Ohio 4-H Highlights : November 2020

  1. Celebration of Youth: A Night to Remember

    Ashlynn from Adventure Central

    Ohio 4-H members were the stars of the 23rd annual Celebration of Youth held earlier this month, with more than 140 guests joining the virtual event. Their heartfelt stories of perseverance and resilience this year resonated with viewers. The result – more than $107,000 was contributed through donations and an online auction that will benefit Ohio 4-H programming and operations.

    The evening also featured guest speakers who expressed their appreciation for 4-H. Ohio Governor Mike and Mrs. Fran DeWine; Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council CEO; Dr. Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Dr. Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader shared their thoughts about the importance of youth development programming. Grow 4-H Across Ohio

    A special appeal during the hour-long program to grow 4-H across Ohio raised more than $2,500 that will provide starter kits for new clubs, increase volunteer recruitment, and provide county programs with marketing resources.

    The success of this year’s event was possible thanks to the generous support of many sponsors and individuals. Visit the Ohio 4-H Foundation Celebration of Youth page for a list of contributors and to view the program video.

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWineJennifer SirangeloCFAES Dean Cathann A. KressKirk Bloir

  2. Honoring Ohio 4-H Volunteers

    Ann Marrison and her family

    When Ann Marrison joined Ohio 4-H more than 65 years ago, she had no idea the youth organization would play such a lasting role in her life.

    After spending 11 years as a 4-H member, the Ashtabula County resident went on to earn a degree in home economics and work as an agent with Ohio State University Extension. While she served as the county’s home economics agent, she regularly worked with 4-H members. After becoming a mother, she retired, but she continued working with 4-H youth for more than 50 years.

    “4-H is a wonderful way to share knowledge, and I believe in what it teaches youth,” Marrison said. “It is one of the best things a kid can do, because it teaches responsibility and life skills. It also helps develop youth into community leaders and does a goodCharlotte Wagner job in preparing kids for life.”

    Marrison is one of 99 people and organizations who will be recognized at the 2020 Ohio 4-H Awards recognition event on December 1. The event will be held virtually and will honor the 2020 Volunteer Awards, Hall of Fame inductees, Tenure Milestones, Teen of the Year, and the Teen Hall of Fame inductees who were unable to be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference, originally scheduled for March. Marrison received the 4-H Meritorious Service Award.

    4-H volunteers who have served 4-H for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, and 65 years will also be recognized with a special acknowledgment of Charlotte Wagner, a Washington County volunteer with more than 73 years of service.Russ Mayer

    Another honoree, Russ Mayer from Morrow County, was the recipient of the 4-H Alumni Award. “4-H has been a wonderful experience throughout my life,” he said. “It contributed to my leadership skills and allowed me to develop friendships all over the state. The work that I do now as an adult volunteer is just me giving back to those who made my journey such a fun adventure.” 

    Be sure to join us on December 1 as we recognize these volunteers who are vital to the Ohio 4-H program. Click here to register.




