Hi Everyone! Wow April is done and Prom and Graduation are among us. There have been so many exciting happenings across our state that continue to shape our 4-H program.
The Month of April for me began with Community Service with the Crawford County 4-H Teen Council. We volunteered our time at the Pymatuning Fish Hatcheries for their Annual Spring Open House. We did activities such as teaching youth how to cast fishing poles, and fish printing on t-shirts. Jordan and I took advantage of the option to dress up as “Freddy the Fish”, and “Bobber the Dog.” This month was also officer training with the Crawford County 4-H Teen Council. The Council invited the officers from each of the 48 clubs to be trained specific to their offices.
Instead of a conference call this month our State Council team met one day in advance to Capital Days to have a meeting and prepare for the Capital Days festivities. There we continued to plan State Achievement Days, and State Leadership Conference activities. During Capital Days State Council was the Mistress of ceremonies. Council also had the wonderful opportunity to meet with our State Legislators and the Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff. During these appointments we discussed important topics such as the current bills that were on the floor for the Senate and the House. We also talked about the recent cutbacks in agriculture and tourism presented in the Governor’s budget.
The 4H delegates that arrived for Capital Days participated in different workshops such as the parliamentary procedure workshop presented by the Collegiate FFA. That workshop prepared them for the mock legislative sessions. During these sessions the delegates debated three different bills that ranged from topics of possession of tobacco and tobacco use by minors, the witness protection act, and starting school before Labor Day.
Capital Days was our first event as 2009 State Council, and I really enjoyed meeting all of the delegates. Please join us for State Achievement Days.
Until next time,
Pennsylvania State 4-H Council President
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean