The Leadership Recognition Award is designed to honor an outstanding leader, group or organization within the Ozaukee County 4-H Program. Nominees for this award should be current 4-H’ers, leaders or families and their involvement and leadership in the Ozaukee County 4-H Program should demonstrate a willingness and drive to consistently excel at performing their regular 4-H leadership responsibilities.
2021 Leadership Recognition Award – Marcia Nosko
Marcia has served in a number of leadership roles within the Association. In addition to multiple terms as vice president, she served a total of five terms as board President. She also served as co-coordinator the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation for 5 years. Marcia co-chaired the Clover Café committee for 6 years and is currently finishing a three year term on the Leaders Board, having been elected as president all three years.
This year, our long-time county fair parking coordinator stepped down after many years of valued service. Without an individual to take over, Marcia assumed that duty herself. She met with the former chair, set up the parking lot, had a map drawn up, wrote a guide book full of parking details and filled it with work instructions, job descriptions, and pictures of examples of passes we accept at the fair. She also signed up to help out on the Clover Café committee and spent quite a bit of time helping in the café. When it was discovered the Association had an insurance deficiency, she took on the work of acquiring a new annual policy for events. She worked with other officers to move the association’s finances to QuickBooks. Marcia looks at what needs to be done and jumps in to complete the job. She is an excellent leader and we are pleased to present her with this award.
2021 Leadership Recognition Award – Deb Poull
Deb Poull is President of the Horse & Pony Project, Recording Secretary for the 4-H Leaders Association Board, and a member of the Jay Road 4-H Club leadership team. As an officer of the Leaders Association Board, Deb has submitted suggestions and helped to implement improved financial processes and controls, much the same as she did for the Horse and Pony project. Deb frequently and proactively volunteers for tasks or projects that need to be done. ‘Just Do It’ isn’t just a phrase for her, it is a mantra that comes alive through her everyday activities. Whether working with youth or adults, Deb is always there to lend a helping hand. Deb’s most recent and very large accomplishment was to totally revamp the summer camp experience to stay aligned with state pandemic protocols. She converted to a day-camp experience, and by all indications and feedback from youth and adults, it was a huge success. Her idea to open camp to the public this year resulted in additional youth joining 4-H. She is already well on her way working with her committee to plan next year’s summer camp experience.
As a middle school teacher and parent of 6 children, it’s amazing to see the amount of volunteer work she accomplishes. We are lucky to have someone with such drive and determination to enthusiastically promote and advance Ozaukee County 4-H programming. We are honored to present Deb Poull with a 2021 4-H Leader Award.
2020 Leadership Recognition Award – Deanna Lee – view recognition video: Video Link (select CC to view closed captioning/subtitles)
Deanna Lee, a leader within the Lindenwood 4-H club for over 10 years, has been an enthusiastic promoter of 4-H as a 4-H alum and mom of 3 4-H members. She has been influential in her time volunteering within her club for Tie Dye, Cloverbuds, and Co-directing the Lindenwood 4-H variety show act. At the county level, she has been a Haunt Chairperson, 4-H Camp Crafts director, Open House, and Communications festival Adult Coordinator, and assisted at other countywide events such as the Bowl-A-Thon and Bunny Breakfast. Mrs. Lee passes along her enthusiasm and positive outlook for this program to those she works with. She is thorough and organized in every event that she works on. Her husband, Rick is her helper and supporter through all her undertakings. Mrs. Lee, on behalf of the Ozaukee County 4-H program, thank you for your time as a volunteer within 4-H.
