Caldwell's Theresa Araquistain Wins Honors as 4-H Western Region Volunteer

Friday, April 9 2010


CALDWELL, Idaho – For the past 32 years, 4-H volunteer Theresa Araquistain of Caldwell provided fun, education and entertaining ways for youth to learn valuable skills.

The Western Region 4-H Volunteer Forum recently honored her work as co-leader of the 60-member Vallivue 4-H Club in Caldwell as its regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

University of Idaho Extension oversees the Idaho 4-H program, which in 2009 served nearly 37,000 youth members and 4,000 volunteers.

Araquistain works hard to keep youth engaged in the nation's best known youth leadership development program.

She was honored at the Western Region Leaders' Forum in Albuquerque, N.M., in mid-March. The Western Region encompasses 13 states, including Idaho.

“She believes in the program and goes to great lengths to share that enthusiasm with others,” said Canyon County 4-H Volunteer Debbie Lowber. “I look up to her as a fellow volunteer and am very proud to call her a partner in 4-H.”

Araquistain has spent 12 years with the Vallivue 4-H club and in that time she has started a Cloverbud program, created the Step Up to Leadership program, served on the planning committee for several State Leader Forums, and always worked tirelessly for the state’s 4-H youth.

“I have worked with her on projects from the county level through the regional level and she consistently excels, going above and beyond expectations,” said Nancy Shelstad, Canyon County Extension educator for 4-H youth development at Caldwell.

“She does not shy away from taking on major projects beyond her responsibilities as a club leader and manages it all very well.”

Gene and Sharon Swackhamer established the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Fund to emphasize the important work of 4-H volunteers across America.

The awards, made possible through the Fund and Monsanto Company, the premier corporate sponsor, recognize 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.


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