Friend of 4-H Award

The Friend of 4-H Award recognizes a citizen or organization from the community for their contribution to the 4-H Program.

2019 Friend of 4-H Award – Mike Krummey
It is with great pleasure to award Mike Krummey the 2019 Friend of 4-H Award. The largest Ozaukee County 4-H Fundraiser, The Haunt, would not be possible without Mike’s continued dedication and commitment. He is The Haunt’s master of lights, sounds, video security, special effects and assists with the design build.

Mike has been an instrumental part of The Haunt from its inception 12 years ago.  The continued improvements and guidance Mike provides definitely helps us to “Make the Best Better” in our Ozaukee County 4-H program.  Mike’s dedication to this project is reflected in his monthly attendance at The Haunt meetings and year round work to establish new ideas and new special effects to implement the next year.  In the process of providing a great community entertainment event, Mike’s passion to provide 4-H youth with opportunities to learn life skills through the production of The Haunt is his driving force. Mike works tirelessly on an almost nightly basis and gives up almost every weekend from late August through the run of the Haunt in October to ensure things are in place and ready to freak out the customers.

Mike does not have any of his own children in the 4-H program, but continues to support The Haunt through his volunteer spirit, amazing knowledge, and many donations – both financial and material items. When establishing the layout of The Haunt, Mike takes the time to input the information into layout design software he owns so we can be sure to keep the floorplans within specifications needed to be as safe as possible.  All of this done to support Ozaukee County 4-H youth.

Mike is a behind the scenes kind of guy, so even though you may not know him personally, if you have ever had anything to do with The Haunt, you have encountered Mike! Congratulations Mike and thank you for all you do for the 4-H youth through your dedicated work with The Haunt and Ozaukee County 4-H!

2019 Friend of 4-H Award – Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office supports and partners with Ozaukee County 4-H in many impactful ways. Two years ago, the Sheriff’s office started the now annual Cops and Kids Field Day event. As part of the planning process, the Office approached 4-H to collaborate and partner with them in putting this event on. A new successful partnership and outreach program was formed. We look forward to working together again next year on this fun, free, community wide youth event!

The Sheriff, deputies, and other members of the Sheriff’s office have attended many 4-H events over the years. Riding the barrel train at Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree, partaking in a cream puff eating contest where the puffs are made by the Clover Café, or horseback riding, the Sheriff’s Office is always game. This support widens the potential audience and increases awareness of the 4-H program. The friendly and helpful demeanor of the Sheriff’s office personnel at these events makes them approachable to the youth in 4-H and the greater community alike.

Undersheriff Knowles and her fellow department colleagues have visited 4-H families prior to county fair for the past several years. This fun social media campaign has highlighted the many project options youth have to choose from in 4-H. It also has helped promote the 4-H program to a wider audience, highlight the hard work and passion 4-H youth put into their projects, as well as showcase all things 4-H – everything from goats, and other farm animals to go-carts, quilts, and woodworking. We like to think Undersheriff Knowles has become an honorary 4-H member!

We are happy to award the 2019 Friend of 4-H Award to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations and thank you for supporting the program, the youth, and recognizing what the 4-H represents in our communities! We look forward to many more years of impactful collaboration!

2018 Friend of 4-H Award – Mark Klas, Circle B Recreation
Mark Klas and Circle B Recreation have been a Friend of 4-H for many years. Various clubs throughout the county have used the facility for bowling parties and Circle B has always accommodated the groups by giving discounted rates and preferred times when possible. The staff is patient with the young bowlers and helps to insure a fun filled meeting for all. The county 4-H group, “Together We Can!” has also had events scheduled at Circle B, and Mark assists with the Lindenwood 4-H Club and their Heritage Foundation’s annual fundraiser at Circle B.Mark has assisted with the Foundation’s Bowl-a-thon since the beginning, reserving the same weekend every year, and utilizing most of the lanes. The staff sets-up tables for check in and out, raffles, and information. They assist families as needed and are always so appreciative of our business.

