4-H helps builds character

Provided Photograph 4-H member Carolyn Sybertz is shown with Mike Zuber. Carolyn participates in the 4-H Market Dairy Street Program.

Members of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club recently completed a series of interviews with 4-H alumni in Genesee County.

The goal of the project was to learn about the alumni’s 4-H experiences and learn how 4-H has changed during the last 70 years. The alumni include local leaders, business owners and mentors.

Sixteen interviews were conducted, including today’s interview between Carolyn Sybertz, a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, and Mike Zuber, her employer and part owner and manager of Zuber Farms. Carolyn, 15, participates in the 4-H Market Dairy Steer Program.

Here is Carolyn’s interview with Mike Zuber:

What is your name? Mike Zuber.

What Club were you a member of? The Genesee County Dairy Club and Swine Club.

What projects did you complete and exhibit at the Genesee County Fair? “I showed dairy cows every year and I showed pigs for three years.”

What is your favorite 4-H memory? “‘Water Wars’ after the dairy show. SO much fun!”

Has 4-H had an impact on your career path? “Oh Yeah!”

Would you recommend 4-H as a program for youth today? “Oh Yeah! 4-H reinforced principles that we learned from growing up on a farm. I think the 4-H program is fun and educational. Beyond all that, it is great for character building. It doesn’t matter if you win the show or place last. Having the opportunity to take part in the 4-H program, helps every kid build character.”

Thanks Mr. Zuber!

– Carolyn Sybertz

The first of the 4-H interviews appeared in the May 9 Lifestyles/Extra. The story featured Esther Johnson, who spoke with Bing Zuber. Last week, Georgia and Caroline Luft, both members of the Genesee County Dairy Club, interviewed and Shelley Reynolds, who with her husband, John, own and operate Reyncrest Farms in Corfu.

The series has also featured Carol Beideck, who was was interviewed by her grandson, Jake Beideck, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; Anika Gianforte, who was interviewed by her nephew, Tate Zuber, a first-year 4-H member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club and Chops and Hocks Swine Club, and Elizabeth Jurs, who was interviewed by Annalise Syberts, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; Alicia Keller, who was interviewed by Otto Uberty, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; Jaime Mowry, a former Genesee County Dairy Princess, who was interviewed by Renee Uberty, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; and Steven Kuszlyk a Dairy Club alumnus, who was interviewed by his son Alexander Kuszlyk, a first-year member of the Genesee County Dairy Club; and Dennis Bezon, a Genesee County 4-H alumnus, who was interviewed by Mason Werth, a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

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