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4-H Volunteers Making A Difference and Lighting The Way

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4-H Volunteers Making A Difference and Lighting The Way

    4-H Volunteers: Making A Difference and Lighting The Way 2005 County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Script Outline Historical facts obtained on-line from www.infoplease.com, www.ohio4h.org, www.nae4ha.org, www.google.com Author: Kathryn J. Cox, Extension 4-H Specialist, Youth Development October, 2003 Revised November, 2006 Background Information and Suggestions for Using This Script Outline

This outline is a “starting place” script for Ohio 4-H professionals, volunteers, and teens to

    adapt and use in recognizing years of service at 4-H Awards Banquets and other 4-H

    recognition events. It includes historical events, inventions and achievements for each of the

    past 60 years. However, to make the program more meaningful for those being recognized, here

    are some suggestions for personalizing your script around those who actually attend the event:

There are blank spaces at the end of each year in the script outline where the names of

    those being honored can be inserted (along with their club information, hometown, and

    other things you want to include in the narration). Only those who are actually in

    attendance at the event should be included in the narration (although it’s nice to list the

    names of all volunteers and their years of service in printed programs or “honor rolls”).

Include in your script only the years the volunteers in attendance began their service, and

    delete the other years from your narration.

Add historical events from your county, as well as accomplishments and contributions of

    4-H members, alumni, and volunteers during the appropriate years. If you are aware of

    anything that might be of interest in other settings, please send suggestions to Kathy Cox

    at cox.5@osu.edu to be incorporated into the script outline posted on the 4-H website.

Delete any items from the script which might not be appreciated by those in attendance.

Find out who those being honored would appreciate most as narrator, and ask

    him/her/them to narrate the recognition ceremony. In some situations it might be best to

    have 4-H Ambassadors serve as narrators, while in other settings the volunteers may

    prefer that a celebrity or the 4-H Agent do the honors. It may also be desirable to have

    several narrators, with each responsible for recognizing different year-groups.

If you use the references to volunteers “lighting the way” for future generations and

    Thurston’s “A Candle” poem to close the program (as suggested in the script outline),

    consider presenting 4-H candle favors to the volunteers being recognized.

Feel free to substitute something other than a candle as the “object lesson theme”

    throughout the script, and close with a different inspirational message. For example,

    analogies related to “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”, “Never ending ripples from

    the pebble in the pond”, “The brush of the artist”, or “The touch of the master’s hand”

    might be possibilities to consider for programs to honor your volunteers.

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    Recognition Script Outline

    4-H Volunteers: Making A Difference and Lighting The Way

    Author: Kathryn J. Cox, Extension 4-H Specialist, Youth Development

    October, 2003 Revised November, 2005

    The Candle

    A candle’s but a simple thing. It starts with just a piece of string.

    Yet dipped and dipped with patient hand, It gathers wax upon the strand

    Until complete and snowy white, It gives at last a lovely light.

    Life is so like that bit of string, each deed we do a simple thing,

    Yet day by day if on life’s strand we work with patient heart and hand

    It gathers joy, makes dark days bright, and gives at last a lovely light.

     Clara Thurston

Tonight we are gathered to honor very special people who have continued to make a difference

    and light the way for others through Ohio 4-H - ___________ County’s 4-H volunteers. History evolves, new discoveries are made, and current events continue to unfold and impact our lives.

    Like candles which can literally light our way, you help light the way for your 4-H’ers success throughout their life journeys.

By providing positive relationships with a caring adult; welcoming and safe environments; and

    opportunities for self-determination, engagement in learning, mastery, competence, service, and

    planning for their future, you have helped the young people with whom you have worked

    become capable, competent, caring, and contributing citizens.

Tonight, we commemorate and celebrate the contributions you have made through your work

    with young people in 4-H. Please stand to be recognized when your anniversary year is called.

The year was 2005.

     The Chicago White Sox won Major League Baseball’s World Series for the first time in

    88 years, defeating the Houston Astros in only five games.

     More tropical developed into named hurricanes in 2005 than any previous year on record.

     Benedict the 16

    th was elected Pope, following the death of John Paul II in April. st These 1 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    The year was 2004.

     A major earthquake on Christmas weekend caused devastating tsunami waves which hit

    the shores of many countries throughout south Asia.

     The Olympic games returned to Athens, Greece.

     John Kerry and George W. Bush campaigned for the U.S. presidency, with Bush winning

    a 2nd term in the fall election. st These 2 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

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    The year was 2003.

     A national Do Not Call registry was established in an attempt to curtail telemarketer ndharassment of consumers. Open Championship at

     The largest squid ever caught - a 16 foot colossus - was caught in the Antarctic off the Royal St. George’s on July 20, 2003. New Zealand coast in April. These 3rd year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

     Ohio 4-H Alumni Ben Curtis from Ostrander won golf’s 132-

The year was 2002

     Steve Fossett flew the first solo nonstop round-the-world balloon flight.

     Pennsylvania miners were rescued after spending 77 hours in a dark, flooded mine shaft.

     War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby.

     Scientists discovered a new type of black hole using the Hubble Space Telescope.

