Local 4-H Volunteer & Business Honored at State Conference

The Ohio 4-H Conference welcomed over 1100 volunteers and teens to Columbus as Ohio 4-H Week came to a close. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Fourteen youth and adults representing Washington County 4-H attended the conference on March 9 at the Columbus Convention Center.

The conference recognized Darlene Burke-Ogletree of Marietta with an Ohio 4-H Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes volunteers for a lifetime of service and contributions to 4-H on the club, county or state level and serves as a positive influence in the lives of 4-H members. Burke-Ogletree has been a volunteer advisor of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club for 48 years. She always challenges and encourages her members to try new things and be the best they can be. This starts with the expectation of required 100% demonstrations and 100% required project judging. She is also very involved with 4-H on the county level providing volunteer time and expertise.

Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream was honored as an Ohio Friend of 4-H. This award recognizes an individual, family, business or corporation that supports the Ohio 4-H Program in a charitable manner at the county, state, or national level. The business is owned by Dan and Cathy Lang of Lowell. They have hosted 4-H fundraising events, donated ice cream, and share their talents with the Washington County 4-H Program. The Langs embody the third H of 4-H with their hands to larger service and they continue to promote the 4-H program.