Volunteers are important leaders

By | Published Thursday, April 22, 2010

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This week is National Volunteer Week, and it celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. Volunteers are important leaders and members of the Wise County 4-H team. Without volunteers, we would be unable to offer the 4-H programs, activities, clubs, and contests to so many young people.

This was never more evident than during the recent Wise County Youth Fair. All week I was asked if I was stressed and ready for Youth Fair to be over. I could honestly say that I was enjoying Youth Fair and all the various activities that went with it. How could this be so? It was because of all the volunteers in the 4-H – FCS Clothing, Foods, Crafts, and Photography Divisions.

Each volunteer did a superb job of carrying out their duties whether they were setting up tables, implementing the judging process, arranging special crafts entries, selling cookbooks, or processing photography entries. These duties may appear somewhat mundane, but are very necessary in order that Youth Fair activities run smoothly. My co-worker, Heather McGilvray and I truly appreciate the volunteers who helped out throughout the week by serving as superintendents, assistant superintendents, and helpers of each 4-H- FCS division.

4-H Clothing – Laurie Washburn; helper- Jo Watson.

4-H Foods – Judy Cook; assistants- Ginger Flynt, Kim Dunlap; helpers – Shirley Pewitt, Laurie Washburn, Laury Rooker, Joyce Kirk, Betty VanHoose, and Shelly Laaser.

4-H Arts – Roxanna Amonett

4-H Crafts – Nacina Cryer, assistant Lorenda Hornsby.

4-H Photography – Jeannette Ward; helpers – Alberta Qualls and Sheila Jordan.

If you see any of these people within the next few weeks give them a pat on the back for a job well done.

I encourage others of you to consider volunteering in the Wise County 4-H Program. Volunteers are needed throughout the year in such areas as foods and nutrition, consumer decision making, and clothing. Some of the benefits are:

  • Giving young people another reason to feel good about themselves.
  • Accomplishing more than you might be able to do on your own.
  • Building new organizational and personal alliances.
  • Working together with young people on issues both care about.
  • Being part of building strong, vital communities.
  • Experiencing good times and discovering something new about yourself and others.
  • Volunteers are truly the heart, soul and foundation of the 4-H and Youth program. I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for each of the volunteers associated with Wise County’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

    To learn more about volunteering call (940) 627-3341 or stop by the Extension office which is located at 206 S State in Decatur.

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