Joenita Keller earns recogntion for her years of service to Extension, 4-H

Joenita Keller (left) receives the Friends of Extension Award from Janell Brubaker during the Huntington County Extension Service's annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Huntington County/Purdue Extension Office held its annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

A business meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., prior to a poverty simulation conducted by the office.

Janell Brubaker presented, on behalf of the Extension Board, the first annual Friend of Extension award to Joenita Keller.

Keller is a 45-year 4-H leader. She has been an Extension club member since 1963 and has served on the Extension board and numerous committees.

Keller started the Wayne Keller Leadership Award in honor of her late husband for 4-H members that have strong leadership skills.

In other business, County Extension Youth Director Linda Aldridge reported that 3,216 youth were reached through county-wide 4-H programs.

Aldridge also reported that sales of poultry following the county 4-H fair were minimal. As a result, fair board members contacted Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Through that organization, 280 poultry donated by 4-H participants were processed. They were processed in Middlebury and were then brought to the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food Bank.

The chickens were specifically designated for Huntington County and were distributed through Love I.N.C. and The Salvation Army throughout the community. Some of the chickens were able to be given to families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aldridge anticipates an increase in donated chickens for the coming year.