The Lamar County 4-H annual awards ceremony was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. The outside event was abbreviated from the usual annual awards, but it was not lacking in appreciation for local 4-H members and leaders. The event began with the pledge of allegiance, pledge to the Texas Flag, and the 4-H pledge. Lamar County Council officers, President Reese Bassano, Vice President Ethan Adams, 2nd Vice President Cadie Gray, 3rd Vice President Jaden Johnson, Health and Safety officer Keara Dorries, and Parliamentarian Ty Shannon led the ceremony.
Every year, our 4-H identifies a person or business that has helped our 4-H for the current year. Sometimes it is through service, donations, or in-kind contributions. This year’s Friend of 4-H is Ms. Phyllis Brumley. Lamar County 4-H also recognizes an outstanding leader of the year, and the recipient this year was 4-H Livestock Judging Leader, Corey Gray. The Gold Clover Award is given to an outstanding high school-aged 4-H member that has done much with the 4-H year, not just within their project. The recipient will have shown contributions to his or her community as well as within their club and project group. Ethan Adams received this award. The Bronze Clover Award is given to an outstanding elementary-aged 4-H member who has completed a project and contributed to his or her club and project. This year’s Bronze recipient is Evan Adams.
The organization also showed appreciation for its leaders, who have sacrificed and given time and effort to make the experience in 4-H better. The Lamar County 4-H group applauded Kim Johnson, Scott Adams, Britany Adams, Tiffany Phillips, Corey Gray, and Brad Bassano for their continued support. Each 4-H supporter that attended was awarded a 4-H Project pin and certificate from one of the project areas. These areas included: Leadership, Community Service, Foods and Nutrition, Public Speaking, Beef, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Livestock Judging, and Shooting sports to name a few.
At the close of the ceremony, the group recited the 4-H prayer before adjourning the meeting, “Help me, Oh Lord, to live so that the world may be a little better because thou hast made me.”