The Bunny Breakfast began having its very well attended event at Circle B three years ago. Mark and his staff have been gracious in providing the banquet hall and lounge to 4-H at no charge. Mark surprised us with several large decorations that transform the hall into a beautiful springtime event.  It is evident that he really enjoys working with the 4-Hers and spreading the springtime joy!

The 2018 Youth Leader Recognition Party was also held at Circle B. Again, Mark worked with the committee to plan a successful, fun event for the youth.

We hope to continue our relationship with Mark Klas and Circle B for many years to come. Thank you for your support of Ozaukee County 4-H.

2018 Friend of 4-H Award – Pamela Mueller
Pam Mueller first became involved with 4-H through her job as a bus driver for Johnson Bus Service. The bus to drop off camp staff in Wautoma for their overnight training, and then pick them up the next day was going to be costly. Johnson’s offered the services of Pam Mueller who would be willing to stay overnight with us at camp, thereby reducing the cost by 50%. After experiencing firsthand the benefits of volunteering with 4-H through her interactions with camp staff, Pam decided to join us for the 4-day summer camp, and jumped in to assist with waterfront and crafts when she wasn’t driving the bus for the outpost adventures. Again, this saved us hundreds of dollars, and provided extra adult help.  Pam has gone through the 4-H New Volunteer Orientation, not once, but twice to better understand the program.

Pam also works at U-Haul in Saukville and has assisted in acquiring discounts for U-Haul trucks and trailers for camp. She now volunteers every year to drive a bus to the camp staff overnight training and the 4-day camp which saves the program a considerable sum of money. This past year, Pam served as one of the Outpost Leaders and contributed greatly to the experience. Leaders who work alongside her find her to be a very capable individual who is always willing to lend a helping hand and provide suggestions.

Other 4-H events and clubs needing bus services, such as transportation to state fair, also request Pam, and she always provides wonderful service, above and beyond what is expected.

It is an honor and a privilege to be able to award Pam Mueller with the Friend of 4-H Award.

2017 Friend of 4-H Award – Frenz Market
Emily and Jim Gehrke use the beauty of flowers and plants at their business to provide decorations for 4-H events and the County Fair.  They provide beautiful standing plants, arches and benches to decorate the stare for 4-H events such as:  Variety Show, The Bunny Breakfast, Clothing Revue and so much more. They have donated countless gift certificates and door prizes for judges and more. We have all enjoyed the beautiful flowers, plants and displays that are seen at the County Fair .

Emily works with 4-H youth in the Flowers project teaching not only about flowers but entrepreneurship.  She guides youth through the planting processes and the art of dealing with many varieties of plants and flowers.  Emily has worked with 4-H members setting up 4-H projects that are displayed in her shop until the fair to teach about successful floral display in a retail setting. Emily has also been a leader in the Foods project for many years, instilling a passion for baking and cooking in our 4-H youth.  She has taught members about the science of canning, precision of measuring and the joy of trying new recipes.

Emily grew up in 4-H and her and Jim’s four children were all 4-H members.  Their grandchildren are just entering the age of 4-H possibilities which I’m sure we will have the opportunity to witness their success within the 4-H program.  Congratulations to Emily and Jim and Thank you for being a Friend to Ozaukee County 4-H.


2017 Friend of 4-H Aware – Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation
The Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation was established in 1982 to help fund education and leadership opportunities for 4-H youth and adult programs. Since its inception the 4-H Foundation has provided financial support for:

  • Higher education scholarships for deserving 4-H graduates
  • Learning experiences at the county, state, national, and international level through funding educational travel opportunities for youth
  • Leadership opportunities for adult volunteers, youth leaders, and camp staff
  • Recognition of outstanding youth through the 4-H programs highest award, the “Key Award”

The Foundation Board is made up of wonderful adults and youth members who work hard to raise and manage the endowment. The endowment currently has over $400,000. Each year the earnings on the endowment are invested in the Ozaukee County 4-H program.  The Foundation provides about $20,000 each year to support educational travel, training, and countywide activities. They also award annual college scholarships totally approximately $6,000.

