Nearly 200 Buncombe County 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders, family members and community leaders gathered to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and kick off the North Carolina 4-H Centennial on January 23, 2009. The theme for the event, which was held at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, was Buncombe County 4-H — No Leaf Left Unturned.
The highlights of the evening were the naming of the Outstanding Leader, Club and Member awards. Mary McGlauflin, Buncombe County 4-H Agent, presented the 2008 Buncombe County Outstanding 4-H Club Leader Award to Mrs. Barbara Worley, who has been a leader of the Newfound 4-H Club since its inception in 1989. N.C. Senator Martin Nesbitt presented the 2008 Outstanding Junior 4-H Member Award to Jenna Cagle of the Sandy Mush 4-H Club, and N.C. Representative Bruce Goforth presented the 2008 Outstanding Senior 4-H Member Award to Rachel Winebarger from the Growing Branches 4-H Club.
Three 4-H clubs were recognized as Outstanding 4-H Clubs for 2008.
Dr. Harvey Fouts, West District Extension Director, presented the Outstanding Award for the club having fewer than 10 members and having been organized less than 10 years to the Horse Spirits 4-H Club led by Kim Eggert.
Mr. John Mitchell, Field Representative for U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s office, presented the Outstanding Award for the club having 10 or more members and having been organized less than 10 years to the Asheville Highriders 4-H Club led by Debra Johnson.
County Commission Chair David Gantt presented the Outstanding Club Award to the club having more than 10 members and having been organized more than 10 years to the Newfound 4-H Club, led by Barbara Worley, Michael Joe Holt, Faith Ross and Carrie Austin.
Other 4-H recognitions were made for 4-H’ers who completed 4-H Achievement Plans and 2008 4-H Project Record Books, and to those who had received North Carolina State 4-H Presentation and Project Record Awards. In addition, the 2008 Buncombe County 4-H Livestock and Horticulture Judging Teams, participants in the 4-H Gardening and Sunflower Contests, and winners of the West District & North Carolina 4-H Horse Shows were recognized.
Because 2009 is the Centennial Year for North Carolina 4-H and Buncombe County had the first 4-H Extension Agent in North Carolina, the Buncombe County 4-H Council took the opportunity to recognize several organizations and two individuals who have contributed greatly to the Buncombe County 4-H Program. Recipients of the Buncombe County “Friends of 4-H” Awards included the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, the Buncombe County Commissioners, the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville, the Buncombe County Extension & Community Association, Eliada Home, Trinity Baptist Church, Southern States Cooperative, Ms. Suzanne Wodek and Mr. John Schnautz.
Andrew Winebarger, North Carolina 4-H State Reporter and member of the Growing Branches 4-H Club kicked off the Centennial Year by lighting the candles of the Buncombe County 4-H Council Officers with the candle he received during his state installation at last July’s N.C. 4-H Congress. The County Council officers then lighted the candles of members of the Buncombe County 4-H singers, a group comprised of current 4-H members and leaders, as well as 4-H alumni. The chorus ended the program by singing the NC 4-H Centennial Song, “We Are 4-H” in celebration of 100 years of excellence through 4-H in North Carolina.
The 4-H staff and 4-H County Council officers wish to express deep appreciation to all the volunteers who helped make this event such a wonderful success! We especially want to thank
- Savannah Maynor of Newfound 4-H Club for accompanying the 4-H Singers and for playing the piano prior to the Achievement Program;
- Our 4-H Singers and the soloists: Faith Ross (Newfound), Patrick Watkins (A Brighter Tomorrow), Rachel Blackburn (Asheville Highriders), and Weston Justice (Sandy Mush) who did such a great job with the Centennial Song;
- Carrie Austin, Nicole Christopher and Connie Worley who helped the County Council officers and Andrew Winebarger set up and decorate for the event;
- Andrew and Mike Winebarger for their audio-video “magic”‘ which made it all come across so well;
- Mr. Max Traintor of BCTV for videotaping the entire event for airing on BCTV;
- Crystal Ball for her wonderful photography which she has donated to the County Council. We will have photo CDs for sale at the County Council meeting on March 12. Because there are so many photos, we will need to use two CDs to include them all. Therefore, we will put all of the photos of the program itself on one CD, and photos of clubs, club exhibits and family photos on the second. They will sell of $3.00 each or both for $5.00. Checks should be made payable to Buncombe County 4-H County Council.