Brown County 4-H celebrates 82 years

Farm Forum

Brown County 4-H celebrated 82 years of “Making the Best Better” on Sunday, November 6 at the annual 4-H Recognition Event held at the Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.

Aberdeen residents Don and Hazel Schaunaman and Meyers Tractor Salvage of Aberdeen were recognized for their 2016 “Meritorious Service to 4-H”.

For more than a half century, the Schaunaman couple have been involved in livestock shows, whether watching or helping. In the early days of their children’s 4-H life, Don was involved in the beef project, as an assistant superintendent and with the former “penlot” project. Hazel was a leader of the Aberdeen Future Ranchers 4-H Club for a few years. The couple has had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in the beef project in South Dakota and North Dakota for all these years. Don has been a regular at the Livestock Premium Sale for decades, often making sure everyone gets a boost in their premium. Hazel helped with Brown County entries at the State Fair for a few years, enjoying being around younger people (the other leaders)! Don and Hazel were generous with Brown County’s pledge for the Norby Exhibit Hall at the South Dakota State Fair.

Meyers Tractor Salvage has been a major supporter of the Brown County 4-H program for many years. Paul Meyers was first invited to the Brown County 4-H Premium sale by Don and Craig Schaunaman. Paul enjoys being able to see the many different projects Brown County 4-H Youth have each year and likes to be able to reward them for all their hard work.

Brown County leaders were honored for their years of service to the 4-H Program. Recognized for five years of service were Brian Sharp of Dakota Sharpshooters, Gretchen Sharp of Dakota Sharpshooters, Lory Bretsch of Dream Reachers, Lynn Heupel of Dream Reachers, Jeff Hanson of Livestock Leaders, Jamie Simon of Putney Putovers, Sandy Dinger of Stateline Feeders, and Teri Johnson of Dream Reachers. Renee Marzahn and Stephan Wright, both part of Friendly Fellows and Daisies 4-H Club received a 10-year gold pins. Barb Miller, Friendly Fellows & Daises received a 15-year Pearl Inset clover and Linda Huettl of Three River Ranchers 4-H Club received a 20-year Diamond Peal Inset Clover. Brenda Artz of the Rural Lads and Lassies 4-H Club received a 25-year Emerald Insert Clover.

Graduating from the Brown County 4-H program were: McKenzie Bierman, Logan Ellingson, MiKayla Forsting, Kaitlyn Ringgenberg, Brody Sombke, Jonathan Sumption, Brody Sombke, Kayla Bailly, Tyler Goldade, Hailey Hanson, Kari Hanson, Carly Wheeting, and Bradyn Wieker.

Several 4-H members were recognized for selection and participation in various Regional and National 4-H Conferences and Events: Daniel Sharp, Travis Sharp, Matthew Sperry, Madelyn Wright, Adrianne Schaunaman, Cassandra Townsend, and Trey Wright were recognized for the 4-H National Western Round-Up in Denver. Matthew Sperry was honored for his participation in the Teen Leadership Conference. Sperry was also recognized for State 4-H Youth Council. Brown County had two participants that attended Citizen Washington Focus, held in Washington D.C. and that was Dylan Frey and Landon Marzahn.

Many Brown County 4-H members, teams and clubs were recognized or awarded certificates, medals, plaques, trophies and other awards for their participation and accomplishments in 4-H projects, events and activities throughout the past 4-H year. A complete list of awards can be found at the Brown County 4-H Facebook page.

Over three hundred young people participate in the Brown County 4-H Program. Seventy-five volunteers assist club members in a variety of project areas.

For more information about becoming a part of 4-H contact the Brown County 4-H office at 605-626-7120 or visit Brown County 4-H on Facebook.