UPDATED: New Haven 4-H Club member crowned St. Pat's King, gives thanks to local businesses

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The 2012 4-H court is: Seated: Abigail Bailey, Queen, Joseph Rethemeyer, King; L-R Standing: Katelyn Meyer, Second Runner-up and Most Per Member, Zach Jasper, Second Runner-up, Jacob Dickinson, First Runner-up and Most Per Member, Alexa Bell, First Runner-Up.  Photo courtesy Dave Hileman, Franklin County 4-H.

Crowning of the 2012 4-H King and Queen was the highlight of the annual Franklin County 4-H St. Pat’s Coronation held Saturday, March 24 in Union.

Abigail Bailey, Rockford Rebels 4-H Club was crowned 4-H Queen, and Joseph Rethemeyer, New Haven 4-H Club was chosen as 4-H King.

The 4-H King and Queen are chosen based on the amount of funds raised to support Franklin County 4-H Council events and activities. The funds are raised by 4-H clubs and the candidates.

Abigail and her supporters raised $1204.00 and Joseph and his supporters raised $1310.00. In all, the 22 4-H king and queen candidates from 20 4-H Clubs raised a total of $12, 826.73 to support University of Missouri Extension 4-H Council programs.

Alexa Bell, Krakow 4-H Club, and Jacob Dickinson, Rockford Rebels 4-H Club were first runners-up. Second runners-up were Katelyn Meyer of the Clearview Creators 4-H Club and Zach Jasper, Go Hog Wild 4-H Club.

Jacob Dickinson and Katelyn Meyer also received plaques for having raised the most money on their own per member in their club. All of the candidates received gifts for their efforts in support of the 4-H Council.

The Franklin County 4-H Council provides county-wide educational activities and events to support the goal of positive youth development for county University of Missouri Extension 4-H programs, and provides incentives and awards for 4-H members and volunteer leaders.

These donations help more that 700 4-H members and 300 adult leaders to make a difference in our communities and county.

Rethemeyer received the honor of being crowned king for collecting the most money for the Franklin County 4-H Council.  He raised this money on his own from area businesses. 

The local business which he received funds from for the growth and development of youth through the local 4-H clubs from around the county were:
Citizens Bank, New Haven
Bank of Franklin County, New Haven
Leroy A. Strubberg and Associates
Edward Jones, Jim Stiles
Mercy Hospital, Washington, MO ICU Nurses
New Haven Lumber
BMI Technologies, Ben Vedder
Scheer Lawn and Landscape
American Family INS., Curtis Boyer
Shelter INS., Al Wehrle
Pratt's Heathmart
Backes and Toelke
Peoples Savings Bank, New Haven
RE/MAX Today
Washington MFA
Leisman, INC., Jane Leisman
Chris Auffunberg Ford
Boeuf and Berger,Jo Ann Kuschel
Astral Glass
Dissen Repair
Collection Jars were placed and customers contributed at:
New Haven Farm and Feed
New Haven Save A Lot
Casey's General Store
Pratt's Pharmacy
Lock'n Load
Seitters Market