When people think about the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program, they often think of young people who are doing positive things in their communities. However, another big part of 4-H is the group of dedicated volunteers who continually give of their time to help ensure the success of club members.
A special recognition luncheon took place recently during the State 4-H Volunteer Conference held at Oklahoma State University, at which time the individuals who had been name County Volunteer of the Year and County Lifetime Volunteer of the Year were recognized. Volunteers of the Year have less than 10 years of service to the organization, and Lifetime Volunteers of the Year have more than 10 years of service.
Amber Jones of the Vanoss 4-H Club was recognized as the 2017 Pontotoc County 4-H Volunteer of the Year and the Southeast District Volunteer of the Year. Jones serves as the organizational club leader for Vanoss, where she has led the 4-H club in conducting many service projects benefiting the Vanoss community as well as encouraging her members to be involved in all aspects of 4-H club work. She is a Vanoss and Pontotoc County 4-H alumna.
“Our volunteers and volunteer leaders are such strong supporters of Oklahoma 4-H and what we are doing to develop the best youth possible,” said Becky Walker, Pontotoc County OSU Cooperative Extension educator. “We would not have local 4-H programs or be able to offer a variety of activities and events without our volunteers.”