2020 Leadership Recognition Award – Dan Paulus – view recognition video: Video Link (select CC to view closed captioning/subtitles)
Mr. Dan Paulus, one of the recipients of the 2021 Ozaukee County 4-H Leaders Recognition Award, has and continues to help grow the 4-H program in many different ways. Mr. Paulus is currently Waubeka 4-H club’s woodworking project leader, a Waubeka activity leader, the coordinator of the Waubeka club annual brat fry fundraiser , and a reliable valued helper at many different community events. Additionally, Mr. Paulus has contributed to the Ozaukee County 4-H program being a recent representative on the 4-H Leaders Association Board, a key asset to The Haunt, a parent of three 4-H alum that have succeeded in the program, and much more. Not only does Mr. Paulus help grow the 4-H program in his own community, but he advocates for the broader 4-H community especially through his lead roles in the creation and building of The Haunt, Ozaukee County 4-H’s largest fundraiser. To Mr. Paulus the Haunt and a lot of the other fundraisers and activities that he helps lead, are more than just a bunch of meetings and planning; they are valuable teaching moments that help 4-H youth learn and grow. 4-H isn’t about how many projects you make or what kind of awards you get at the fair, it’s about the learning experiences and memories made because of people like Mr. Paulus. He volunteers his time to teach youth life lessons. In addition, Dan is the funniest and most understanding people you can meet. The endless hours that Dan puts into this organization is unbelievable and Ozaukee County 4-H can not thank you enough for everything he has done for the organization and for its youth. Words can’t describe the effect Dan has on people around him. Truly, Mr. Dan Paulus, you are one of a kind, and your positive and encouraging attitude is irreplaceable. The Ozaukee County 4-H program gains a lot with you as part of the leadership team and thank you for all that you do and have done for the 4-H program.
2019 Leadership Recognition Award – Christie Dieringer
Christie Dieringer is a eighteen year leader with the Holy Cross 4-H Club. Her dedication to the 4-H program is evident through her leadership and planning in various projects and activities for Holy Cross, as well numerous county-wide activities. In addition to serving as a co-general leader for Holy Cross, Christie has been deeply involved on the county-wide small animal committee, as well as with the Livestock Association. Like many of our 4-H leaders, she can often be seen at the county fair helping 4-H members with their animals and volunteering to assist with project judging. Christy has also worked with our 4-H Ambassadors, helping with the annual silent auction at county fair.
For the past few years, Christie has coordinated the weekly brat fry at the Port Washington Farmers Market. Not only does she ensure each weekend has volunteers assigned, but she ensures supplies are stocked to enable a turnkey operation. She follows through with our supplier to ensure expenses are tallied and bills are paid. Because of Christie’s efforts, chartered groups and individuals have an opportunity to earn money to offset expenses for their 4-H projects, trips, or club expenses. Christie truly ‘bleeds green’, and has a contagious passion for Ozaukee County 4-H. Congratulations Christie on being a 2019 Leadership Recognition Award Recipient!
2019 Leadership Recognition Award – Steve and Jackie Rathke
Steve and Jackie Rathke are long time leaders in the Little Kohler 4-H Club, serving as Beef and Rabbit leaders. Over the years, Steve has very capably served as an officer multiple times for the Livestock Association, including President and Vice President. Annually, he leads the weigh in for beef animals on those not so warm January days at the fairgrounds.
Jackie has served as a leader for various projects in the Little Kohler club, and is also very involved in the county-wide rabbit project.
Both Steve and Jackie are strong leadership role models for the youth in their clubs, as well as for youth in county wide projects, and have each served as leaders for many years. Steve has served as a leader for twelve years and Jackie is celebrating her thirtieth year as a leader. Congratulations!
They never stop working for 4-H youth and have dedicated many summers to the fair and the youth they lead. They bid generously at the Livestock and Small Animal sales, ensuring the hard work of our youth members is recognized.
Steve and Jackie are truly dedicated 4-H leaders who model humble leadership to Ozaukee County 4-H youth and their families. It is an honor to award Steve and Jackie Rathke this year’s Leadership Recognition Award!
2018 Leadership Recognition Award – Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown graduated from the Ozaukee 4-H Program in 2008. He continued his “4-H Story” by immediately becoming an Adult Leader! He has served as a Photography Leader for Holy Cross 4-H and also helps evaluate Record Books.
Aaron has volunteered with many Countywide 4-H Events & Activities such as Parking at the 4-H Haunt and as a 4-H Camp Counselor. He was elected to the 4-H Leaders Board, where he has held the challenging office of Treasurer. He has also served on the Selection Committee for Trips, Scholarships & Awards numerous times. He has evaluated countless Applications, Resumes & Interviews. Aaron is always excited to hear the youth share their 4-H experiences, and he always gives encouraging feedback. On the State Level, Aaron also served as the Assistant Director for the Wisconsin 4-H Press Team and is a certified judge for Photography and Computers.
Aaron’s passion & involvement for 4-H knows no borders…he also helped plan and lead the first ever 4-H Haiti National Youth Leadership Conference in 2016 for 96 participants, with hopes of returning for a second Conference. Aaron is very patient, positive and insightful. His enthusiasm for 4-H is obvious and contagious!
