4-H sees big growth, thanks its leaders

Oregon State University 4-H held its leadership appreciation banquet Sunday, following at successful 2012. The event was held at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

Dani Annala, Leadership Youth Development Faculty for 4-H, told banquet attendees:

“Hood River County 4-H has seen tremendous growth over the past two years. It is because of our dedicated volunteers that we are able to have such an incredible program for our youth.

“Overall we have had a 400 percent growth in the Hood River county 4-H program from 2010 to 2012, because of the 73 volunteers dedicated to our 4-H Youth Development Program.

“Thank you for everything that you do to build a great program for our community,” Annala said.

The following leaders were honored:

2012-2013 New Leaders

Janice Armstrong

Tom Durham

Denise Endow

Terry Endow

Amberlee Shewey

Laurie Marques

Brianna Wood

Kristina Worsham

1 year

Terri Adams

Ricardo Casteneda

Sherri Casteneda

Cindy Durham

Shelby Flem

Kenneth Jacobs

Columba Jones

Jodi Jones

Steven Jones

Bradley Keely

Hannah McCarty

Stephanie Pickering

Tamiko Ruhler

Alex VonLubken

2 years

Lisa Gabriel

Amy Graham

Jason Johnston

Andrea Klaas

Jim Klaas

Kim Maddy

Emily Ocheskey

Charlene Roser

Kelsie Scroggins

Justin Williams

3 years

Linda Mooney

Katherine Murray

Liesl Peterson

4 years

Angie Beer

Jennifer Hooper

Michael Marques

Trisha Peterson

Jan Wallace

5 years

Kevin Asai

Sue Eskildsen

Woody Eskildsen

Mikka Irusta

Chris McCafferty

Kathy Semmes

6 years

Sarah Muenzer

Cheryl Norton

Barbara Smith

7 years

Julianna Dolan

Justin Frazier

Stephanie McElheran

Jodie Mears

Mark Mears

Cindy Murahashi

Brent Ocheskey

8 years

Angie Green

Leslie Smith

Lorie White

10 years

Ilea Bouse

Tara Krieger

11 years

Mary Bostwick

Kelli Wilson

12 years

Pam Regentin

14 years

Toria Johnston

Leta Riggleman

16 years

Brenda Meyers

22 years

Karen Asai

Randy Holmstrom

23 years

Elaine Udelius

25 years

Anne Holmstrom

26 years

Debbie Carter

32 years

Pat Marick

Azusa Suzuki


“Here is a brief snapshot of the 2012 Hood River County 4-H program.

n 1,280 4-H youth members enrolled

n 280 youth enrolled in Community Clubs

n 785 Youth in School Enrichments programs

n 100 Youth Involved in Camping

n 103 Youth enrolled in Consumer and Family Science Projects

n 326 Youth enrolled in Biological Sciences

n 81 Youth enrolled in Technology and Engineering

n 7 Youth enrolled in Environmental Education

n 337 Youth enrolled in Animals

n 158 youth enrolled in Plant Sciences

n 9 youth enrolled in Civic engagement

n 18 youth enrolled in Community and Volunteer Service

n 82 youth enrolled in Leadership and Personal development

n 587 youth enrolled in Communications and Expressive Arts

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