Longtime county 4-H leader honored
When Donna Wiley takes a break for a snack during the Leavenworth County 4-H Fair this August, chances are, she'll be eating in the pavilion named in her honor.
Wiley, president of the Leavenworth County 4-H Foundation, was surprised Saturday night during the foundation's second annual meeting with the news that the fairgrounds pavilion would be named in her honor.
"We're just really happy that you're still sticking around," said Joe Wood, treasurer of the foundation.
Wiley's work with Leavenworth County 4-H started in 1963, when her children became involved.
"In fact, we organized the Reno Bobwhite 4-H Club," said Wiley, who is director of human resources and personnel at the Journal-World newspaper in Lawrence.
"We were one of the organizing leaders, and nobody wanted to be community leader, and I said, 'Oh, I'll do that for a year.' It went for 30 years."
Wiley also was a founder of the county's 4-H foundation.
"The only fund-raiser the county has is the food stand at the fair," Wiley said. "We just wanted something more stable and to be able to do more for the 4-H program. It's got off to a good start. We've got a lot of ideas that, hopefully, we'll be able to get funded down the road."
At Saturday's foundation meeting at Shoemaker Auction House in Tonganoxie, the group illustrated that it, indeed, is helping 4-H'ers.
The foundation this year has provided college scholarships to these high school seniors: Kathryn Anderson, Basehor, Basehor-Linwood High School, daughter of Gary and Linda Anderson; Jessica Carrico, Bonner Springs, Basehor-Linwood High School, daughter of Steve and Vicki Carrico; Jennifer Lynn, Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood High School, daughter of Elvin and Linda Lynn; Sarah Kell, Leavenworth, Pleasant Ridge High School, daughter of Daniel and Roxann Kell; Rachel Murry, Leavenworth, Tonganoxie High School, daughter of Tim and Diane Murry; and Jessica Tuttle, Leavenworth, Lansing High School, daughter of David and Sharon Tuttle. Maggie Bailey, Leavenworth, also received a scholarship to help finance her trip to Citizen Washington Focus later this year.
In addition, the board will finance transportation for 4-H'ers this summer to Rock Springs Camp, which is south of Junction City.
The night also provided an opportunity for 4-H'ers to show off their skills. Members of the Reno Bobwhites 4-H Club presented a skit, "A 4-H Mystery." That group won a blue ribbon at the county 4-H Club Days and a purple at regional 4-H Club Days.
Caleb Todd and Molly Adams told the nearly 100 people gathered at the meeting about "The Three Moos," how to raise bucket calves. The young duo also won a blue at the county level and a purple at the regional level for their talk.
And Jason Miles highlighted facts about "The Canadian Mounties," a talk that he earned alternate top blue at county 4-H Club Days.
Three members of the board David Todd, Easton; Earl Parsons, Tonganoxie; and Janice McCue, Lawrence were re-elected, and they will serve three-year terms.