers, Recognized Clubs – Delaware Gazette
Delaware County 4-H supporters, volunteers and clubs were honored by the Delaware County 4-H Advisory Committee at the 80th Annual 4-H Volunteer and Member Appreciation Banquet held on Jan. 25 at the newly built Agricultural Center at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Chip and Wendy Carpenter and Nicki Acker with the Friend of 4-H award recognized for their support of Delaware County’s 4-H program.
Acker has been a consistent supporter of 4-H in Delaware County and is still a high bidder at cattle and baked goods auctions. She continues to carry on her mother’s 4-H legacy. Each year, Acker sponsors five trophies in memory of his family members. Acker has also supported motorhomes over the years.
Carpenters have been instrumental in the 4-H community. They sat for several years on the Pig & Lamb committee. From sweeping the barns to loading the animals at the end of the fair, there was never a job too low or too hard for Wendy, who served on the sales committee and with the late Rex DeVault, she arranged the decorations for the sales ring for both nights. Chip has been a part of the fair and auction for so long it feels like a tradition to many. During the sale, he always takes the time to help maximize the bids for each member’s project and has even bid on the project itself to get the auction started. Through the ups and downs of the fair, Chip and Wendy have been an establishment with deep-rooted 4-H relationships.
Melinda Hornsby of Waldo, Delaware County 4-H Advisory Committee Member, Fundraising Committee Chair and former Homegrown 4 Him Organizational Advisor, has been inducted into the Delaware County 4-H Hall of Fame. Delaware. When you think of 4-H commitment, you think of Hornsby because she lives for every word.
Hornsby began her 4-H career as an organizational consultant 22 years ago in Homegrown 4 Him. She taught proper protocol using fun hands-on lessons and was a go-to resource for all members and families. Hornsby is known for her passion for helping and her exceptional organizational skills. She has helped many members over the years to flourish. In every way – club meetings, community service, fundraisers, helping out at the extension office with project and judging support – Hornsby went above and beyond in every aspect. His gentle, encouraging manner and commitment to being a member-driven club provided many opportunities for members to grow in their own faith, develop leadership skills, and actively participate in service to others.
As quoted by Deann Hollis, “A volunteer’s heart is never measured by size, but by depth of commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.” And for Melinda, you can’t even begin to gauge the depth of her commitment over the past 22 years.
Clubs recognized for outstanding community service were:
• Ashley Jr. Farmers 4-H Club: Consultant Ann Rammelsberg has been involved in several community service projects this year. They donated fleece blankets to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as well as chemo care bags. They also collected socks and underwear for the Delaware County Juvenile Court.
• Critter Run 4-H Club: Julie Lucas, Consultant, cleaned and refurbished a memorial at the Hartford Fairgrounds. They dug up old plants, dug a wider border and filled it with decorative stones and new plants. They also participated in the Sunbury 4th of July Parade where they placed third for their parade float.
• Delaware Town & Country 4-H Club: Councilor Tracey Merrin chose to donate to two different nonprofit organizations this year. Club members brought items to donate to the Humane Society and the People in Need food drive.
• Eagles’ Flight 4-H Club: Angela Willyerd, Advisor, members picked up trash and recycling in their neighborhood. They also participated in NC4K book drives where they donated books to children with cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Members read the authorized books and digitally recorded the readings and added a QR code to the book covers so they could scan and listen to the books.
• Going 4 Gold 4-H Club: Advisor Julie Riley collected items for the Morrow County Humane Society and items for the awards banquet auction. They also collected items for birthday boxes for those in need, donated money for the Delaware County Rabbit and Poultry Committee, Heifer Foundation and Friends Evangelical Church.
• Heartmade 4-H Club: Councilor Christy Worny ran a lemonade stand that sold lemonade, baked goods and bracelets to raise money for the Delaware County Humane Society. With the money they raised, they were able to purchase fabric to make cat blankets, food, and pet supplies.
• Club Scioto Dog 4-H: Holly Levings, counselor, created blessing bags containing hand sanitizer, face masks, toothpaste and more. The bags were then donated to Kilbourne United Methodist Church. The club also sponsored two trophies for the Delaware County Fair.
• Set 4 Success 4-H Club: Amanda Wenner, Advisor, collected 50 items for the Delaware County Humane Society. They also sponsored two trophies for the Delaware County Fair.
• Won By One 4-H Club: Elizabeth Hildebrand, Consultant, cleaned up the landscaping at Hope Lutheran Church and Memory Garden. They weeded the flowerbeds, planted annuals and spread new mulch.
The following individuals were also recognized for reaching a milestone in their years of volunteer service with 4-H:
• Five years: Ellen Andres, Lisa Bauman, Mary Beth Day, Kerri Edwards, Mikayla Gladman, Kayla Henderson, Aaron Jennings, Carla Jennings, Audra Jergens, Morgan Mellen, Amanda Lester, Natasha Murrin, Shelly Privett, Cynthia Vining and Madelyn Wecker
• 10 years old: Kevin Barth, Angela Beekman, Brian Coy, Laurie Coy, Danielle Huffman, Cheryl Murrin, James Murrin, Maggie Pharazyn and Joseph Zambanini
• 15 years old: Amy Barr, Lynette Bendele, Tammy Cain, Dawn Cooke, Carolyn Eselgroth, Carrie Jervis, Rebecaa Karshner, Karen Miller, Amanda Wenner and Benjamin Wenner
• 20 years old: Jennie Beckman, Megan Bell, Betty Lowther, David Pool, Nancy Ramsey and Cheryl Zambanini
• 25 years old: Laura Bain, Jerry Goodson, Elizabeth Harp, Don Howard, Suzy Schupp, Beth Wenner and Pam Williams
• 30 years old: Dick Patrick
• 40 years: Bonnie Goodson and Bev Tidd
• 45 years old: Jackie Blair and Ruth Hing
Suzanne Allen, the late Charles Lynn and Donna Morton were recognized for their 54-year long service as a 4-H volunteer.
Youth interested in joining Delaware County 4-H can contact the extension office by calling 740-833-2030 or visiting https://delaware.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio State University Extension Delaware County.