WALSENBURG- 4-H members and their families gathered on Sunday, October 12 at the 4-H Building in La Veta to have their annual 4-H Achievement Banquet. Master of Ceremonies for the program was Stephen Kimbrel, 4-H Council President.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steven Garcia and the 4-H Pledge by Samantha Smith. Invocation was given by Keith Tatman of Walsenburg.
First on the agenda was a presentation by Hallie Homerding and Adam Kimbrel who traveled to Washington, D.C. during the summer to attend the Citizenship Washington Focus program as our county’s delegates. Homerding and Kimbrel reported on the many sites of interest they were able to visit as well as the activities they participated in involving our legislature. Jill Homerding, Spanish Peaks Wranglers 4-H Club leader, accompanied them as chaperone.
Next, Amy Hart, Interim Extension Director, presented the following pins and certificates: First Year: Shaylee Andreatta, Hanna Kleinschmidt, William Rowland, Sofia Schneider, Kyle Brooks, Lauren LaGow, Abigail Sharp, Randy Sharp, Carissa Cardenas, Ty Ridings, Rachael Schneider and Aliyah Valerio. Fifth Year: Tyler Duzenack, Gabrielle Ratajczak, Steven Garcia, Ashton Rinker, and Kyon Kreutzer. Tenth Year: Kasie Wagenfehr. Clover Bud Certificates: Cheyenne Holman and MaLeigha Menegatti. Completion certificates were then handed out to the remaining 4-H members for their participation and completion of one or more projects this year. Leader Pins and Certificates were awarded to Colette Wahl, for one year; Sherry Pearson, five years; Cindy Jameson, ten years; Albert Anselmo, fifteen years; and Sherry Freese, twenty years.
Fashion Revue pins were received by Brianna Crump and Ann Rowland for the county revue and Gabrielle Ratajczak for the state revue.
The Snowy Range Club of La Veta was presented with a check for their Window Display designed to promote National 4-H Week October 5-11 as well as a certificate for their participation in the Community Pride program which involves interacting with Senior Citizens in La Veta throughout the year.
The following members who received a champion placing at the county 4-H fair were given a certificate of achievement and a pin: Megan Valdez, pack goat; Samantha McCay, rabbits; Samantha Ridings, photography; Hallie Homerding, cake decorating; Lauren LaGow, horseless horse; Ashton Rinker, jr. best overall horse; Brianna Crump, sr. best overall horse; Steven Garcia, poultry; Ariel Jameson, foods; Ann Rowland, clothing; Elizabeth Wahl, dog; Kasie Wagenfehr, swine; Jessica Uebler, beef; and Gabrielle Ratajczak, heritage arts, bread, shooting sports and visual arts.
All 4-H clubs in the area, Snowy Range, Huerfano Highlanders, Columbine Club and Spanish Peaks Wrangers were presented with a certificate for having seventy-five percent or more of their members complete at least one project this year. Snowy Range club leaders Charlene Anselmo and Theresa Kimbrel were recognized by the club’s members and presented with a gift. Angela Treece, Extension secretary, was also thanked by the group and presented with gifts from 4-H Council and the Snowy Range Club.
Next, the following were installed as newly elected officers of 4-H Council by Frances Elley and Amy Hart: Stephen Kimbrel, president; Hallie Homerding, vice-president; Brianna Crump, secretary; Ariel Jameson, Treasurer; Samantha Smith, reporter; Steven Garcia, Jr. Senator; and Adam Kimbrel, Sr. Senator. Adult advisors are Cindy Jameson, Frances Elley, Bill Smith and Albert Anselmo. Outgoing officers are Jasmine Holman and Jessica Myers. Lynn Myers and Nathan Holman are outgoing adult advisors.
The recipient of the I Dare You Leadership Award is Adam Kimbrel of La Veta. Adam has been an active member of the Snowy Range Club and 4-H Council for a number of years and was 4-H Ambassador for the first time this year. As ambassador he worked to promote the 4-H program and 4-H fair to the public, therefore, he is very deserving of this award.
And last of all, Scott Hawkenson of the Huerfano Highlanders club was announced as the 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Mr. Hawkenson has been a member of the Huerfano County Fair Board for several years and has served as livestock superintendent and assisted with many of the board’s activities.
4-H welcomes participation. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining 4-H please contact Angela Treece at 738-2170, or stop by the CSU Extension Office located at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue in Walsenburg.