I’m very excited to share that on Oct. 3, the Michigan 4-H Foundation hosted the 4-H Town and Country Gala for Michigan’s Youth at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. This gala launched the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future, and honored recipients of the Michigan 4-H Citation Award, the members of the 4-H Emerald Clover Society Class of 2014 and the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award winners.
Kent County 4-H alumnus Dick Posthumus, former Michigan lieutenant governor who was inducted into the 4-H Emerald Clover Society in 2002, served as the master of ceremonies
The following awards were presented:
- Michigan 4-H Citation Award is the highest recognition presented by Michigan 4-H. The contributions of honorees have served to expand the capacity of Michigan 4-H to make positive impacts on the lives of Michigan’s young people in significant and meaningful ways.
- The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors Michigan 4-H alumni whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership – extraordinary use of an individual’s head, heart, hands and health to make communities, the country and the world better places in which to live.
- The Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award (funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Endowment Fund) recognizes outstanding achievements of Michigan 4-H volunteers or groups who have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; or veterinary science. Honorees designate a $1,000 award to a 4-H agricultural program of their choice.
4-H Citation Award recipients were Pamala R. Babbitt of Muskegon and the Michigan Division of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association.
The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society inductees were Jamie Clover Adams, Lansing; Kelly Boles Chapman, Bellevue; state Sen. Judy K. Emmons, Sheridan; state Sen. Joseph R. Hune, Fowlerville; Betsy McPherson Knox, East Lansing; Harmony L. Nowlin, Elwell; Matthew T. Shane, Manchester; Douglas A. Sprik, Hamilton; Doris Stuever, Lynn; Susan L. Safford Traubenkraut, Frankenmuth; and Karen L. Waite, Mason.
The Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award recipients were Marci René Charest, Lansing; Patti Christmas, Eaton Rapids; and Ray Kuehnlein, Monroe.
Congratulations to all recipients!