4-H teaches hard work

Provided PhotographGia Zuber, left, a 7 year old waiting to be a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, is shown with her aunt Tristan “Trissy” Hrobuchak.

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 Gia Zuber, a 7 year old waiting to be a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, and her aunt Tristan “Trissy” Hrobuchak. Gia wanted to participate in a club project this year.

Here is Gia’s interview with Tristan Hrobuchak:

What is your name? Tristan Hrobuchak.

When were you a member of Genesee County 4-H? 1995 to 2004.

What club were you a member of? Dairy Club and Dog Club.

What 4-H Projects did you complete? “I went to the Genesee County Fair every year. I showed my Dairy Cows. I was in showmanship and finally in 2004, I won Master Showman, with my cow named, “Dollar”. And I also took Grand or Reserve Grand that year, too. It was a good year. I also showed my dog, Dutchess, for a few years. I also participated in Public Presentations.”

Can you tell me what the County Fair was like? “I remember, I was always concerned about Herdsmanship. I would wake up at 4:00 to wash cows. I would also clip my animals for the show. I really wanted to win herdsmanship, but no one else in my family ever bothered with that. Ha.”

Were you involved in any leadership programs thru 4-H? “I was the secretary for the Dog Club. With the Dairy Club, I competed in Dairy Judging and Dairy Quiz Bowl Contests.”

Do you have a favorite 4-H Memory? “My favorite memories were spending time with friends in the dairy barn and showing my cows.”

What kind of work do you do today? “I work for Chris Hansen as a technical account manager. I help dairy processing companies make great cheeses and yogurt all over the United States.”

Has 4-H had an impact on the career path you chose? “Yes, I am still involved in the Dairy Industry. The only difference is that I am now working with dairy processers and not directly with farmers.”

How do you think your 4-H affected your life? “It taught me to work hard. 4-H also gave me the opportunity to teach people not involved with agriculture about the importance of farming.”

Would you recommend 4-H as a program for youth today? “Absolutely, yes! Our babies will be 4-H’ers.”

Thanks Aunt Trissy!!

- Gia

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, Carolyn Sybertz, a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, interviewed Mike Zuber, her employer and part owner and manager of Zuber Farms.

Read past interviews at thedailynewsonline.com.

Look for additional interviews in upcoming Lifestyles/Extras.

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; Dennis Bezon, a Genesee County 4-H alumnus, who was interviewed by Mason Werth, a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; and Georgia and Caroline Luft, both members of the Genesee County Dairy Club, who interviewed Shelley Reynolds, who with her husband, John, own and operate Reyncrest Farms in Corfu.

Read past interviews at thedailynewsonline.com.

Look for additional interviews in upcoming Lifestyles/Extras.

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