KENEDY – Youth, leaders, and supporters of the various 4-H clubs within Karnes County were honored and recognized for their achievements and dedication at a banquet held at the Kenedy City Hall auditorium on July 31.
The theme for the awards banquet was “Achievement Night in Hollywood”, and the auditorium was adorned with creative Hollywood-themed decorations, complete with a limousine parked in front of the outside entrance.
The atmosphere stayed true to the rural roots of 4-H, however, by serving a catered Bar-B-Q dinner, as well as having music and vocal entertainment by country music singer John Wayne Schulz.
4-H is a youth development organization founded in the early 1900s that aims to instill values in the four areas of head, heart, hands and health. The emblem of the 4-H is a green four-leaf clover with the white letter H on each clover leaf. The green represents life and growth, and the white represents purity.
4-H youth are involved with positive activities and that promote ethics such as commitment, community service and involvement, raising animals and caring for the environment, and being task-oriented.
4-H encourages youth toward excellence in work and effort by having competitions and projects involving agriculture, livestock/animals, science, music, art, cooking, among many others.
The 4-H clubs of Falls City, Karnes City, Kenedy, Lonesome Dove, Panna Maria, and Runge were represented with their members, leadership, friends, family, and supporters. Various awards and recognition were given for accomplishments, participation, and to those who help and support the 4-H organizations of Karnes County.
“The responsibilities and leadership learned through the projects the youth are involved in is what will make each a stronger, caring individual,” said Lonesome Dove 4-H manager Phyllis Krause, reflecting on the virtues of 4-H. “4-H offers so much that no member would be left out when looking for something to interest them, and 4-H is always promoting projects that teach great morals.”