MOUNT VERNON — For 15 years the Boeshart family has presented an award to a member of the K-9 Companions 4-H Club. It is a leadership award honoring the late Sharon Boeshart, who founded K-9 Companions, the first (and still only), 4-H dog club in Knox County.
Other 4-Hers who show dogs do so as individual projects and belong to various other 4-H clubs.
The award is paid for by the Boeshart family and has traditionally been awarded at the 4-H dog show at the Knox County Fair.
This year, Michelle Boeshart, Sharon’s daughter and an advisor for K-9 Companions, arrived at the 4-H show on Monday, July 23, with the trophy from the family, but the award was not on the program. She asked about it and was told the award could not be presented at the show because only club members were eligible, not all 4-H members. She said she was told the Canine Council, the advisory body for 4-H dog issues, had voted on the issue.
That vote came in August of 2011, yet Boeshart said she and her family had never been notified of the change, nor had the club been notified.
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