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Kim Munden Recognized with Received 2017 Carolyn Blum Memorial Award

Posted: May 12, 2017

Kim Munden, Meadville, Crawford County, received the 2017 Carolyn Blum Memorial Pennsylvania Poultry Youth Service Award at the annual Youth Poultry 101 Conference held at Penn State’s University Park Campus on April 29, in recognition of her outstanding leadership to youth poultry programs in Pennsylvania.
Kim Munden receives the Carolyn Blum Memorial Award from Penn State’s Phillip Clauer

Kim Munden receives the Carolyn Blum Memorial Award from Penn State’s Phillip Clauer

Kim Munden, Meadville, Crawford County, received the 2017 Carolyn Blum Memorial Pennsylvania Poultry Youth Service Award at the annual Youth Poultry 101 Conference held at Penn State’s University Park Campus on April 29, in recognition of her outstanding leadership to youth poultry programs in Pennsylvania.

Presented annually by Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, the award was first given in 2009 and is now named in memory of the first recipient, Carolyn Blum, Montgomery County, who died unexpectedly five years ago.

Munden has been a 4-H organizational/project leader for 13 years, and she organized and coached the first Crawford County 4-H Avian Bowl Team in 2016 which competed at State 4-H achievement days. She is leader for Critters, Inc. 4-H Club, an innovative club that encourages youth to participate in a club project bird to learn the different breeds available.

Phillip Clauer, Penn State Extension Poultry Specialist, said, “Kim exemplifies the spirit of the award, giving tirelessly of her time, knowledge and passion for the poultry hobby to youth. She has opened many doors for Crawford County 4-H’ers, and others, encouraging them to excel in their projects and in life.”

Paula Lucas, Extension Educator in Crawford County, said, “Kim is a wonderful role model for youth and is very passionate about the future of the hobby of raising and showing poultry. She does a great job of teaching the youth while ensuring they have fun and enjoyable opportunities related to poultry. Her enthusiasm of learning about poultry, raising poultry, and showing poultry is passed onto the youth, and she instills life skills that they can take with them to becoming productive citizens and caring adults.” She added that Kim is a caring, compassionate volunteer whose leadership skills stand out.

Bryce Ward, a 4-H member, said, “Kim has influenced my life in a multitude of ways. She has exceptional leadership skills and is an outstanding teacher. When I first started getting into poultry she was my go-to person. She still helps me to continue to learn. Being a 4-H leader is an outstanding service in itself, but she always has gone above and beyond. She is a phenomenal choice and displays the attributes of this award, and more.”

With her service extending beyond Pennsylvania, Munden was a member of the youth committee of the National Call Breeders for America for six years and helped organize youth activities at the yearly National Meet.

Curtis R. Oakes, American Poultry Association and American Bantam Association, said, “Kim is passionate, extremely dependable, trustworthy and known for ‘getting the job done.’ Under her direction, she built a youth poultry program in Crawford County that started with nearly zero birds being shown at the Crawford County Fair, to a youth show that reached nearly 400 birds in less than ten years.” He noted that she has gained national recognition through showing her Call ducks, Egyptian geese, Bronze turkeys, and several varieties of chickens.

She became a Pennsylvania Certified Poultry Technician to be able to test Crawford County 4-H member’s birds, and organizes poultry testing and screening for the 4-H members to ensure they meet all health regulations to show at the Crawford County Fair.

Munden has been the Crawford County Fair 4-H Chairperson for seven years, and oversees taking entries, hiring judges and supervising the 4-H showmanship, fitting and type shows. She was instrumental in creating the small animal auction, and she is in charge of purchasing and distributing poultry meat birds to participating 4-H and FFA members within the county.

Regionally, she works with the Youth Ag Club at the Wolfs Corners Fair, and does their poultry testing and screening.