STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- Over 85 volunteers and guests attended the annual “Old West” 4-H Volunteer Banquet held at The Rafters Restaurant in Lena on November 14, 2012. Guests joined in the festivities by wearing their western attire. Stephenson County Extension and 4-H has over 250 volunteers that help plan, organize and facilitate events throughout the year. “The Volunteer Banquet is a way for us to show our volunteers how much we appreciate their time and support of the 4-H program. We couldn’t do it without them” said Lori Tessendorf, 4-H Program Coordinator. Kim Christman, Youth Development Educator also stated, “recognition of our outstanding volunteers is so important because without them, we wouldn’t be able to make the impact that we do on today’s youth.”
Special recognition was given to Diana Ethridge, a project leader for 44 years with the Harlem Helpers 4-H Club and Denise Hayunga of Freeport Fantastics for her induction to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Recognition was also given to 4-H club leaders and committee members; Livestock Coaches; 4-H Show Superintendents; Stephenson County 4-H Foundation members, Extension Council Members; Little Sprouts Garden teachers and helpers; and many more.
The Adult Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Candi Seffrood of the Freeport Fantastics 4-H Club. Candi has been a club Leader for 6 years, serves on numerous 4-H committees, and has served as 4-H Camp Assistant for several years.
The night finished with a silent auction for the Lisa Woessner Memorial and a door prize drawing for all the attendees. Donors for the event included: Ace’s Lube & Road Equipment, AJ’s Lena Maid Meats, Amigo’s Restaurant, Jonathon Campbell, Cimino’s Little Italy, Coaches Golf & Grill, CVS Pharmacy, Dairy Queen, De Meester Flower Shop, De Voe Floral, Diana Ethridge, Fairway Ford, Gran Prix Lube Center, Lena Calow’s Hardware & Rental, Lena Mercantile Eatery, Limerock Farms Cheese, Luchy’s Secret, My Friend’s Closet Thrift Shop, Papa Murphy’s, Rite-Way Furniture, Saporito’s Pizzeria, and Torkelson Cheese.