CHARLOTTETOWN - It was a packed house, as close to 200 guests, i, came together to celebrate 4-H at the annual provincial awards dinner recently.
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Lorraine Noonan of the Albany Centennial 4-H Club, who was honoured for her 45 years of service to 4-H on P.E.I., making her the longest serving 4-H volunteer in the province. Congratulating her are H. Frank Lewis, the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, and the George Webster, Minister of Agriculture.
The P.E.I. 4-H Trust established the Heart Club program in 1998 to recognize contributing individuals and corporations and they were honpoured at the awards dinner as well.
Michael and Joyce Carmichael advanced to the Silver level in the Heart Club in 2014. Also, Rena Thompson received a silver heart club pin in memory of her husband, Guy Thompson, as recognized by the P.E.I. Womenâ€™s Institute memorial donation in Guyâ€™s name.
The banquet marked the 31st consecutive year Agro Co-op Association Ltd. has supported the Agro Co-op Most Improved Club of the Year Award to the club showing the most improvement from one year to the next. This yearâ€™s recipient was the Chepstow-Little Harbour 4-H Club.
The Brookville Lime Community Project Award is given annually to a deserving 4-H Club based on the clubâ€™s community work. First place was awarded to the French River 4-H Club. The second place prize went to the Summerville 4-H Club, third place to the Wheatley River 4-H Club and fourth place to the Grand River East 4-H Club.
The Green Diamond Equipment Ltd. Sustained Achievement Award, which recognizes a club that maintains a high standard of performance on a continual basis, was awarded to the Evangeline 4-H Club.
Jenny Mutlow of the Morell & Area 4-H Club received grand honours in accepting the Top 4-H Livestock Member of the Year Award, sponsored by David and Jean Tingley. This award recognizes a member who exemplifies the ideal 4-H Livestock Member, a member who has shown exceptional interest, effort and leadership in both the livestock projects and the 4-H organization.
The Charlie Goodwin Top Horse and Pony Member Award was won by Mary Jane Malone of the Morell & Area 4-H Club. This was the third year for this award, which is selected by combining the scores from an interview by a panel of judges and a written quiz about equine knowledge.
Kaille MacWilliam of the Elmsdale 4-H Club was the recipient of the Callbeckâ€™s Home Building Centre Top 4-H Member of the Year Award. Kaille has been a member for nine years. During the 2012 - 2013 4-H year, she completed the junior l Leadership and the electricity projects and was also the president of her Club.
Jane MacLaurin, of the Lot 16 4-H Club, was presented with the P.E.I. Women in Agriculture Leader Recognition Award by Marion Drummond.
The purpose of this award is to recognize an active leader who has made a significant contribution to the 4-H program, and thus to Island youth. MacLaurin has been a dedicated leader for more than 20 years. With an early introduction to 4-H as a member, her devotion to the 4-H program is well appreciated by members of her club and community.
The Womenâ€™s Institute Agriculture Awareness Project Award was established to instill in 4-H members and the community the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Prize money was awarded to the following 4-H clubs: 1st place â€“ Albany Centennial 4-H Club; 2nd place â€“ French River 4-H Club; 3rd place â€“ Wheatley River 4-H Club.
Thirty leaders were recognized for their dedication to the 4-H program. Certificates were presented to leaders with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of volunteer service. The total number of years that these people have volunteered to 4-H was 550. Lorraine Noonan of the Albany Centennial 4-H Club received a certificate for 45-year leadership within the 4-H program.
The annual awards banquet serves to recognize members, volunteer leaders and friends, sponsors, 4-H travel program recipients and competition winners of the past year, all of whom have actively participated in the many opportunities the PEI 4-H program has to offer.