Each year, the Fulton County 4-H Program recognizes the volunteer 4-H advisors of the program for their contributions and years of service to 4-H. Special recognition is awarded for those individuals who exemplify the qualities and support of the program or have gone above and beyond.
The following individuals were honored on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Fulton County 4-H Advisor Recognition Drive-Thru Event.
2020 Friend of 4-H
Jill Stechschulte was the Fulton County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent/Educator from 1995 to 2017. She grew the program to 1,200 youth in the early 2000s and was a mentor and role model for many youth who came through her program. She built strong relationships with the 4-H advisors, became lifelong friends with a subset, recruited, and supported over 200 volunteers annually to support the program. Stechschulte was also a 4-H parent of Rusty and Kelly who were 10/11 year members in the Fulton County 4-H program.
Jill’s truest passion was camp and consistently brought 250+ people to Fulton County 4-H Camp each year, being one of the biggest returning annual camps at 4-H Camp Palmer. She served many years on the 4-H Camp Palmer Board of Trustees Executive Committee. She advocated for donating time, energy, or money to 4-H Camp Palmer. Stechschulte was involved in the planning and fundraising for the Woodland Lodge, Rob’s Cabin, and the new in-ground pool. Jill constantly encouraged local organizations to participate in community service by cleaning up leaves, painting, installing new playground equipment, or re-roofing buildings at 4-H Camp Palmer.
She was also heavily involved with Fulton County Junior Fair each year. The Junior Fair consists of greater than 95% 4-H youth and she and the OSU Extension Office would serve as points of contact for Junior Fair throughout the year. Her capstone 4-H accomplishment was being awarded the Charles W. Lifer Award in 2016, the top honor a 4-H professional can obtain in his or her career in the state of Ohio.
2020 Outstanding 4-H Alumni
Wayne Dinius, a lifelong resident of Fulton County, was named the Fulton County 4-H 2020 Outstanding 4-H Alumni. He was a 10-year member of the York Boosters 4-H Club and has continued to serve his community in various ways throughout his lifetime.
Dinius is a lifetime Fulton County Farmer, working to pass the operation on to the next generation. He frequently shares the saying, “the most important thing you raise on your farm will be your kids.” Over the years he has been heavily involved in Fulton County 4-H, his church community, and drove bus for physically and mentally handicapped individuals for almost 30 years.
When Wayne’s children became 4-H age, he wanted to start a smaller club that would be more personable and interactive, so he, his wife, and a couple other advisors started the Brush Creek Kids 4-H Club. He was an advisor of that club from inception to ending in 2018, 30+ years.
Dinius enjoys volunteering with low-profile opportunities such as night walking at 4-H camp, making milkshakes at 4-H camp, watching the Junior Fair Building at the fair, manning Real Money Real World stations, and serving as a 4-H still project judge in nearby counties, especially beekeeping projects. Wayne was very active on 4-H Council, serving as Vice President several times and currently serves on the Fulton County OSU Extension Advisory Council. He has also served on the Breakfast on the Farm Planning Committee and headed a station at the event.
Advisors Recognized for their years of service
Paula Jean Savage
Steve Fenicle and Roy Norman
Jackie Ballmer, Mark Ballmer, Linda Bollinger, Julie Creque, Kim Reckner.
Ray Jackson, Shelly Jackson, Garth Reckner, Kim Ronau.
Tom Herr, Jr.
Betsy Gombash, William Gombash, Lizzie Hoge, Mollie Holdridge, Alicia Keller, Kathy Miller.
Danielle Brakefield, Ann Cross, James Duncan, James Flickinger, Robin Henricks, Jeff Herr, Heidi Klingensmith, Vicki Nofziger.
Nate Andre, TJ Baker, Taylor Caudill, Greg Clapp, Leah Cole, Josh Doughty, Nate Earl, Sarah Elton, Sydney Fahrer, Joshua Gorey, Jodi Law, LeAnn Lee, Alan Leininger, Laura Leininger, Kristine Liecthy, Miguel Martinez, Catelyn McClain, Jenna North, Ethon Pawlaczyk, Angela Rettle, John Rettle, Bradley Sager, Jason Tipton.
Outstanding Community Service Clubs
Delta Boosters— Tricia Fahrer
Delta Country Gals and Guys— Michelle Savage
Goats and “Udder” Things—Linda Bollinger
Pettisville Ever-Ready— Peggy Kruse
Pike X-L— Jim Savage
Roamin’ Country Raisers Etc.— Shelly Morrin and Ann Kirkum
Goats and “Udder” Things— Linda Bollinger