Cumberland County youth organization hosts annual banquet
Sam McNeish The Citizen David Siddall, seated, captured the Royal Bank Cumberland County 4-H member of the year award at the closing banquet on Saturday, Oct. 13. Jordan Reid (back left) was named rookie of the year and Ashley Smith-Gaudet was selected as the top reporter of the year.
TRUEMANVILLE David Siddall joined family members in being named the Cumberland County 4-H member of the year.
The hulking Siddall, a member of the Three Way 4-H Club was instrumental is starting a basketball tournament in support of the Isaac Walton Killam Childrens Hospital that has garnered over $4,000 in funds raised.
It was efforts such as this and continued participation in many 4-H events and activities which made him a shoe-in for the award.
Everyone in my family has won the award and Im the last one, something Im very proud of, Siddall said.
I enjoy the programs in 4-H and learn lots of different things like public speaking, teamwork and how to interact with people in different settings, he added.
Siddall has been a 4-H member for 12 years in which time he has taken part in beef, draft horse, welding and showcase activities. In addition, he has served as president, vice-president, treasurer and club reporter, always sold tickets, organized fundraisers and worked on the float for the Christmas parade.
Other activities Siddall took part in saw him be a huge part of exhibition cleanup, attended Pro Show by helping keep display areas clean for younger members and received the Grand Champion title in showcase.
Siddall is member of the youth advisory board for the Credit Union and recently won a trip to the national 4-H conference in Ottawa.
Joining Siddall as a major award winner was Jordan Reid of the Bay Vista Conns Mills 4-H Club
He was named the Terry Rodgers Memorial rookie of the year winner for his participation and hard work during his first year as a 4-H member.
During his inaugural year, he explored skills in cooking, crafts, photography, planting flowers and scrap booking. In addition, he worked hard on fundraisers, selling tickets, yard sale, helped serve judges lunches and worked on the Canada Day float.
Reid also helped sand and paint the fences for the exhibition display, won champion for his exploring 4-H project.
4-H has taught me to be a leader, a team player in woodsmen, a speaker in public speaking and I know I will stay in 4-H in the future, Reid said.
I cant wait to learn welding, woodworking and computers, he added.
Reid said 4-H has taught him how to use his head, heart, health and hands every day in a variety of different activities.
The other major award handed out included the club reporter of the year award sponsored by Cumberland Publishing Ltd. and went to Ashley Smith-Gaudet of the Sunrise 4-H Club.
The guest speaker for the banquet was Bill McLeod of the Department of Agriculture.
Jessica Oickle Three-Way
Evan Matthews Ro-Win-Lea
Jessie Dowe Ro-Win Lea
Alyson Carter Double D
J&P Farm Services Scholarship
Niels Kouwenburg Bay Vista Conns Mills
Crystal Siddall Three-Way
John Calvin Siddall Three-Way
Paige Baldwin Ro-Win-Lea
Jessica Earl Double D
Christie Verstraten Linden
Jessica Oickle Three Way
Chris Dowe Memorial Scholarship Jessie Dowe Ro-Win-Lea
Club Competition Awards
ClubPercentage of projects completed
Bay Vista Conns M 95
Larry Rushton, Geoff Baldwin, Keith McAloney, Susan Groundwater, Elsie Read,
Certificates of Appreciation
Alyson Carter, Jessica Dowe, Katherine MacPherson, Evan Matthews, Lindsay Thompson, Jessica Oickle