4-H leaders and friends honored at banquet

| November 7, 2017

Carol and Karl Rinehart were honored with an ambassador award at the 2017 4-H Leaders Banquet, held Nov. 6, at The Presbyterian Church. Mark Fortune | Beacon

Mike Bechtol, center, received a friend of 4-H award, at the 4-H leaders banquet held Nov. 6. He is pictured with 2017 Coshocton County Fair Queen Hannah Poorman (left) and Bob Buxton (right), who presented him with the award. A second friend of 4-H award was presented by Scott Graves to Sue Eberwine, who was unable to attend the event. Mark Fortune | Beacon

Janet Aronhalt, center, was honored with an ambassador award at the 4-H leaders banquet. Her son, Rick Haines, pictured at right, presented her with the award. Also present for the photo and pictured to the left of Aronhalt is Rick’s sister, Mary Hagans. Mark Fortune | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County Fair Queen Hannah Poorman had the pleasure of welcoming everyone to the 2017 4-H Leaders Banquet.

“Lane Beatty (the fair king) would be here tonight too, but he is preparing for his future with a college interview, but we were both excited this year to meet many different royalty from the state of Ohio at the Coshocton County Fair,” she said. “Everyone we hosted said Coshocton County had the best fair across Ohio.”

Leaders of 4-H clubs play a big role in making the county fair great and they were honored for their hard work and hours of volunteerism at the banquet, which was held Nov. 6 at The Presbyterian Church.

Prior to enjoying a dinner prepared by the 4-H Endowment Committee and the 4-H Advisory Committee and served by Coshocton County Junior Leaders, attendees heard a presentation from Morgan Domokos, Medina County 4-H Educator.

“We all wear many hats and my hat is off to those who support the youth of the community and are engaged in positive youth development,” she said.

Throughout her presentation she changed her hat multiple times to demonstrate the various tasks a 4-H advisor takes on and even had a few to show how crazy life can be when it comes to preparing for the fair. Her presentation ended with the best hat of all though – a green one with four leaf clovers.

“Throughout it all we always bleed green,” Domokos said.

After dinner 4-H leaders were recognized for their years of service with the following people receiving awards: First year – Lori Bassett, Jessica Beckett, James Besser, Laura Cannon, Tiffany Fry, Stacie Grudier, Tracey Herron, Geraldine Holskey, Jamie Lohrman, Rob Lohrman, Tony Morgan, Andrea Powelson, Scott Powelson, Logan Pyers, John Rice, Janae Stevens, Zachary Stevens, Amy Unkefer, Jacque Woodward; five years – Michaela Elson, Katie Haumschild, Kelly Karr, Dana Kittner, Vikki McGinnis, Heather Moore, James Shroyer, Nicole Shroyer, Jonel Sturtz; 10 years – Jessica Cunningham, Cheryl Matchett, Linda Ondayko and Jani Woolard; 15 years – Beth Mullen and Analea Smith; 20 years – Renee Anderson, Patricia Bible, Karin Moran, Lori Regula, and Mark Regula; 25 years – Susan Brinker; 35 years – Joseph Wells; and 40 years – Shirley Fry and Brent Porteus.

The first of two ambassador awards was presented by D. Woodward Wells to Karl and Carol Rinehart.

“4-H is about making the best better and these folks have been on all the committees and put many hours toward making that happen,” Woodward Wells said. “They’ve devoted many years to laying a great foundation for this program. They are dedicated and jump in with both feet and also are extremely talented in their jobs and hobbies.”

Rick Haines presented the second ambassador award and had the pleasure of giving it to his mother Janet Aronhalt.

“She’s been a 4-H advisor for 33 years, is on all the committees, goes to all the meetings and keeps our 4-H club running well,” Haines said. “She puts everyone else above herself.”

Two friend of 4-H awards also were given out at the banquet. The first was presented by Bob Buxton to Mike Bechtol from WTNS.

“He has been the master of ceremonies for the fair’s opening ceremonies and crowning of the fair king and queen,” Buxton said. “He helps with the junior fair sale by interviewing people and kids and really puts the kids at ease when he interviews them during the fair about their projects.”

Bechtol was honored to receive the award.

“This is Coshocton County’s finest right here,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about agriculture from you and made a lot of friends over the last 23 years. I’m humbled that you consider me a friend too.”

The second friend of 4-H award was presented by Scott Graves to Sue Eberwine, who was unable to attend the banquet. He shared that Eberwine has helped with numerous skillathons and evaluations over the years and is especially knowledgeable in poultry.

“She’s gone to many 4-H members homes over the years and helped them prepare for the fair by sharing her knowledge,” Graves said. “She is dependable and patient.”

Emily Adams, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Director, Coshocton County, also drew the lucky winner of a $100 gift card from those who provided their contact information after taking a needs and program survey put out by her office.

“We had 469 responses and our goal was 500,” Adams said. “We are going to use this information as we go forward with new hiring plans for our office.”

Of the more than 400 people who completed the survey, 350 provided their contact information for the chance to win the gift card sponsored by Hanby Farms, where extension advisory committee member Ron Seitz is the manager.

“They donated this to encourage more participation and we really appreciate all of their support,” Adams said.

The winner of the gift card was not present at the banquet and will be contacted by Adams.

Jenny Strickler, 4-H Educator for Coshocton County, wrapped up the banquet by showing a short video from the national 4-H organization about how 4-H grows leaders.

“We appreciate all you do to help youth in our county grow as leaders here and beyond,” she said.

The dinner was sponsored by: Century National Bank, Coshocton County Agricultural Society, The Coshocton County Beacon, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Endsley Agency, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Peoples Bank.



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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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