Five longtime leaders with the Rose Lake/ Miocene 4-H Club received awards for exemplary service from the provincial 4-H Club office this month.
Those receiving recognition are Pam Mahon who has been a 4-H leader for 30 years; Pat Moortele a leader for 20 years; Dixie Roberts, a leader for 10 years, Penny Gentles, a leader for 10 years and Cheryl Van Immerzeel who has been a leader for five years.
In addition to taking on leadership roles for various projects, spokesperson Amber Nehring says all of the women have contributed greatly to the overall success of the Rose Lake/Miocene 4-H Club.
“They just all do so much work,” Nehring says. “Like organizing public speaking day, or the practice judging rally, or the petting zoo at Easter.
“It is unbelievable that so many people have volunteered so many years to one club in one organization. I suppose if you do something long enough it gets easier. I can only suppose. I haven’t tried it myself. This is all a testament to how much these people believe in this organization.”
Nehring says Dixie Roberts has been a leader for many different projects over the years and is currently a B leader who does all of the record keeping and banking for members and the club.
“Penny Gentles has been our photography leader forever, and just resigned this year,” Nehring says.
Cheryl Van Immerzeel has been a Cloverbud and horse leader and volunteers wherever she is needed.
She says Pam Mahon and Pat Moortele started as 4-H leaders with their own children and continued with their grandchildren.
She says Mahon and Moortele are now designated leaders at large who help out with any project or section leader who may need assistance.
“Pam organizes all the judges for the annual 4-H Show and Sale in August,” Nehring says.