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Neighbors Growing Together | May 22, 2018

4-H committee members looking for more volunteers

Sep 11, 2017
Washington County 4-H values the variety of volunteers being a part of the 4-H Youth Committee.  This diverse group helps the county program continue to grow.  (Front) John Palmer, Julie Vogel, Kerri Bell, Jodi Ebert, Lisa Clark, Nicole Stoutner. (Back) Stephanie Sexton, Brian Sieren, Christal Quigley, Verl Yoder, Brent Schneider, Tabitha Hahn.

The 4-H mission says “4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.” 4-H in Washington County cannot be what it is today without the many different types of volunteers.

The 4-H Youth Committee is one type of volunteer position. This 18 member adult group meets monthly to review and plan 4-H and youth events for the county. Although it is not a requirement, members often were 4-H members themselves and want to stay involved as adults. “4-H was a vital part of my life growing up and I had many great experiences that helped me become who I am today. I want give that same opportunity to current 4-H’ers and make sure they have the most positive 4-H experience they can,” says Jodi Ebert about her time on youth committee. “Being involved in Youth Committee allows me to have a voice and play an active role in 4-H today as an adult.”

This group is invaluable to the 4-H program as they are often the key people at events to help with registrations, set-up, meal preparation, time-keeping, and supervision of groups. This group also evaluates the rule book, supports leaders, recruits new members, and creates partnerships with businesses in the community. Washington County 4-H is in need of adults who want to positively impact the program by using their strong marketing skills, event planning skills, community connections, or interest in youth development.

Current 4-H Youth Committee members include Kerri Bell, John Carter, Lisa Clark, Brandi Dawson, Jodi Ebert, Andy Eichelberger, Tabitha Hahn, John Palmer, Matthew Pemberton, Christal Quigley, Brent Schneider, Stephanie Sexton, Brian Sieren, Cody Smith, Nicole Stoutner, Tad Tebockhorst, Julie Vogel, and Verlin Yoder.

The 4-H Youth Committee appreciates the dedicated service of Brian Sieren, John Carter, Julie Vogel, Tabitha Hahn and John Palmer. All will have completed their term in December.

The 4-H Youth Committee is currently looking for new members to start in January of 2018 for a three-year term. If interested in being a part of this group, please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

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