Over the last 35 year, countless people have served as Foundation Directors. Currently, Peggy Schoessow has served as the president for the last two years.  The entire board puts in countless hours to keep the 4-H Foundation functioning to benefit 4-H youth.  The current Directors are:  Karen Kroening, Joe Griffin, Mary Clausing, Kay Schroeder, Tim Kohlwey, Michael Tushman, Eileen O’Mahar and Debra Newell.  Youth representatives are Sara R., Gabby G. and Ethan P. The Co-coordinators who have served the Foundation for many years are Sue Meiller and Marcia Nosko. Both Sue and Marcia will “retire” from the board after this year.

We truly appreciate the financial support they are able to provide to benefit the youth in the Ozaukee County 4-H program.  Thank You for being a great friend of Ozaukee County 4-H.

img_18002016 Friend of 4-H Award – The Roden Family and Echo Valley Farm
The Roden Family is the epitome of 4-H. They have generously donated their time and resources to promote the 4-H program on the club, county, and state levels for many years.  The Roden family have never hesitated to open their home and Echo Valley Farm to countless project meetings, club and county activities, picnics, Older Youth Crew events, and Breakfast on the Farm four times.

Although their 5 children have long graduated from 4-H, Bob and Cindy still continue to be active leaders at the club and county levels, including Knellsville 4-H Club, the Ozaukee County Agricultural Society, Ozaukee County Dairy Promotion, and Ozaukee County Fair Board.

As the Roden kids graduated from 4-H, each one immediately became leaders and advisors for the Knellsville 4-H Club as well as 4-H at the county and state levels.

Rick Roden has been an active member of the Leader’s Association Board, Older Youth Crew Advisor, and a dairy leader for 13 years.  Patti Roden has been an activity leader for 10 years. As a member of the Variety Show Committee, she has been the back stage manager and coordinator.  Patti was a fair building superintendent and has coordinated the sign-up genius for volunteer work shifts for the County Fair for many years.

Amy Roden(Blakeney) has been a Variety Show judge, Mr. and Miss Ozaukee County 4-H judge, and works as a Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation District 2 Coordinator.

Becky Roden(Assmann) is a home environment leader and Older Youth Crew Advisor.

Jacki Roden(Mogenburg) is a home environment leader.  She offers summer camps, tractor/farm safety classes, and educational events through Roden Barnyard Adventures.  Jacki donates the use of supplies, materials, and equipment to the Ag Adventures display at fair.

All total, the Roden kids have participated as members and leaders in Ozaukee County 4-H for over 65 years.  The entire family has donated an additional 75 years of volunteer service to 4-H. The Roden family can be found volunteering at County Fair and other 4-H sponsored events throughout the year. You will see them at many 4-H activities like The Haunt, Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree, Bunny Breakfast, 4-H Dance, 4-H Foundation Bowl-A-Thon, and of course, county fair as they continue to promote and support Ozaukee County 4-H.

Thank you to all the spouses, who support the giving of their spouses’ generous time and talents for Ozaukee County 4-H Youth.
It is exciting to see the next generation of the Roden Family already getting involved!  Not only is farming in their blood, so is 4-H.  This family truly is a “Friend of 4-H”.
Congratulations Roden Family and Echo Valley Farm on receiving this prestigious award!


2015 Friend of 4-H Award- Kohl’s Associates in Action Program

Kohl’s Department Store of Grafton has been a strong supporter of Ozaukee County 4-H for several years.  Their employees have donated their time and contributed numerous amounts of baked goods for special events. Additionally, Kohl’s Corporate Office donates financially to the 4-H Program.

