Logan County 4-H Members Observe National Celebration

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[October 11, 2019]  LINCOLN - Logan County 4-H’ers will join 6 million other youth currently in 4-H celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12 with a theme of “Inspired to Lead | Called to Serve.”

Last year, 240 young people in Logan County were involved in 4-H Community clubs where, assisted by volunteer adult leaders, they learned about careers, leadership and citizenship. Another 1,285 youth were involved in 4-H through school, after school and community-partner organizations.

”4-H’ers learn by doing philosophy encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently, said Carissa Davis, University of Illinois Extension Youth Development Educator. “4-H grows confident kids who tackle issues that matter most in their communities.” Illinois 4-H members prepare for their future by studying careers related to their
4-H project. “They choose from more than 100 projects to study,” said Davis. Topics range from rocketry, computer game design, public speaking to photography, animal science, nutrition, and more.

Local 4-H members have been “inspired to lead and called to serve” in a number of ways. Ethan Bertram, a 16 year old 4-H member of Atlanta Ag 4-H and The Pioneers 4-H Clubs says “I like the way my club affects both the local and global community. Our Spaghetti Meal basket and baking for the Atlanta Fall Festival had a good effect on the local community. Baking for Harvest of Talents and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child helped the global community providing assistance for people around the world!”

Caroline Ahrends, a 16 year old 4-H member of the Chester 4-H club states “I have been able to be part of the 4-H Exchange to Japan and encourage other 4-H’ers to seek travel experiences through 4-H.

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Because of the Japan experience I joined a local church on their mission trip to Haiti, where I taught soccer to girls, VBS, and helped out with an eye clinic. This was eye opening for me to see how privileged I am and hope to continue to help others.”

Ruthie Ruhl, a 16 year old 4-H member of the Topper 4-H Club, states “I have been involved in the 4-H horse project for many years. I joined the Unit 16 Horse Show committee to organize the Horse show, prepare the class list, find a location, obtain a judge and plan clinics! Clinics were my favorite thing to do and I was able to be a speaker and lead a session on how to groom, braid and tack up your horse for a Hunter class.”

4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 – 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program. To learn more about Logan County 4-H and further information on how to enroll your child in a local club, contact the Logan County 4-H office at 732-8289.

For Further Information Contact: Patty Huffer, Extension Program Coordinator/Youth Development, Logan County (217)732-8289

About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.

[Patty Huffer
Extension Program Coordinator/4-H Youth Development]


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