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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

 

2019 State Winners

Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer:

Deana Maul
Region: Northeast
County: Campbell
Deana has been a leader in Campbell County for 21 years but has been a lifelong 4-H member. She has been the county 4-H Council Vice-President since 2009, and is President of the  State 4-H Shooting Sports Board. Deana is a club leader, shooting sports superintendent and teaches Hunter Safety. Her 4-H educator states "Deana is one of our strongest leaders at the county level". She is active on many county committees, and volunteered this year to help plan Achievement Night. Deana also attends 4-H camp annually. She helps in securing funding for the local shooting sports program through assisting with the four grants every year. Deana also devotes her time as a Superintendent for the county fair, and organizes volunteers for the Campbell County Shoot.

Volunteer of the Year

Marquita McNees
Region: Southeast
County: Carbon
Marquita has been a 4-H leader for 9 years for the Leo Cowpokes 4-H Club, and sits on the Carbon County Horse Council. She drives from her remote ranch to help with Record Book judging week every year. The Leo Cowpokes are the smallest club in Carbon County, but due to Marquita's leadership and commitment they are consistently the club that does the most community service and create the most opportunities for members to learn skills and attend county-wide events. Marquita is the goat, sheep, poultry, and horse leader for her club. She coaches and organizes learning experiences for all four species for her club members. Her 4-H educator states "She has been a consistent and valuable resource for her club's youth".


2019 Regional Winners

Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

Region: Southeast
Vicky Walker
Vicky has been a certified volunteer in Albany County for 16 years. She has been the Key Project Leader for the Dog project for 13 years. She attends both county 4-H Council and State 4-H Dog Development meetings. Vicky provides equipment so that all youth can participate in the program, and ensures that is is a positive experience for all. She goes above and beyond meeting with families, and makes sure that all youth interested in the dog project have an animal to compete with. Vicky secures grants as well as facilitating fundraising and community services opportunities for youth.

Region: Northwest
Matt Lentsch
Matt has been a Washakie County 4-H Leader with the Roadrunners 4-H Club for the past 14 years. This past year he donated all the archery equipment for the H<>W 4-H Camp. Matt helps with the sports fishing activity station during the 4-H Pancake Breakfast. He ensured that youth have access to archery equipment by starting a bow lending program provided through his own personal funds and funds from Paintrock Hunter Mentor Program. Matt is an active leader in the Archery, Shotgun, Outdoor Recreation, Horse, Youth Leadership, Wildlife & Hunting, and Sports Fishing projects.

Region: Southwest
Debbie Fitch
Debbie has been a 4-H Leader in Uinta County for 15 years and prior to that was a leader in Big Horn County for many years. She is co-leader for the Show Kid's 4-H club. As a member of the county Junior Livestock Sale Committee, she serves as a liaison between the committee and the Uinta County Fairboard. Debbie is a founder and barn leader of YAP the Youth Ag. Program, which allows youth that live in town to be part of animal projects by providing a place to keep animals. She also assists with sheep shearing camps, record book judging, planning committees, and achievement night. She also helped develop the concept of youth running a livestock show.

Volunteer of the Year

Region: Northwest
Brian Voss
Brian has been a 4-H Leader in Washakie County for 8 years, and won the Washakie County Volunteer of the Year award in 2018. He is a board member for the H<>W that manages the 4-H camp. As an assistant Archery leader Brian has helped the club's community service projects by building rail fencing and benches. Brian successfully submitted an application for Washakie County 4-H to receive a donation from WBI Energy, and assisted the H<>W board in receiving a grant from Daniel's Fund to upgrade camp facilities. He also assists with the 4-H food booth and the shooting sports pop booth during county fair.

Region: Northeast
Ellen Lesher
Ellen has been a Campbell County 4-H leader for 4 years, prior to that she was an active parent and youth member. She started the Buckles and Boots 4-H Club in 2016, and membership has grown to 50 youth since then. This past year Ellen assisted to have a National Livestock clinic for youth around the state, and is currently working to have another clinic this year. Ellens efforts to assist club fundraiser have enabled club members to attend 4-H Camp. She emphasizes sportsmanship to her club members during fair.

Region: Central
Kenny Jensen
Kenny has been a Niobrara County 4-H Leader for 4 years with the Lance Creek 4-H Club. As leader he helped the club start county wide fundraising for "4-Hers Helping 4-Hers", a fund established for the 4-H members affected by the catastrophic flooding in Nebraska. During this time he has been instrumental in expanding the county Shooting Sports program. His enthusiasm for the program and 4-H helps recruit new members each year. Kenny is also a Hunter Education instructor and Vice-President of the Niobrara County 4-H Leaders Council, and has been a range commander at State Shoot.

Region: Southeast
Mike & Mai Lee Olsen
Mike and Mai Lee have been Goshen County 4-H Leaders for 7 years. As meats judging coaches they have coached 2 teams to finish within the top three ranking at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest. They also volunteer as record book judges, clerk during the Interview Judging at county fair, and as robotics instructors. Mai Lee was in integral part of the 2015 Leaders Conference in Torrington. Mike and Mai Lee are also tremendous financial supporters for Goshen County 4-H.

Region: Southwest
Brigette Benson
Brigette has been a Sweetwater County 4-H Leader for 4 years. She serves as Sweetwater County 4-H Council Secretary, and is the Co-Coordinator of the Sweetwater County Annual Fitting Clinic weekend. As the club leader of the Corral Crew Community 4-H Club she helps with horse, beef, sheep, and swine projects.

 


 

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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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