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4-H Foundation celebrating 40th year with special event at fair PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn
Tribune Staff
A special commemoration to this year’s Perkins County Fair includes the 40th anniversary celebration of the 4-H Foundation. The foundation was incorporated on Dec. 20, 1973 to enhance and support the 4-H program for the youth of Perkins County.
It’s the time of year when the hard work of raising livestock, creating projects and putting together demonstrations all comes together in one week of flurry for kids, parents, club leaders and organizers.
The 2014 Perkins County Fair during the week of July 21-26 brings to the forefront the effort of 4-H’ers for the patrons of the county to view.  
Throughout youth effort, the Perkins County 4-H Foundation is there to support them with awards, scholarships, workshops and promotion.
As part of the 40th anniversary recognition, the foundation is providing special commemorative shirts to all registered 4-H’ers to wear at the fair and in the future, said  Ashley Colglazier, foundation chairman and co-leader of the pre-4-H club, Clover Kids.
Other 4-H clubs organized in Perkins County include: Perkins County 4-H Archers, Perkins County Straight Shooters, Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, Trail Riders 4-H Club and Paws for Kids.
During the Perkins County Fair, the 4-H Foundation will host a breakfast/snack fundraiser during the Friday morning livestock show on July 25.
Breakfast items available will include burritos, cinnamon rolls, orange juice, coffee and soda pop.
The foundation will also have a booth set up in the exhibit building for more exposure.
About the Foundation
A scholarship program was started in 1985, and since then, 45 Perkins County 4-H’ers have received scholarships to defray college expenses.
Two PCHS graduates, Rebecca Cornelius and Elizabeth Krajewski ,are the most recent recipients of a scholarship through the foundation.
The Perkins County 4-H Foundation also provides club activities and extension office workshops with future plans to help defray the cost of 4-H manuals and help with 4-H promotion in the schools.
Most recently, during the last week of June, the foundation funded a poultry judging workshop and travel expenses for the first-ever Perkins County Livestock Judging Team in Lincoln.
The foundation members manned a booth to gain exposure during a banquet last fall that showcased the many philanthropic organizations in Perkins County.
In 2012 the foundation was selected to receive a $2,000 grant for ‘farmers grow communities’ from Monsanto after being nominated by Perkins County farmer Robert Gloy.
When the Perkins County 4-H Foundation was first established, its original board of directors included Dwaine Hendricks, Everett Skeels, Dayton Reichman, Ted Tietjen and Keith Olsen.     
Their initial goal was to raise $7,500 in 1974. In the beginning, the foundation provided special awards to 4-H’ers whose projects made it to the Nebraska State Fair and whose animals received the Grand Champion or Reserve Champion designation in their respective projects at the Perkins County Fair. The foundation also paid mileage for 4-H’ers who traveled to various competitions.  
The current foundation members in addition to Colglazier include Tara Nodlinski, Ryan Hendricks, and two representatives from the Perkins County 4-H Council, Robin Cornelius and Darin Robertson.  
Colglazier will finish her second term this year and Jessica Cornelius will be taking her place on Jan 1, 2015.  Hendricks’ final year is next year, so the foundation will be seeking his replacement as well.
Through contributions generated from individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations, the Nebraska 4-H Foundation supports education programs offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, both at the state level and in the 93 Nebraska counties.
An investment in Nebraska 4-H is an investment that reaches every corner of Nebraska – from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards, to rural farming communities.
With a network of more than 143,000 youth, 12,000 volunteers, 1,200 professionals, and thousands of alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move our state, our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.
Fun County Facts
• In 1918, 4-H Club work was started in Perkins County under the supervision of J.F. Purbaugh, who served for one year as district agricultural agent.
• In 1919 W.R. Wicks, known as Pop Wicks, served as district agricultural agent. No records are available for the work accomplished.
• In 1925 when Mr. W.R. Benninson was hired as county extension agent, it was found in his report that girls clubs were active. Five sewing clubs were organized and several pig and corn clubs had many 4-H members enrolled.
4-H leaders in 1925 included Mrs. Vance Mowry, Madrid, Mrs. Keller, Madrid, Mrs. H. Yenne, Grant, and Mrs. W.A. Bell.
• By 1926, club work included three hot lunch clubs, five rope clubs, seven sewing clubs, and several corn and health clubs. That year, Charles Gossard was given a 4-H club week trip, the first reported from Perkins County.
• Erma Gossard was winner in the county health contest and placed sixth at the Nebraska State Fair in 1926.
• In 1926, one hundred exhibits were made at the Perkins County Fair with several of the best being exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair. 4-H members entered the Nebraska state fair demonstration contest and style show.
• In 1928, Irma John of  Venango exhibited a litter of spotted Poland China swine at the Nebraska State Fair in the 4-H and open class, winning first place. At the close of the fair, the litter of pigs sold for $517. Carl John was the 4-H leader.
• In 1928, there were 22 4-H members who completed the swine project.  That same year, 31 boys and 66 girls completed a 4-H project.
• In 1931 a county-wide 4-H picnic was held with all 4-H members and their families invited. Club members presented an afternoon program, followed by a talk by Professor Newton Gaines. Ice cream was furnished by the Farm Bureau. This annual picnic was continued until 1989.
• 4-H Baby Beef Club work was started in 1931.
• In 1932, there were 13 calves shown at the Nebraska State Fair with two of the calves winning premiums.
• The county 4-H Club committee was organized in 1935 to help with 4-H work in the county. The first winter party for 4-H members was held in 1935.
• In 1936 a Junior Fair Board of 10 4-H members was organized. Max Kemling was the first president and Harold Stevens was vice president.
Max Kemling and Dorthy Stevens gave a livestock loss prevention demonstration in 1936, winning at the state fair and at Ak-Sar-Ben, and placing second in the Chicago contest, livestock loss prevention demonstrations were given at the state fair for several years.
• Perkins County 4-H members have done excellent work in poultry, having won the state championship in 1939-1941-1943 and in 1958. 4-H members have attended the poultry fact finding conference for six years. One club congress trip was won in poultry.
• Several club congress trips have been won in foods. Perkins County has had one state winner in the state cherry pie baking contest.
• 4-H teams have participated in the National Dairy Show at Dallas, Texas, and at Columbus, Ohio.
• Two 4-H members attended the National Club Congress in 1938, having won the state canning contest at the Nebraska State Fair.
• KLZ radio station presented the Certificate of Merit in Farm Safety in 1952. A state award plaque was won in 1952 in the National 4-H farm and home safety contest.
• In 1953, the Polly Anna Club won the achievement award in helping clear the County of rats and mice.         • In 1956, the county won the National 4-H Electric Award Plaque and in 1960 a club congress trip in electricity.
• 4-H club members have enjoyed camping at the Curtis 4-H Camp. Twenty-three conservation camp trips have been awarded to club members. Two members have been awarded Camp Miniwanca trips. Since 1926 Perkins County has been awarded 129 4-H club week trips.
• In the past 25 years, 27 4-H members have won free trips to the National Club Congress in Chicago, and five have won National 4-H camps. Nine s cholarships have been awarded to 4-H members.
• Several war bonds were awarded to 4-H members during the war. The most unusual award to Perkins County was a manure spreader won by Dan Gengenbach.