Barnesville’s Dorothy Kaiser attended and was honored recently at the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference at Columbus Convention Center.
Kaiser was honored for her tireless work as advisor for the Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers 4-H Club, a group she has been involved in for the last 50 years.
While in Columbus, she attended a luncheon where she was presented with a 50-year engraved silver tray.
During her time with the Barnesville club, Kaiser has advised many young boys and girls, including her three daughters, seven of her grandchildren.
Considering she has two great grandchildren that she’s waiting for them to be old enough to join the 5-9 year Cloverbud Club, Kaiser’s dedicated and self sacrifice for the group will likely extend well beyond the 50-year mark.
Kaiser is also a member of the Belmont County 4-H Council and the 4-H Camp Piedmont Camp Board.
She’s the first resident of Belmont County to receive the 50-year distinction and given her resume, Kaiser won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
She and her late husband Denver Kaiser, dedicated their lives to the education and development of young people.
Denver had a 40-year career in education as a vocational agriculture teacher, coach and administrator.
The two shared a 206-acre farm just north of Barnesville on Ohio 800.
The youngest of six children, Dorothy was born on a farm near Egypt Valley, so being involved with programs like 4-H was a natural progression for her.
The Kaisers were instrumental in the Vesper Hill restoration project at 4-H Camp Piedmont and Dorothy accepted the state Community Service Award in 2002 on behalf of the Home Helpers for that project.
In 2003, Dorothy and Denver were honored by the Ohio Department of Aging and its Joined Hearts in Giving recognition program. To qualify, the couple must have been together for 40 years and shown a commitment, together, to volunteerism.
That honoree not only showed the Kaisers’ love for each other but also their desire to do good in the community.
It’s a desire that Dorothy has continued for the both of them since her husband’s passing.
She is a lifetime member of the Future Farmer’s of America Alumni, as well as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Purple Heart.
She’s received numerous count, district and state awards for her service to 4-H and both she and Denver were honored as Ruritan ‘‘Outstanding Citizens.”
DOROTHY KAISER poses with her 50-year silver plater she received recently from the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference.