4-H Salute To Excellence Awards

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Recognizing 4‑H volunteers

Each year, state 4‑H programs nominate two outstanding individual volunteers through the 4‑H Salute to Excellence Awards.* The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4‑H volunteer while the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4‑H less than 10 years.

Outstanding lifetime volunteers

National Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer winner, Western Region

Ronald Van Buren

Ronald (Ron) Van Buren recognizes that youth may face potential barriers to success. That’s why he uses the resources, skills, and vast network of connections he’s acquired as a successful cattle rancher to...

Ann Janson

Northeastern Region

Ann Janson

Ann Janson is described as a “spark that ignites a green flame wherever she goes.” Passionate and resilient, Ann always takes initiative to improve and adapt as she faces new programming challenges. Through her 20 years of dedication to 4-H, Ann has started and maintained...

Jerry Hicks

North Central Region

Jerry Hicks

Jerry Hicks has been a dedicated supporter of 4-H for nearly 43 years. As an Illinois 4-H alumnus, he is a lifetime believer in the tremendous impact 4-H can have on the lives of youth. He credits 4-H for putting him on a lifelong path to career success, and he wants every child in Illinois to have...

Dee Wolters

Southern Region

Dee Wolters

Dee Wolters is known as “the glue” that has held many Maury County programs together. From leading many clubs, to helping with nearly every county 4-H event that’s offered, Dee is always more than willing to volunteer her time and jump in wherever needed. Her long list of volunteer duties has included roles in the County 4-H Public Speaking Contest...

Volunteers of the year


National Volunteer of the Year winner, Southern Region

Glorivee Aviles Rivera

Full-time teacher and 4-H volunteer Glorivee Avilés Rivera is known for her innovation, enthusiasm and passion. She inspires the youth in her community through the program We Educate, We Plant and We Eat Healthy – a project that promotes healthy lifestyles and community service. While running the school community...

Northeast Region

Krista Gallo

Krista Gallo has been a volunteer with the Peach Blossom 4-H Club for eight years. During that time she has led the Kent County Exchange trip, spent countless volunteer hours with her club, and had a leading role as the county photography project coordinator. This project area is one of the largest in the state, and her leadership and facilitation of both...

North Central Region

Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold’s deep passion for 4-H and desire to serve to his fullest ability is apparent through his 32 years of 4-H volunteerism at a local, state, and national level. He most notably founded and advised the Wood County Shooting Sports Club, Wood County Top Shots, where he has gone above and beyond to ensure the club’s success. Through grant writing, Steve has received over...