There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program. The 2014 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The two couples honored this year were Wayne and Terri DeWerff and Bill and Robin Niederee.
Wayne and Terri DeWerff have spent years volunteering with Barton County 4-H. Wayne has served as dairy superintendent for as long as we all can remember and has also assisted in the bucket calf area. Terri has served as co-superintendent in the foods department for over 10 years. Both Terri and Wayne are helpful when it came to answering questions or finding the answers for people. They have also judged at other county fairs and other county 4-H days. They are great promoters of 4-H for not only Barton County but all over the state of Kansas.
Bill and Robin have spent countless hours involved in 4-H throughout the years. They have served as superintendent of the Beef Department and have been at every fair set up and clean-up for many years. Robin has served as Community Leader of the South Bend Jolly Workers 4-H Club and has helped many years with the 4-H Fashion Revue. Bill served on the 4-H PDC and was Chairman of the Barton County Extension Council Board. The Niederees and the South Bend Jolly Workers 4-H club have been responsible for mowing the old 4-H grounds. Bill has also worked with hundreds of 4-H members and their animals to make sure they are ready for the fair
With all the things that the DeWerffs and the Niederees have been involved in and out of 4-H, they are truly a Friend of 4-H.