Awards for Adult Leaders and 4-H Supporters

Nominations for these awards are due September 1st each year.

Outstanding 4-H Leader Award

  • Beginning in 2015, Lincoln County 4-H along with the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will present two different Volunteer Recognition Awards.  The Volunteer of the Year Award for individuals who have served as a 4-H Volunteer for less than 10 years and the Lifetime Volunteer Award for individuals who have served 10 or more years. Any 4-H member , parent or leader may nominate a 4-H volunteer leader for the award.  Both of these awards are co-sponsored by the Lincoln County 4-H Leaders’ Association and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.   The 4-H Board of Directors decided at their June 2004 Board meeting that a person is eligible to receive this award every 5 years.  Therefore, someone who has received this award previously can be nominated again as long as it has been 5 years since they received the award. The selection is made by a committee of non 4-H adults based on what is shared on the nomination form, so please be complete and thorough.  Nominating person(s) will be asked to make the presentation at the 4-H Recognition Banquet.
  • Leader Award Nomination Form (word)
  • Leader Award Nomination Form (pdf)

Fair Volunteer Award

  • There are a lot of volunteers who do their part in making the Lincoln County Fair a success.  The Fair Assocaition annually recognizes two people for their dedication and hard work.
  • Outstanding Fair Volunteer (pdf)

Friend of 4-H Award

  • Lincoln County 4-H recognizes one or two community people (non 4-H leaders) who have helped 4-H in the past year(s).  Past recipients were noted for special project workshops, providing space and support for 4-H promotional activities, donations of time and money, for politically supporting the 4-H program, etc.  Nominating person(s) will be asked to make the presentation at the 4-H Recognition Banquet.
  • Friend of 4-H Nomination Form (word)
  • Friend of 4-H Nomination Form (pdf)

Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame

Since 1914, Wisconsin 4-H has helped youth grow the leadership, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing world. To learn more about the individuals who supported 100 years of growing Wisconsin leaders, visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hhof/.

2 from Lincoln in 4-H Hall of Fame – Wausau Daily Herald December 5 2014

4-H Hall of Fame – Tomahawk Leader December 2 2014 (The Tomahawk Leader apologizes for the misspelling of Gloria’s last name in the beginning of the article and headline.)

National 4-H Volunteer Awards

The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.  Each state selects its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year.  State winners are then submitted for consideration in their region and regional winners are then nominated for consideration as the national winner.  The Volunteer of the Year award is for individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, district or state level.  The  Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer award is for individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, district or state level.  Several Lincoln County 4-H volunteers have been recognized.

Congratulations to Yvette Chieves – 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development honored Yvette Chieves of Lincoln County with its 2016 Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year award. The award recognizes 4-H volunteers who have worked with 4-H for less than 10 years and had a great impact on the lives of youth and the strength of the 4-H program in their area. Chieves was honored, along with 12 Hall of Fame Inductees and an outstanding lifetime volunteer, at a ceremony on Nov. 5 at Green Lake Conference Center.

Chieves has been a leader in the largest 4-H Club in Lincoln County, the Merrill Busy Bees, for nine years. In this position, she has demonstrated her ability to work with young people in a way that promotes youth empowerment, decision making, problem-solving, meeting challenges and mastery. Chieves encourages youth in the club and the county to try new opportunities. One example is the county “Cooking Karma Club” where youth countywide learn how to prepare simple, inexpensive, tasty and healthy meals.

Her enthusiasm and passion to see young people succeed is contagious.

“Yvette understands that our community needs the 4-H program in Lincoln County and she creates a positive environment for the children and adults alike,” says 4-H Youth Leader Lisa Krueger. “She is a volunteer leader making a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families throughout Lincoln County.”

Since 2013, Chieves has served as a Director on the Lincoln County 4-H Leaders’ Association Board of Directors. She has coordinated the county Communication Contest and co-coordinated the Drama, Lip Sync and Music Festival. Chieves also worked with the County 4-H Youth Development Educator to assist with 4-H After School Clubs outreach to new and underserved youth audiences.

Lincoln County 4-H volunteer Yvette Chieves (second from right) accepts the Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year award from Wisconsin 4-H during a ceremony on Nov. 5 at Green Bay Conference Center. The award was presented by (from left to right) Wisconsin 4-H Assistant Program Director Kandi O’Neil, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council Member Stephany Beck and Wisconsin 4-H Program Director Dale Leidheiser.

Lincoln County 4-H volunteer Yvette Chieves (second from right) accepts the Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year award from Wisconsin 4-H during a ceremony on Nov. 5 at Green Lake Conference Center. The award was presented by (from left to right) Wisconsin 4-H Assistant Program Director Kandi O’Neil, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council Member Stephany Beck and Wisconsin 4-H Program Director Dale Leidheiser.

Lincoln county volunteer wins state 4-H award-Merrill Focus-December 9 2016

4-H leader named Volunteer of the Year-Merrill Foto News-December 7 2016

Lincoln County 4-H leader named state Volunteer of the Year-Merrill Courier-December 2 2016

Previous Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients from Lincoln County

Holly Schoeppler – 2011 Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year

Sandy Thurs – 2010 Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year

Gloria Lukes – 2006 Regional Volunteer of the Year

Gloria Lukes – 2002 Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year

Previous Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award Recipients from Lincoln County

Caroline Lemke – 2015 Wisconsin Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

Sue Kunkel – 2006 Regional and Wisconsin Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

Other Awards Lincoln County Volunteers Have Received:

Wisconsin Association of Fairs has it’s own awards and several individuals from Lincoln County have been recognized.

VIP Award – Awarded to non-fair board member/non-committee member, no specific length of service required.

Lincoln County Award Recipients: Phyllis Gaston – 1998;  Roxie Shimel Hoffman – 1999;  Joy Heideman – 2002; Cindi Christiansen – 2013

Outstanding Fair Person – Awarded to fair board/county fair committee member being active 12 years or less

Lincoln County Award Recipients: Tom Kolbek – 1997;  Ann Stoeckmann – 1998;  Jeff Porath – 2001;  Sue Kunkel – 2002; Dale Christiansen – 2007; David Buck – 2013

Hall of Fame – Awarded to fair board/county fair committee member active more than 12 years

Lincoln County Award Recipients: Sue Kunkel – 2008