Melissa Joseph sets up at the 4-H vendor show with her mother. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Melissa Joseph sets up at the 4-H vendor show with her mother. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
VAN WERT – Jean Auld never had the opportunity to be in 4-H, but these days she is thankful for the opportunity to work with her grandchildren on 4-H projects. For both Auld and granddaughter Melissa Joseph, nothing represents the word, “Thanksgiving,” better than family times or being together with those we love the most.

Last Saturday, Joseph and Auld, along with Joseph’s parents, Kirby and Sammi Joseph, were present for the annual 4-H Bazaar geared towards raising money for summer 4-H Camp. Joseph has been involved in 4-H since she was in the fourth grade.

Auld has especially endeared herself toward her granddaughter by teaching her to sew and doing sewing projects together.

Joseph’s 4-H projects have included fun with clothes, cooking, showing cows, sew fun, sundresses and jumpers and sewing for others. Through life, with her grandmother’s assistance and 4-H, she has learned lifelong values of sewing. This has allowed her to help her family and friends have good conditioned clothing with no repairs. It has instilled in her the desire to help give back to others.

Joseph attends Crestview High School and is a member of the Ohio Challengers 4-H Club. Her activities at school include band, swing choir, cheerleader, and track. She is also an honor student.

Joseph’s church activities include junior high youth group, mission trips, food pantry weekly volunteer and Vacation Bible School volunteer. She loves to read, sing, write poetry and hang out with her friends. Her community service activities include trash pick-up at Edgewood Park and the Humane Society.

“I love 4-H Camp,” said Joseph. “I enjoy the friends I make from all over, Lincolnview and Van Wert. I have attended Camp Palmer for five years.

“I served as project princess this past fair,” continued Joseph. “I represented the fair for all still projects, sewing, cooking and cake decorating.”

“I love to help my own grandkids with their projects,” said Auld, who serves as a club advisor. “We have a really large club. The responsibilities vary so much with the project. We have so much fun with the grandkids. We hope this helps the kids later on.”

“This helps me get much closer to my grandparents,” said Joseph. “They have been my helpers in 4-H. I am so thankful for them and all the time I can spend with them. It brings us all closer together as a family.”