4-H banquet full of fun, laughter and surprises

Jamie Heap
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2010 4-H award winners were (from left) Robert Verstraten (certificate of recognition); Jessica Earle (certificate of dedication, 21); Kiersten Moore (Terry Rodgers Memorial Award/Bank of Nova Scotia 4-H Rookie of the Year); Kelsey Boone (Royal Bank of Ca

AMHERST – The 2010 Cumberland County 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands and Health) banquet that was held Oct. 16 at the Amherst Lions Den was full of fun, laughter, recognition and a few surprises as well.

Last minute replacement host David Siddall, who represented Three Way 4-H at the head table, introduced guest speaker Bruce MacNaughton, co-owner of the New Glasgow, P.E.I.-based Prince Edward Island Preserve Company; he set the tone for the light-hearted nature of the evening through his funny stories and experiences in public speaking and communications, something that 4-H attempts to foster in young people aged 8-21.

MacNaughton also stressed the importance of being different, dedicated and determined in pursuing your dreams while learning to deal with discouragement and setbacks along the way. Regarding success, he stated that it “is something that you attract by what you become” and that “4-H is helping you become successful, well-rounded individual.”

4-H leader Brian Trueman reported that, “86 4-H members from Cumberland County attended the 2010 Provincial (Pro-Show) held in Truro over the weekend of Oct. 1-3, placing third for the flag.”

Each of the 86 Cumberland County 4-H members were recognized for their participation and achievements in such categories as Poultry Showmanship, Light Horse Classes, Sewing, Woodworking, Dog Obedience, Scrapbooking, Tractor Driving, Vegetable Preparation, Photography and Fashion Show.

4-H leader Edna Foster of Linden (25 years of volunteer service) was surprised when she was presented with a leader award by Brian Trueman who preceded this presentation by reading aloud a poem he had written about her. Foster said that the “kids, along with the other leaders, all made being a 4-H leader something I wanted to do.”

Also receiving leader awards were Lorelei McInnis and Wendy Bauman (five years); Jane Jorgensen and Joanne Livingstone (10 years); Eleanor Conrad and Diane Cox (15 years); Serena Matheson (20 years) as well as Marie Gilroy, Helen and Hubert Hunsley and Evelyn Baker (25 years).

The two major awards of the evening were presented by the Bank of Nova Scotia (4-H Rookie of the Year) and the Royal Bank of Canada (Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year) to Kiersten Moore (Bay Vista-Conns Mills 4-H Club) and Kelsey Boone (Three-Way 4-H Club) respectively.

Organizations: Amherst Lions, Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada Bay Vista-Conns Mills 4-H Club Three-Way 4-H Club

Geographic location: Cumberland County, New Glasgow, Truro

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