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Georgia 4-H Salutes Volunteer Excellence

Salute to Excellence is one way 4-H acknowledges volunteers' unwavering dedication to 4-H Youth Development. Each county may nominate two outstanding individual volunteers, one in each catgory:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H for less than 10 years.
  • Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent more than 10 years volunteering for 4-H.


Congratulations to our 2017 4-H Salute to Excellence Winners!

Kris Khlifi , Georgia 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer
Cisco Damons, Georgia 4-H Volunteer of the Year

Picture Courtesy of Natalie Bock

Pictured (L-R): Arch Smith, State 4-H Leader; Josie Smith,Tift County 4-H Volunteer; Jackie Ellet, Jackson County 4-H Volunteer; Denny Kuhr, Fayette County 4-H Volunteer; Kristen Khlifi, Columbia County 4-H Volunteer; Cisco Damons, Gwinnett County 4-H Volunteer; Stephen Ely, Polk County 4-H Volunteer; Todd Cliett, Terrell County 4-H Volunteer; and Keri Hobbs, UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H Specialist.

Collectively, these 2017 Salute to Excellence finalists have served Georgia 4-H for 105 years! We appreciate their many contributions and hours of dedication to Georgia's young people.

Josie Smith, Tift and Bacon counties’ volunteer, has served as chaperone and coach for Poultry Judging, Consumer Judging, BB team, and other events for 3 years.

Jackie Ellett, Jackson County volunteer for 10 years, serves with the Robotics team, camp, Project Achievement, office support, and the 4-H Llama Club.

Denny Kuhr has served as a 4-H SAFE Shotgun Coach for 25 years, was instrumental in developing a shooting range, and serves as a Georgia 4-H SAFE instructor.

Kristen Khlifii has served over 25 years – leading in-school club meetings and a 4-H Craft Club and chaperoning many 4-H events with Columbia County 4-H.

Cisco Fabian Cortez Damons, a Gwinnett County volunteer for 9 years has chaperoned youth for over 2,120 hours at 4-H events and camps and donated 506 hours of bus driving services.

Stephen Ely, Polk County and Northwest District volunteer has served 18 weeks of summer camp and 10 weekend conferences and competitions over the last 6 years.

Todd Cliett, Terrell County volunteer is a certified National 4-H Archery Coach Trainer where he has coached 80 youth and trained 250 4-H Archery Coaches over 11 years.

Cassandra Eidson (not pictured) has volunteered with Douglas County 4-H for 16 years – leading Douglas 4-H’s Horse Quiz Bowl Team to master three times!

Check out our Volunteer Spotlights over the years!


April 3, 2018 was National Service Recognition Day for AmeriCorps Members across the Country! Since 2010 Georgia 4-H has been supported by the service of around 184 AmeriCorps Members! View the video below to see just a few of our VISTA and State AmeriCorps Members and learn why they do what they do.

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Georgia 4-H, you have made the difference in the lives of so many youth, volunteers, and staff members!

If you want to learn more about this special day, visit this website: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-init…/Recognitionday

Click here for Video!


For additional questions contact Keri Hobbs, (706) 542-4H4H.


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.