Eleanor Pooler, of Solon, will be honored with a 4-H Volunteer Outstanding Lifetime Award on May 11 at a luncheon in Orono.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program will present the award to Pooler, who has led the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for 51 years, according to a news release UMaine.

Pooler joined Franklin County’s Tough Nuts 4-H Club at age 10 and the Franklin County Dairy 4-H Club three years later. She won many awards, which included trips to the University of Maine, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. At 19, she became a 4-H volunteer leader.

Pooler represents 4-H on the Somerset County Executive Committee and is active on the Skowhegan State Fair board. She has raised funds for the Somerset County 4-H Leaders Association, chaired the 4-H Day Parade at the Skowhegan State Fair and organizes the 4-H livestock demonstrations at the agricultural fair.

Her club’s community service projects include family suppers at the Masonic Hall, fundraisers for the local food pantry and preparation of food trays for elderly residents. Pooler practices what 4-H represents: she involves all types of learning in a wide variety of club activities and models a strong commitment to community service.

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