Kohl’s Associates in Action policy states that they believe that everybody has the ability to make a difference. Through their Associates in Action volunteer program, their Associates positively impact our local communities by volunteering with qualifying youth-serving, nonprofit organizations.  In support of their Associates’ local volunteer efforts, Kohl’s Corporate Office will award a $500 grant to qualifying organizations. Over the past several years, Kohl’s Grafton Associates have volunteered for many different Ozaukee 4-H events including the Bunny Breakfast, the Haunt, the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree, 4-H Camp Training, the County Fair, Older Youth activities, individual club activities, and many more.  In turn, Kohl’s Corporate Office donated $500 to 4-H for each event.  In the past year, they have donated over $5,000 to the Ozaukee County Leaders Association, which does not include grants to individual 4-H clubs.

Grafton Kohl’s Associates never question the need or reason behind our 4-H requests and are always willing to donate their time to help our non-profit events. For each event, Kohl’s recruits a minimum of five associates to donate at least three hours of service.

We are truly grateful to Kohl’s Corporate Office, Grafton Kohl’s Event Captain Laura Struebing, and the local volunteer Associates at the Grafton Kohl’s store.  They are very generous 4-H supporters and the perfect example of a community business friend to our 4-H Youth.

Ozaukee County Agricultural Society

2015 Friend of 4-H Award- Ozaukee County Agricultural Society (Fair Board)

The Ozaukee County Agricultural Society has been in existence since 1859.  The Ag Society elects the “Fair Board” annually to put on the Ozaukee County Fair.  They work throughout the year to obtain vendors, bands, amusement, entertainment and activities for the community to enjoy at the fair.  They work with the Ozaukee County Board and have built a close friendship with the Ozaukee 4-H Leaders Association.  They are strong supporters of the Ozaukee 4-H Program.  They have worked to build a team to help showcase the 4-H Program every year at the county fair, the pinnacle of the 4-H year.  In recent years, with the change in ownership of the buildings on the fairgrounds, this organization has been very supportive, doing whatever they can to improve judging, buildings, traffic flow and continuously providing space for 4-H events and projects.

Beyond the fair, Board Members are often found supporting other 4-H fundraisers and events such as the 4-H Haunt & Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree, the 4-H Bowl-a-thon, the 4-H Dance, the recent Plat Books, the 4-H Livestock & Small Animal Auctions and even some project judging.  There have been many loyal Fair Board Members in 156 years. The current Board consisting of Roger Boehlke, Mark Larson, Holly Wilger, Bret Priaulx, Jody Brzezinski, Richard Calson, Christa Hackert, Mark Matter, Diane Omdahl, Bob Roden, Dave Salkowski, Natalie Salkowski, Bob Schmidt, Travis Steinert, and Bob Winkel, work diligently to help strengthen and promote the 4-H Program in Ozaukee County.

The Ozaukee County Agricultural Society is truly a “Friend of 4-H”.  Congratulations on receiving this long overdue award!

2014 FrieDSC_0250nd of 4-H Award- Richard Rathke

Rich has always been a fixture when you mention the Ozaukee County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction, held since it first began in 1969. Rich and his father Lutz were instrumental in starting this event that allows 4-Hers enrolled in the Swine, Beef, Dairy Beef, and Sheep projects to have an opportunity to sell their animal at the annual sale. Continuously improving and building upon this annual event, Rich takes great pride in working with his daughter, Linda Boehlke, and several other wonderful Auctioneers to support the 4-H program.

Rich grew up in 4-H. He and his family were known for their Angus cattle, and when he met his wife Evelyn (Lied) Rathke, they shared their love of 4-H with each of their six children. Actively involved in the Beef project with the Little Kohler 4-H Club, Rich and his children and grandchildren are always a go-to staple at the County Fair. He has led by example and encouraged each of his grandchildren in their 4-H endeavors.

