4-H recognition event held in October
The 2019 annual Lafayette County 4-H Recognition Event was held Oct. 26 at the American Legion Hall in Higginsville. The event was sponsored by Higginsville Chamber of Commerce, West Central Electric Co-op and the Lafayette County 4-H Council, with a special thanks to Teri Ray for the committee and event coordination, and to the American Legion Auxiliary for food preparation. The food was served by the American Legion Auxiliary and Chamber of Commerce. Master of ceremonies for the event was Remi Kesten, County 4-H Council President.
Pledges to the American and 4-H flags were led by 2018-2019 4-H Council Secretary Sonya Rodekohr. Maddy McDowell, 4-H Council Recreation Leader, gave the invocation. Teri Ray, of the Higginsville Chamber of Commerce, gave the official welcome to the 4-H leaders and members.
Bill Oelrichs, 4-H/FFA Fair Board oresident, presented the slate for the 4-H/FFA Fair Board as follows: Jo Farmer, Lexington; Tabitha Hicklin, Odessa; Robert Cowherd, Corder; and Darwin Niendick, Wellington. They were elected by acclamation. He announced that the next Fair Board meeting would be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, at the University of Missouri Extension Office. New, current, and members going off the board are to attend.
Dustin Thompson and Audrey Phillips, 2019 4-H Fair King and Queen, then presented plaques to the outgoing 4-H Fair Board. Bill Oelrichs, Higginsville; Ben Niendick, Wellington; Stephanie Nagel, Odessa and Ross Tieman, Sweet Springs, were the recipients of these awards.
4-H member completion awards were presented to each club leader by Cara and Garrett Riekhof, representing the Lafayette County Farm Bureau and the Bank of Odessa, who are sponsors of these pins.
The 4-H club seals were presented by Emily Bergsieker, 4-H Youth Development specialist. 4-H clubs receiving gold seals were: Alma, Fairview, 40-Ville, Hazel Dell, Hitt, Mighty Mo, Napoleon Cloverleaf and Walkenezer. Clubs also strive for excellence in Community Service. Those clubs receiving Community Service certificates were as follows: Alma, 40-Ville, Hazel Dell, Hitt, Mighty Mo, Napoleon Cloverleaf and Walkenezer.
Heather Hoflander representing West Central Electric with assistance from Caedon Bergman, 4-H Council Parliamentarian, presented pins sponsored by West Central Electric to the following 4-H leaders:
•5-Year Leaders: 40-Ville - Sallie Baker, Amy Pierce, Russell Pierce and Kay White; Fairview - Jamie Bergsieker, Scott Bergsieker, Lynn Chaney and Candy Myers; Hazel Dell - Kim Dyer; Hitt - Courtney Bergsieker, Jessica Fisher, Bart Kappelman and Martha Schreiman; Mighty Mo - Brian Wildschuetz; and Walkenezer - Elena Nelson and Peter Nelson.
•10-Year Leaders: Alma - Tiffany Bergman; 40-Ville - Douglas Todd; Fairview - Sarah Chaney and Melissa Scott; Mighty Mo - Karen Johnson; Napoleon Cloverleaf - Stephanie Nagel; and Walkenezer - Kimberly Limback, Gary Maggert, Meaghann Maggert, Eric Ritzma and Teresa Ritzma.
•15-Year Leaders: Young Sportsmen - James Breshears.
•20-Year Leaders: Mighty Mo - Joan Zeller.
•25-Year Leaders: Hitt - Annette Kappelman.
Others recognized included from Beth Maggert from Walkenezer and Rod Zeller from Mighty Mo, who have been project leaders for 21 years, while Ruby Rasa has been a project leader for 23 years, serving both Hitt and Fairview clubs.
Alex Siefker, Lafayette County 4-H alumnus, presented 10-year graduation pins to
Caleb Bergman and Connor Bergman - Alma 4-H Club; Hunter Todd- 40-Ville 4-H Club; Courtney Chaney and Taylor Scott - Fairview 4-H; Cole Oelrichs - Hazel Dell Club; Brooks Kappelman - Hitt Club; Rebecca Butters, Evelyn Hemmen, Wade Johnson and Danielle Wildschuetz - Mighty Mo Club; Elliot Zeiler - Napoleon Cloverleaf Club; Drake Wood - Southwest 4-H Club; and Chloe Fuhrman, Katlyn Rehkop and Tori Ritzma, Walkenezer Club.
