New member appointed, officers elected to 4-H Inc. board

Former board member Dave Rupley was not reelected at the annual meeting for the Whitley County 4-H Inc. board, but will return to the board as he was appointed to replace Bob McKown at the Dec. 14 meeting held at the 4-H Center. McKown resigned from the board earlier in the year.Officers were elected at the meeting with the following results: Bill Leeuw, president; Cathy Heritier, vice president; Dave Rupley, secretary; Kent Reese, treasurer; Julie Johnson, assistant treasurer; and Rex Eiler and Aaron McDevitt, executive board.Danielle Ziliak presented three options for the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program for 2011. The board voted to move the scholarship program to 7 p.m. Monday, June 27 at the First Church of God.The change was necessary to keep this venue as an event had already been scheduled at First Church for the usual Friday evening 4-H program.In other news: — Dates for the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair were set for July 13 to 19.— Two stainless steel kitchen racks on rollers were purchased from an auction for $55 each by Jeff Geiger, boardmember.— Estimates for a new sound system were received ranging from $14,800 to $15,600. The project would add 15 speakers to existing equipment and simplify the existing sound board.— Tom Zeisig reported winter storage has brought in $19,500 so far, up from last year.— Cindy Barnett, youth educator announced Kay Walter, secretary at the Purdue Extension — Whitley County Office will be retiring and a replacement is being sought.