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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2014

Outstanding 4-H leader award nomination available

Jan 15, 2014

AMES — Loren Kruse and Successful Farming have partnered with the Iowa 4-H Foundation to present the second annual Loren Kruse/Successful Farming Outstanding 4-H Leader Award. The award honors an individual who has dedicated their time, talents and treasures to ensure that their 4-H club members receive the best 4-H experience possible.

“I will always be grateful for the dedicated volunteer leaders and extension professionals who led America’s 4-H programs,” Kruse once wrote to 4-H supporters. “The people through 4-H made a difference in my life. They taught me life skills that I use every day.”

The nomination parameters are:

• A leader who has inspired a 4-H’er to reach potentials beyond those they thought they could achieve on their own merits; and

• A leader whom has served or is currently serving Iowa 4-H’ers.

Nominees must be nominated by a current or former Iowa 4-H’er. Nominations must be submitted to the Iowa 4-H Foundation by Feb. 1. The nominations will be reviewed by a small group of neutral decision makers who know and understand the 4-H impact. The individual recipient will be selected by criteria standards and notified no later than June 1.

The recipient of the 2014 Loren Kruse/Successful Farming Outstanding 4-H Leader Award will be recognized June 25 at the State 4-H Conference. The recipient will be awarded a certificate and $1,000 to use in one of five ways:

• Travel, registration and hotel costs to attend a Volunteer 4-H Leader’s Forum for continued inspiration;

• Donation back to his or her club for a specific and defined project;

• Donation to his or her county 4-H endowment to support local 4-H youth opportunities;

• Scholarship to a 4-H’er in his or her county for that year; or

• Donation to the Iowa 4-H Foundation in the name of the honored leader.

The nomination application and information can be found on the website www.iowa4hfoundation.org.

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