     Ryan Patterson invented the Braille glove.

     These 4th year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 2001

     In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and Britain launched the war on

    terrorism against the Taliban and Al-Queda terrorist camps in Afghanistan on October 7.

     Emmy Awards included the West Wing as best drama. Gleevec, a new class of cancer drug with promise for treating cancer patients who do not

    respond to chemotherapy, was introduced.

     These 5th year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 2000

     6-year old Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez, at the center of an international dispute, was

    reunited with his father after a federal raid of his Miami relatives home.

     America Online bought Time Warner.

     The human genome was deciphered.

     TV Oomman invented an environmentally friendly transformer fluid from vegetable oils.

     These 6 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1999

     The world prepared for the new millennium and the “Y2K bug”.

     Doctors in Louisville, KY performed the first human hand transplant.

     Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace broke a string of box office records.

     Byron and Emily Swetland patented their invention Tekno Bubbles, toy bubbles “with

    attitude” which glow under black light. These 7 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

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The year was 1998

     Europeans agreed on a single currency, the Euro.

     77 year old Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, returned to orbit in

    the space shuttle Discovery on October 29. Peter Dunn and Albert Wood invented the process which created the drug Viagra.

     These 8 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1997

     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published.

     At age 21, Tiger Woods won his first major championship, The Masters, won three other

    PGA events, and was voted PGA Player of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year.

     On March 22, the comet Hale-Bopp came the closest it will be to earth until 4397.

     Daimler Benz and Toyota launched the first prototype fuel cell powered cars.

     These 9 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

    The year was 1996

     Dolly, the world’s first lamb cloned from an adult sheep was born in July, 1996.

     HDTV standards were agreed upon by broadcasters and television and computer

    manufacturers.

     Scientists at Diba Inc and Zenith Electronics invented WebTV

     These 10 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1995

     The Million Man March drew hundreds of thousands of black men to Washington DC. CompuServe, America Online and Prodigy start providing dial-up Internet access.

     The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland.

     Cosmonauts aboard Mir greeted the first American astronauts to the space station Mar 14. James Gosling invented the Java computer language.

     These 11 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1994

     Major league baseball players went on strike.

     ER and Friends debuted on NBC.

     The words spam and spamming were introduced to the Internet vocabulary, as the first

    dot.com commerce sites launched mass-marketing campaigns via e-mail.

     4-H Alumni and 4-H parent Mike DeWine from Ohio was elected to the U.S. Senate.

     These 12 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

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The year was 1993

     Janet Reno became the first female U.S. Attorney General.

     Human cells were cloned for the first time.

     Texas 4-H Alumni Robert Fulghum published his first book, All I Really Need to Know I

    Learned in Kindergarten. Scientists at Intel invented the Pentium processor.

     These 13 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1992

     Bush and Yeltsin proclaimed a formal end to the cold war on February 1.

     NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, was signed December 17.

     172 nations participated in the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

     4-H Alumni Martina McBride recorded her debut album The Time Has Come.

     4-H Alumni Paul Pfeifer was elected as a Judge to the Ohio State Supreme Court.

     Jerome Shentag invented the “smart pill”, which can be electronically tracked and

    instructed to deliver a drug to a predetermined location in the gastrointestinal tract.

     These 14 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

    The year was 1991

     Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand made the first transpacific hot air balloon flight.

     Gopher, the first user-friendly internet interface was created at the Univ. of Minn., and

    named after the school’s mascot. It became the most popular interface for several years.

     UN forces were victorious in driving Iraq out of Kuwait in the first Persian Gulf War,

    which ended with the April 3 cease-fire.

     4-H Alumni Carolyn Sapp was named Miss America.

     4-H Alumni Fred Daily was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

     These 15 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1990

     The Soviet Union dissolved, and former soviet republics emerged as independent nations.

     The Hubble Space Telescope was launched.

     Seinfeld and The Simpsons debuted. These 16 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1989

     The Berlin Wall was opened to the West for the first time, after 28 years.

     Human gene transfer was developed by Rosenberg, Blaese, and Anderson.

     The first World Wide Web server and browser was developed by Tim Berners-Lee.

     4-H Alumni Faith Hill got her first job selling T-shirts at Nashville’s Country Music Fan

    Fair (in November 2002 her Cry album was number one on the US charts).

     These 17 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

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The year was 1988

     The U.S. and Canada signed a free trade agreement.

     Ted Turner started Turner Network Television (TNT).

     CD’s outsold vinyl records for the first time. These 18 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1987

     Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand made the first transatlantic hot air balloon flight

    from Maine to Ireland in the Virgin Atlantic Flier.

     The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary Clubs must admit women.

     Thirtysomething debuted on ABC. 4-H Alumni Howard Baker became White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan.

     These 19 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1986

     Nintendo video games were introduced in the U.S.

     Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager made the first nonstop flight around the world.

     The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted on national television.

     4-H Alumni Judy Martens founded MarTech Systems and the Blue Ribbon Fair

    Management System.

