Each year the Fulton County 4-H Program recognizes the volunteers/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.
2016 Friends of 4-H
The 2016 Friends of 4-H are Mike and Jake Aeschliman, Dawn Stockburger and Sue Whitaker.
Since 1980, Mike Aeschliman, president of S-W Alfalfa Mills in Archbold, has been partnering with members of the 4-H community at large in a number of ways. As a service to 4-H, the mill donates sawdust for livestock bedding to Fulton County 4-H members with livestock projects along with the surrounding counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams, and Hillsdale in Michigan. Approximately 150 tons (or 300,000 pounds) of bedding is provided annually for the previously mentioned counties.
Mike is also a dedicated buyer at the Livestock Sale. As a buyer, his primary goal is making sure that every member going through the donation sale is able to get at least a reasonable minimum bid for their project. This is especially true for those who may be approaching the end of the sale and Mike is very concerned that no member finds themselves without some level of support.
In his own 4-H career, Mike was involved in cattle projects in the 1960s. His son Jake is also a part of the mill operation and raised and exhibited cattle and pigs at the fair. Jake’s children are also 4-H members with cattle projects. Mike is proud of his family’s on-going 4-H participation.
Dawn Stockburger is a 17 year 4-H advisor for the Franklin Blue Ribbons 4-H Club. She began as a volunteer as her children moved through the 4-H program. She has worked cooperatively with the Franklin Blue Ribbons club in many areas such a project supervision and guidance, fair booth creation/set up/take down, helping youth with animal projects at the fair, and many hour spent helping within the club.
Dawn has consistently offered encouragement and help to members. She is an excellent role model.
Sue Whitaker has been the secretary for the Fulton County Fair for the past five years. In her role, she has helped the 4-H program by being a behind the scenes advocate. She assists with scheduling and planning 4-H events. She has given invaluable recommendations and is flexible. Sue is organized with details, with judges, communication, arenas, buildings and equipment.
Even though some of these things could be considered part of her job, her cheerful and no-nonsense attitude has helped to achieve and complete some 4-H programs in an efficient manner.
Years of service
Many 4-H advisors were honored for their years of service. They included:
5 Years of Service: Joyce Beatty, Holly French, Michelle Hoffman, Kristine McClain, Tim Mohr, Theodore Puehler, Chuck Ruetz, Terence Smith, James Speer, Sarah Speer.
10 Years of Service: Kimberly Baker, Janet Creque, Wendy Franklin, Jack Kruse, Peggy Kruse, Lisa Rupp, Michelle Savage, Annette Snyder.
15 Years of Service: Vickie Barber, Alice Gamber, John Gamber, Ruth Kauffman, Chris Kirkum, Brent Miller, Jolene Myers, Courtney Reckner, Carl Short, Jodi Short.
20 Years of Service: Kelly Bentley, James Gorrell, Julia Gorrell, Michelle Herr, Nancy Lawrence.
25 Years of Service: Luann Strauss.
35 Years of Service: Polly Gombash.
40 Years of Service: Joyce Nofziger.
42 Years of Service: Paula Jean Savage.
43 Years of Service: Joe Miller.
45 Years of Service: Bonnie Cicora.
50 Years of Service: Jim Savage.
Outstanding Community Service Clubs
4-H Gainers & Leaders– Jenny Herr; Clinton Doodle Bugs– Joe Miller; Country Achievers– Kim Krieger; Countryside Clovers—Jackie Ballmer; Delta Country Gals & Guys– Michelle Savage; Fulton 4-H Connection—Pat Schroeder; Goats and “Udder” Things—Linda Bollinger; Happy Hustlers/Fulton Variety– Dawn Hill; Horse Hogs—Ray & Shelly Jackson; Lyons Lucky Leaders– Janet Creque & Lisa Smithmyer; Nifty 4-Her’s– Joan Rubel; Pettisville Ever-Ready– Peggy Kruse; Pike Kountry Kids—Cindy Harris; Pike X-L—Jim Savage; Roamin Country Raisers, Etc.—Ann Kirkum & Shelly Morrin; Young Frontiers – Vickie Barber.
4-H Gainers and Leaders—Jenny Herr; Country Achievers—Kim Krieger; Fulton 4-H Connection—Pat Schroeder; Goats and “Udder” Things—Linda Bollinger; Nifty 4-Her’s– Joan Rubel; Young Frontiers -Vickie Barber.