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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

August 15, 2016

Kansas Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition

Submitted by Pam Van Horn

4-H is a community of young people across Kansas who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Volunteers are the heartbeat of the 4-H program serving as mentors, teachers and friends. The National Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exceptional service to 4-H. The Kansas Association 4-H Volunteers has adopted the Salute to Excellence award to recognize and promote Kansas 4-H volunteers who have excelled in their roles locally and continue with selecting Kansas’ top volunteers for National competition. The Kansas Association of Volunteers believes establishing the Salute to Excellence Award will provide two options for the Kansas 4-H Program: 1) recognition of 4-H Volunteers for their outstanding contributions to 4-H youth and 2) enhance the mission and awareness of the Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers.

Each extension unit will select their representative and submit their nominees electronically to the Department of 4-H Youth Development by September 20, 2016. These individuals then will have an opportunity to be selected as the Kansas Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The two Kansas honorees then become Kansas’ nominees for the North Central and National award.

Volunteer of the Year – 4-H Volunteers who have served less than 10 years

Lifetime Volunteer – 4-H volunteer who has served 10 years or more

• Each county may submit one application for each category, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer– Due: September 20, 2016 to Pam Van Horn, pvanhorn@ksu.edu. (Counties can determine local selection process.)

• Applications must be submitted in Word Documents. Application includes: 4-H Volunteer resume’ and three letters of recommendation (Extension Agent, another 4-H volunteer, 4-H member).


• Each 4-H Volunteer nominee will receive a 4-H Medal that can be presented at the local 4-H Achievement.
• The Kansas Salute to Excellence recipient will be recognized at the 2017 Emerald Circle Banquet.
• Top Kansas Salute to Excellence applications in both categories will be submitted for the North Central and National Salute to Excellence.

Questions, please contact Pam Van Horn, pvanhorn@ksu.edu.