SAN ANGELO- Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s annual Silver Clover Recognition Banquet celebrated its 41st year August 14 with a banquet at the Zentner’s Daughter Steak House in San Angelo. This year’s event recognized 29 individuals who are instrumental to the success of District 7 4-H youth program.
The honorees were selected by committee comprised of electric cooperative personnel. The banquet is sponsored by the rural electric cooperatives serving the area covered by the 23 counties in the AgriLife Extension’s District 7, West Central Texas.
Charles Pluenneke was selected as Mason County’s 2008 recipient for his 50 plus years of service and volunteerism to the youth of Mason. Charles began his affiliation to the 4-H program as a child in the Sears Swine Production Program where youth were given breeding gilts to start a production swine project. The project grew into showing projects and profits were used for his continuing education to Texas A&M. Following his military service Charles returned to Mason County and began a career with the ASCS or Farm Service Agency. In the mid 50’s he became actively involved with the Mason County Livestock Show providing leadership to the swine feeding program which has continued to the present. The youth of Mason County 4-H salute Mr. Plunneke for his help and continued service.