SOURCE: Massachusetts 4-H Foundation

Massachusetts 4-H Foundation

April 22, 2015 11:48 ET

Massachusetts 4-H Volunteer Honored for Lifetime Dedication by National 4-H Council

Joanne Brown Receives the 2015 Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award in the Northeast Region

ASHLAND, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2015) - The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation announces that Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development volunteer, Joanne Brown, has been honored with the 2015 Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award in the Northeast Region by the National 4-H Council. The "Salute to Excellence" Award is bestowed each year to the volunteer in each region of the country who has dedicated more than 10 years of their life to working with youth and exhibits exceptional commitment and contributions to 4-H and the community.

Brown was chosen for the award over candidates nominated from across 13 states in the northeast. She received a customized plaque, a donation in her name to the 4-H Club of her choice and nationwide recognition from the National 4-H Council. The award qualifies her as a finalist to win the Salute to Excellence National Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award.

"4-H Youth Development is very fortunate to have a volunteer with the dedication, drive and leadership that Joanne brings to the organization," said Laurie Flanagan, executive director at the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation. "The Salute to Excellence Award is 4-H's highest honor to its volunteers, and few are more deserving than Joanne Brown."

Brown has been an active volunteer for the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development program for more than 27 years. She was originally a very active 4-H youth member, participating in projects focused on leadership and community services, among other areas. As a 4-H youth, she was a National 4-H Congress and Congress National Achievement Winner, a recipient of the 4-H Key Award, and a participant in the National 4-H Conference. As a 4-H volunteer, she has held numerous leadership roles at the local, county and state/district levels and been a major contributor to a diverse range of community projects, encouraging members to participate.

Through her volunteer work with Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development, Brown has served as a mentor and positive role model to club members, encouraging them to become active members of the community and ambassadors for positive citizenship. She works with the Nifty Needles and Mass Maniacs 4-H clubs in Wakefield.

Emily Oneschuk, a member in Brown's 4-H club, stated, "Joanne has had a larger impact on me than anyone in my life, including my parents. My parents were there to support me, but without Joanne's guidance and initiative I wouldn't have any of the traits that make me unique. Fortunately, I had her to guide me through adolescence and help shape me into the person I am today."

For more information on the Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award, visit

About Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development

Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development reaches more than 27,000 young people in the Commonwealth with science-based curriculum, hands-on learning and diverse programs to grow confident, capable and caring kids and provide them with skills for work and for life. Based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 4-H has seven regional offices. For more information, visit

About Massachusetts 4-H Foundation
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to fostering youth development across the Commonwealth. The Foundation provides resources to support and strengthen 4-H through fundraising, promoting public awareness, program sponsorship and advocacy. For more information, visit

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