4-H teaches how to work with people and animals

Provided Photograph Mason Werth, left, is shown with Dennis Bezon, right, the subject of his 4-H interview.

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 Mason Werth, a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club, and Dennis Bezon, a Genesee County 4-H alumnus.

Here is the interview between Mason and Mr. Bezon:

I spoke with my “Uncle” Den Bezon. He was a member of the Genesee County 4-H Beef Club in the early 1980s.

One of his favorite memories is the water wars that took place between the Dairy Barn and the Beef Barn. He said the Beef Barn always won.

Uncle Den now helps to run his family farm. He said 4-H had an impact on him by teaching him how to work with people and animals.

4-H is definitely a program Uncle Den would recommend to the youth today!

Thanks Uncle!

– Mason Werth

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, Alexander Kuszlyk, a first-year member of the Genesee County Dairy Club, and his dad, Steven Kuszlyk, a Dairy Club alumnus.

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; and 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.

Look for additional interviews in upcoming Lifestyles/Extras.

To read past interviews, go to thedailynewsonline.com.

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