4-H alumni distributes special awards

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


4-H LEADERS ASSOCIATION RECIPIENTS at the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet were (left to right) Sarah Lillesand, Katie Deheck, Taylor Klein, Amber Knutson, Zach Hand, Emily Meinnert, Izack Ohman and Faith Senkbeil. —Review photo by Verla Peichl 4-H LEADERS ASSOCIATION RECIPIENTS at the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet were (left to right) Sarah Lillesand, Katie Deheck, Taylor Klein, Amber Knutson, Zach Hand, Emily Meinnert, Izack Ohman and Faith Senkbeil. —Review photo by Verla Peichl PLYMOUTH - The 2015 Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet was recently held at The Amore, Plymouth.

This is a special event, not only to recognize the 4-H Scholarship recipients, but to say “thank you” to the volunteers, leaders, parents and the community for supporting this ever-growing program.

To date the Sheboygan County 4-H program has a membership of about 975 youth with 370 adult volunteers.

There are 33 clubs throughout Sheboygan County making it possible for the youth to participate in the program, and the members named for these scholarships are some of the best in the state of Wisconsin 4-H program.


FRANK STEINER (left) accepted the Sheboygan County 4- H Alumni Award from Joe Koenig at the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl FRANK STEINER (left) accepted the Sheboygan County 4- H Alumni Award from Joe Koenig at the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Emilie Burkhardt, recipient of the Wallace Kleinhans Memorial Scholarship, opened the awards segment with a short speech on how 4-H has influenced her life and the importance of her involvement in the activities that 4-H has to offer.

“I have just recently finished my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point,” said Burkhardt. “I am studying communicative disorders, specifically speech-language pathology. I was member of the Madison All-Stars 4-H Club for 10 years and graduated from it last September.”

Burkhardt attributes her strengths in leadership and patience to all of the things she learned while in 4-H. as well as the outside activities and believes that those strengths will help her with her future career of working in diagnosing disorders and creating and implementing therapy plans, as well as mapping the progress within the speech-language field.


THE MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY 4-H Alumni Board - (front row, left to right) Cathy Beumler; Barb Scholten; Cindy VanderWeele; (back) Mary TerMaat; Kay Keyes, vice president; Joe Koenig, treasurer; Debbie Oberreich; Nicole Widder and Judi Bogenschutz - were on hand at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY 4-H Alumni Board - (front row, left to right) Cathy Beumler; Barb Scholten; Cindy VanderWeele; (back) Mary TerMaat; Kay Keyes, vice president; Joe Koenig, treasurer; Debbie Oberreich; Nicole Widder and Judi Bogenschutz - were on hand at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Frank Steiner by Joe Koenig for Steiner’s continued involvement with 4-H and his contributions to starting the statewide program called Mini Clubs, better known as Cloverbuds.

“I didn’t see this coming,” said Steiner, “but I truly appreciate it. In the early ‘70s, my sister started a pilot program of the Cloverbuds, and then I and my sister started it with cooking and farm animals. I feel proud to be instrumental in starting that program and I want to say thanks for this award.”


THE WISCONSIN 4-H KEY AWARD winners, shown with (second from right) Farm Bureau representative Fritz Johanning at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet, were (left to right) Sarah Lillesand, Katie Deheck and Emily Meinnert. Jennifer Schwartz and Waycee Thiel were not present. — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE WISCONSIN 4-H KEY AWARD winners, shown with (second from right) Farm Bureau representative Fritz Johanning at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet, were (left to right) Sarah Lillesand, Katie Deheck and Emily Meinnert. Jennifer Schwartz and Waycee Thiel were not present. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Wisconsin 4-H Key Award is presented to youth who have made outstanding contributions to 4-H through the development of leadership, citizenship and community service.

This prestigious award is one of the highest honors a 4-H member can receive.

The youth receiving the 4-H Key Award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills and actively participated in their functions of their club and community.


THE RECIPIENTS AND PRESENTERS for the Doris Feldmann Scholarship and Wayne Kleinhans Scholarship at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet were Melissa Fleck, Devin Gardapee, Michelle Johanning, Kay Keyes and Emilie Burkhardt. — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE RECIPIENTS AND PRESENTERS for the Doris Feldmann Scholarship and Wayne Kleinhans Scholarship at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet were Melissa Fleck, Devin Gardapee, Michelle Johanning, Kay Keyes and Emilie Burkhardt. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 2015 Sheboygan County 4-H Key Award Winners are are follows:

Katie Deheck, the daughter of Tony and Susan, and a member of the Ourtown Orioles 4-H Club.

“Being in 4-H has taught me many things and helped me become a better person in many ways,” said Deheck. “It has taught me to care more about the community through the community service our club does. I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without 4-H.”

