Last Updated on March 6, 2016 by cassnetwork
A youth leader who pioneered a state program that has involved thousands in 4-H has been recognized as the latest recipient of a local award.
Pat Fry, who forged the competition that created the 4-H dog shows at the Indiana State Fair and programs throughout the state, has been named this week’s recipient of the Logansport Bicentennial Citizen Award.
“Pat is one of the many unsung heroes to youth organizations that can’t be recognized enough for what she has contributed,” Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell said Friday. “Her dedication over a 45-year period benefited not only generations of 4-H members, but their pets. It creates a healthy respect for the way animals can and should be treated in our community and the state.”
As an unpaid volunteer, Fry became one of the original state 4-H Dog Committee members and worked at the Indiana 4-H Dog Show for many years in addition to coordinating the Cass 4-H Dog Show which was one of the opening events of the local fair. Fry’s 4-H club members walked dogs in parades and visited nursing homes where residents shared time with companion animals. She taught dog obedience and showmanship classes.
“People like Pat have raised the bar not only for our community, but for the state of Indiana, and that’s what this award symbolizes,” Kitchell said. “People who give of themselves for no reward bring out the best in us because they show us the best in themselves.”
Fry will receive a certificate from the city and an Indiana state flag.
The award is presented weekly during Indiana’s bicentennial year to honor Logansport residents and natives who received statewide, nationwide or international recognition during their lifetime.