January 13, 2020 - 3:21pm -- staubach.9

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 4-H volunteers, members and supporters gathered for the annual Hamilton County 4-H Awards Banquet to recognize the outstanding achievements of the 4-H youth. Presented by the Hamilton County Community Fair Association at Miami Whitewater United Methodist Church the event was hosted by OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tony Staubach

Dinner was donated by the Hamilton County 4-H families. The highlight of the meal was the farm fresh, locally sourced chicken by the Roell and Tumlin families. Together they cared for 70+ chicks that 4-H members hatched at the Hamilton County Community Fair and the Harvest Home Fair.

Special thanks must be given to the Hamilton County Community Fair Association who work tirelessly to put on the Hamilton County Community Fair annually. This fair is on July 8-11, 2020 at Stricker’s Grove.

Additional thanks was given to the L&L Nippert Charitable Trust and the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their support of the Hamilton County Chick Quest Program, The KinderGarden School and the Hamilton County Farm Bureau for their support of the annual Cincinnati Buckeye Run (September 6, 2020 at Spring Grove Cemetery) and to the Hamilton County Commissioners for their continued support.

A reminder was shared about the generous gift from Dr. Nancy and Col. David Bull. Thanks to their support OSU can enhance the impact on the 4-H program for generations to come. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, as a challenge gift to other donors to support of Hamilton County 4-H. To donate click here.

The single largest gift to Hamilton County 4-H was the in-kind support from the volunteers. Hundreds of individuals support 4-H throughout the year but 30+ ongoing volunteers were recognized at this year’s banquet. The combined value of volunteer serve exceeded $85,000.

Prior to dinner 4-H member and “I Dare You” award winner Beth Mason reminded everyone to “celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, both personal and as an organization.”

Following Dinner OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tony Staubach read his original work titled “Walk On” reminding attendees that they were on a good path to success through 4-H.

Recognized at the banquet were the 34 projects, 27 4-H members and 6 alternates who were eligible for state fair. Caroline Hall Hennig of Caroline Hall Hennig Agency sponsored the Top Exhibitor awards from the Hamilton County Community Fair. More than 20 youth were recognized for their accomplishments.

Three youth were recognized as the 2019 scholarship winners. Calin Petro, Seth Tumlin, Daniel Kelhoffer. Also recognized were the 2019 Hamilton County Honor Clubs. Gorman Heritage Farm 4-H Club, Western Hill 4-H Club, the Future Finders 4-H Club and the Livestock.

The “I Dare You” Leadership Award recognizes young people who have the character traits and capacities for leadership.  This year’s recipients are Seth Tumlin and Beth Mason. 

The event concluded with a thank you from OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tony Staubach and a reminder to check the calendar for all the exciting events in the future and that 4-H is working on building an endowment and seeking matching gifts. To donate click here! To learn more about 4-H email Staubach.9@osu.edu.