The Curry Coastal Pilot

GOLD BEACH - 4-H teen Joe Schafer of Gold Beach was presented the Youth Volunteer Service Award during a recent Curry County Fair board meeting.

This annual award is supported by the Oregon State Fair board in recognition of outstanding youth service.

"I am proud to see one of our Curry County 4-H'ers receive the highest award that the Oregon State Fair board can give to youth," said Ron Crook, cofounder of Curry Fair Friends and Curry County Fair manager. "It speaks very highly of our 4-H program here in Curry County,"

Joe has been an active 4-H member for seven years and has participated in the Curry Country Fair for the last 10. He is currently a junior leader and junior archery instructor with the 4-H Shoot Gold Archery Club and serves as the first junior president of the Curry County 4-H Leader's Association.

Throughout his membership, Joe has volunteered at the Curry County Fair in a number of capacities, including 4-H ambassador, fair clerk, Expressive Arts chair and assistant to the culinary superintendent.

Michelle Carrillo, 4-H youth development coordinator said, "It has been a truly rewarding experience to see Joe step into such a prominent leadership role within our local 4-H program, setting precedence for future youth to follow."

For information on how to become a part of the Curry County 4-H experience, contact the Oregon State University Extension Service at 541-247-6672 or 800-356-3986.