August Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award — John Croghan

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

John has volunteered with the Nebraska 4-H dog project in Buffalo and Custer counties for about 8 years. Three years ago, he started the 4 On The Floor 4-H dog club in Lancaster County and is the organizational leader. He volunteers with the 4-H dog obedience/showmanship and agility shows at the Lancaster County Super Fair. He has also judged 4-H dog shows at various county fairs.

“It is really fun to watch all of the kids grow up with their dogs,” John says. “Their relationship changes in the best way with their four-legged friend. Dog training is a lifelong skill — I also appreciate that specifically about this project. It was particularly fulfilling when a dog club member in Buffalo County went on to lead her own club, and then do some judging as well. I love watching a young 4-H’er who is maybe a little quiet and shy when they start, blossom into a really confident, young handler. It is particularly rewarding when I know a youth has put in a lot of hard work and they receive a purple ribbon — or potentially win best of show. This falls in line with the 4-H motto which is to 'make the best better.' Our youth are the best, and it is really fulfilling watching them become even better!”

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