STILLWATER – The biggest state 4-H event is now history. Many memories were made, new friends were made, old friends were reunited and many 4-H’ers from across the state were recognized with a variety of awards and scholarships.

The 85th State 4-H Roundup, which took place recently at Oklahoma State University, was nothing short of a spectacular event, said Tracy Branch, state 4-H events and activities coordinator. This year’s theme was “4-H…YOUR Ticket to Success.”

“Roundup was a huge success this year,” Branch said. “We had more than one thousand club members, Extension educators, volunteer leaders and state staff on hand for this yearly event.”

One of the traditional highlights of every State 4-H Roundup is the Honors Night Banquet and Assembly. Former 4-H’ers and State 4-H Hall of Fame winners Gwen Shaw and Joe Francis served as emcees of the Honor Night Assembly.

It was during the Honor Night Assembly that the two 2006 State 4-H Hall of Fame inductees were announced. This year’s winners were Tiffany Grant, Tulsa County, and Jered Davidson, Caddo County.

In addition, state record book winners and scholarship recipients were announced. In all, Oklahoma 4-H’ers took home more than $47,000 worth of educational scholarships. And just as impressive is the fact that the 292 young people who completed record books or scholarship applications have presented more than 15,000 talks, illustrated presentations and demonstrations; organized or conducted 24,000 workshops; and conducted nearly 25,000 community service projects. This group also spent more than 280,000 hours teaching and serving their communities and reached almost 30 million youth and adults through their project work.

“Another special presentation we did involved the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City,” Branch said. “For more than 19 year, the Oklahoma 4-H Program has raised money to support the Ronald McDonald House. We were able to present the organization with a check for $12,655.”

The 4-H program has always had a large community service aspect to it, and in true fashion, Oklahoma 4-H’ers came together in a big way. Club members from across the state collect nearly 1,500 pounds of pull-tabs from aluminum cans. The pull-tabs are valued at more than $1,000 and all of the pull-tabs were presented to representatives from the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City. The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.

Anne DeFrange, a writer for the The Oklahoman, and Wallace Smith, former state 4-H program leader, both were honored with the individual 4-H Partner Award. Organizational State 4-H Partner Awards were presented to the Oklahoma Horticulture Society and Dearing Sales/Rolligon. These awards are given to individuals and organizations which have provided significant district or statewide support to Oklahoma 4-H through contributions of time and/or financial support.

In addition to current 4-H’ers, Oklahoma 4-H Program also recognizes the achievements of former club members. This recognition is the Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award and four formers club members were honored, including Ann Williams Benson who was a 4-H’er in Logan County; Nancy Hill Warden, former 4-H’er in Grady County; Andrea Holmes Volturo, formerly active in Logan County; and Charles Smith, who was a 4-H’er in Pittsburg County. 

The 2006-2007 state and district 4-H officers were announced during the closing assembly. In addition, Southwest District was named the winner of the Spirit Contest. Northwest District was named first runner-up.

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