Teresa Adell , leader of the Otego Helping Hands 4-H Club, was honored Oct. 8 with its community service award by the Butternut Valley Grange during its regular meeting. Club members presented a program, showing many of the projects they worked on during the year, as well as describing their activities.
Bailey McCoy, Alyssa Perillo, Paige McCoy and Martha Modinger were 4H members in attendance, as was Chris McCoy, who also helps with club activities.
After the presentation, Teresa was given her award, which not only recognized her 4-H work, but also her volunteer work with Sunday School at the Gilbertsville Baptist Church.
Teresa started in 4-H when she was a teenager and showed her horse at the Delaware County Fair. When her sons became old enough to join 4-H, she started the club, which remains active with 10 members. She has been involved with overseeing Martin Hall 4-H Building at the Otsego County Fair for many years. She coordinates the annual 4-H county presentations in the South Western Region and Homemade Holidays events. Patti Zellmer, 4-H resource educator, listed Teresa’s accomplishments and presented her with a 15-year pin from 4-H.
Claudette Newman, moderator of the Gilbertsville Baptist Church, spoke briefly about Teresa’s involvement there, including serving on the Board of Christian Education, as Sunday School teacher, helping with Christmas play, the Wednesday night youth group for k-7 grades, the annual fun day and the bike rally, which she has been in charge of for more than10 years.
Teresa operates Adell Day Care, which she started 20 years ago at her home before her sons started school. She also started a preschool storytime and crafts at the Otego Library and continues to do hat.
The program under the direction of Anna Ritchey also honored Teresa with a reading of “Volunteers” by Doug Dutcher. Laura Palada provided musical entertainment singing “Light House,” accompanying it on her guitar, with Grangers and guests singing “(She’s) Got the Whole World In (Her) Hands.”
A decorated cake, donuts, cookies and cider were served to the 50 attending including 15 guests.