ITHACA Linda Dubay from Essex county was honored as the 4-H Volunteer of the Day at the New York State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 26. Part of a statewide effort to recognize volunteers who have made a unique, innovative, special contribution to 4-H, Dubay was one of twelve volunteers across the state selected.
Dubay began as an assistant leader with her mother in a local 4-H Club. She currently assists 4-H clubs in finding ways to complete projects with the help of new volunteers and resources, involving herself in projects in: Dairy, Clothing & Textile, First Aid, Small Animals and Arts and Crafts.
She was able to get the local Rotary Club to help work on projects with 4-H'ers as well as provide scholarships to the youth. She encourages her club members to participate in county Public Presentations, fair, in local community service projects, and in the last year has set up a nature trail to identify flora and fauna in her community.
At the end of each 4-H Year, Linda rewards the work of her 4-Hers by having yearly picnic and giving out rewards for the work they have accomplished throughout the current year.
Linda now has many 'new' leaders', who were once 4-Hers in her club. She has that special way of keeping people involved and staying dedicated to the 4-H program long after their years as a 4-Her.
As a Volunteer of the Day, Linda received complimentary tickets to the New York State Fair and special recognition during 4-H events all day on Essex.
4-H Youth Development actively involves volunteers in opportunities that help youth learn to lead, build their communities, and connect with Cornell University. To learn more about volunteering in your community, visit http:/\Nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/