Hambys are 4-H family of year

Honors, scholarships announced at annual event

Honors, scholarships announced at annual event

March 20, 2007|by BETH BUBACZ

Several Washington County 4-H members and volunteers were honored March 10 at the organization's annual recognition banquet.

Katie Frey, a member of the Chewsville 4-H Club and Junior Fair Board, welcomed the crowd, tying her words to the night's theme: "Sowing the Seeds for Life."

Frey said "4-H'ers are the seeds. The caring adult volunteers who guide them through their 4-H experience cultivate and nurture those 4-H'er seeds, helping them grow into healthy, high-yielding citizens in communities throughout Washington County."

The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge were led by Katherine McCormick, a 4-H member and Washington County Dairy Princess, and Kaitlyn Corbett, a 4-H member and Washington County Dairy Maid.


A very inspirational invocation was presented by 4-H volunteer and Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee member Shawna Corbett. Shane and Kyle Burkett of the Williamsport-Downsville Club were official photographers for the evening.

Patricia Martin of Hagerstown was honored for her more than 45 years of service to 4-H with the prestigious 4-H Hall of Fame Award. For more than 20 years, Martin was the county coordinator for the 4-H All-Stars.

Norris Diefenderfer, former 4-H agent and current Rifle Club leader, said Martin is deserving. "Most importantly, Pat possesses all the outstanding character traits and personal moral characteristics that personified a good 4-H member and leader," Diefenderfer said.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award was presented to the Hamby family - Ralph, Amy, Corey and Garrett, all of Williamsport.

The Hamby family is one of those families you can always count on.

When not attending club activities, the Hamby family members are helping with events like Ag Expo, setting up pens or hauling animals, participating in county agricultural activities like Kids Growing with Grains, and so much more. And even with Corey away at college in North Carolina, she tries her best to be there to support her younger brother as he continues to shine in 4-H.

The Honorary 4-H Club Member Award is presented to an individual who was not a 4-H member as a youth but has become involved in the 4-H program as an adult.

This year's recipient was Sue Hull, 4-H Alpaca Club leader. She spearheaded the development of the Alpaca club in Washington County. Members of her club learn about alpaca fiber (spinning, felting, dyeing, etc.) in the winter, and animal handling and training in the spring and summer.

John Barr, president of the Board of County Commissioners, announced the names of volunteers who earned awards for one, five and 10 years of service to the county 4-H Youth Development Program.

4-H members received recognition for their project work in 2006 and each club received an achievement seal for 2006.

Washington County had 22 active community and special-interest clubs last year.

Certificates of merit and achievement were presented by Williamsport Mayor James McCleaf.

Members of the Dairy Judging Team, 4-H Ambassadors, Junior Fair Board, and the Teen Leaders for Resident and Day Camp were recognized for their outstanding representation and leadership.

McCleaf also announced the Diamond Clover winners, recognizing them for a variety of projects and activities.

Receiving Level One, the Amethyst Clover Award, were Hannah Brown, Katie Gomez-Kling, Brooke Graybill, Justin Martin, Rebekah Morales, Kerri Nicely and Morgan Nicely. At Level Three, the Ruby Clover Award, are Timmy Martin and Sarah Morales. Reaching Level Five, the Emerald Clover Award, was Seth Marvil.

Presentation of scholarships is always the climactic moment of the evening.

Extension Educator Donielle Inskeep presented the Mildred A. Schmid Memorial Award of $1,500 each to Garrett Hamby, Hannah Smith and Sarah Johnson.

Winning the Washington County 4-H Dairy Scholarships of $500 each were Katherine McCormick and Hannah Smith.

Brenna House won The Washington County Homemakers scholarship of $200.

The Washington County 4-H Horse Council Scholarship of $250 was presented to Sarah Johnson.

The Washington County 4-H Market Sale Committee Scholarships of $500 each were presented to Katherine McCormick, Brenna House and Garrett Hamby.

The 2006 Washington County Ag Expo Fitting and Showing Champions and Home Arts Grand Champions were presented trophies by Hal Spielman, president of the Ag Expo Board. Spielman was assisted by 2006 Ag Expo Queen Erin Canfield, a 4-H member.

The 2007 Harlan Biggs Award was presented to Garrett Hamby.

Maryland Del. Chris Shank closed the ceremonies, remarking that he is on the state judicial committee and has been working on legislation regarding juvenile offenders.

Shank said it is refreshing to see all of the positive things 4-H members and volunteers are accomplishing here.

Beth Bubacz is an Extension educator, specializing in 4-H youth development for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. She is based in Washington County. She can be reached weekdays by e-mail at

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