Attitude expert to speak at Achievement Night

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Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Youth Development Director, said the upcoming "Achievement Night is going to look different this year."

That's because the Moffat County Fairground Pavilion, the usual site of the annual Achievement Night, is being remodeled and is not available.

So instead of the usual potluck supper, 4-H members, their families, and friends will gather at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The event will take place Oct. 29.

At 6:30 p.m., the evening's events will begin with a special presentation by Sam Glenn.

Glenn, once a nighttime janitor, is now a leading authority on attitude, and during the presentation, he'll share his expert advice on how to keep a positive attitude.

Close to 15 years ago, there was an overnight fire at Glenn's successful distribution company, and he lost everything. As a result, the once successful business owner was financially broke.

He had to get by doing odd jobs, delivering newspapers and with janitorial work.

Glenn said that his attitude turned dark, and as a result, his misery pushed away opportunities and invited more negative circumstances. Then someone bought him a cup of coffee and shared some humbling, yet insightful wisdom, which sparked a change in his attitude.

As a result, Glenn found the courage to muscle up to his adversities and change the direction of his life.

Today, he considers his attitude to be his greatest asset, and he helps thousands of people through motivational speeches and training materials.

He is the founder of Attitude Digest Magazine and offers a resource Web site where people can get involved and discover ways to keep their attitudes positively charged.

An awards ceremony will follow Glenn's motivational talk.

The following are some highlights of the awards that will be presented:

• 4-H Council members from the 2008-2009 year will be recognized. They are: president Makayla Goodnow, vice president Emily Wellman, secretary Karissa Maneotis, and senators Emily Wellman and Karissa Maneotis. Council officers for the 2009-2010 year will be installed. They will be selected Monday.

• Member pins will be presented to five and 10-year 4-H members (perhaps there will even be a 12-year member). First-year members will receive pins that are attached to certificates. Junior Leaders will be recognized. So will Karissa Maneotis, who was elected to a state office.

• First-year 4-H leaders will receive framed certificates. The names of Outstanding 4-H Leader and Outstanding 4-H Member will be revealed.

• Fashion Revue and Clothing Construction winners will receive pins, and some of these members will get scissors donated by Hems and Hers of Craig.

• Outstanding General 4-H Projects and Shooting Sports awards also will be handed out. So will awards for Outstanding Poultry, Rabbit, Dog, and Horse Exhibits.

These are chosen according to a combination of points from meeting attendance, club participation, record book scores, and scores from placings at the Moffat County Fair.

• Some 4-H members will receive Moffat County Fair Picture Trophies.

These framed pictures are sponsored by several individuals, businesses, and the Fair Board to recognize fair champions.

• Best Kept Records in Dog, Livestock, and Horse will receive trophies and ribbons, depending on award levels. Awards will be given for Breeding Beef, Sheep, and Goats.

Some special awards will be given out, too.

For example, the Moffat County Cowbelles present a Beef Breeding Herd award. The Gerber Family presents the Best Angus Exhibitor Award, and the Homegrown Market Steer Award, given by the Prather Family, is given to a 4-H member who raised his or her own market steer.

Trophies for the Supreme Market Lamb, Beef, Goat, and Swine will be given to 4-H members who had the highest points when figuring class placing, weight of gain, and carcass placing.

The Producer's Choice Awards are given to 4-H members who had Market Lambs.

Ramona Green, of Craig, who helps organize this award, said that there are three divisions in choosing the awards.

Winners receive savings bonds. Sponsors of the 2009 Producer's Choice Awards are: Ozzie and Betsy Kerste, John and Debbie Wellman, Bill and Ramona Green, Routt-Moffat Woolgrowers, and Colorado Woolgrowers. The awards are based on points from rate of gain, carcass contest, record book, a written test, and an oral interview, in front of a panel, on a sheep industry topic.

Several awards will be given to 4-H clubs, too. These include: Community Pride, Club Completion, and Herdsman Award.

Achievement Night marks the end to the 2008-2009 year for 4-H members, leaders, and their clubs.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2009.

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