Local 4-H volunteer honored at state fair

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INDIANAPOLIS – Janet Mulder of Tell City was recognized Aug. 10 for 45 years as a 4-H volunteer in Perry County.

Each year, the Indiana 4-H Foundation and state 4-H program at Purdue recognize the outstanding contributions of adult 4-H volunteers who help make the 4-H youth development program a success.

According to Renee McKee, state 4-H program leader, “The hard work and dedication of 4-H volunteers significantly contribute to the success of the 4-H youth development program in Indiana. Although we feel certain that viewing the accomplishments of the young people with whom they have worked is rewarding to volunteers, we are also committed to recognizing them on this special day at the Indiana State Fair.”

Mulder started out as an eight-year 4-H member in Tipton County and earned many awards and trips. She moved to Tell City in 1968 with her husband, Jack, and children and started a 4-H club the same year. The club started out with only a few girls in the first year and grew and continued to thrive. It is currently the Tell City Shamrocks 4H Club. Mulder’s four grown children, Anita, Melvin, Susan and Angela, were also 4-H club members.

During her 45 years of service to the Perry County 4-H program, she coordinated the 4-H fair clothing fashion review, 4-H queen contest and county demonstration and public-speaking contest for several years. Mulder served on the 4-H fairgrounds committee and continues to serve on the 4-H council. She has been a project superintendent for wildlife and entomology projects and has taught workshops on various projects. She has also judged clothing (sewing), foods, food preservation, Create-A-Mix, the community service project, fashion revue and Share the Contest for 4-H fairs of surrounding counties.

Mulder said she believes 4-H continues to be an educational tool by allowing youth to explore a wide variety of interesting projects and possible future careers, and that the program builds leadership skills and encourages community service.

In 2013, 373 individuals were recognized as tenured 4-H volunteers, representing a total of 9,730 years of service to the Indiana 4-H program. Tenured volunteers are first recognized once they have completed 20 years of service and are subsequently recognizes every five years. Each tenured volunteer received a gift with the 4-H emblem and their years of service. The volunteers were also invited to a meal following the recognition program.

Photos of the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Program are available at www.four-h.purdue.edu/. Click on “State Fair” then “Photos,” then click “Get Involved,” “State Fair” and “2013 State Fair Pictures.”