Gov. John Carney visited Delaware volunteers at the annual 4-H Leader Forum held at Polytech High School in Woodside.

Carney praised the gathering of more than 100 4-H volunteers, known as leaders for their impact on the state.

“What you do every day lifts all of us up and makes all of us better," Carney said. “I don’t think there is any greater feeling than to teach a young person to do — whatever it is — and to see them successful at it. As a teacher, as a volunteer, that is what you do every day.”

After his remarks, Carney remained during the lunch hour, going from table to table talking with 4-H leaders and 4-H state teen officers and happily posed for photographs.

“The thing I appreciate most about Gov. Carney is that he is always supportive of youth and the things they are doing, and what we are doing here in 4-H,” said Doug Crouse, state 4-H program leader. “I know he has a busy schedule, so the fact that he spent an hour talking to every leader was very meaningful.”

The annual forum provides an opportunity for 4-H leaders and staff to present or attend professional development sessions. This year’s offering included: hippology, archery, personal branding, social media, food dehydration, leadership skills, team building, healthy meals and health-related activities.

Also in 4-H news, counties have selected the annual Salute to Excellence Award winners. Each county chooses a Volunteer of the Year for excellent service under 10 years and a lifetime volunteer for service longer than 10 years.

New Castle County winners were Becky Wasgatt, Volunteer of the Year, and Janice Melson, lifetime volunteer. Kent County winners for 2016 were Sharon Little, Volunteer of the Year, and Wayne Moore, lifetime volunteer. Sussex County winners for 2016 were Tammy LeCates, Volunteer of the Year, and Marian Carey, lifetime volunteer.

LeCates and Moore were chosen to represent Delaware for consideration at the regional and national 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards, to be announced.

For information, visit extension.udel.edu/4h/.