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Aitkin County Rippleside Helping Hands 4-H Club receives 2014 AMC Community Leadership Award

Rippleside Helping Hands members (April 2014) The Rippleside Helping Hands 4-H Club of Aitkin County recently received the 2014 Association of Minnesota Counties 4-H Community Leadership Award.

Each year the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) recognizes outstanding 4H Community Youth Leadership projects in Minnesota. The AMC is a voluntary statewide organization of Minnesota's 87 counties that helps provide effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. The AMC Extension Committee awards the youth-led projects that respond to real community needs.

The Rippleside Helping Hands 4-H Club was selected for their "Students Using Their Time, Talents and Kindness to Make Their Community Better!" The 12-member after school club of 4-6th graders is dedicated to service learning "using their time, talents and kindness to make their community better". In 2013, the club's projects included performing skits at the nursing home, serving a free community meal, a "Rippleside Pride" teacher appreciation effort, community planting with a master gardener, a garbage/recycling walk, and raising awareness and money for the Red Cross.

Several members of the club and its leaders attended an awards banquet in St. Paul on Feb. 26 to receive the award, and gave a presentation about their club's work, and what it means to club members and their community to an audience of the nearly 300 county officials and staff from across Minnesota during the AMC's annual Legislative Conference.

Glenwood's Abigail Luetmer receives  President's Volunteer Service  Award 

Abigail Luetmer (March 2014) Abigail Luetmer, age 13, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Pope County 4-H nominated Abigail for the national honor this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. She was also named the local Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner and advanced to the state competition.

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Minnesota 4-H awards 2014 outstanding lifetime volunteer

Cornelia Kryzer (February 2014) Minnesota 4-H staff and volunteers gathered at the Best Western in Plymouth to honor Cornelia Kryzer of Winona County, the 2014 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award winner.  The award is presented to acknowledge the critical role that volunteers play in providing positive learning experiences for youth in the 4-H program. Research shows that volunteers and the mentorship they provide are key to positive youth development.  Each year, state 4-H programs are invited to select one outstanding lifetime volunteer who has served for more than 10 years and has contributed significantly to the 4-H Youth Development program. 

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4-H clubs are no longer sole domain of farm kids at county fairs

Star Tribune, Dec. 25, 2013

In the teen center at the Franklin Library in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, it doesn’t take long to figure out that this isn’t your typical sheep shearing and quilt-making 4-H Club. No longer the exclusive domain of rural kids and county fairs, the new 4-H is as likely to deal with robotics as it is roosters.

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