2009 4-H Achievement Night Overdue Thanks and Updates!

Over 240 Buncombe County 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders, family members and community leaders gathered on January 22 to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.  The theme for the event, which was held at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, was “Buncombe County 4-H:  Celebrating the Past and Building the Future ~ 100 years of 4-H.”

The highlight of the evening was the naming of the Outstanding 4-H leader, Outstanding 4-H member and 4-H club awards.  Steve Duckett, Buncombe County Extension Director, presented the 2009 Buncombe County Outstanding 4-H Club Leader Award to Barbara Worley, who has been a leader of the Newfound 4-H Club since its inception in 1989.  Tony Seker of the Kiwanis Club of Asheville presented the 2009 Outstanding Junior 4-H Member Award to Seth Austin of the Newfound 4-H Club, and County Commission Chair David Gantt presented the 2009 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 2009.  Retired 4-H Agent Mary Clayton-McGlauflin presented the Outstanding Award for the club having fewer than 10 members and having been organized less than 10 years to the Bits and Bridles 4-H Club led by Donna Green.  Carol Peterson, Buncombe County Commissioner, presented the Outstanding Award for the club having 10 or less members and having been organized more than 10 years to the Sandy Mush 4-H Club led by Brandon Christopher.  County Commission Chair David Gantt presented the Outstanding 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 and Carrie Austin.

Other 4-H recognitions were made for 4-H’ers who completed 4-H Achievement Plans and 2009 4-H Project Record Books, and to those who had received North Carolina State 4-H Presentation and Project Record Awards.  In addition, the 2009 Buncombe County 4-H Livestock and Horticulture Judging Teams, participants in the 4-H Gardening and Sunflower Contests, and winners of the West District and North Carolina 4-H Horse Shows were recognized.

WOW!  We would like to first congratulate all of our 4-H’ers for a wonderful, productive and busy 2009, and for all that you have accomplished over this time!  We would like to thank all of our special guests, partners, presenters, County Commissioners and Representatives for your attendance, and greatly appreciate all that you have done over the years to support our Buncombe County 4-H Program.  And of course, where would we be without all of our 4-H parents, volunteers and leaders?  Thank you for your generous support in 2009 ~ we couldn’t have done it without you! We would also like to thank the kind folks at Trinity Baptist Church for the very generous use of their beautiful facility for the Program, and Miss Crystal Ball for again offering to be our photographer for the night.

The 2010 Buncombe County 4-H County Council Officers were also instrumental in planning and implementing Achievement Night.  Thank you County Council Officers for volunteering your time to meet and plan the event, and for arriving early to help set up and staying late to help take down the decorations.  Thank you to Rachel Winebarger and her icing decorators for the delicious cake made for the reception, and to Madison and Lisa Baldwin for the yummy green punch.  And finally, thank you to all of our very talented actors who created an unforgettable Andy Griffith skit, and to Andrew Winebarger who taped and edited the video.  Erin Bonito would also like to thank the County Council Officers for the very thoughtful gift card!  Yum!

The Andy Griffith skit DVD should be available for sale soon with a percent of the proceeds from this purchase going directly into your County Council account!  I will keep you updated as I hear back from Andrew!

A slideshow of 2009 year in review pictures has been posted on the Clover Gazette Blog.  This is the same slideshow that was shown at Achievement Night.  You can access it online by clicking here.

Crystal Ball was again kind enough to take pictures at Achievement Night this year.  These pictures have been uploaded onto Flicker and can be accessed online by clicking here.

We are looking forward to an amazing 2010, and as we forge ahead we are asking for your patience in the absence of a 4-H Agent.  We are hoping that this year will bring us a new Agent, and along with him/her, a whole new world of possibilities for Buncombe County 4-H.  Keep your fingers crossed!  In the mean time – THANK YOU for all you do to make the best better!