Salute to Excellence Volunteer Award Winners Announced

The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognized 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilage.

New York State 4-H has selected an Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and a Volunteer of the year. Both of these honorees will be recognized at the Foundation Feast on November 12th. These nominations will then be submitted for Regional Award consideration with the National 4-H council.

Please join us in congratulating John King and Ron Niedemaier!!


Volunteer of the Year: John King

John is an eight year 4-H Shooting Sports volunteer in Tioga County, NY.  He first became involved in the 4-H Program when he enrolled his three children in the 4-H Shooting Sports and Livestock Programs, then became a volunteer and is now is the lead instructor in the Tioga Co. 4-H Shooting Sports Program. A parent in his group said, “He is an excellent youth mentor who promotes the 4-H Shooting Sports program at the county, state, and national level.” John continually focuses on firearms safety, leadership development, and encourages members to develop their skills and take advantage of 4-H leadership development opportunities.  One of his 4-Hers said, “Since that first air rifle class, the one that set off the spark in my enthusiasm for shooting sports, Mr. King has taught me and numerous other kids, the importance of firearm safety, responsible behavior, and how to properly shoot…” He thoroughly understands the 4-H Program and is committed and dedicated to its principles and goals.  One of John’s fellow instructors says, “The enthusiasm John displays, the interest he takes in the development of the youth in our 4-H programs is infectious.”


Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer: Ron Niedermaier

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As a key volunteer, Ron has given tirelessly to the 4-H program over the past decade.  He is a person highly esteemed by professionals, community volunteers, staff, and youth. CCE Livingston County Executive Director says, “He is what I would call a Server Leader. He teaches by example…He is a problem solver.”  Ron has volunteered locally and across New York State on numerous programs.  Most currently he has been very instrumental building and supporting the 4-H Sustainable Energy Program by working the 4-H Energy Resources into various educational programs at the New York State Fair, Local Fair(s), New York State 4-H STEM Camp and more. Ron is an excellent role model for youth.  His demeanor of working with youth is outstanding.  He works well with small groups as an instructor.  He works just as effectively a trainer of older youth preparing them to work with larger audiences, like at fairs and other community event.  Kids love him. One youth said, “I really like working with Ron; most of the time it doesn't really feel like work at all.  He lets me take responsibility like cooking the chickens, serving the food, and handling money.  He has a great sense of humor and is really supportive, even when I make a mistake.” Both in Livingston County and around New York State, Ron Niedermaier is considered a treasured volunteer and mentor to youth and adults in the local and New York State 4-H Program.