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Carmen G. Burgos, Extension Specialist

2018 Salute to Excellence Award for 4-H Volunteers

The Salute to Excellence Award (STE) is a national program that recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.

One volunteer will be selected from each Cooperative Extension Region (Northeast, South, North Central, and, West) in each of two categories. Each region will have its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The eight regional honorees be- come nominees for the national award, and one candidate in each category will be named the national Honoree.

Each state can nominate one volunteer in each of two categories. The Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the county or state level. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is for individuals who have served 10 or more years at the county or state level.

Volunteers are the heart of the 4-H program, providing nurturing environments and learning opportunities for youth as they develop and master life skills. 2018 Salute to Excellence is a great way to show support and gratitude for their dedication. I hope you will take the time to nominate the most deserving 4-H volunteers from your county 4-H Program.

The application guidelines and form can be downloaded from our web site.

Please read all sections of the instructions carefully. The nomination packet consists of the applicant’s 4-H experience and relevant community volunteer experiences and three (3) letters of recommendation. A template for the resume is provided and should be followed in developing the nomination packet. A packet missing any of the four components will be eliminated.

Nominations must be received at the Tennessee State 4-H Office as an email with all packet requirements as attachments (electronic files) no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 23rd.   Send nomination packets to Carmen Burgos. The form has a lat- er due date but I need time to review the application and, if approved, submit to national. If you have any questions or would like assistance in preparing a nomination packet for a volunteer in your county, please call me at 865-974-2128 or email before September 12th so we can schedule adequate time for preparation.