I, Shanna Davis, your county University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent, am Georgia 4-H.
And that’s what we’re celebrating this year during Georgia 4-H Week, which will be held Oct. 2-8. We’re celebrating people all across the state who have had their lives bettered – and changed – through the 4-H program.
I am Georgia 4-H! What does that mean to you?
To me, it means I have the opportunity to serve a community of talented youth seeking ways to grow, mature and become productive successful citizens of Bryan County.
I would love for you to share your Georgia 4-H stories online. We have a website at www.iamga4h.org and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/I-am-Georgia-4-H. And we want more stories! To share your memories with us, visit Facebook, “like” I am Georgia 4-H and leave your story on our wall. You may even find a long-lost 4-H friend there.
We’ve heard from all kinds of people, and Ellinore is one of the many who have responded. She commented on Facebook that she “fell in love with Georgia 4-H in 1973 when we moved to Laurens County. The 4-H program changed my life completely.”
Bailey says this about his experience: “Ever since the first time I went to a meeting in fifth grade, I was officially hooked.”
You see? 4-H is more than just a club. It is students and adult volunteers helping out in their communities and becoming better citizens in their towns and counties.
4-H’ers lend a hand, whether it’s through community service like collecting winter coats and jackets for those in need or helping prepare meals for senior citizens. They gain mastery through projects and programs and learn more about Georgia and the wonders our state holds.
Georgia 4-H gives students the opportunity to find an interest, stimulate their learning with hands-on activities, gain public speaking skills and make friends who work to better their clubs, their communities, their country and their world.
In Bryan County, our 4-H activities this year included public speaking competitions; BB, Shotgun and Archery competitions; State Horse Show; photo and card contests; Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior camp; reward trips; fair mini-booths; and numerous community service projects.
Christopher Morgan, an 11th-grade 4-H’er at Bryan County High School traveled to Atlanta for a week of State Congress. He is the first delegate from Bryan County to receive this honor in several years.
The 4-H Program also began the Danny Page Memorial Livestock Scholarship, which enables the recipient of the cow donated by Page Family Farms to attend Beef School and better perform at livestock competitions.
Nearly 900 active 4-H members from fifth through 12th grades are enrolled in Bryan County 4-H. We meet with 4-H members in their schools, after school and in other special club locations.
In 2011, more than 170,000 students participated in 4-H programs across the state. Besides projects and competitions, members can go to camps and events all over the state and nation. Special UGA football and basketball days, camps at the beach, trips to the mountains and cities, including Washington, D.C., offer exciting ways for our students to learn while having fun.
Bryan County 4-H’ers help the community, but they also need help from the community. They need support through funding, volunteers and guidance in their project areas.
If you’re not currently involved in 4-H, we’d love for you to join us. As Georgia celebrates 4-H Week, think about how you can get involved, whether as a student, a volunteer or a parent.
To learn more about Georgia 4-H, call the local extension office at 653-2231, come by the office at 131 N. College St. in Pembroke or visit the Georgia 4-H website at georgia4h.org. Share 4-H history at iamga4h.org or www.facebook.com/pages/I-am-Georgia-4-H.