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Ohio State University Extension


2013 Excellence in 4-H Award

Dec. 11, 2013

2013 Excellence in 4-H Award

Bruce P. Zimmer, Extension Educator, 4-H, Monroe County has been recognized by The Ohio State University Extension for his outstanding contribution to the Extension 4-H Youth Development program area.

Bruce received the Excellence in 4-H Award on December 4, 2013 during the Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference at the Ohio Union on OSU campus. 

This award honors superior accomplishments by an Extension Educator in developing dynamic, innovative, broad-based 4-H educational programs.  The award, funded through the Charles W. Lifer Excellence in 4-H Fund, is dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professionals who serve as examples in setting standards of excellence in ten major areas of the County 4-H program.

Bruce is described as an inspirational leader, skilled in developing resources, a strong partner and a community leader.  Among his accomplishments he is known for his specialization focusing on our youngest 4‑H audience, Cloverbuds.  He has helped staff across the state understand the unique qualities of Cloverbuds, and developed curriculum to enable volunteers to teach these young 4-H members. He uses the Train-the-Trainer approach with 4-H teens in which they promote literacy and teach science lessons in the schools.  His campers have benefited from his success at obtaining grants, recently bringing in more than $16,000 for new boat docks and cabin windows, making their camp environment better.