Waterloo 4-H club local members Andrew Grose and Bronwyn Snyder were awarded 4-H Outstanding Member Awards at Waterloo 4-H Award Night.
Two Waterloo 4-H Sheep club local members were honoured with top awards at Waterloo 4-H 2011 Awards Night. Andrew Grose was the recipient of the Waterloo County Outstanding Junior Member Award and Bronwyn Snyder was awarded Waterloo County Outstanding Novice Member Award.
The awards ceremony was held Nov. 24 at the St. Agatha community Centre.
Youth members are nominated for the county outstanding member award by their 4-H club leaders based on their outstanding participation and leadership during the past year. Nominees are then sent a form to complete outlining their 4-H and school and community activities. Selection is based on the recommendations made by their leaders and their community and school involvement.
This year two of the four top county award winners were members of the Sheep Club.
Fourteen year old Andrew Grose has completed over 30 4-H clubs since joining 4-H in 2008.
“This was Andrew first year showing sheep and he really tried his best and was always willing to lend a hand to other 4-h members,” said Susan Martin, Waterloo 4-H Leader. “He is always willing to try new experiences and encourages others to do so too. We felt he exemplified what membership in 4-H is all about, “Learn to Do by Doing” so we put his name forward to be considered for the top county awards.”
Martin along with Dennis and Laurie Weber lead the Waterloo 4-H Sheep Club. “He worked diligently at training his lamb, a lamb that may be was not the easiest to train” added Martin.
Andrew earned a third-place ribbon showing his sheep this year.
In addition to showing a sheep, Grose has completed 30 clubs ranging from photography to Farm Safety Square Dancing and cooking and craft clubs.
He has served as press reporter for Pizza , Garden and Maple Syrup Clubs and vice president for Horse Club.
During his four years as a 4-H member, he has participated at county 4-H judging nights, 4-H horse classes at local fairs, regional 4- H Discovery Days and Provincial 4-H, 4-H Progressive Ag Safety Day.
Andrew is a member of his school’ss ski and snow board team, and tech team. He volunteers as a Peer Coach for Special Olympics and has served on his school leadership team.
He was the top fundraiser for his school band, selling over 275 chocolate bars. He volunteers at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival with his church, and volunteers to ride his unicycle in the Alma Santa Claus Parade.
Andrew is the youngest son of Walter and Sharon Grose.
Eleven year old Bronwyn Snyder was awarded Outstanding Novice Member Award.
It has been a busy year for Bronwyn, she completed 10 clubs: quilting, pizza , maple syrup, gardening, dairy, sheep, poultry, farm safety, vet, and square dancing. As a first year member she was quick to sign up to attend and experience 4-H Regional Discovery Day, and Waterloo County Judging competition.
She embraces the 4-H motto Learn to do by Doing. This was her first year showing sheep and dairy animals. She placed in the ribbons with her dairy calf at local fairs in Waterloo County.
“Bronwyn is eager to help and do anything she can to assist at our clubs” said 4-h leader Susan Martin. “It officially was her first year in 4-h, although she showed a sheep last year, it was her first time as a member of the 4-h club. She is a pleasant, friendly girl, who tried to include everyone in activities in our club. She was a delight to have in our club.”
Bronwyn helps at the Mennonite Relief Sale in New Hamburg each year. She just finished volunteering to collect food for the Woolwich Food bank this past week with church youth members.
Bronwyn is the youngest daughter of Anne and Kevin Snyder . She is home schooled by her mother.
When it comes to nominating students to be considered for these awards each year, Martin has a check list. She looks for students who show leadership skills, are willing to try new things, reach out to other kids to include them in activities and are helpful while having fun. I want them to have fun because I am having fun in 4-H, added Martin.
She felt both these students were excellent candidates for this year presentation.
Two other top honours were awarded at the 4-H Awards Night. Outstanding Intermediate award went to Lauren Eby and Outstanding Senior award to Alannah Eby. These sisters are members of the Waterloo 4-H dairy club.
4-H Ontario Gay Lea Achievement Awards were presented to Davin Grose, Lindsay Oxby. Davin is a member of Waterloo Farm Safety Club. Lindsay Oxby a member of Waterloo Senior Dairy Club.
4-H Ontario Gay Lea Achievement Awards were presented to Davin Grose, Lindsay Oxby and Shelby Wagler. The three received limited edition prints by Murray Pipher to mark their 24 club achievement.
4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations, aimed at youth 9 to 21. For almost one hundred years, 4-H has been offering youth opportunities to learn new skills and develop leadership roles. The four Hs in 4-H represent head, heart, hands, and health. As 4-H members youth develop new skills, build self-confidence, and becoming better citizens.
The program helps to foster leadership and personal growth in youth. Club projects range from agriculture, food, crafts, sports and the environment.