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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 11/21/17

Thursday, November 30, 2017

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  4-H Leader Training- 4-H Builds Resilience    Central State Bank Community Room

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning   Freedom Bank Community Room

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Pest Control Operators Pesticide Continuing Education  Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, December 7, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training   NICC Dairy Center

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Roadside, Forest and Aquatic Pest Management Training RESHOW   Clayton County Extension Office

Tammy Muller

Clayton County Youth Coordinator

Youth and Adults Honored at Annual County 4-H Award Night

Over 225 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader on Sunday, November 19. The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club members and adult volunteers.

Club Community Service Awards were presented to the St. Olaf Jr. Farmers, Highland Helping Hands, Mallory Minks and Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Clubs. These clubs were selected for their not only for their monetary donations, but also for their volunteer service.

The Mallory Minks 4-H Club won the award for best 4-H Week Promotion during the month of October.

The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Dan Lane, Elkader. Joe Shirbroun of Farmersburg was named this year’s Honorary 4-H Member. Tim Orr, Elgin was honored as the 4-H Alumni member.

This year the Awards of the Clover were presented to dedicated 4-H volunteers who have served 5, 10, 15, and 25 years. Recognized for 5 years were Mike Gaul, Strawberry Point, Beth & Dan Brase, Strawberry Point; Rebecca Curran, St. Olaf; Amy Echard, Farmersburg; Julie Hansel, Guttenberg; Marlene Gould, Strawberry Point; Mindy Rose, St. Olaf; Jennelle Schroeder, Monona & Joe Shirbroun, Farmersburg. Honored for 10 years of service were Jerry Farmer, Strawberry Point; Dawn Amundson, Elgin; Mathew Gaul, Strawberry Point; Trent & Melissa Miene, Monona. Daryl & Beth Henkes, Monona; Joe Vlazny, Farmersburg; Trent & Leslie Henkes, Luana were recognized for 15 years of volunteering. Linda Zuercher, Postville celebrated 25 years of volunteer service.

Club Officer Awards this year are presented to Madeline Harford, Secretary of the Lodomillo Leaders; Natalie Wessel, Treasurer of the Mallory Minks and Avery Wessel, Recreation Leader of the Mallory Minks.

Ashley Wessels of the Woodberry Clovers receives a Home Improvement award. Danforth award I Dare You Leadership award was presented to Noelle Kerns of Edgewood.

4 special awards were given to 4-H’ers who scored well on their award applications. Noelle Kerns of the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club, Ashley Wessels of the Woodberry Clovers, Madeline Harford, Lodomillo Leaders and Natalie Wessel of the Mallory Minks each received a $50 voucher to the 2018 State 4-H Conference.

63 4-H members received record keeping awards. The Collin Harbaugh Memorial honored the top junior records. The award given Brian & Koral Harbaugh in memory of their son Collin provides youth with the opportunity to attend either the area junior or intermediate camp next summer. Top junior record keeping honors went to Keaton Klingman, Worthwhile 4-H Club; Brooke Hansel of the Jefferson Go Hawks, Ellie Bockenstedt of the Woodcenter Eagles and Alyssa Kleinlein of the Lodomillo Leaders.

Three special county fair awards were presented. The award selection is made during the county fair. Noelle Kerns of the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club received the Evelyn Possehl Quilt Award and the Donlon Outstanding Bread Award. The Josephine Orr Outstanding Pie Award was presented to Brooke Hansel Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club.

For more information on 4-H & Youth programs contact the Clayton County Extension Office at 563-245-1451.


Joe Shirbroun received the honorary 4-H Member award from 4-H County Council member, Dalton Waterhouse.

Tim Orr received the 4-H Alumni Member award from Jacob Fenton, a member of the 4-H County Council.

4-H Council member Melanie Lane presents Alyssa Kleinlein, Lodomillo Leaders, Keaton Klingman, Worthwhile 4-H Club; Brooke Hansel of the Jefferson Go Hawks, and Ellie Bockenstedt of the Woodcenter Eagles with top junior 4-H record keeping honors.

Top senior 4-H award winners were Noelle Kerns of the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club and Ashley Wessels of the Woodberry Clovers. Not pictured- Madeline Harford, Lodomillo Leaders and Natalie Wessel of the Mallory Minks.

Pie in the Face Contest Raises Money for County 4-H Program

Andrey Shirbroun, 4-H County Council member, Tammy Muller, Clayton County  4-H & Youth Program  Coordinator and Nate Weber,  K-12 Outreach Coordinator got a pie in the face at the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night on November 19.

The senior members of the Clayton County 4-H Council were challenged to raise funds for the county 4-H & Youth program. The council member who raised the most money would get a whipped cream pie in the face at Pizzazz Night on Sunday, November 19 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Taking on the challenge were Carson Willie, Andrey Shirbroun, Mackenzie Vlazny, Julie Lenth, Melanie Lane, Dalton Waterhouse, Parker Klingman, Cody Mueller, Levi Tuecke, and Kristi Eberhardt.  An additional challenge was added to make it more interesting and encourage more fundraising. Levels were added for the Clayton County Staff to join in on the fun and also receive a pie in the face; at $800 Tammy Muller, Clayton County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator won a pie, at $1000 Nate Weber, K-12 Outreach Coordinator won a pie, at $1200 the Clayton County Extension Executive Coordinator, Holly Loan and Office Assistant, Michelle Moser win a pie, and if they could raise $1500, Kendra Crooks, State Youth Field Specialist would win a pie in the face. The group raised $1024, with Andrey Shirbroun of Farmersburg being the lucky top council member fundraiser.

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