After making it aware to the public in November that they were looking for new members, Adams County 4-H has released its final candidates for their advisory board. These individuals will be responsible for facilitating the 4-H Youth Development Program through the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Additional responsibilities include program planning, establishing county wide guidelines, and serving as an advocate for Adams County 4-H. The final candidates along with the bios they submitted to the 4H Newsletter are listed below:
Sarah Beth Anderson; Sarah lives in Decatur, Washington Township, and while she is new to 4-H, she is enthusiastic and impressed with the organization. Last year was her daughter’s first year in 4-H, and Sarah really enjoyed guiding her daughter in her 4-H projects: Shooting Sports, Wildlife, Recycling, Photography, Art, Cats, and Cat/Owner Costume Contest (her daughter’s cat, Mr. Narnar, was absolutely thrilled to be dressed up as a Holstein cow, complete with an udder fashioned from a pink rubber kitchen glove). Sarah Beth works as the Deputy of the Adams County Building Department, and currently serves as a Girl Scout leader, the Treasurer of the Bellmont PTO, a Hunter Ed instructor, as well as Secretary of the Adams County Republican Party.
Megan Bluhm; Megan and her husband, Tyler, reside in Washington Township. Megan currently works at Adams Memorial in Med/Surge and also helps on the farm and TCB Livestock & Trucking. Megan was a 10 year Adams County 4-Her, active in various activities within the Expo Hall, Starter Calf and Goat projects. Megan was always active with helping setup and tear down the fair and enjoyed connecting with the other 4-H members throughout the years. Megan is expecting her 1st child in March 2023, she truly hopes that her children enjoy the fair just as much as her and Tyler have! Megan loves helping the youth and is passionate about helping the younger generation in 4-H, as it is one of the best organizations that a kid can be involved in to take them far in life!
Jesse Franck; Jesse was a 10 year Adams County 4-H member of the Jefferson-Go-Getters and the Goat Club. Since graduating in 2019 Jesse worked as a Purdue Extension Summer Intern, helping conquer 4-H programming and fair during the COVID pandemic. Jesse will be graduating from Huntington University in January where he doubled majored in Economics and Finance and Management, he is also active in student leadership. After college Jesse will be getting married in December, working for First Bank of Berne and attending Pleasant Dale Church. Jesse is very excited to be assisting the Adams County Goat Club as a volunteer on the committee.
Brian Jordan; Brian currently resides in Monroe Township and has three active children; Greyson, 9, Addelyne, 14 and Branson, 17. Brian was a 10 year Adams County 4-H member and has remained active in the 4-H Program as a 4-H parent and as a volunteer. Brian has served on the Swine Committee, assisted with Shooting Sports programs and is currently the Archery Leader and Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator and has previously served on 4-H Council. Brian currently works at Crop Performance in Bluffton, IN. Brian loves helping 4-H families learn how to feed and work with their livestock and has a heart for educating others about the world of agriculture and believes that family is very important, he teaches this through his family involvement in 4-H.
Todd Krueckeberg; Todd and his wife, Cindy, reside in Hoagland, with their two children, Aubrie and Trey who are active Adams County 4-H members. Todd was a 10-year Adams County 4-H member participating in Horses, Swine, Rifle, Shotgun and Junior Leaders. It was his niece and nephew that got Todd back into the 4-H program as an adult. He would find himself helping during the fair, soon after he was asked to become a volunteer and has been volunteering with the Adams County 4-H program for approximately 15 years. Todd is a member of the Poe Volunteer Fire Dept, serving as Fire Captain. Todd enjoys helping the kids to become better with the project or as a person. Adams County 4-H has some fantastic committee leaders and members. He enjoys working side by side with all of these individuals to make the 4-H program better for all.
Adam Minnich; Adam and his wife, Emily reside in Preble Township. Adam has 2 active boys in 4-H; Clayton, 12 and Tyson, 8. Adam was a 10 year member of 4-H, active in the Goat Club and is currently serving on the Goat Committee. Adam was also involved in FFA at Adams Central and serves as a member on the Ag Advisory Board. Adam currently works at Best-One, Monroe and is also a Preble Volunteer Firefighter serving as a line officer and a first responder (medical). Adam has lived in the community and has been around the 4-H program for many years and is committed to bringing new ideas to help improve and keep the program going strong for our youth.
Grace Moser; Grace was a 10 year 4-H member of the French Peppy Peppers. During her years in 4-H she was an active part of her club and served in many different offices and enjoyed interacting with club members. Grace was also an active member of the Swine project; serving on the Swine Committee for 2 years as a Youth Rep. The past two summers, Grace served as a summer intern for the 4-H office where she played a vital role in planning and coordinating various activities like Mini 4-H Camp, fair stage events, 4-H set-up/clean-up and much more. Grace is currently studying Elementary Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne and will graduate in the Fall of 2023.
Jason Shuck; Jason is a resident of rural Geneva where he lives with his children Jasper, Ireland, Finnigan and Oakley. They have a small flock of sheep and 3 beef cattle heifers. Jason is the Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at South Adams Schools where he has taught and advised the FFA for 16 years. Jason has also served on the Extension Board for 6 years and been a Sheep Committee President/Vice President for the past 15 years. Over the past 25 years Jason has judged over 300 livestock shows on a local, state and national level in 13 states. His children show livestock competitively on a state/ national level; that coupled with his judging experience lends to a variety of experiences that will help in the perspective he would bring to the 4-H Council.