County 4-H honors Scholten

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


BARB SCHOLTEN has been active in every aspect of the Sheboygan County 4-H Program for the past 50 years. Scholten recently earned a Special Recognition Award at the 2017 Sheboygan County 4-H Awards and Recognition Program at Acuity in Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl BARB SCHOLTEN has been active in every aspect of the Sheboygan County 4-H Program for the past 50 years. Scholten recently earned a Special Recognition Award at the 2017 Sheboygan County 4-H Awards and Recognition Program at Acuity in Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County 4-H Program took time to recognize its members, leaders and volunteers at the recent 2017 4-H Awards and Recognition Program at the Acuity corporate headquarters in Sheboygan.

The program took time to respect those that do their very best at making the Sheboygan County 4-H program a success.

What keeps this entire program going and moving ahead?

Everyone involved has their own ideas, but there is one common denominator. It’s the handson learning and passing along new ideas and skills to the younger children, who in turn become an active part of the 4-H family.

Barb Scholten summed up her thoughts on the program in a very eloquent fashion as she was honored with a Special Recognition Award.

“My mother-in-law inspired me to become a 4-H leader,” said Scholten. “She asked me to become the sewing leader for the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club. Since I was a past 4-H member, I decided to become a leader.

“When I first started out as a leader, I was the sewing leader for the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club and later I became the general leader,” she said. “Unfortunately, it is no longer a club.”

As a 20-year veteran 4-H leader with 50 total years of total involvement in 4-H, Scholten has compiled an impressive resume.

“In the past I have been one of the older youth advisors,” continued Scholten. “I have helped with 4-H Camp at Camp Anokijig and at the Wisconsin Dells. I helped at base camp and at outpost. Presently, I am the rabbit/cavy chairperson and chairperson of Camp Riversite Committee.

“I am also the superintendent of the rabbits and cavies at the Sheboygan County Fair,” she said. “I have chaperoned trips to Illinois, Iowa and Barron County. For the past 20 years I have helped with the 4-H Older Youth Conference in Madison and I have also been the [resident and secretary of the 4-H Leaders Association twice.”

Becoming a leader is time consuming, and can become very hectic and stressful, especially when there is a family and a job that needs to be juggled.

Despite all the craziness, Scholten can still find rewarding experiences as a leader.

“It is rewarding when past 4-H members come up to you and ask if you remember them,” said Scholten. “I usually don’t, so I ask them their name and we talk about what they are doing now. I can usually see that 4-H has helped them with their careers.

“Now some of the 4-H members are children or grandchildren of the 4-H members I helped in the past,” she said. “It’s great that these past 4-H members want their children and grandchildren to have the same 4-H experience they had as a youth.”

While attracting young members to 4-H has grown increasingly challenging in recent years, Scholten says the 4-H experience is one of kind.

“4-H is still a good program, but there have been changes over the years,” said Scholten. “Kids are involved in sports at school, so they don’t have time to devote to 4-H. Unfortunately, because of this the enrollment is down.

“It is very rewarding to see 4-H members achieve awards and scholarships for their hard work in 4-H knowing you have helped them get the awards, scholarships and any other recognition they have earned,” she said.


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