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HONORED—Long time 4-H club leaders, Francis "Jim" and Mickie Lewandowski are pictured with family members who came to honor their parents for their many years of service as 4-H club leaders. Pictured from left to right are: Edward, Kate, Mickie, Michael, Francis, Ann and Tom Lewandowski.

Lewandowskis Honored for Years As 4-H Club Leaders

A popular couple who did much for 4-H, Francis “Jim” and Mickie Lewandowski, were honored for their many years as leaders of the Beaver Four-Leaf Clover 4-H Club. The event was held at the Beaver Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 6th and planned by current club leader Jennie Pillath and former leaders Agatha Fendrick and Carla Bushmaker. The event brought together all of the Lewandowski children including Edward, Thomas, Mike, Ann and Kate.

The contributions of former leader Lillian Holley were followed and Agatha Fendrick was given special recognition as a faithful co-leader during many of the Lewandowskis 4-H years.

Special thanks were extended to Jim Bushmaker, who kept facilities and logistics running smoothly. Current Beaver 4-H Club families did the actual foot work and the pot luck dinner put the newly remodeled kitchen in the Beaver Town Hall to full use. Trisha Zeitler typed and sent out invitations.

Rosanne Kozbiel LaRue, a next door neighbor to the honorees was the oldest former Beaver Club member present. Her participation goes back to the late 1930’s when Mrs. Barney Nelson was leader. Not present, Florence Nelson Finney still resides in Crivitz and is the daughter of Mrs. Nelson. Her membership in the Beaver Four-Leaf Clover Club goes back to the original organization in 1927.

It is difficult to mention many folks without omitting someone. A memory book at the back table was signed by those attending. It will be a treasured keepsake, Francis said.

Also recognized were UW Extension staff that attended including Scott Reuss - Agriculture and Horticulture Agent, Lisa Devine-Barribeau - 4-H & Youth Development Educator and Nancy Servais - 4-H Support staff person who has done many behind the scenes tasks to keep the county 4-H program running. Reuss made a formal certificate presentation to the Lewandowskis, long time leaders.

Wally Hitt who was County 4-H/Youth Agent during the time the Lewandowskis were 4-H leaders, addressed a few comments. In his time 4-H baseball, drama and speaking contests were popular.

Entertainment included a song written by their son, Mike Lewandowski and sung a cappella with Carla Bushmaker. The lyrics reminisced about past 4-H events.

The Lewandowskis said, “It has been our pleasure over the years to help young folks find their roots and give them wings to the future.” They thank everyone who helped make the event such a success.


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