Rich is a very humble, unselfish individual who is always encouraging and supportive of anyone he comes in contact with. He is truly a friend of 4-H.


 2014 Friend of 4-H Award- Saukville Rifle and Pistol Club

The Saukville Gun Club has been instrumental in providing support for the shotgun and rifle projects for the past five year. Saukville Gun Club allows 4-H to use their facility free of charge. They provide target, trap and skeet shooting. They provide the volunteers to open their facility for the rifle and shotgun projects. They also help instruct the youth.

Saukville Gun Club allows 4-H to keep a storage locker on site for our supplies at no charge. They provide youth guns for those who need them. They purchase ammunition and clay targets for us and give us a significant discount. They allow the 4-H members to participate in their summer trap shooting league at a 50% discount. This year Saukville Gun Club hosted the Kettle Moraine Shooting Sports Tournament, agreeing to follow 4-H rules without question.

We have and are honored to be able to work with Saukville Gun Club. Their support of 4-H and the shooting sports program is amazing. They help us in every way possible. They value teaching the youth the proper ways and etiquette of the shooting sports. They want our youth to be successful. We are pleased to recommend Saukville Gun Club as this year’s “Friend of 4-H”.


Friends of 4-H
1953                       Dr. Moats, Sr.
1960                       Waubeka Mill
1961                       County Homemakers
1963                       Port Savings & Loan
1964                       W.G.L.B.
1965                       Wasaukee Horseman’s Club
1966                       Cedarburg Fire Department
1967                       Dr. Bailey & Vern Arendt
1968                       Mrs. Helen Weyker
1970                       Gordon Griffiths & Roman Hoffman
1971                       Art Kelm
1972                       Erwin Riemer
1974                       Lutz Rathke
1975                       Mr./Mrs. Emil Paulus  & Mr. Russell T. Gilman
1976                       Al Raetl & Warren Wickesburg
1977                       Ray Blank
1980                       John Blank
1982                       Fred Scherf / Clarence (Otto) Neumann
1983                       Mr. /Mrs. Arnold Groth
1984                       Randy Rieve / Dr. Moats, Sr.
1986                       Milton Krumhus & George / Ellen Binsfeld-Lavista
1987                       Ray Maas
1988                       Earl/Loraine Boehlke
1989                       Bill Ames
1989                       Mark Paulus
1990                       Roland Kison
1991                       Richard Hauser
1992                       Jack Janik / Ruth Mengsol
1993                       Rhea Yovanovich
1994                       Ellen Stocks
1995                       Alice Sedgwick / Ambruster Jewelers
1996                       Harold C. Dobberpuhl
1997                       Kewaskum Frozen Foods
1998                       Ozaukee County Dairy Promotion Committee
1999                       LeRoy Haeuser
2000                       Phyllis Linden
2001                       Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly — Cedarburg
2002                       Wayne Houpt/Suburban Harley-Davidson
2003                       The Family of S. Duane Stroebel Sr.- Christine Stroebel-Scimeca, Robin Stroebel Cruz and Duey Stroebel, Jr.
2004                       Beacon Health
2005                       Roman Weninger/Five Corners Dodge
2006                       Saukville Feeds
2007                       Farm Bureau Breakfast Committee
2007                       Karrels Dairy Equipment
2008                       Boehlke Hardware/Boehlke Bottled Gas
2009                       Deb Kranitz/News Graphic
2010                       Sager Happy Holsteins/John & Caryn Sager
2011                       Melichar Broad Acres
2012                       Kenneth Riemer
2013                       Fred Buechler
2014                       Richard Rathke
2014                       Saukville Rifle and Pistol Club
2015                       Kohl’s Associates in Action Program
2015                       Ozaukee County Agricultural Society (Fair Board)
2016                       The Roden Family and Echo Valley Farm
2017                       Frenz Market
2017                       Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation
2018                      Mark Klas, Circle B Recreation Center
2018                      Pamela Mueller

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