Aaron Brown is definitely a deserving recipient for this year’s Leadership Recognition Award. Congratulations!
2018 Leadership Recognition Award – Diane Hamm
Diane has been a part of 4-H in Ozaukee County for pretty much her entire life. She grew up as a 4-H’er and has been a Co-General Leader of Holy Cross 4-H Club for the past 25 years. Diane has served 2 terms on the Ozaukee County 4-H Leaders Association Board. She was instrumental in facilitating the changes in the Clover Café when it moved to it’s present home in the Pavilion. Diane originated the committee to start the North 4-H Open House held each year in Fall. She is active with her club in helping with the Haunt each year by providing delicious meals and snacks for the entire crew.
Diane is a member of Divine Savior Catholic Church where she is an Eucharist Minister and also the Funeral Luncheon Coordinator. She is an active committee member for the Ozaukee County Dairy Promotion by helping with many cheese tastings each year. She is an annual volunteer for the Disabled Vet’s Fishing Outing each year and a member of the Fredonia Garden Club.
Diane is employed at Appleland and the family farm, Sandy Loam Dairy Farm in Fredonia, where she resides with her husband Don and daughter Heather. In her spare time, Diane enjoys spending time growing flowers and veggies in her garden. She loves to crochet and jokes that one of her additional hobbies is “working”.
Diane is very passionate about the program as evidenced in the hours and years of commitment she gives to the program. She is always willing to help in any way. She is a strong advocate for our youth and her passion has always shined through.
Congratulations Diane on being a 2018 Leadership Recognition Award Recipient!
Leadership Recognition Award Recipients
1999 Joan Kruse – Covered Bridge 4-H
1999 Judy Rust-Deetjen – Grafton Falls 4-H
2000 Janice Bublitz – Little Kohler 4-H
2000 Margo Kraus – Lakeview 4-H
2001 Paul Jacobson – County Leader
2001 Evie Rathke – Little Kohler 4-H
2001 Bob & Mari Schmidt – Lindenwood 4-H
2002 MaryAnn Erickson – Covered Bridge 4-H & County Leader
2002 Delores Schwengel – Cloverleaf 4-H
2002 Phil Steinke – Cloverleaf 4-H
2003 Barb Batzko – Town & Country 4-H
2003 Jan Dommer – Knellsville 4-H
2004 Dorothy Parchim – Cloverleaf 4-H
2004 Linda Kolbach – County Leader
2005 Carol Boehlke – Lindenwood 4-H
2005 Jill Rychtik Lindert – County Leader
2005 Patricia Steffen – Fairway 4-H Club
2006 Jim & Sherri Melichar – Knellsville 4-H
2006 Peggy Schoessow – Lindenwood 4-H
2007 Mary Sampont – Knellsville 4-H
2007 Lori & Mike Paulus – Holy Cross 4-H
2008 Bob & Cindy Roden – Knellsville 4-H
2008 Peggy & Dick Brown – Holy Cross 4-H
2009 Tom Hartwig (posthumously) – Covered Bridge 4-H
2010 Sue Meiller – Cloverleaf 4-H
2011 Dave & Nancy Salkowski—Town and Country 4-H
2012 Janet Zausch—Knellsville 4-H
2013 Brenda Mueller—Jay Road 4-H
2014 Jody Brzezinski—Lindenwood 4-H Club
2014 Susan Karolczek—Covered Bridge 4-H Club
2015 Diane Pfaffenroth- Cloverleaf 4-H Club
2015 Kurt and Cary Schoessow- Lindenwood 4-H Club
2016 Roger Knepprath- Town & Country 4-H Club
2016 Lynn Neumann- Town & Country 4-H Club
2017 Michelle Kringel- Town & Country 4-H Club
2018 Aaron Brown- Holy Cross 4-H Club
2018 Diane Hamm- Holy Cross 4-H Club
2019 Steve & Jackie Rathke- Little Kohler 4-H Club
2019 Christie Dieringer- Holy Cross 4-H Club
2020 Deanna Lee – Lindenwood 4-H Club
2020 Dan Paulus – Waubeka 4-H Club
2021 Marcia Nosko- Holy Cross 4-H Club
2021 Deb Poull- Jay Road 4-H Club