FARMINGTON — A Franklin County 4-H Awards Ceremony was held when clubs gathered on Nov. 17 to celebrate the efforts of their members. Members were recognized for their outstanding efforts in project areas and in the community.
Tara Marble was welcomed to Franklin County as the newest member of the 4-H team. She is the new 4-H professional for Franklin County.
Volunteers were also recognized. Lois King and Teresa Hardy received the 4-H Alumni Award, Lily Bagley received the Rookie Leader of the Year Award, and Judy Smith thanked club leaders for their work and time spent investing in the youth enrolled in the program.
Two Franklin County senior members, Faith and Andrew Dexter, gave a presentation on their experience as part of the Maine 4-H delegation for Citizenship Washington Focus, a week spent in Washington, D.C., learning about government, attending workshops, meeting with their representatives and touring national monuments and museums.
4-H stands for Head, Heart, Health and Hands. The 4-H Pledge encourages members to pledge their hands “… to larger service …” and in recognition of their efforts in serving their community, the Doe-C-Doe Dairy Goat Club was awarded the Community Service Award for the 2016-2017 program year.
Seven of the county clubs chose members to receive the Clover Pride Award. The members were chosen based on their efforts to “Make the Best Better” within themselves and others, proving that they can make a difference.
Franklin County also awarded national medals for achievement, agriculture, citizenship and leadership. The medals are earned by members who show outstanding efforts in three or more project areas during the course of the year.
This year’s recipients were:
National Achievement Medal: Samantha Davis, Andrew Dexter, Caleb Mulcahy and Mason Rowe.
National Agriculture Medal: Jason Bagley, Samantha Davis, Faith Dexter and Amberleigh Smith.
National Citizenship Medal: Gryphin Bragg, Faith Dexter, Hannah Mulcahy and Amberleigh Smith.
National Leadership Medal: Andrew Dexter, Faith Dexter, Alexis Meisner and Noah Mulcahy.
Youth between the ages of 5 to 18 are invited to enroll in the program.