    Alumni Award

    Russ Mayer, Morrow County

    Lu Phillips, Lorain County

    Community Service

    Eric Clary, Gallia County

    Country Kids & Kritters 4-H Club, Mahoning County

    Greener Fields 4-H Club, Geauga County

    Friend of 4-H

    LaDonna Henson, Ashland County

    Janet Kemp, Tuscarawas County

    Quest Federal Credit Union, Hardin County

    Rural King Stores, Pike County

    Hall of Fame

    Jane Copenhefer, Licking County

    David Greer, Knox County

    Victor Long, Lorain County


    John Smith, Washington County


    Meritorious Service

    Ann Marrison, Ashtabula County

    Teen of the Year

    Emmy Beck-Aden, Athens County

    Teen Hall of Fame

    Brooke Fleshman, Franklin County

    Kayla Kramer, Delaware County

    Trevor Minyo, Fayette County

    Laura Wood, Brown County

    40 Years of Volunteer Service    

    Suzanne Taylor, Allen

    Warne Crocker, Brown

    Sandra Kay North, Champaign

    Mary Blackburn, Clark

    Margaret Donaldson-Fisher, Columbiana

    June Hunter, Coshocton

    Barbara Koschnick, Crawford

    Pamela Hunt, Darke

    Nancy Linebaugh, Darke

    Ronald Cull, Erie

    Carla Smith, Greene

    Constance Dietz, Hardin

    Lois Wright, Harrison

    Dale Gilliland, Jackson

    Karen Gilliland, Jackson

    Cynthia Magers, Knox

    Shirley Latimer, Lake

    Troy Hardy, Lawrence

    Sis Bland, Licking

    Forrest Smythe, Licking

    Glenna Seeley, Logan

    Richard Baldinger, Marion

    Sharon Baldinger, Marion

    John Lowe, Medina

    Diana Novotny, Medina

    Kristen Robinson, Medina

    Diane Miller, Miami

    Janice Wise-Schneider, Miami

    Gerald Black, Montgomery

    Sheila Bushong, Montgomery

    Calvin Helsinger, Montgomery

    Kenneth Batteiger, Muskingum

    Deborah Deal, Muskingum

    Nancy Moss, Portage

    Denise Kern, Ross

    Carolyn Garrett, Scioto

    Sally Behr, Shelby

    Millie Augenstein, Stark

    Dorothy Monter, Stark

    Jennifer Smith, Stark

    Carolyn Barker, Trumbull

    Barbara Likens, Trumbull

    Dennis McCoy, Van Wert

    Linda Prochazka, Wayne

    Doug Michaelis, Wood

    45 Years of Volunteer Service

    Ruth Schwartz, Auglaize

    Linda Cook, Columbiana

    Donald Auck, Crawford

    Cherlyn Deck, Cuyahoga

    Judy Driscoll, Erie

    Paula Jean Savage, Fulton

    Donna Galusick, Geauga

    Carolyn Piergallini, Jefferson

    Joe Box, Lucas

    Kathleen Garrison, Medina

    Judy Siman, Medina

    Debra Heppe, Portage

    Michael Anderson, Ross

    Wanda Sawyer, Trumbull

    Jayne Steffel, Williams

    50 Years of Volunteer Service

    Marjorie Berkey, Ashtabula

    Virginia Seifert, Ashtabula

    Jerry Krebs, Clermont

    Alice Donaldson, Columbiana

    Billie Schmitz, Fairfield

    John Hiser, Fayette

    Rita Bishop, Huron

    Judith Simpson, Jackson

    Wanda Hardy, Lawrence

    Thomas Eppley, Lorain

    Kathleen Moser, Mahoning

    Raymond Brough, Ottawa

    Vicki Brough, Ottawa

    Judy Morrison, Ross

    Priscilla Sprang, Wayne

    Patricia Seifert, Wyandot

    55 Years of Volunteer Service

    Wayne Arnold, Fayette

    Tony Carrera, Mahoning

    60 Years of Volunteer Service

    Ada Sue Workman, Ashland

    Patricia Ambler, Jefferson

    Norma Karnehm, Miami

    Robert Karnehm, Miami

    William Hershner, Morrow

    Robert Wickert, Fremont

    65 Years of Volunteer Service

    Dorothy Montgomery, Muskingum

    73 Years of Volunteer Service

    Charlotte Wagner, Washington

  3. Thank you, Pat Brundige!

    Pat Brundige

    Congratulations to Pat Brundige, whose impactful donations to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio 4-H were recognized recently with The Ohio State University’s highest award for philanthropy.

    Brundige, the biggest individual benefactor in CFAES’ history, received the Everett D. Reese Medal, the university’s highest honor in recognition of her exceptional service.

    Her “see a need, fill a need” philosophy led her to make numerous donations to Ohio State University Extension, particularly Ohio 4-H youth development. Over the years, she has given to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, the state 4-H research endowment fund, and camp scholarships for Ohio Military Kids.Pat with the original key-holders to the Kunz-Brundgie Franklin County Extension Building.

    In 2019, the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building opened, made possible through gifts totaling $11 million from Brundige—$5 million for the building and a $6 million estate gift for future programming. The building is the first in the transformation of CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Waterman is the university’s hub for teaching, research, and community engagement around food, health, agricultural production, and environmental sustainability.

    Through Brundige’s gift, the Franklin County office of OSU Extension is better able to serve the community through educational programs and events for youth and adults, all from a centralized location. “Being able Pat received the Ohio Friend of 4-H award in 2019.to dedicate the Franklin County Extension building at Waterman in memory of my parents, Fredrick and Kathryn Kunz, was a great honor,” Brundige said. “My hope is that by investing in the building and the 4-H program, I will help make the best better and enhance outreach statewide.”

    In addition, the Patricia Kunz Brundige Youth Development Fund, created in 2012, supports seed grants for research in positive youth development through OSU Extension.

    Brundige was honored Oct. 17 during the Ohio State Foundation Board’s Celebration of Excellence, held with family and close friends at the Kunz-Brundige building.Dean Cathann A. Kress and Pat Brundige

    “You’ve just had such an incredible impact on so many lives. I want to join everyone else tonight, Pat, and offer you congratulations on this very well-deserved honor,” said Cathann A. Kress, CFAES dean and Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration.

