Tunbridge---Adult volunteers who work with the 4-H program in Orange and Washington Counties were recognized for their service at the annual 4-H Leaders' Banquet, Oct. 26, in Tunbridge.

The event took place at the Tunbridge Central School. It was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, the Orange County 4-H Foundation and the Washington County 4-H Foundation. Emcee for the evening was Molly McFaun, UVM Extension 4-H educator for the two counties.

The evening kicked off with a slide show featuring local 4-H'ers and volunteers engaged in project work, activities and events. It was followed by a banquet, catered by Joanne Herrick, a professional caterer from Tunbridge, and the presentation of pins for years of service.

Special recognition was given to Arlene Conant of Randolph Center, who is retiring after a lifetime of involvement with 4-H as a member, leader and foundation board member. She most recently served for 14 years both on the Orange County 4-H Foundation board and as a leader of the Middle Branch 4-H Club in Randolph Center.

Individuals who received service pins were:

One year: David Pratt, Bradford (Topsham Pony Pals 4-H Club, Bradford)

Five years: John Fogarty, Bradford (Upper Valley Bullseye 4-H Club, Bradford)

10 years: Molly McFaun, Barre (Trailblazers 4-H Club, Plainfield); Carl and Holly Senecal, Bradford (Rambling Rivers 4-H Club, Newbury); Nancy Vaughan, East Thetford (Rambling Rivers 4-H Club, Newbury)

20 years: Terri Conant, Randolph Center (Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center)

Other volunteers who were invited to the appreciation banquet, listed by club and years of service, were:


Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, Chelsea: Matt Whalen (9) and Michelle Whalen (4), both from Chelsea

Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Tunbridge: Jodi Howe (2) and Kimberly Thornton (8), both from South Royalton; Seth Johnson (8), Brigham Lunn, (8), Jennifer Thygesen (18) and Kyle Thygesen (18), all from Tunbridge

Hooves and Horns Working Steer 4-H Club, Tunbridge: Chris Billings (4), Gail Billings (6) and Deb Skoda (8), all from Randolph; Becky Bushey, Brookfield (3); Amy Ferris, Braintree (3)

Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center: Jacklyn Angell (3), Joseph Angell (3), Jackie Garrapy (13) and Candy VandeGriek (24), all from Randolph Center; Lorrie Churchill, Brookfield (37); Martha Messier (12) and Steven Messier (5), both from Braintree

Northern Vermont Working Steer 4-H Club, West Fairlee: Stephanie Ordway, West Fairlee (6); Verna Roberts, Vershire (31)

Rambling Rivers 4-H Club, Newbury: Steve Carson, Newbury (12); Judith Vaughan, Bradford (21)

Upper Valley Bullseyes 4-H Club, Bradford: Peter Beaupre (3) and Malissa Beaupre (3), both from Orford, New Hampshire; Keith Cushman, Barre (3); Bethanne Tillotson (6) and Gary Tillotson (6), both from Bradford                       

Topsham Pony Pals 4-H Club, Bradford: Sally Coffin, Fairlee (12), Chris Pratt (2) and Kate Williams (18), both from Bradford


Mad River Valley Horse Club, Warren: Leslie Badger (2) and Killian Leese (2), both from Waitsfield

Northern Winds 4-H Club, Barre: Jamie Cushman, Barre Town (8)

Washington County Independents, Duxbury: Jennifer Bombard, Duxbury (8)

Washington County Shooting Sports 4-H Club, Plainfield: Glenn Gannon (2) and Jennifer Nance (2), both from East Montpelier; Jacob Miller, Plainfield (2)

To learn more about 4-H in Orange and Washington Counties, contact Molly McFaun, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 476-2003, ext. 205, or by e-mail at molly.mcfaun@uvm.edu.


Mary Alice McFaun
Arlene Conant of Randolph Center was honored at the Banquet for her long-time involvement in 4-H
Arlene Conant of Randolph Center was honored at the Banquet for her long-time involvement in 4-H. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)
Long time volunteers of 4-H gathered around eating dinner.
Long-time volunteers (left to right) Arlene and Gordon Conant, Randolph Center, and Ronald and Judith Vaughan, Bradford, chat at the banquet. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)