Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Big Brother" Sparks 4H Interest for "Little Brother"

Through the inspiration of his Big Brother Michael Poth has taken an active interest in 4H

Big Brother Mark Kremer, of Versailles, smiles with his
Little Brother, Michael Poth, at the Darke County Fair.
Big Brother Mark Kremer of Versailles has been matched to his assigned little brother Michael Poth since 2009. Poth, a resident of Ansonia is the son of Tonia Mendenhall and Ned Poth.

Kremer was originally inspired to become involved in the program through his daughter, who was a volunteer at the time. Kremer who stepped up to the challenge of being a mentor says he likes being “able to make a difference in the life of a child.” He also believes spending time with his assigned “little” gives Micheal ‘time out’ from his everyday life.

Kremer lives near Versailles, where he farms 100 acres and raises cattle. As this relationship has grown over the years, so has Poth interest in farming. Kremer states, “He is very good around the livestock…but he especially likes running the skid loader.” Through the inspiration of Mark, Poth is now an active member of a local 4H club.

With the assistance of Mark, the two purchased Micheal his own calf, Rascal. One stipulation of this project was that Michael would have the responsibility of helping to raise, care for, and prepare for the Great Darke County Fair. The highlight of this project was show time at the 2011 Darke County Fair, where Michael proudly presented his animal with Big Brother Mark by his side.

Poth appreciates that Kremer gives him opportunity for activities and cheers him on to do better in school. A better attitude towards adults is a positive outcome Poth has gained through having a Big Brother. His favorite match outings with Kremer include farming, basketball, and baseball. Michael and Mark are a wonderful example of the positive and lasting relationships made through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member, social service agency. Lisa Brown is Executive Director of the agency. The program specializes in matching children from at-risk families with adult volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters. These adults provide children with positive role modeling, as well as new educational and social activities. If you would like to make the difference in the life of a child but are unable to volunteer at this time, Big Brothers Big Sisters has many other opportunities throughout the year for others to become involved. Learn more about our agency by logging onto or calling 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611.

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