    “As I’ve come to know you over the years, as I’ve watched the impact that you’ve had, I just am so struck, Pat, by the fact that you live that commitment to the mission every single day,” Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron said.

    Learn more and watch a video of the event here.

  4. Estate Gift Planning

    Linda and Bob Joseph

    Ohio 4-H grows confident, capable, and caring youth with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in tomorrow’s dreams.

    Leaving a legacy through an estate gift is among the most important things anyone can do for the organization. Ohio youth will enjoy brighter futures with greater opportunities because of your generosity.  

    Create a secure plan for you, your loved ones, and the causes you care about with our complimentary estate planning kit. This resource can help you discover tax-smart and heartfelt ways you can protect the security of your loved ones and make an impact on Ohio 4-H youth across the state. Download your kit.

    "Leaders are built in 4-H. It teaches responsibility, work ethic, compassion, social skills, and goal setting. Making a gift through our will was an easy way to reward these young leaders and support youth development through 4-H long into the future.” - Linda Joseph, BS ’68 and Robert Joseph, BS ’68, MS ’70, PhD ’75  

  5. Faces of Ohio

    India Bradford

    Each month we highlight an Ohio 4-H alum. They have amazing stories to share, from their personal experience in 4-H to how they have given back to the program. This month we feature India Bradford, Adams County 4-H alumna. India recently graduated from Maysville Career and Technical College with her Associates in Culinary Arts. She was inspired to pursue a career in the culinary industry after she discovered her love of cooking and baking in 4-H food and nutrition projects.

    During her nine years as a 4-H member, India Bradford took a variety of projects. “I did everything from baking yeast breads to grilling and loved it all! “ she said. “One year I took a cake decorating project, which put me through three courses of cake decorating classes.” India with her cake decorating project at the Ohio State Fair.Her focus was on cooking, but she also explored different areas such as beekeeping. “I took beekeeping every year and enjoyed watching how my hives grew and changed, all while learning the intricacies of the hive with the goal of producing my own queens and nucleus hives.”

    Ms. Bradford recalled her experience winning her county’s bake-off competition for the first time. “I had been participating for years, but the competition was very stiff and I never won, but I kept trying. The final bake-off for my junior year I made walnut orange chocolate chip cookies and they were amazing! When the time for the awards came and they started calling names, I knew yet again I hadn’t won. They came to reserve champion, then grand champion and my name was called. I have very little memory of walking up to get my award, because my club and family were cheering. India with her grand champion rosette. My mom said the extension agent commented on how purely delighted I looked. I had worked to achieve this and it was amazing to see how my hard work paid off.” For the next 5 years in the senior division yeast breads competition, she was the grand champion.  

    Ms. Bradford explained how 4-H impacted her life. “4-H taught me to never give up and to keep trying, because if I didn’t win one year with my project there was always the next year to try again. And if worse came to worst I could eat most of my projects, which was always a plus!”

    4-H also taught her skills she used as an adult. “Through 4-H I learned valuable interview skills. Participating in pre-fair judging and talking to a judge helped me to learn how to speak clearly and describe subjects that were important to the topic at hand. I also learned how to respectfully speak to adults and authority figures. These skills helped me interview for jobs and be comfortable speaking with my culinary professors about questions or potential future jobs in the culinary industry.” India recently graduated from Maysville Career and Technical College.

    Ms. Bradford shared this advice for 4-H youth, “Take at least one project that will benefit you in the future. For example, a food project that will teach you how to feed yourself, or a leadership project that can help you with a future career.” 

  6. Calendar of Events

    December 1 – Ohio 4-H Awards (YouTube Premiere) – 7 p.m., Join us to honor the 2020 Volunteer Awards, Hall of Fame inductees, Tenure Milestones, and Teen of the Year and the Teen Hall of Fame inductees. Register by November 28 at go.osu.edu/Ohio4-HAwards.

    December 2 – Wellness Wednesday (Zoom) – 11 a.m., Join OSU Extension Educator Jenny Lobb for Wellness Wednesday to discuss building a better recipe. Register here.

    December 4 – OSU Leadership Center 30th Anniversary Celebration (Zoom) – 9 a.m., The Ohio State University Leadership Center is celebrating 30 years of continued education, professional development, and research-based programming. We will be hearing from some of our closest friends; President of Youngstown State University and former coach of Ohio State football, Jim Tressel, and Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, Dr. Cathann Kress. Click here to RSVP.