Linda and Joe Pribek were special guests Tuesday (Nov. 10) of the Kewaunee County Board, which passed a presented them with a resolution honoring them for being named to the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame.
The Pribeks were named in recognition of four decades of work with the Kewaunee County 4-H program and the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association.
“The Pribeks have spent countless hours sharing their knowledge, building leadership, promoting sportsmanship, mentoring, and developing welcoming environments for youth and adults through Kewaunee County and Wisconsin 4-H,” the board’s resolution reads. “They are compassionate, team-oriented, generous, dedicated, and most important, youth focused. Volunteers readily seek them out for their guidance and expertise. They help other adult volunteers develop educational experiences, work through conflict, and plan youth-focused activities.”
Linda Pribek thanked the board for the recognition but said their accomplishments were not done in a vaccuum.
“I want to tell you that we’re here to thank the County Board, because any time we had a situation where we said, ‘How are we going to make this happen in Kewaunee?’ we went to the County Board and the County Board said, ‘What can we do to help? How can we help you make this become a reality?’” she said. “So we want to thank you for the honor, but we’re also here to thank you for being representatives of Kewaunee and being a caring board that really looks out for what’s best for the county.”
Among accomplishments listed in the resolution, Linda Pribek has served as the executive secretary of the Wisconsin 4-H horse program since 1997, helping the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo grow to almost 1,000 youth participants at its peak, and the Pribeks have been integral in the development of a number of statewide educational events, including 25 years serving as officials and instructors at Area Animal Science Days for the multi-county youth audiences.