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Heart of 4-H Award Winners 2014
January: Connie Kreikemeier
Connie has been leader of the Super Shamrocks 4-H club for three years and she helped the previous leader for three years. Super Shamrocks has been a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence for several years. Connie also has volunteered during judging of 4-H static exhibits at the Lancaster County Super Fair and helped at 4-H food booth at fair.
“I enjoy watching the youth learn new ideas and also love seeing their achievements at the county fair,” says Connie. “I enjoy helping the youth learn life skills that will benefit them in the future. If it is learning how to bake or learning how to give back to the community, I hope I have touched their lives in some way.”
February: Jean Nabity
Jean has volunteered about five years with Lancaster County 4-H, and before that, about five years with Seward County 4-H.
In this county, Jean has helped in various ways: a project leader for the 4-H Explorers club | 4-H Clover College instructor and volunteer | co-superintendent of the 4-H Poultry Show at the Lancaster County Super Fair | volunteered at the 4-H Food Booth at Super Fair.
“I like being a 4-H volunteer because it keeps me actively involved with my kids,” Jean says. “My favorite experience as a 4-H volunteer is definitely county fair. From the hustle and rush of getting projects and animals ready and in on time, to the hours spent just hanging out with family and other 4-H friends during each day of the fair.”
March: Teresa Brandt
A 4-H volunteer for six years, Teresa started as leader of the horseless club, Star Spangled Saddles. Four years ago, she started the Boots ‘N’ Hooves club with three youth and it has grown to 15 members. She has been a superintendent of English and Western 4-H horse shows at the Lancaster County 4-H Super Fair. She is also a member of the Horse Volunteers in Program Service (VIPS) Committee and a tester at group horsemanship level testings.
“I like being a 4-H volunteer because I have gotten to see these kids grow up into young adults and even see a couple off to college,” Teresa says. “They surprise me with their dedication to their horses and the project as well as their loyalty to their club and their dedication to service. I get the chance to help them try new and exciting volunteer opportunities. I am always learning from these amazing kids and I hope I’ve been able to teach them some things along the way too. It is incredibly easy to dedicate my time when I have kids as great as these. My favorite experience as a 4-H volunteer has been getting to see a few of these kids go from not even owning a horse to being responsible horse owners and amazing showmen. Watching my kids have success in the show ring and in their lives is why I volunteer for 4-H."
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