Donna Shafer given 4-H Lifetime Volunteer Award
2014 Wyoming 4-H Southwest District Salute to Excellence Lifetime Volunteer Award
by Sublette County 4-H
February 28, 2014
Sublette County 4-Hís very own volunteer, Donna Shafer of Big Piney was selected to receive the lifetime volunteer award this past weekend at the annual State 4-H Leaderís conference in Riverton.
Mrs. Shafer was nominated for this award by 4-H Educator Robin Schamber with letters of support from Janet Beiermann and former club member Jenny Beiermann. Donna is entering her 14th year as a volunteer in the Sublette County 4-H program where she has led projects including fabric and fashion, quilting, robotics and aerospace, and most recently by default youth leadership. Donna is also an active participation the county 4-H Leaderís Council and has served on the Sublette 4-H Foundation board.
Donna leads one of Sublette County 4-Hís most highly functioning community club, Helping Hands where she ensures each youth has the most opportunity for success. Donna works diligently to help all youth understand and navigate all the deadlines, registrations, portfolios and opportunities in the 4-H program. Under Donnaís leadership, each year the Helping Hands club organizes and executes several county-wide community service projects including an annual food drive and the Treats for Troops project which sends hundreds of dozens of homemade treats to our soldiers. The club also undertakes several community service projects each year that are unique to just their club which have included sponsoring a child with the angel tree program, and helping with various community events.
According to Jenny Beiermann, former 4-H member and summer intern, "Being a member of numerous 4-H clubs with Mrs. Shafer, I have been able to work closely with her for almost all ten years of my 4-H career, and she has deeply impacted my life. From cooking, sewing, quilting, and crocheting, she is a phenomenal 4-H leader and devotes herself wholeheartedly to her club members. She is deeply concerned with the success of her club members, and is always available to help her kids with anything. She organized the only community club in Sublette County, and is always thinking of and researching new community service opportunities and projects for the club to participate in that benefit people across the world. Leading by example, she teaches members that hard work, determination, and excellence are incredibly important characteristics to have. She really understands what 4-H is about and how to instill those core values in members across the county."
Photo courtesy Sublette County 4-H