10th Annual “Celebrate the Center” Pancake Breakfast

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When: Saturday, March 23, 2019  Time: 8:00am-11:00am Cost: $7 for all you can eat pancakes ($5.00 for children 12 and under.)

Where: Youth Ag & Leadership Foundation of Rohnert Park, 6445 Commerce Blvd.

We invite you to join us as we “Celebrate the Center” with our 10th Annual Pancake Breakfast.

Come enjoy a great breakfast while seeing some wonderful silent auction items, 4-H project displays and & our facility.


2018 Shining Star Honoree – Senator Mike McGuire

Congratulations to the 2018 Shining Star Honoree – Senator Mike McGuire

Senator Mike McGuire, a North Coast lawmaker and rising political leader who has earnestly supported 4-H and farm youth, is the 2018 recipient of the Shining Star Award.

McGuire personally donates time and money to the foundation.  Each summer, the Senator showcases 4-H and FFA projects at his summer fund raiser.

McGuire was elected to the California Senate in 2014 to represent the North Coast.  Before being elected a state senator, he served four years as a Sonoma County Supervisor and previously was a member of the Healdsburg City Council and the city’s mayor.  He grew up in Healdsburg where his family farmed prunes in the Alexander Valley.  He was a  member of the Future Farmers of America, an experience that shaped his values and appreciation for agriculture and farm youth.

2018 4-H Alumni Honoree – Doug Beretta

Congratulations to the 2018 4-H Alumni Honoree Doug Beretta!

Santa Rosa dairy farmer Doug Beretta, a former 4-H Club member who has emerged as one of the most influential and respected leaders on the Sonoma County farm front, is the 2018 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.

A third generation- Sonoma County dairy farmer, Beretta, 54, and his family own and operate an organic dairy in west Santa Rosa.  Four generations of the Beretta family work together on the 400 acre ranch to produce milk used for Wallaby organic yogurt.  The Beretta Dairy, which epitomizes a family farming operation, was named the 2018 Dairy of the year by the Sonoma County Fair.

Growing up, Beretta was a member of the Sunshine 4-H Club where he completed projects ind airy cattle and woodworking.  Project reports and demonstration presentations gave him confidence.  He said his 4-H experience was transformational, helping shape his values and channeling his path to leadership and community service.

“My life of community involvement really got started with 4-H,” said Beretta

2014 Shining Star Honoree – Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is Recipient of 4-H Foundation’s Shining Star Award

Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s Shining Star Award in recognition of the wine company’s extraordinary support of the 4-H Club program.

The Shining Star Award annually recognizes an individual or business that has made significant and meaningful contributions to 4-H. The award will be presented at the 4-H Foundation Barbecue on Sept. 13 at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens in Fulton.

Jackson Family Wines and the Jackson family have graciously donated the site as the venue for this year’s 4-H Foundation BBQ. Last year the Jackson Family hosted the 4-H Foundation BBQ at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor. In addition to providing the site for the annual event, the Jackson Family is a major buyer at the 4-H Foundation’s auction.

Katie Jackson, daughter of winery founders Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson, said her family is dedicated to giving back to the community, particularly, to causes that support agriculture, education and youth.

“As a family owned agricultural business that started in Sonoma County, we really care about financially supporting groups like 4-H and FFA in Sonoma County and the other counties throughout California where we do business,” said Katie Jackson, director of government affairs, sustainability and community outreach for her family’s wine company.

2014 4H Alumni Honoree – Floyd Ridenhour

Congratulations to our 2014 4-H Alumni honoree Floyd Ridenhour!

Floyd Ridenhour, an executive with American AgCredit who has been involved with 4-H most of his life, first as a member and now as a leader and staunch supporter, is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Award.

The 4-H Alumni Award, presented by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service, which are the hallmarks of the 4-H program. Ridenhour, who continues to give back to the community in the 4-H tradition, will be honored at the 4-H Foundation’s BBQ on Sept. 13.

Ridenhour credits 4-H for his work ethic, core values and the career path that lead him to a long and successful career with American AgCredit.

Ridenhour grew up in Solano County where he was a member of the Upper Suisun Valley 4-H Club for eight years. His 4-H projects were sheep, sugar beets, aviation and cooking. He was a junior leader for three different 4-H Clubs in Solano County.

Ridenhour has served as a sheep leader for the last 20 years in Sonoma County. He is a long-time director and treasurer of the 4-H Foundation.