Sarah Lillesand, is the daughter of E.J. and Lisa and is a 10-year member of the Herman Cheerios 4-H Club.

“4-H provides so many opportuni- ties,” said Lillesand. “It has shown me the importance of teamwork, volunteering, helping others and getting involved. The most important thing I have learned is that be being my best and never giving up, I can be proud of my accomplishments.”

Emily Meinnert, daughter of Jeff and Debbie, is an 11-year member of Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club.

“Being active in many organizations has gotten me involved with lots of people and constantly interacting with different varieties of people has improved my communication skills,” said Meinnert.

Jenny Schwartz, daughter of Eugene and Kathy, is a 12-year member of Spring Valley 4-H Club.

“4-H has given me experiences that I wouldn’t have gained in school,” said Schwartz. “It has given me the confidence in myself to make the right decisions and live a full life. I feel that 4-H has been an anchor throughout my life.”

Waycee Thiel, is the daughter of Dan and Delda and she is a seven-year member of the Sheboygan County Wranglers 4-H Club.

“4-H has built up my self-esteem,” said Thiel. “I have experienced so many things since I’ve joined 4-H. I encourage many other kids to get involved in a local 4-H club.”

Sheboygan County 4-H Leaders Association Scholarships went to the following students:

Zach Hand, son of James and Ann, has been a member of the Lima Lites 4-H Club for 13 years.

He plans to major in computers and communications at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee following high school graduation.

Amber Knutson is the daughter of Brenda and Eric.

She has been in the Waldo Fireflies 4-H Club for 11 years and has been a youth leader for four of those years.

She intends to major in pre-vet and then continue into graduate school for a degree in veterinary medicine.

Emily Meinnert has been a member of the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club for 11 years and a youth leader for four years.

She will attend UW-LaCrosse with a prephysical therapy major and plans to pursue her doctorate degree in physical therapy.

Izack Ohman, the son of Dr. Dave and Barb Ohman, has been a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club for 13 years and a youth leader for four of those years. He will be pursuing a career in Agriculture Business at UW-Madison.

“The 4-H program has built my people skills and in turn led me into the business field,” Ohman said.

4-H Memorial Leaders Association Scholarships went to the following students:

Katie Deheck has been a member of the Ourtown Orioles and Madison All Stars 4-H clubs for 12 years, including 6 years in youth leadership Next fall she will pursue a major in chemistry.

Taylor Klein is the daughter of Kasey and Troy and is an 11- year member of 4-H, including the Hingham Handy Helpers and the Waldo Fireflies 4-H Club, which includes three years of youth leadership.

She is a senior at Random Lake High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in dairy science.

Faith Senkbeil is the daughter of Ellen and Steve and is an eight-year member of the Sheboygan County Wranglers 4-H Club, which includes three years of youth leadership.

She is a senior at North High School and will be studying business and communications.

“4-H has formed me into the person I am today without a doubt and I will be forever thankful for that,” Senkbeil said.

Sarah Lillesand was awarded the Suhrke Memorial Scholarship.

This memorial is given in memory of William and Louise Suhrke in recognition for 40 years of support and financial contributions to the Sheboygan County 4-H program.

This memorial was established in 1989 by many 4-H friends and family and has been awarded each year since to an outstanding 4-H member.

The Leona Hoppert Memorial Scholarship was awarded to the following students:

Kelly Jens is the daughter of Jerry and Marty and has been a member of the Lima Lites 4-H Club for 11 years. She is attending Lakeland College for elementary education.

James Jens is the son of Jerry and Marty and was a member of the Lima Lites 4-H Club for eight years and the Happy Workers 4-H Club for three years.

He is studying dairy science at the UWRiver Falls.

The Doris Feldmann Memorial Scholarship went to the following students:

Devin Gardapee is the son of Bill and Janine and has been a member of the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club for 10 years.

He is a sophomore at UW-Green Bay majoring in accounting.

The evening ended on a note that stirred many feelings and emotions.

4-H Youth Development Educator Sarah Tarjeson gave recognition to several longtime leaders.

She used an inspirational PowerPoint with touching words and pictures of these special people titled, “The Silent Generation - Quiet, hardworking people who focus on getting things done,, who demonstrate quality values, but often feel like their contributions are no longer worthy.”

Bill Jens - loyalty

“I love Bill Jens,” Tarjeson said. “He has served our program in many great ways, but his loyalty to the young people and the program make me smile whenever I see him.”

Kathy Kaestner and her husband Gene - practical knowledge

“Kathy has been the general leader of the Herman Cheerio’s 4-H Club for many, many years and is still serving in this role today,” Tarjeson said. “She and her husband provide practical knowledge that can be applied immediately in young people’s lives.”

Kay Keyes - giving back

“Kay Keyes is a mainstay at our Leaders Association meetings,” Tarjeson said. “She enjoys the fellowship of this group, as well as service through the 4-H Alumni Association. Kay demonstrates the value of giving back to an organization.”

