During this year’s Junior Fair King & Queen Contest at the Ross County Fair, Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham accepted the Friend of 4-H Award on behalf of Adena Health System.
The Friend of 4-H Award is designed to honor individuals and businesses that have made outstanding and sometimes extraordinary contributions to the Ross County 4-H Program. Nominations are submitted to the Ross County 4-H Advisory Committee and reviewed with a rubric for selection. Depending on nominations up to one individual and one business Friend of 4-H Award may be presented each year. Adena was the only award recipient this year.
In their recognition, the Ross County 4-H Program stated “Our 2020 Ross County Friend of 4-H Organization began in a small brick house in downtown Chillicothe and is now known to us as Adena Health System. From this modest beginning, they have grown tremendously to provide state-of-the art medical care within nine Ohio counties. Many 4-H advisors and families are employed through, or under the care of, Adena Health System. Beyond health care for Ross County residents, Adena Health System, proactively invests in the health and wellness of our community in numerous ways. They have been a strong supporter of the Ross County 4-H program for years, financiallydonating over $23,000. This sponsorship has been used to provide educational materials in the form of 4-H project books for all enrolled members. In so doing, our 4-H families have not had the financial burden of having to purchase the project and resource books necessary for their enrollments which can cost from $6.00 to $19.00 each. The sponsorship dollars have also been used to further educational events such as Livestock Skillathon, a hands-on activity involving livestock production topics and Quality Assurance, a training focusing on responsible livestock production practices. For years, Adena has also stepped up to support youth through our Jr. Fair livestock sales.
We are thrilled to have a local health system so invested in our youth development program. Congratulations and many thanks to Adena Health System, the Ross County Friend of 4-H, now and into the future!”