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    Volunteer Awards

    Volunteers are essential to the success of 4-H. Each year at Leadermete we recognize outstanding volunteers from around the state. County Extension staff have the opportunity to nominate volunteers and families from their communities for the awards described below.

    Volunteer Award Descriptions

    Salute to 4-H Volunteers (Individual or Team)
    This award began in 1983 and has continued to be a way to salute the “Blue Ribbon” 4-H volunteers making a difference in their community. Each County may select one award recipient. All Salute to 4-H Volunteers will be recognized at Leadermete.. Recipient also receives a ticket to the Leadermete awards banquet.

    Eligibility
    • Must be an active registered 4-H Volunteer
    • Follows the 4-H Volunteer Code of Conduct
    • Is not a USU Employee
    Criteria
    • Positive personal attributes.
    • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H
    • Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth
    • Has demonstrated dedication to the 4-H program by responding to a unique need or situation

    Salute to 4-H Youth Volunteers (Individual or Team)
    This award began in 2004 and has continued to be a way to salute the “Blue Ribbon” 4-H youth volunteers. The
    County winner will be nominated for the State Award. Recipients also receive a ticket to the Leadermete awards banquet. 

    Criteria
    • Chosen by selection committee
    • Must be an active registered 4-H youth
    • Follows the 4-H Code of Conduct
    • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H
    • Demonstrates active participation in club, county, and state 4-H activities.
    • Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth
    • Demonstrates exceptional contribution to local 4-H program beyond the club level.
    • Positive personal attributes.

    Friend of Utah 4-H
    This award is given to an individual or organization that has provided support and encouragement to 4-H. Recipient receives a special award and two tickets to the Leadermete awards banquet.

    Eligibility
    • May be given to an individual, family, business or corporation.
    • Is a supporter of 4-H at the time the application is made
    Criteria
    Has given observable and or measurable support and contribution to the 4-H program in one or more of the
    following areas:
    • Nominee has given financial support to the 4-H Program
    • Nominee has given volunteer time to the 4-H program
    • Nominee has given other non-financial resource support
    • Nominee has greatly impacted 4-H youth and volunteers
    • Nominee’s activities benefit many aspects of the 4-H program
    • 3 or more acts of support

    4-H Alumni of the Year
    1-3 people are selected for this award. Recipients receive two tickets to the Leadermete awards banquet. Alumni are selected for: exemplifying excellence in their careers; effective citizenship, leadership, community and public service; and interest in and cooperation with 4-H. The County winners will be nominated for the State Award.

    Eligibility
    • Must be a 4-H Alumni
    • Nominee attributes persons success to 4-H Involvement.
    Criteria
    • Level of involvement in 4-H
    • Nominee has made significant contribution to community
    • Nominee has significant career accomplishments
    • Level of continued support of 4-H Program

    New Leader Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer from 1 to 3 years who has made an impact in their club and community. The County winner will be nominated for the State Award. Recipient also receives ticket to Leadermete awards banquet.

    Eligibility
    • Must be an active registered 4-H Volunteer for less than 3 Years
    • Follows the 4-H Volunteer Code of Conduct
    • Is not a USU Employee
    Criteria
    • Positive personal attributes.
    • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H
    • Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth
    • Demonstrates exceptional contribution to local 4-H program beyond the club level

    Clover Key Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer from 3 to 9 years who has made an impact in their club and community. The County winner will be nominated for the State Award. Recipient also receives ticket to Leadermete awards banquet.

    Eligibility
    • Must be an active registered 4-H Volunteer between 3 to 9 Years
    • Follows the 4-H Volunteer Code of Conduct
    • Is not a USU Employee
    Criteria
    • Positive personal attributes.
    • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H
    • Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth
    • Demonstrates exceptional contribution to local 4-H program beyond the club level

    Doorknob Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has been a volunteer for 10 or more years and has made an impact in their club and community. At the first State Leadermete in 1984, Al Price of Utah County presented a doorknob from his unique collection to an outstanding 4-H volunteer leader. This represented a unique way of saying “thank you” for opening the door of opportunity for youth. The County winner will be nominated for the State Award. The recipient also receives a ticket to the Leadermete awards banquet.

    Eligibility
    • Must be an active registered 4-H Volunteer for more than 10 Years
    • Follows the 4-H Volunteer Code of Conduct
    • Is not a USU Employee
    Criteria
    • Positive personal attributes.
    • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H
    • Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth:
    • Evidence of helping youth expand 4-H opportunities
    • Evidence of helping youth expand opportunities beyond 4-H.
    • Demonstrates exceptional contribution to local 4-H program beyond the club level.

    Utah 4-H Families of the Year
    This award recognizes families for outstanding 4-H involvement and service. Families are selected from each of the Extension Regions. Each family also receives two tickets to the Leadermete awards banquet. 

    Eligibility
    • Must be an active registered 4-H family (at least one registered 4-H Member)
    • Youth and Parents follow the 4-H Code of Conduct
    • Is not a USU Employee
    Criteria
    • Family members demonstrate positive personal attributes
    • Family demonstrates exceptional dedication to 4-H by showing evidence of a positive impact on the lives of other 4-H families/ youth. Demonstrates exceptional contribution to local 4-H program beyond the club level.


    Farm Bureau Award
    This award recognizes contribution in the form of club leader, project leader, council member, etc. It is not necessary to be a member of Farm Bureau, but preferred. It is also preferred if recipients are within an easy commute of Salt Lake City, as awards are presented during the annual Farm Bureau Convention in November. No award is presented at Leadermete, but recipient will be recognized at the awards banquet.