Kent and Mary Olson - task oriented

“Kent Olson, with his wife Mary, has served in our fair foodstand for many years,” Tarjeson said. “He still trains younger generations on shake machine set-up and sanitation while his wife counts and manages night deposits.”

Nancy Kissel – humble

“Nancy Kissel is a woman of grace and dignity,” Tarjeson said. “She is an excellent role model to younger women and serves them well at the county, state, and national levels. She does this with sincere humility.”

Merv Kitzerow - hard work

“When I left Merv Kitzerow’s house the other day he told me, ‘call if you ever need anything.,’” Tarjeson said. “I think that this statement reflects the willing spirit and hard work many of our older volunteers contribute.”

Audrey Laack – generosity

“Audrey Laack began the 4-H roles like many of our leaders do, alongside her children,” Tarjeson said. “Having never thought twice about leather craft, she learned right alongside her children and then taught the craft for 49 years as well.”

Myrtle Kumrow - cautious

“Myrtle Kumrow has a tough exterior shell and yet she calls her husband ‘hubby bubby,’” Tarjeson said. “She demonstrates the value of trust that is earned and reminds youth of the responsibilities that accompany gained trust.”

Eunice Lensink - face to face

“In a time when face-to-face conversation is becoming a lost art and is being replaced by texts, emails and social media.” Tarjeson said. “Eunice demonstrates the value of face-to-face conversation.”

Karen Longrie – sacrifice

“Karen Longrie has taken 4-H beyond the borders of our country, introducing 4-H in Haiti during one of her humanitarian visits there,” Tarjeson said. “She thinks nothing of going without so that others may experience blessings.” Adeline Herzog - delayed reward

“Adeline passed away in late March,” Tarjeson said. “A week before she passed, I spoke with her daughters about what 4-H gave them as a family. It is no surprise that the quality this gardener taught us all was the value of a delayed reward.”

Dan Sippel - technical skills “Dan Sippel has valuable experiences that he brings to our program,” Tarjeson said. “His service allows young people to learn skills they are not typically able to pick up in today’s public education.”

Bev Resop – teamwork

“Beverly Resop demonstrates the value of teamwork by serving as a role model, support person, and cheerleader for her members, parents and leaders.” Tarjeson said. “She has built strong relationships through sincere efforts and interactions.”

Ron and Gail Arentsen – simplicity

”Ron Arentsen and his wife Gail are not distracted by fancy technology,” Tarjeson said. “They teach young people how to use the technology of the mind - math, written word and conversation.”

MaryAnn Sommers – comfort

“When I think of Maryann Sommers. I smell the tangy smell of menthol,” Tarjeson said. “She recently made dozens of crocheted blankets, booties and hats for our Foster Care Baby Shower and each one smelled of painstaking generosity.”

Skeeter De Groff was recognized for her every present desire to help and pinch hit in all things. She is the youngest of the Silent Generation but her willingness to be there is not unnoticed.

“The silent generation of volunteers do not always feel appreciated,” said Tarjeson. “Perhaps you recognized some of the kind smiles and contributions of your volunteers in these images. If so, don’t

With work halted on State 23 due to a federal judge’s ruling, the State 67 road project in the city of Plymouth is still the only state road project in progress in the county, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) regional office in Green Bay.

If weather permits, crews are scheduled to begin concrete pavement first thing this week on that project. Once mainline concrete pavement is placed, crews will prepare for concrete hand pours and curb and gutter. Concrete pours should continue all week.

Last week, the final connection of the water main and the remaining storm sewer work in the Caroline and Mill Street intersection was completed. The grading crew completed the grading and placing of base material for Stage 1 mainline pavement, through the Caroline and Mill Street intersection. Trimming the base material for concrete pavement was to be completed by week’s end.

The 0.84-mile, $3.18-million urban reconstruction project from the Mullet River to Suhrke Road in the city of Plymouth is scheduled for completion in November.

This project involves reconstruction of State 67 from the Mullet River to Suhrke Road, resurfacing and repairs to the Mullet River Bridge, and water utility, storm sewer and sanitary sewer reconstruction along with new concrete pavement.

State 67 will be closed to through traffic during construction. Access to local businesses and properties will be maintained. The following detours for each stage are:

Stage one, through late June: State 67 is closed from the Mullet River bridge to a point immediately west of the County C and Caroline Street intersection. Traffic is detoured using the following route: State 67 north, County PP east, County E north, County C west to North Street (right), Main Street (left) to State 67 (Caroline Street) and reverse for State 67 south.

Stage two, from late June through November: State 67 will be closed from a point immediately west of the County C and Caroline Street intersection to Suhrke Road. Traffic will be detoured using County C and State 23.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.


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