Randolph County 4-H youths and volunteers to be honored

The Randolph County 4-H Awards Banquet and 4-H Officer Training School will be held Nov. 8 at Camp Pioneer 4-H Camp.

The event kickoffs the new 4-H year with officer training school for newly elected club officers beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the 4-H awards banquet at 6 p.m..

4-H members attending the banquet will receive a certificate for projects completed during the 4-H year. Members will receive recognition for outstanding project work and officer record books. Clubs will receive ribbons for their work throughout the year, and the top club will be announced. 4-H leaders will be recognized for years of service and for outstanding contributions to the Randolph County 4-H program.

The 4-H awards banquet is open to 4-H leaders, members, and their family. We ask that 4-H families bring a covered dish – either a salad, fruit or vegetable; enough to feed your family – and an optional dessert. The main meal will be provided by Davis Health System. They are donating ham, potatoes and rolls. The Randolph County 4-H leaders will provide drinks. The support and generosity of Davis Health System and 4-H families are greatly appreciated.

Clubs will be responsible for decorating their table(s). This year a birthday theme was selected in honor of West Virginia’s 150th birthday. Decorating tables has been a fun tradition for our 4-H clubs. I look forward to seeing what creations they will come up with this year. Clubs will be able to decorate their table(s) following officer training school.

Officer training school is designed to help club officers learn their responsibilities and duties. This training is open to each 4-H club officer – president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, health officer, game/song leader and reporter. Volunteers teach the workshops and provide practical information and experience to help the members be the best leader they can be. Volunteers are “making the best better” (4-H moto).

I believe the Randolph County 4-H program is successful because of the volunteers, families, businesses and kids who believe in the program and are willing to dedicate themselves to making the best better. Volunteers are vital to our program. Kids are not committed to programs – they are committed to people. People are what make kids stay in a program. We have great volunteers in Randolph County, who care about kids and who want to make a difference; that is why we have great kids in our program.

4-H clubs are in the process of reorganizing for the 2013-2014 program year. West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H clubs provide kids a safe haven for meeting new friends from diverse backgrounds who live in their neighborhood. For information on how to join a club in your area or become a 4-H volunteer, call the Randolph County WVU Extension Service at 304-636-2455 or visit the office at 32 Randolph Avenue, Suite 102, Elkins.