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Wyoming State 4-H Office

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3354

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-5170

Fax: (307)766-3998

Email: 4-H@uwyo.edu

Volunteer Awards

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Recognizing 4-H Volunteers

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Each year, county 4 H programs can nominate two outstanding individual volunteers to receive the 4 H Salute to Excellence Awards. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4 H volunteer while the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4 H less than 10 years. Four regional winners are chosen in each award category per year and from the four regional winners one state winner is identified. Contact your local 4-H Educator to nominate a 4-H leader in your county today! Nominations are due in October each year.

Previous Award Recipients

 

2020 State Winners

Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer:

Corrina Knighten
Region: Northeast
County: Campbell
 Corrina has been a leader in Campbell and Laramie Counties for 26 years. This past year she was recognized as Overall Leader of the year for Campbell County. She has been a very strong leader in her club as well as the Horse and Dog projects. Corrina is Club Leader for the Cats & Critters 4-H Club. She has also been a leader in Campbell County Horse Judging, Horse Royalty, Hippology, and Dog SkillaThon teams for many years. Corrina has helped with scoring and reasons at State contests and has assisted at State Horse Camp, as well as helping taking teams to national Horse Judging contests. Corrina's club is very active in community service.

Volunteer of the Year

Becky Perkins
Region: Northwest
County: Big Horn
 Becky has been a 4-H leader for 10 years in Big Horn County. She is passionate about breeding and market sheep and goat projects, but is willing to learn and support all projects. She and her husband started the 9er's 4-H Club in Lovell, and it has grown to be the largest and most active club in Big Horn County. Becky has served on the Leader's Council for 10 years and is the current Vice President. She also helps at 307 Judgings and Showcase Showdown. Becky takes a huge role (cinnamon rolls!) in county fundraisers, as well as club fundraising, and supports all youth events.


2020 Regional Winners

Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

Region: Southeast
Linda Kraft
 Linda has been a 4-H club and project leader in Carbon County for 36 years! She was inducted into the Carbon County 4-H Hallo of Fame in 2003 for her exemplary leadership and dedication to the program. As the B.E.V.O. 4-H Club Leader she organizes meetings, community service and educational opportunities for her club members. Linda is also Horse Council/Horse Project leader, and is the key horse project leader for Carbon County. She is also a member of the Record Book Judging Team and has sat on the Educator Hiring Committee.

Region: Northwest
Melissa Petzold
Melissa has been a Sheridan County 4-H Leader 29 years. She is an active member of the 4-H Council and Livestock Committee as well. She previously served as Market Goat project leader, and is the current Dairy Goat leader. Melissa was honored as the Sheridan County Outstanding Leader in 2019, and is Club Leader for the Renegades 4-H Club. She developed the "cowless/goatless" dairy project for the Sheridan County area that allows members to do a project on the process of milking and making products with milk. Melissa also helps coordinate indoor judging for 4-H at the fair, and helps to run events.

Region: Southwest
Pat Rodenbaugh
Pat has been a 4-H Leader in Lincoln County for 24 years. He is the Hamsfork Hands 4-H Shooting Sports Club Leader, and has done a wonderful job building the Shooting Sports Program. He has helped tremendously to grow his club to be one of the largest clubs in Lincoln County, and club members really enjoy learning from him.

Volunteer of the Year

Region: Northwest
Erin Wright
Erin has been a 4-H Leader in Washakie County for 6 years, and won the Washakie County Volunteer of the Year award in 2019. She is the Community Club Leader for the Renegades 4-H Club. As Officer at Large on the 4-H Council she is willing to do research to help find funding for large purchases and has reviewed local bylaws for updates. Erin is also and active member of the Junior Livestock Sales Committee, and volunteers to organize parade floats for Washakie County 4-H. She also organizes her club for the 4-H Food Booth at fair, and provides livestock for the county Livestock Judging contest.

Region: Northeast
Dane Joslyn
Dane has been a Campbell County 4-H leader for 3 years, prior to that she was a very active parent. In 2020 she was recognized as the Campbell County Overall General Leader of the Year. This year she will take over as Club Leader for the Wild West 4-H Club. This past year Dane signed up to be the Fabric and Fashion superintendent for Campbell County Fair. She is also active in the Dog and Shooting Sports programs. This year she also lead an effort with the Dog members to fundraise for group shirts.

Region: Southeast
Cale and Jacinda Waldrip
Cale and Jacinda have been Carbon County 4-H Leaders for 10 years. They are passionate about Archery and love sharing that passion with youth. They also volunteer as members of the Shooting Sports Council. Every year they apply for an extensive grant from Sinclair Oil to purchase Archery and other shooting sports program equipment. They help annually to organize the County Shoot and coordinate resources between the shooting sports programs in Carbon County for State Shoot.

Region: Southwest
Ericka Putnam
Ericka has been a Lincoln County 4-H Leader for 2 years. She serves as the Meadow Grazers 4-H Club leader for sheep and goat and swine projects. She is also President of the Star Valley Parent Leader Group. Ericka was awarded Lincoln County's Oustanding Leader Award for the Star Valley area in 2020. That award is voted on my members, parents, and leaders.

 


 

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Wyoming State 4-H Office

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3354

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-5170

Fax: (307)766-3998

Email: 4-H@uwyo.edu

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