Chuck Kruschke Selected as North Central Region Outstanding Lifetime Salute to Excellence Volunteer

Every year the National 4-H Council selects one outstanding volunteer from each region to receive the Outstanding Lifetime Salute to Excellence Volunteer Award. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4‑H volunteer. This year, Chuck Kruschke, a long-time volunteer from St. Croix County, has been selected from the North Central Region for this prestigious honor.

Chuck is dedicated to the St. Croix 4-H Program as the Founder and current coach of the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Judging Program, where Chuck has coached almost 1,000 St. Croix County youth, 19 district and state champion teams, and 1 National Champion Team in 1983. Along with the Dairy Judging Program, Chuck has been heavily involved in community 4-H programming for decades, having served as a St. Croix County 4-H Leader since 1970 and serving as a 4-H Leaders Council Member President in 1981 and Vice President in 1980.

In Chuck’s nearly 52 years as a 4-H Leader, he has inspired thousands of youth and has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the St. Croix County Living Memorial Award and the Wisconsin Holstein Association Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award.

As Tom Morris, colleague and friend of Chuck’s, states, “Chuck’s patient approach to coaching has developed skills well beyond dairy cattle judging. He has fostered teamwork, problem solving, decision making, and the ability to justify one’s decisions.”

As a recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Salute to Excellence Volunteer Award, a plaque will be created in Chuck’s honor and a $200 donation will be given in his name to the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Association. Chuck’s outstanding service to 4-H and its youth is nothing short of an embodiment of 4-H values. The youth and future 4-H volunteers that he educates and inspires today will be our leaders of tomorrow.

You can see Chuck’s recognition on the National 4-H site here: https://4-h.org/about/salute-excellence-awards/.

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