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Volunteers recognized

National Volunteer Week started April 6.

There are more than 22,000 adult volunteers serving 4-H members daily.

Volunteering is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change, and to discover and demonstrate collective powers to make a difference.

A 2013 survey showed 95 percent of 4-H youth feel included in 4-H programs; 96 percent said they get help from adult volunteers when needed; and 95 percent say adult leaders listen to what they say.

A 2010 study showed, 75 percent of volunteers served 10 months out of the year and often increased the hours to 7 per week in the summer.

They spent 4 hours in weekly planning and preparation for meetings, events, and activities.

Volunteers in Ogle County and 4-H club programs are:

Bits ‘N Reins 4-H Club of Ogle County: Tina Vincent of Rochelle; Linda Screiber of Leaf River; and Haylee Roush of Lindenwood.

Blackhawk Crossing 4-H Club in Mount Morris: Lisa Hinrichs of Oregon; and Tanya Bowers of Mount Morris.

By-Y-Badgers in Byron: Carmon Conderman and Julie Carlson, both of Byron.

Carefree 4-H Club in Oregon: Annette Martin of Oregon.

Circle M 4-H Club in Mount Morris: Deb Daleiden, Angela Reigle, Oregon.

Forreston Friskies 4-H Club: Vickie Smith, Thelma Meeks, and Cassie Smith, all of Forreston.

Grand Detour Greens 4-H Club: Debbie Lowry and Felicia Coleman, both of Oregon.

Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H Club in Rochelle: Pat Kloepping of Chana; and Bonnie Keys and Tina Yagow of Rochelle.

Leaf River Busy Beavers 4-H Club: Melinda Charbonneau of Leaf River.

Leaf River Soaring Eagles 4-H Club: Bambi Dillavou and Dawn Bolhous of Mount. Morris; and Gretchen Wojtas-Johnson of Forreston.

Mighty Clovers 4-H Club in Monroe Center: Debbie Sweeney, Jessica Sweeney, Barb Sweeney, and Jenny Hagemann, all of Monroe Center; Debbie Burkman of Clinton, Wis.; and Adrienne Truran of Kirkland.

Ogle County Clovers 4-H Club in Rochelle: Jeannette Mingus of Byron; and Stephanie Freier and Becky Ackland, both of Rochelle.

Ogle Jolly 4-H Club in Stillman Valley: Michelle Swanson of Stillman Valley; Jody Young, Sarah Hackbarth, of Lindenwood; Bethany Kennedy of Davis Junction; and Brian Hall of Monroe Center.

Pine Creek Valley 4-H Club in Polo: Tanya Bushman, Pat Bushman, and Heidi Scherer, all of Polo.

Polo Pioneers 4-H Club: Lisa Fike of Pearl City; and Barb Miller of Polo.

Summerhill Huskies 4-H Club in Forreston: Kim Daws of Forreston.

Other volunteers serve on the local Ogle County Extension Council, 4-H Foundation Board, Expansion and Review Committee, Fair Committee, Shooting Sports Committee, as well as project, activity committees, which include another 172 volunteers in Ogle County.

4-H is an informal youth education program conducted by University of Illinois Extension.

For more information, call the Ogle County Extension staff at 815-732-2191.

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