The 50th annual Rotary 4-H Achievement Night was held Nov. 8. Warren County 4-H and the Rotary Club of Warren honored Patricia McMillen of Sugar Grove with her 30 year volunteer pin. Pat has been teaching youth how to care for and responsibly raise sheep in the 4-H program. Throughout her volunteerism she has shown youth that compassion and consideration for one's community is a top priority. Each year Pat supports club community service projects and helps members give back. She is supported by her son Dale and daughter in law Pam who were also recognized for 25 and 20 years of volunteering. Throughout the numerous decades volunteered by the McMillens, they have extended their knowledge of the animal science industry with the 4-H members of Warren County.
Debbie Kerner and Virginia Loizeaux both of Youngsville were each honored with 15 years of service to the Warren County 4-H program. Debbie is a club leader with the Kinzua Ridge Runners and Virginia Loizeaux is the leader of the Sugar Grove Ruff Riders. Throughout Debbie's fifteen years, she has supported the 4-H program in teaching youth about horsemanship skills. In recent years she has assisted with countywide horse club programs such as Camp Giddy Up Go, County 4-H Qualifying Horse Show and the Open Horse Show.
Virginia grew up as a 4-H member in New Jersey and has shared her love of the program with her family. In 2012, the Loizeaux family received the Clover Family Award in acknowledgment of having three or more generations of 4-H'ers in their family history. Virginia is the current leader of the Sugar Grove Ruff Riders which is Warren County's oldest 4-H horse club.
Rotarian Harvey Stone presented first year 4-H leader John Emahizer with a pin and certificate.
Two volunteers were honored for 10 years of service. Receiving a 10 year gold pin and certificate included Colin Brunecz of Sugar Grove, a leader with the Kinzua Cowpokes and Melissa Morse of Warren, a leader with the Pittsfield Bronc Busters.
Silver clover pins for five years of service were presented to Michelle Lewis of Northeast, a leader with the Na-Ca-Ton Wranglers and Pete & Linda Westover of Russell, leaders of the Pine Grove Pioneers.
Two volunteers completed their first year as 4-H leaders. They received a leadership pin and certificate. John Emahizer of Bear Lake, a leader with the Pittsfield Bronc Busters and Julie Danielson of Russell, a leader with the Pine Grove Pioneers were honored.
Congratulations to all leaders for their commitment and dedication to helping the youth of Warren County.
The 4-H program is a youth development program of Penn State Extension. It is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 19.