Butler County 4-H’ers were recently recognized for career achievements at the 4-H Council Achievement Event held at the Bellwood Community Hall. Special Awards were presented to volunteers for significant contributions and leadership to the 4-H program. Receiving plaques were Deb Svec, Friend of 4-H; Becky Kresha, 4-H Alumni; and Oak Creek Sporting Club, Outstanding Business. 4-H members receiving top honors with the 4-Square Award were Brittany Hilfiker, David City and Ty Steager, Rising City. The 4-Square award is based on character and involvement in the 4-H program. Nominations were reviewed and chosen by the Butler County 4-H Council.
Pins and certificates were presented for career portfolio recordkeeping. Career Portfolios sited for distinction included: Dulcie Archuleta, Isaac Archuleta, Camille Cox, Lucas Cox, Jenna Rathje, Alesha Rethwisch, Karli Shalon and Nyla Witzel. Alesha Rethwisch’s portfolio was selected for state competition in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Leadership/Citizenship.
The recognition event was also the venue for celebrating years of participation for members and leaders. Membership pins were given to youth for 1, 3, 6, 9, and 11 years of participation in 4-H. Eleven year members included: Amanda Clymer, Seth Hoffman, Brooke Kresha, Kelsey Papa, Tyler Romshek and Clayton Schmitt. Leaders receiving milestone year pins were: Corry Bouc, Saddle & Surrey 4-H Club, 10 years; Carol Fuxa, Great Plains 4-H Club and Dana Rethwisch, Rising Stars 4-H Club, 15 years; and Colleen Coufal, Plum Creek 4-H Club, 25 years.