Volunteers are the heart and soul of 4-H. In an age when time is at a premium, 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge our volunteers' unwavering dedication to the 4-H Youth Development Movement. Research shows that volunteers are the key to positive youth development because of their longtime mentorship of 4-H youth.
Each year, state 4-H programs are invited to nominate two outstanding individual volunteers--one in each of two categories:
Recipients of the 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Awards are chosen from nominees submitted by state 4-H offices.
We are pleased to announce the 2012 Salute to Excellence award winners and share their 4-H experiences and stories.
Each year, the 4-H Salute to Excellence awards honor four regional honorees per award category. An Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year are named for each region. The eight regional winners become nominees for the national award, and one volunteer from each category will be named the national winner.
Recipients will be presented with a monetary award (to be donated to a local 4-H program of the recipient's choosing). National awardees will also have their name engraved on the 4-H Salute to Excellence Perpetual Plaque located at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.
When nominating potential recipients, please check first with your State 4-H Youth Development Director or Volunteer Specialist regarding the process in your state.
2012 4-H Salute to Excellence Award Winners
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