He presented 11-year graduation pins to Rachel Rumsey - Hazel Dell Club; Laura Soerries - Mighty Mo Club; Allison Dowell - Oak Grove Glory Riders; and Christian Chapman – Young Sportsmen.
County Council officers presented the project award applications ribbons or medals to Caedon Bergman, Caleb Bergman, Colstyn Bergman, Connor Bergman, Serenity Crews, Kathryn Plattner, Avalon Stotts and Carleigh Winter, Alma; Trinity Alvested, Jackson Baker, Stella Barnes, Trent Begemann, Joel Cook, Miriam Cook, Drake Ellison, Gavin Ellison, Luke Ellison, Brianne Hoeppner, Trey Hoeppner, Brooklyn Murry, Allie Ostermeyer, Johnathan Ostermeyer, Kinley Philipps, Kelsie Rathert, Ella Smith, Grace Smith, Ainsley Sowers, Greenlee Sowers, Seth Webb and Abby White, 40-Ville; Kerrick Adkins, Larissa Adkins, Mary Beth Adkins, Natalie Adkins, Mason Bergsieker, Max Bergsieker, Grace Carter, Rachael Doyle, Phoebe Engelbrecht, Piper Engelbrecht, Zoe Engelbrecht, Maddy McDowell, Taylon Morgan, Amanda Rodekohr, Elizabeth Rodekohr, Margaret Rodekohr, Sonya Rodekohr, Olivia Roush and Cooper Wolken, Fairview; Alex Dyer, Alex Erdman, Brice Maulis, Julia Petsch and Mason Rumsey, Hazel Dell; Blair Bergsieker, Brooklyn Bergsieker, Addison Frerking, Briana Frerking, Leah Frerking, Madalyn Frerking, Emory Gash, Bridget Tyler and Chloe Tyler, Hitt; Rebecca Butters, Zebediah Butters, Logan Empson, Blayne Gibson, Grace Gibson, Jaidyn Hemmen, Jasyn Hemmen, Jackie Hicklin, Kaylin Hotmer, Maggie Hotmer, Wade Johnson, Aubrey Long, Aira Mansell, Evalynn Miles, Isabelle Miles, Isabella Newman, Colin O’Keefe, Laura Soerries, Havannah Trautman, Hunter Trautman, Ryder Trautman, Mavryke Trautman, Elizabeth Unruh, Ethan Unruh, Matthew Unruh, Mia Unruh and Danielle Wildschuetz, Mighty Mo; Jared Dieckmann, Jenna Dieckmann, Emma Heater, Jacob Heater, Carly Heman, Payton Heman, Annie Milligan, Lucy Milligan, Mollie Nagel, Caden Neer, Logan Neer, Aonna-May Richards, Matthew Richards, Jolynn Scott, Bethany Twiehaus, Makenna Twiehaus, and Jeralyn Twiehaus, Napoleon Cloverleaf; and Brighid Groom, Kahlan Haase, Emily Heins, Marissa Heins, and Michael Heins, Walkenezer, and Kendra Siefker, Young Sportsmen.
State and county awards participants were also recognized. Those members participating in State Fair Demonstrations, State 4-H Fashion Revue, State Public Speaking, State Shooting Sports Contests, State Livestock and Horse contests and opportunities, Shooting Sports Instructors, receiving a State 4-H Scholarship or exhibiting items or showing livestock or animals at the State Fair were asked to stand and be recognized.
Erin Dieckmann recognized Isabella Limback and Avalon Stotts, Alma 4-H and Michael Dieckmann, Napoleon Cloverleaf, with a first year Junior Leader pin. Caedon Bergman, Caleb Bergman and Connor Bergman, of Alma, were recognized with a third year Junior Leader pin while Rebecca Butters, Mighty Mo 4-H Club, was recognized with a fourth year Junior Leader pin sponsored by FCS Financial.
