4-H & YOUTH — Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award: Karen Hanson

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Karen Hanson of Lincoln as winner of the February “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service.

She has volunteered with the 4-H rabbit program for three years, serving on the Rabbit Volunteers in Program Service (VIPS) committee and helping with events throughout the year, including the three-day 4-H rabbit show at the Lancaster County Super Fair. She often judges rabbit showmanship at the fair and spring rabbit show.

“4-H was really special to me as a youth,” Karen says. “4-H helped me to come out of my shell, learn life skills and develop interests and passions that I still have today. I love helping other youth to have those same kinds of positive experiences. I’d love to see more youth get involved in the rabbit project. It’s a great opportunity for kids who maybe don’t live on a farm or acreage to get involved in an animal project, and rabbits are relatively inexpensive and easy to manage. The group of people who work with the 4-H rabbit project are wonderful and love to help 4-H’ers learn about these animals.”

Lancaster County 4-H thanks Karen for donating her time and talents. People like her are indeed the heart of 4-H!