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Friends of 4-H Named for 2016
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There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The 4-H clubs have an opportunity to nominate a person they believe is deserving of this prestigious award and then 4-H Council members each have a vote. The two couples honored this year were Bruce and Carrie Bitter and Jeff and Sally Mauler.
Carrie Bitter has contributed an endless amount of hours to the Barton County 4-H program. Carrie served as a Hoisington Jets 4-H Community Leader for many years and also 4-H Junior Leader advisor. She worked with young people to organize project days and day camps for young children. She assisted as a 4-H dog project leader and volunteer at the fair. She was a foods superintendent and assistant superintendent in photography and horticulture. Carrie also worked out the schedule for the junior leaders at the food stand at the fair and helped plan the junior leader trip after the fair. Bruce has been there beside Carrie for many events. He has been very generous and shared his time and talent relating to his metal work business. Bruce offered his business to be a tour on the State Wheat Show and also donated door prizes for this event.
Jeff and Sally have served as Community Club leaders for the Busy Buzzers 4-H Club and continue to serve as adult advisors. They truly believe in insuring the longevity of the club.
Jeff and Sally have served as chair of the 4-H BBQ for many years. Not only have they assisted in planning but they order the meat, collect the big cookers, get their shop ready to cut up and prepare the meat, recruit additional help (including many family members), and watch over the meat over the 24-hour cooking process. They work tirelessly to supply meat to all the serving stations during the BBQ. Jeff has also served as an adult advisor for the 4-H Livestock Committee. Sally has served on the Fashion Revue committee and assisted members in the clothing project by giving presentations on clothing buymanship and accessories.
Involvement and leadership from families such as the Bitters and the Maulers help insure the future viability of our 4-H program for many years to come. With all the events and activities the Bitters and the Maulers are involved with they are truly a Friend of Barton County 4-H!
Berny Unruh is the 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent in Barton County. She is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune. She can be reached at 620-793-1910 or at