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She is always ready to lend a helping hand.
That’s one of the many reasons Rhonda Meyer of Neligh was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Jolene Mosel Helping Hand Award during the Antelope County Fair on Sunday.
After her name was called, Meyer entered the show arena, crying and hugging each member of the Mosel family.
“I was very surprised and honored,” she said. “Jolene was a good friend of mine and we are believers in the 4-H program. There are are so many people that do so many things in order to make the program the success that it is. I am very honored and would like to thank the Mosel family.”
The award was created in honor of Jolene Mosel, one of Antelope County's most devoted friends of 4-H who died after a lengthy battle with cancer in 2016. Past recipients were Anne Meis (2016) and Karin Kinney (2017).
Tessa Hain, 4-H Youth Development Coordinator, said the award is presented annually to “someone who really goes above and beyond, who really focuses on the kids, who puts those kids first, mentoring them, supporting them, helping them figure out a 4-H project or maybe even encouraging them to join 4-H.”
“If you knew Jolene, she was very sweet, very, very helpful lady, and she always had a smile on her face, always wanted to help the kids no matter what they were doing,” Hain said.
She said Mosel was instrumental in recruiting kids to join 4-H and helping them through their projects, very much like Rhonda Meyer today.
Hain said Meyer is “a go-getter” and has helped out the 4-H program tremendously.
“Ever since I met her, she is out there encouraging kids, not only to join 4-H, but to show poultry...and if you haven’t been that way, the poultry barn is overfilled,” she said.
As she smiled at Meyer wearing her T-shirt saying, “Have no fear the chicken lady is here,” Hain said there were about 140 birds in the poultry show, “and, honestly, this is all Rhonda.”
She said Meyer teaches the 4-Hers showmanship and how to wash their birds as well.
In addition to being the poultry superintendent, Meyer is also the cat superintendent, the foods superintendent and president of the 4-H council.
“We really appreciate all that Rhonda does, she’s really deserving of the 2018 Jolene Mosel Award,” Hain said.
On hand for the presentation were Jolene Mosel’s parents, Leroy and Gail Wortman; her husband. Randy, and three of her four children, Miranda, Chandra and Ethan and their families.