2014 Volunteers Honored

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l to r: Irene Wilson, Bud Luthman, Ron Rosendale, Lori Wunderlich

Sussex County 4-H honored the volunteers and leaders who contributed to its 2014 program. Seventy two of the 173 adult volunteers attended the annual dinner held at the Baleville Congregational Church in Newton.
The number of years volunteers have participated varies from just a few months to as long as sixty three years! The dinner affords an opportunity to recognize the many contributions volunteers have made to enrich the lives of local youth. In addition to the pins and certificates commemorating volunteer’s years of service, special awards are also presented.
The Sussex County 4-H Youth Development Award is presented to an individual for outstanding and continuous service to the program. Lori Wunderlich has volunteered twenty-five years of service to the 4-H Horse Program. Over the years, she has coached and mentored hundreds of 4-H youth. Lori has shared her expertise not only in Sussex County, but with 4-H members throughout New Jersey helping them prepare for national competitions.
The 4-H Alumni Award recognizes individuals who were active members of 4-H as youth and continue to contribute to the Sussex County 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Irene Wilson, joined 4-H in Illinois as a youth. She credits 4-H with helping her to develop sewing skills that led to her success at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Today Irene shares her expertise with members of the Hardyston Sewing Stars 4-H club.
The Friend of 4-H Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding leadership abilities. This year Sussex County 4-H recognized Carl “Bud” Luthman for his long standing service. Bud was a long time 4-H member, an alumnus and has served as volunteer with the Sussex 4-H Foundation for several years. He has been instrumental in organizing the Foundation’s annual wreath sale fundraiser.
Local businesses are acknowledged through the 4-H Business Award that recognizes outstanding and continuous service to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Dingman’s Dairy supplies the 4-H Teen Council with ice cream for their dairy barn during the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Dingman’s has assisted 4-H teens in their fundraising through generous pricing and donations of equipment. Ron Rosendale accepted the award on behalf of Dingman’s Dairy.
Other volunteers celebrating notable anniversaries with Sussex County 4-H include: Diane Gill, 4-H Teen Council, 20 years; Lori Wunderlich, Bit by Bit (horse club), 25 years; Tara Bowles, Oxbow Raiders (horse club), 45 years; Joy Ricker, Wantage Sewing and Cooking club, 55 years.

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