Giving thanks seemed to be what the annual meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors was all about at its annual meeting Thursday which included not turkey, but a beef and noodle dinner.
After the pledges and approval of the secretary’s report, the election for four board members was held. The terms of Cathy Heritier, Chad Nix, Aaron McDevitt and Dave Rupley were up and all four were on the ballot with Julie Frazier-Johnson, Tim Johnson and Greg Rostochak added, as well.
Tara VanHouten, nominating committee chairperson, reported a very close race, the committee counting the ballots three times to be sure.
The final count brought back Heritier, Nix and McDevitt and added Frazier-Johnson to the board for her first term.
Frazier-Johnson has an accounting degree and has been the CEO of Weatherhead Federal Credit Union for 15 years.
Each board member gave a director report and almost all had a special thank you to give.
Those specifically mentioned were: Dick and Cindy Zollinger, Holly Kyler, Katie Barnett, Tammy Studebaker, Bill and Jackie Fries, Jerry Ziegler, Tom Zeisig, Eric Blank, Jason Wells, Danielle Ziliak and John Hilligoss.
Recognition of the hard work of the Extension staff brought those in attendance to their feet for a standing ovation.
A special award went to Doug and Carlene Sheetz who went above and beyond the call of duty, according to Bill Leeuw, board president, working tirelessly to get the new fence installed on the fairgrounds.
The entire board was recognized by Leeuw.
“These people make it easy,” Leeuw said. “This board works their butts off.”
Leeuw once again called for volunteers and made note of a sign-up sheet designed by Jeff Geiger, board member to make volunteering easier.
Nix gave the treasurer’s report which was approved. Net assets were down this year from $1,018,547 to $988,089 at the end of the fiscal year, Oct. 31.
Nix also reported $13,000 was given in support to scholarships and workshops for 4-Hers.
Extension educator Dave Addison reported 813 enrolled in the township programs, 207 in Mini 4-H and 194 adults working in leadership roles with the 4-Hers, not including the many volunteers.
The top five categories for the year were photography, swine, baked foods, dairy feeder calf and rabbits and 25 percent of the Whitley County 4-Hers participated in the state fair.
Addison ordered cooler temperatures and some rain for next year’s fair.