     These 20 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1985

     Coca-Cola introduced “New Coke”, and shortly thereafter re-introduced the original

    “Classic Coke”. Mikhail Gorbachev initiated glasnost and Perestroika, broad programs of reform and

    liberalization in the Soviet Union.

     British scientists first reported the opening of an enormous hole in the earth’s ozone layer

    over Antarctica.

     These 21 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1984

     The Cosby Show debuted on NBC. Apple introduced the user-friendly Macintosh personal computer.

     Bob Beldorf’s band Band Aid recorded Do They Know It’s Christmas, with proceeds

    from the single going to feed the starving in Africa.

     These 22 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

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The year was 1983

     Noise-free compact discs (CDs) were introduced, and sales of vinyl records declined

    sharply.

     Sally Ride became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard the

    space shuttle Challenger. The FCC authorized Motorola the begin testing cellular phone service in Chicago.

     These 23 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1982

     Dr. Robert Jarvik invented the first permanent artificial human heart.

     The space shuttle Columbia flew its first mission, deploying two satellites.

     4-H Alumni Karen Horn became the first woman to serve as president of a Federal

    Reserve Bank in Cleveland in May.

     4-H Alumni Nancy Zieman started her weekly PBS TV program Sewing with Nancy.

     4-H Alumni and Georgia football player Hershel Walker won the Heisman Trophy.

     These 24 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1981

     Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.

     MTV went on the air.

     AIDS is first identified.

     Ohio 4-H alumni Cheryl Krueger started Cheryl’s Cookies.

     These 25 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1980

     Ted Turner launched CNN, the first all-news network.

     Voyager I reached Saturn, and returned data on its 14 moons and more than 1,000 rings.

     Heilman, Langer, Mower, and Mirowski invented the implantable heart defibrillator.

     These 26 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

    -

The year was 1979

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A reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania released radiation and threatened

    to meltdown (but didn’t). Teams from Pittsburgh won both the Super Bowl and the World Series.

     These 27 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1978

     The Camp David Accord ended the 30-year conflict between Egypt and Israel.

     Indiana 4-H Alumni Jim Davis created Garfield, the comic strip which is now

    read by 220 million readers worldwide.

     4-H Alumni Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

     These 28 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1977

     Scientists identified the previously unknown bacteria that caused Legionnaires

    Disease.

     Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby.

     The TV Miniseries Roots and the movie Star Wars premiered.

     The space shuttle Enterprise made its first test glide from the back of a 747.

     These 29 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1976

     The USA celebrated our bicentennial

     4-H Alumni Rosalyn Carter became first lady.

     Air France and British Airways began flying the Concords.

     4-H Alumni Reba McEntire recorded her first single I Don’t Want To Be A One

    Night Stand, which went on to top the country charts that year.

     These 30 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

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The year was 1975

     Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC. George Carlin hosted the first show.

     Home videotape systems were developed by Sony (betamax) and Matsushita

    (VHS).

     The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3. These 31 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1974

     Nixon became the first president in U.S. history to resign from office.

     Ohio 4-H Alumni Ed Johnson founded the Agri Broadcasting Network

     The first UPC Scanner was installed at Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

     These 32 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1973

     George Laurer invented the U.P.C. or Uniform Product Code.

     Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown.

     Skylab, the first American space station, was launched.

     4-H Alumni John Denver wrote his hit song Take Me Home Country Roads.

     4-H Alumni, former 4-H Agent, and comedian Jerry Clower made his first

    appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

     These 33 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1972

     Pong (the first video game) was introduced in an arcade game by Atari. M*A*S*H premiered on CBS.

     The CAT Scanning (Computerized Axial Tomography) process was developed.

     Ray Tomlinson invented electronic mail.

     These 34 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1971

     4-H Alumni Carl Albert became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

     The 26

    th Amendment was ratified, lowering the U.S. voting age from 21 to 18.

     The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in Washington, DC.

     Intel introduced the microprocessor.

     4-H Alumni Orville Redenbacher started the Orville Redenbacher Gourmet

    Popping Corn company and the hybrid popping corn he began developing as a 4-

    H’er became popular across the country.

     These 35 year volunteers began their work in 4-H. Please stand to be recognized:

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The year was 1970

     Hoffman-LaRoche invented LCD (liquid crystal display).

     The Beatles broke up, and by the end of the year each member recorded a solo

    album.

     Monday Night Football debuted on ABC.

     IBM introduced the floppy disk.

     These 36 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1969

     Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.

     Sesame Street debuted. The FCC banned all cigarette advertising on television and radio. 4-H Alumni Johnny Cash began his ABC hit TV show, The Johnny Cash Show

     4-H Alumni Florence Henderson began her role as Carol Brady on The Brady

    Bunch

     These 37 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1968

     Ohio State won the NCAA National Football Championship.

     60 Minutes debuted on CBS. The largest reservoir of American petroleum north of Mexico was discovered in

    Alaska..

     These 38 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

    -

The year was 1967

     Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant

    surgery.

     Jerome Friedman, Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor discovered quarks. Anthony Hewish and Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars.

     Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. These 39 year volunteers began their work with 4-H. Please stand to be

    recognized:

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