The following is an email received from Dr. Toby Lepley regarding the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards Program. The packet at the bottom of this post contains more information.
The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program is excited to release the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Packet. This information packet includes instructions, guidelines, and criteria for nominating volunteers, businesses, alumni, agents, and specialists for the annual awards presented at Texas 4-H Roundup on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Recognition is a key component of acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, businesses, and Extension employees. We hope that you will take some time to review the information packet to identify individuals or businesses in your county which have had a longtime positive effect on the 4-H and youth development program.
This year, all award nominations are to be submitted online between now and March 1, 2014, so there is plenty of time to identify and write up the application. To assist you with the nomination process, a worksheet for each award type is included in the packet. Five different awards will be presented in 2014, which are:
- TEXAS 4-H ALUMNI AWARD. The Texas 4-H Alumni Award will recognize adults who have made significant achievements IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. Consideration is given to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement AS A 4-H MEMBER and who have shown evidence of 4-H’s influence on their adult lives. Continued service to 4-H in adulthood is very important. This award is sponsored by the Texas 4-H Friends and Alumni Association. No current Extension employee may receive this award. The number of 4-H alumni awards presented will vary from year to year.
- CITATION FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO 4-H. This award recognizes an individual or a business who has made an outstanding contribution to Texas 4-H programs ON A REGIONAL OR STATE BASIS. Awards are generally made based on a long-term commitment rather than a one-time program. Individuals or businesses that are local supporters, and limit their contributions to local programs, should be recognized at the local level. The number of citations awarded will vary from year to year.
- LEADER’S LEGACY AWARD. This award recognizes a 4-H leader who has been an integral part of the 4-H and Youth Development Program for 20 years or more. The person who is nominated for this award may or may not be the person who is always in the spotlight, but is one who makes an impact and a difference on the 4-H members with whom he/she works. Stretch beyond normal thinking and be inclusive in making a selection for this prestigious nomination.Specific requirements for the Leader’s Legacy Award include:
- Twenty (20) or more years of service to 4-H as a volunteer leader.
- Continuing support of the 4-H program at any level.
- Must still be an active and current 4-H Volunteer for the 2013-14 4-H year.
- Must have been a club manager or project leader in a county in Texas for at least five (5) years.
- MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD. Annually two outstanding Extension professionals will be recognized for their role in making 4-H volunteers more effective with the Meritorious Service Award. These nominations should not be limited to 4-H Faculty. The nominee must be a resident of Texas and have been paid staff or faculty with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service/Texas 4-H for the immediate past five (5) years. Two awards are given annually.
- TEXAS 4-H SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE. This award recognizes outstanding 4-H volunteers for their service to 4-H programs and the impact that they have had on the lives of young people. Each district may select two recipients who will be honored with this award. A couple may count as one nominee. The awards are sponsored by the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program. Districts are strongly encouraged to submit one award winner for excellence in club work (community, project, school) and one award winner for excellence through special interest and curriculum enrichment programs. Selections are made at the district level with the nomination forms forwarded to the Texas 4-H Office. Winners should be notified by District Extension Offices.
Nominations DO NOT have to come solely from County Extension employees/support staff. Therefore, please share this information with your clientele in hopes they can identify and nominate some outstanding volunteers for the 2014 awards. All awards can be submitted on-line at: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recognition
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Texas 4-H and Youth Development State Office or your District 4-H Specialist.