LUBBOCK – Awards in the categories of Texas 4-H Alumni, Leaders Legacy and Meritorious Service, as well as Citation for Outstanding Service, were presented during the statewide Texas 4-H Roundup held recently on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
“This was a unique program for many reasons, not the least of those being that it was held on the Texas Tech campus instead of the Texas A&M University campus, where it had previously been for several decades,” said Dr. Chris Boleman, Texas 4-H program director, College Station.
Boleman said the 2012 Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program’s Salute to Excellence Banquet during 4-H Roundup provided a worthy venue for award presentations.
At the event, the Texas 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Amy Jarmon, formerly a 4-H member in Travis County, and Dr. Dean Hawkins, formerly a 4-H member in Donley County.
“The Texas 4-H Alumni Award recognizes adults who have made significant achievements in their communities as a 4-H member and have shown evidence of the influence of 4-H into their adult lives,” Boleman said. “This award is administered by the Texas 4-H Friends and Alumni Association.”
According to Cory Talley, AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development in Travis County, Jarmon devoted 10 years of her life to 4-H programs and projects.
“The most outstanding of her accomplishments wasn’t winning ribbons and belt buckles, but what she took from the program personally – life skills that have enabled her to give back to 4-H and youth,” Talley said. “The knowledge and skills she gained as a 4-H member have also helped her become a great wife, mother and volunteer.”
As a professor and head of the agriculture department at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Hawkins gives leadership to the future of agriculture in the Texas Panhandle and beyond, said Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension specialist for 4-H and youth development, Potter County.
“As department head, he shapes the agriculture education curriculum and hires faculty to lead and inspire future generations of students,” Dukes said. “As a parent, he works with the county AgriLife Extension agent to train parents and select swine projects for youth throughout the county.”
The Texas 4-H Meritorious Service Award was presented to Charla Bading of Tom Green County and Phyllis Griffin of Cooke County.
The Meritorious Service Award is presented to outstanding AgriLife Extension professionals for their role in supporting 4-H volunteers and making them more effective, Boleman said.
“Charla strives to empower 4-H members, volunteers and agents by providing the necessary tools for their success,” said Scott Durham, AgriLife Extension’s West Central district administrator in San Angelo. “She has reached thousands of 4-H families over the years in her role as an AgriLife Extension district 4-H specialist through trainings, programs, contests and one-to-one contact.”
Regarding Griffin, Derrick Bruton, 4-H and youth development specialist in Dallas, said, “Phyllis strives to ensure that all 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in projects, activities and workshops and are successful in them.”
“She plans a wide variety of programs and workshops for teaching children and adults in the county,” Bruton said. “She is very hands-on and treats all of them with dignity and respect.”
The Leader’s Legacy Award was presented to Dr. Jeff Johnson of Tarrant County and Jenny Pluhar of Randall County.
The Leader’s Legacy Award recognizes 4-H leaders who have been an integral part of the 4-H and youth development program for 20 or more years,” Boleman said. “The person nominated may not be in the spotlight, but nevertheless makes a significant impact and difference to the 4-H members he or she serves and supports.”
Dr. Johnson is well-known for his famous 4-H Public Speaking Project, which has been taught consistently for 21 years, said Cindy Bryant, AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development in Tarrant County.
“He has a unique ability to instill courage and confidence in youth, as they learn techniques and skills needed for effective communication,” Bryant said.
“While his recent participants are still in school, members of his earlier classes have reached adulthood and, as adults, realize Dr. Johnson gave them the skills necessary to become effective communicators and helped give them the confidence to fulfill their dreams.”
“For more than two decades, Jenny has been a mentor, friend and leader to youth and adults in Randall and Moore counties,” said Kim Peters, AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development in Randall County. “She uses her professional expertise as a range consultant to help plan and facilitate the Texas 4-H Range Camp, and uses her passion for horses and other qualities to help 4-H youth achieve their personal goals at county, state and national levels.”
A Citation for Outstanding Service to Texas 4-H went to Tim Butler and to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The citation recognizes an individual or business that has made an outstanding contribution to Texas 4-H on a regional or state level, Boleman said, and typically reflects a long-term commitment rather than a one-time program.
According to his citation, Butler, an on-air personality for KGNC Radio in Amarillo, has served as a member of the 4-H Public Relations Team for AgriLife Extension’s Northern Region. He has prepared, produced and aired public service announcements heard throughout the agency’s 26-county region, as well as parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. Butler also has facilitated interviews with 4-H members to help promote National 4-H Week, One Day 4-H and general 4-H recruitment.
The San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo has been a partner in supporting Texas youth for more than 50 years, noted their Citation for Outstanding Service to Texas 4-H.
“From their contributions of college scholarships to their support of countless youth development programs, to the use of their facilities for 4-H and professional development events, the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo has donated millions of dollars in support to Texas 4-H,” the citation read.