4-H Salute to Excellence Awards

Joe and Theresa Whitenight

Joe and Theresa Whitenight

Class Year: 2010

County: St. Clair

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Joe and Theresa Whitenight are a husband-and-wife team with more than 40 years of volunteer service combined. They are incredible ambassadors for the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge (OAC) program. Through the years, they’ve led several different livestock project areas, served and held county council offices, began St. Clair County’s first Outdoor Adventure Challenge club and have helped start other OAC clubs in the county and across the state. They currently actively serve on many county 4-H event committees, the State 4-H Environmental and Outdoor Education Committee, and are head state 4-H OAC leader training instructors. On OAC trips, they lead youth in activities that build decision-making and problem-solving skills. Understanding, teamwork, trust and respect are the foundation of the outdoor challenge trip, and Joe and Theresa are experts at laying that foundation. The Whitenights’ character and professionalism exemplify what to look for in a great 4-H volunteer.