|The adults to steer the Langlade County 4-H organization cheered Tuesday evening as Stephanie Lodenbauer was named the outstanding leader of the year. |
Debbie Wirth, who is a friend of Lodenbauer, explained the work with the county 4-H programs. Lodenbauer and her husband have led and developed a thriving archery program that has become a popular elective.
The evening awards, an annual late fall event, drew a big crowd to the Edison Club for the presentation of citations and an offering of thanks for service, ranging from one year to 40 years in leadership.
After dining on baked chicken and beef tips, the 4-H Ambassadors made a presentation offering their special brand of good will. The group includes Abby Michels, Masha Anderson, Zach Luerssen, Anna Reineke, Pia Spychalla, Abby Luerssen, Jared McFarlane, Nikole Houdek, Payton Bunnell, Olivia Wolf.
Then the board of directors launched the awards longevity presentations.
The recipients of first-year certificates included Dawn Walbeck, Kelly LeVeque, Tiffany Plzak, Chris Hagerty, Colleen Andraschko, Amy Arrowood, Sara Schroepfer, Janine Nonnemacher, Denise Harris.
The five-year leaders are Kathy Bowman, Jamee Doucette, Kody Zempel.
The 10-year leaders received a pewter key ring and certificate. They include Dale Erlandson, Tamara Kowalski and Patricia Schulz.
The 20-year leaders received a jacket from the Antigo Optimist Club and a 4-H certificate. They included Steve Eckerman, Dan Rettinger, Ruth Rettinger, Julie Volkman, Sally Hull.
Patricia Doleshal received a gift and certificate as the 25-year leader and Judy Kostnely and Melodye Koles were gift and certificate recipients for their 30 years of involvement with the organization.
Delores Borneman and Lee Parsons served the longest as recipients of the 40-year award.
After the awards tables were cleared, the evening kicked into a less serious mode.
Kathy and Duke Packard, who operate North Central Sales, an auction and real estate service, led an auction for a huge assortment of items just perfect for the Christmas season.
Debbie Wirth, right, and the 4-H Leader of the Year, Stephanie Lodenbauer.