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Timberlake inaugural Lead by Action Award recipient

Timberlake inaugural Lead by Action Award recipient
Timberlake inaugural Lead by Action Award recipient
Amelia Timberlake is the first recipient of the Lead by Action Award. Pictured with her are Anne Peitzmeier, left, and Gail Peitzmeier. Submitted photo

Amelia Timberlake of Leavenworth was named the inaugural winner of the Purdue Extension Crawford County Lead by Action Award, presented during the Parade of Champions at the 2021 Youth Showcase.

Timberlake received $250 as part of the award. She is the daughter of Whitney and Megan Timberlake.

The Lead by Action Award was established in 2021 by the August and Annie Peitzmeier family in memory of August A. Peitzmeier and in honor of Anne Peitzmeier, said Gail Peitzmeier, the couples’ daughter and Crawford County Extension director.

Gail Peitzmeier said her parents strived to make their community a better place through leadership, civic engagement and community service.

The Lead by Action Award recognizes a young leader within the Crawford County 4-H program who is transforming their community through service.

Timberlake has participated in multiple community service projects year- round as a 4-H member. These include Clean Sweep, a Master Gardeners’ project for the county’s three senior housing locations, community beautification and 4-H promotion activities with various community events.

In January, Timberlake was asked to serve as a Teen as Teacher with the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience presented by Bayer through Purdue Extension and 4-H.

“She boldly took on this task,” said Gail Peitzmeier, noting Timberlake completed training of the national program with the goal to reach hundreds of youth in Indiana. “Amelia alone has taught the Curbing Our Carbon Appetite curriculum to approximately 500 youth.”

She will continue teaching the program locally and throughout the state. On Aug. 21, she will lead an education station session at the Indiana State Fair.

A youth may receive the Lead by Action Award up to two times during the time they are in grades 7 through 12. The 4-H member will have exhibited outstanding contribution to their community while representing the 4-H program. The three pillars of this award are leadership, civic engagement and community service. Community may include their club, country and world.

The selection committee includes members of the Peitzmeier family and one member of the Crawford County Chamber of Commerce. The committee utilizes a blind review process, and candidates are evaluated only on content relevant to the award. Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

For more information, call the Purdue Extension – Crawford County at 812-338-5466.