Dennis and Gina Essink were presented with the Good Neighbor Award at the Otoe County Fair in recognition of their decades of service to the community through 4-H leadership and giving their time to help others.  
The Essinks have led the Better Ba’C’s 4-H Club for over 20 years.  
They have raised two sons, Brandon and John, who understand the value of hard work and giving back to the community.  
Though their children are grown, they continue to serve local children by promoting community service projects, developing teamwork within the club, communicating with families, and most importantly being teachers and role models.
In addition to their 4-H leadership, they give one night a week in the summer to teach young riders confidence, safety and equine skills.  
They always work hard to encourage kids to find the “right” projects depending on their interests.  
Their nomination letter reads in part, “Denny and Gina encourage kids to try new things like local, district and state shows so that they understand that the world is bigger than our hometown.  
They exemplify the qualities of good neighbors who are there for you in a pinch and willing to go the mile.”
For over 70 years, Aksarben Foundation, in partnership with the Omaha World Herald, has presented the Good Neighbor Award.  
The program recognizes individuals or groups nominated by friends or neighbors for performing unselfish acts of kindness without the expectation of compensation or personal gain of any kind.
In 2016, the Essinks were among just 13 honorees statewide who were selected for their selfless deeds contributing to the betterment of the communities in which they live.