By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald
A Kempner woman was among 28 Silver Clover Recognitions recipients from Texas AgriLife Extension District 7 for her work benefiting Kempner and Oakalla 4-H children.
"Top volunteers are the backbone of all successful 4-H program," an Extension news release stated. "They put in countless hours of work helping 4-H members become successful."
Robin Allen is definitely one of those volunteers, said Karen DeZarn, a Lampasas County AgriLife Extension agent.
Allen, the Kempner and Oakalla 4-H club manager, was recognized with 27 other volunteers from 23 other counties on Aug. 11 in San Angelo.
"Robin really just stood out as such an active leader, and if there is anything we have to offer for 4-H, she gets the kids involved, and she always offers to help with anything the office has going on here," DeZarn said.
Allen said she was honored to receive the recognition.
"I didn't even know that it was something that was done," Allen said. "I was pretty shocked and humbled."
Allen organizes and supervises the club's monthly meetings, special events and community service projects.
"We try to instill in our kids that community service is not just for those people who get in trouble," Allen said.
The Kempner and Oakalla 4-H group takes on numerous community service projects, including working at the Lampasas Mission Food Pantry once a month, participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program and serving as Salvation Army bell ringers.
"I'm there to encourage them to do their best," Allen said.
Allen has worked with the 4-H group for about five years, after one of her children joined.
"Really, I started out for my own kids, wanting them to be able to participate and have a place to do it," Allen said. "I now love to watch all the kids participate and do their projects."
Being a mentor and encouraging children to compete in projects are part of being a good volunteer, DeZarn said. Allen is good at both.
"I love interacting with the kids and seeing their creativity," Allen said. "Their potential is pretty amazing. They encourage each other, and they are always ready to help out."
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