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Lackawanna County 2011 4-H Leader Awards

Posted: November 14, 2011

Congratulations to Franceska Sweeney who received the Lackawanna County 4-H Activity Leader Award for 2011 and Patricia Burchell received the Lackawanna County 4-H Leadership Award posthumously.
Terry Schettini, County Extension Director; Franceska Sweeney; Amber Hildreth receiving the plaque for her mother, Patricia Bruchell, who passed away recently; and Ruth Ann Burns, 4-H Educator.

Terry Schettini, County Extension Director; Franceska Sweeney; Amber Hildreth receiving the plaque for her mother, Patricia Bruchell, who passed away recently; and Ruth Ann Burns, 4-H Educator.

Congratulations to Franceska Sweeney who received the Lackawanna County 4-H Activity Leader Award for 2011. Franny, as she likes to be called, works well with the different personalities that she encounters and gives great advice to her members as they work through their projects. She is quite responsible and teaches them a lot about their horses and responsibilities. Franny sets a good example for all in her professional and personal life, is hard working and dedicated, and will explain unclear concepts to them until they understand them. Her club, Just Ride 4-H, is not even a year old; but, under her guidance, they have accomplished many things. She's brought so many kids of different ages together where everyone contributes and helps each other.

Patricia Burchell received the Lackawanna County 4-H Leadership Award  posthumously in 2011 for many reasons.  Her willingness to help in 4-H was never ending; from picking up members for meetings, to driving and chaperoning for Farm Show and Lady Lions Games, to making sure refreshments were ready at meetings and the room was clean before everyone left.  She had a way of getting everyone involved and keeping it fun even before becoming an official leader in the 4-H Teen Club and the May-Jer 4-H Club.  Patty taught them many things, but most importantly, how to become a better person.  So many members admired her and looked forward to her smile and hugs that greeted everyone.  Her personality reached everyone when she helped at the 4-H Building and at the Farm Show each year.  She had a knack for getting everyone involved and keeping things flowing.  Patty set a great example of how everyone should get along, help each other, and live for the moment; but most of all, become the best you can be, which is the 4-H motto.