Bess Miller Award
Hoping to encourage girls showing an interest in the field of agriculture, the Marion County Cattlewomen annually approves the following proclamation. The result? A deserving young woman is rewarded with a beautiful silver tray in honor of her outstanding efforts. Thank you Marion County Cattlewomen for carrying on the vision that Bess Miller left us. WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller served as a working member of the Marion County Cattlewomen for many years and was a beloved member of this organization, WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller also served and was an active member of the Florida State Cattlewomen organization and, WHEREAS, Mrs. Bess Miller was long interested in the work of young people in our county in the field of agriculture, BE IT THEN RESOLVED that the annual award the outstanding 4-H girl from Marion County be henceforth known as the Bess Miller Outstanding Achievement Award. In order to be chosen for the Bess Miller Award, the winner must first be a member of a 4-H Club and a resident of Marion County. She must be showing a steer in the current fair and must display a love for livestock and a desire to “make the best better.” She must display a working knowledge of approved animal husbandry practices and show a diligent effort in her steer project including sound management practices and good record keeping. The award committee will also examine her overall 4-H accomplishments. It is easy to see why the winner of the Bess Miller Award can truly display her silver tray with pride.
Bertie Hill Award
Leadership. Women that lead as well as they serve are hard to come by, but this award was named for such an individual. Bertie Hill is one of the most active and outstanding members of the Marion County Cattlewomen. In hope of encouraging these same attributes in the girls participating in beef projects, the Bertie Hill Award
was established. Each year a silver tray is given to recognize a deserving girl. In order to qualify for the Bertie Hill Award, a girl must be enrolled in the Beef Heifer Project as either an FFA or 4-H member. She must display excellent leadership qualities and an overall interest in the beef industry. The award committee
will also examine her overall accomplishments as well as the amount of her participation in the Beef Heifer Project.
Carey Robbins Award
The Carey Robbins Trophy sponsored by the Ocala Lions Club, has been given annually at the Southeastern Youth Fair since its inception in 1983. This award was initiated to honor an outstanding FFA member who shows expertise in the Steer and Beef Program. Members of the Ocala Lions Club knew Carey Robbins to be a longtime friend of agriculture and youth in Marion County. Carey died suddenly in 1975. He was, at that time, a director of the Southeastern Youth Fair, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, State Forestry Association, and the Florida Farm Bureau. He was past president of the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and served as Assistant County Extension Agent for Marion County between 1948 and 1953. Carey was a man who worked hard in all that he did whether it was family, work, or church activities. He involved himself in many youth activities and felt the main emphasis of 4-H and FFA to produce “Blue Ribbon Young’uns.” He felt the experience gained in doing fair projects outweighed any monetary profit gained in the project. The projects were only good in so much as they developed the person involved. We thank the Lions Club for carrying on this important emphasis through the Carey Robbins Award.
Marion County Cattlewomen’s Scholarship
High Point Award
Cattlewomen Alumni Showmanship