A $25 cash award sponsored by FCS Financial was also awarded to members who filled out the Missouri Recognition Form. Members receiving the cash awards included Alex Dyer and Lynn Dyer, Hazel Dell Club. These were also presented by Erin Dieckmann.
Each year clubs recognize special people who willingly give of their time and talents to help make the county 4-H program a success. This year clubs nominated their “Friend of 4-H” and they were awarded a plaque for also being a county “Friend of 4-H.” Caedon Bergman and Rebecca Butters, 4-H Junior Leaders, introduced each club, who in turn introduced their “Friend of 4-H.” Clubs and their “Friend of 4-H” nominations included: Alma - Tiffany Bergman; Fairview - Emily Bergsieker; 40-Ville - Mayview Picnic Committee; Hazel Dell - Paula Oelrichs; Hitt - Derrick Morgan; Mighty Mo - Odessa Restoration Branch Church; Napoleon Cloverleaf - Darlene Dieckmann and Cathy Twente; and Walkenezer - Rick Long.
This is the seventeenth year for three awards. Outstanding 4-H Secretary, outstanding 4-H Treasurer, and outstanding 4-H Club Scrapbook, were offered again this year. The winners included Blair Bergsieker, Hazel Dell Club. She received a 4-H duffle bag. And the winner this year of the Outstanding 4-H Scrapbook award was Rebecca and Zeb
Butters of Mighty Mo Club; and the winner this year of the Outstanding 4-H Treasurer award was Madalyn Frerking of Hitt 4-H Club. The winners of these awards also received Lafayette County 4-H bags as their prize.
Emily Bergsieker, Youth Development Specialist, recognized Dr. Marla Tobin as the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame recipient while Tiffany Bergman, Alma Club, was recognized as a Frank Graham Leadership Award winner. Cara Riekhof received the Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award.
The Danforth Award is presented to an outstanding teen boy and girl each year. Brianna Frerking and Brooks Kappelman of Hitt Club received the book I Dare You and a certificate.
Key Awards were presented to Caleb and Connor Bergman of Alma 4-H Club.
County Clerk Linda Niendick presented the First Year Member award certificates as follows: Serenity Crews, Kathryn Plattner, Avalon Stotts and Carleigh Winter, Alma Club; Mason Bergsieker, Phoebe Engelbrecht, Piper Engelbrecht and Elizabeth Rodekohr, Fairview; and Payton Heman, Napoleon Cloverleaf.
Special Outstanding first year boy and girl awards sponsored by alumnus 4-H’er Diane Schemmer Dudley of Gambrills, Maryland, and the Lafayette County 4-H Council were presented by County Clerk Linda Niendick to Kathryn Plattner of Alma 4-H Club and Piper Engelbrecht and Mason Bergsieker of Fairview 4-H Club. They received a certificate and $25 cash award.
The Young Teen Award was presented by Commissioner Craig Williams to Maddy McDowell of Fairview 4-H Club and Cooper Ritzma of Walkenezer 4-H Club.
Installation of the 2019-2020 Lafayette County 4-H Council officers was conducted by Tiffany Bergman, Alma Club. New officers included Ian Isdell, Walkenezer Club, president; Lynn Dyer, Hazel Dell 4-H, vice president; Caedon Bergman, Alma Club, vice president of Super Farmer; Brighid Groom, Walkenezer Club, vice president of council recreation; Sonya Rodekohr, Fairview Club, vice president of awards committee; Maddy McDowell, Hitt Club, secretary; Audrey Phillips, Southwest Club, recreation and health leader; Brianna Frerking, Hitt Club, reporter; Zoe Engelbrecht, Fairview Club; parliamentarian; Avalon Stotts, Alma Club, and Annika Riekhof, 40-Ville Club, photographers and Sara Frerking, Hitt Club, treasurer.
The 4-H Council Advisory Board consists of Erin Dieckmann, Jessica White and Rhonda Butters.
Door prizes donated by each 4-H club were awarded throughout the evening. A committee of the Bergman, Dieckmann, Heins, Hemmen and Zeiler families helped to coordinate this year’s event. The Bergman Family, of Alma, designed the banquet program cover.