OKANOGAN — Marnee Cleveland of Okanogan was named outstanding 4-H leader of the year by the Okanogan County 4-H Leaders Council and was honored at the state volunteer recognition banquet in Wenatchee.

The forum, “We are the Heart of 4-H,” was Oct. 17-19 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Jim Johnson, also of Okanogan, was inducted in the state 4-H Hall of Fame. He has made a significant contribution to the development of 4-H and members serving in Pierce and Okanogan counties for more than 17 years, the organization said.

When he moved to Okanogan, he became involved with many county activities, including serving as head chef at the Malott 4-H summer day camp, the Food Smart program, Super Saturday, the 4-H building at fair time, qualifying to volunteer for the 4-H rifle and pistol shooting sports, and announcing at horse shows and at the fair.

Last year, he was re-elected to the state 4-H Advisory Board to represent the northeast district.

Okanogan County 4-H leaders and staff traveling to Wenatchee included Libby McDonald, Betty Cleveland, Jenny Piechalski, Jack Weaser, Jim Johnson, Kim Evans, Marnee Cleveland, and office staff members Sherry Bodkins and Ann Fagerlie.

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