4-H Recognizes 4-H Leader for Outstanding Community Service Work

The second annual Community Service Award was selected by the Positive Youth Development-Citizenship Team. The award is given to a 4-H leader who supports community service and service learning projects as part of the club and county 4-H program. The winner of the 2016 State Community Service Award is Linda Siegel from Lebanon County.

Linda Siegel, 4-H Leader in Lebanon County receive Community Service Award

Linda Siegel, 4-H Leader in Lebanon County receive Community Service Award

Linda Siegel is 4-H Organizational Leader for the 4-H Friends Club which has 63 4-H members. Linda provided overall guidance and management for the following club community service projects in 2015. Club members and leaders marched in & rode on the 4-H float in the Annville Memorial Day parade to promote 4-H & patriotism. Club members helped with Rail Trail Clean-up including over 2 miles of trail from downtown Lebanon to the fairgrounds. Prepared and sent cards to military service members. Two groups of members went to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare baked goods (mixes and supplies provided by the club members) for people staying at the Ronald McDonald House and/or shared with doctors and nurses on duty at the Hershey Medical Center. Club members raised money and walked in the Relay for Life, raising $1,000 for cancer research.

The club coordinated bingo purchased prizes, and served refreshments to residents at the ECC Retirement Home in Myerstown and, planted flowers at Zion of Iona United Methodist Church to thank them for allowing the 4-H Club to hold meetings at the church for the past 30 years! The club also participated in the Adopt-A-Family program and provided a complete Thanksgiving meal, plus a grocery gift card, to a family of 8, identified as in need by the WIC program. Club members helped prepare meals that were served to over a 100 people sponsored by Lebanon County Christian Ministries. All club members are encouraged to sign up and help with at least one club community service project. With so many projects to choose from, most members participate in multiple projects and say their involvement in community service is a highlight of their 4-H Club experience.