Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Last month at State Achievement Days 8 4-H members enthusiastically joined the council. We are all very excited about having the opportunity to represent the 4-H program across the state. After State Days we had a couple of weeks to do research on the 4-H program and prepare for Training and Orientation Weekend. Unfortunately by the time we got to the weekend we lost a member. However, while at the training the rest of us were able to start bonding. We have a long way to go in becoming a tight team, but I have faith that we will be come close shortly. I am excited about the themes we have chosen for the State Leadership Conference and State Achievement Days. I am also looking forward to conducting sessions on Parliamentary Procedure, as the council has decided to do this year. Once again, I am thrilled to have this chance to work with everyone this year.
Untile next time,
Pennsylvania 4-H State Council President.
This year started out the same way that everyone has. It was nothing special until I talked to my county extension agent. While we were talking I told her how much I had enjoyed attending all the State Events that she has allowed me to go to, I even mentioned how cool the blazers were that the council got to wear. After that she looked at me and told me I could wear one, now when she told me that i wasn't sure whether or not I really wanted to do it. I went ahead and talked to my aunts, one who has been a chaperone at all the events i go to, and the other is the FFA advisor at a neighboring school. I told both of them about State Council and they both said it would be something to try. So I got the application from Pam, filled it out and sent it in. I attended State Days where i had my interview and found out that I made council. However it never sunk in that i made it onto council until I stepped onto the stage with the rest of the new team. This team has already survived a weekend together, and that is the first of many more to come.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
At the beginning of the year my county extension agent came to me and asked if I would be interested in joiing state council. Being the curious soul that I am, I asked her more about it. She then proceeded me to tell me about it. At first I was sold on the idea ,but then I found out that one of my older 4H members had been on state council. Her name was Laura Pifer. The more she talked about council the more I became interested. Then August came around and i found myself applying for council. The first major speech I had to write was to be given to all of the 650 State day participants. To be honest I was more than nervous I was petrified. I got up on stage did my speech and waited for my interveiw. The interveiw went fairly well. That night is when I would find out whether I made the cut or not. I DID!!!! That was the exciting most petrifying news in my life. Then I met the team. So far we have gotten along. We (the council) finished State Days. The next big event together Training Weekend. That weekend was the most challenging yet fun weekend in my life so far. No major problems have encountered the council yet.
Some upcoming events for the state council are:
Penn State Tailgate on September 24 from 9 am 'til 12 pm at the AG Arena
Feel free to come join us.
P.S. State Leadership Conference is coming up fast don't forget to register you wont want to miss it:)!!
I had always lived in my sisters’ shadows doing the same activities they did but this year I wanted to change that. I wanted to step out of their shadows and start my own journey in the 4-H program.
While talking with my extension educator, the subject of State 4-H Council was brought to my attention. She told me that it would be a great opportunity for me because it stands for everything that I was looking for. I wanted to gain more experience in 4-H, make a difference in the program, and finally do something that was my own. I filled out the application and waited until I heard information back on what was going to happen at State 4-H Achievement Days. I was given the requirements and got to work! I wrote a one minute speech, a presentation on the Impact 4-H has had on my life, and prepared myself as best as I could for the interview. I gave it my best and I finally heard back that I had made it on the 2011 State 4-H Council! I was so ecstatic that it didn’t even matter to me if I had an officer position or not. To my surprise, I was named as the Vice President of Operations! I was so proud of myself that I had accomplished my goal and was given the opportunity of a lifetime!The first event, as part of the new council, was Ag. Progress Days. It was the first time I attended and certainly will not be my last! I had a blast working at the Youth Building and meeting people from all over the state. Next came the Training weekend. At first, I had my doubts to whether I was capable of taking on my duties and making it through the year. But as the weekend went on, our council became more of a team and started to help each other get through the long and tiring weekend. They helped me bring my spirits back up and reassured me that I was capable of the responsibility. I am so grateful to have a supportive council and I cannot wait to get started working with them and representing the State 4-H Program!
State 4-H Council Vice President of Operations
I am seventeen and now a senior at Lower Dauphin High School. This year as part of my school day I am interning at the Dauphin County Penn State Cooperative Extension Office. I am very proud to call myself a Dauphin County 4-H'er. This year my projects include: dairy beef, breeding and market sheep, rabbits, chickens, pigeons, goats, swine, sewing, kitting, and baking. I am a member of seven different clubs in my county and also a club in Lebanon County. I joined 4-H six years ago after getting my first pair of rabbits. When not doing 4-H actives (which isn't very often) I can be found water skiing or at the local community theatre.
July was the beginning of it all. We had our applications in and were exchanging emails about the upcoming State Achievement Days. The nerves were building as the days drew closer. Opening ceremonies was our time to introduce ourselves to the rest of the delegates at State Days, man there were a lot of delegates there. The next day was our interviews, it was nerve racking but in the end wasn't that bad. Later that day we were brought together to meet the rest of the team and to get our offices. We were all in shock at that point, thinking what have I done and being totally excited at the same time. Closing ceremonies was our big night, induction. Standing out there in front of the all the delegates, knowing that you get to represent them for the next year was one of the greatest feelings.
After getting home from State Days we all had some time to let it all sink in and to enjoy a few weeks of summer. Ag Progress Days was here before we knew it. That was a great three days, talking with people and also getting to know each other. Our next stepping stone was our Training weekend. That was an intense three days, full of very knowledgeable speakers and fun team bonding. We learned a lot about each other and ourselves, and about how to become a team.
Come and join us at the Tailgate next month September 24th from 9a.m. till 12p.m. at the Ag arena!!
The year is full of endless possibilities and I am so very excited to see what it holds next.
State Vice President of Events
I am currently a 17 year old senior at Conrad Weiser High School in Berks County. I have been a member of Western Berks 4-H Dairy Club for 9 years. This year I own 10 Red and White Holsteins as my 4-H projects. I am a member of my counties 4-H Development Board as a teen member. I hold the office of Vice-President in my local club. As a member of Pennsylvania State Council, I hold the office of Secretary. Becoming a member of State Council, I look forward to share my passion for the 4-H program to 4-Hers throughout the State. I am always willing to share my experiences that I had in the 4-H program with any 4-H member, leader, or supporter. I look forward to representing 4-H members and the 4-H program with the rest of my team at state and local events.
Now here is thought to ponder: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
PA 4-H State Council Secretary,
Monday, August 29, 2011
"When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes reality" -Joe Paterno
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Logan- You were always the one to light the fire
By pushing us to make our spirits higher
As president you made us work together
And overcome to make the best better
Echo- You were Logans' right hand woman, you made a good VPO
Reminding us of reports & blogs had us on our toes
Until one day at SLC you had us all rattled
Your main responsibility was to keep track of the gavel
Seth- You provided the council with entertainment and food
We had a lot of laughs, and you set the mood
We had no idea our VPI had such a soft heart
We only thought he like heavy metal, which was only the start
We later on found out he likes to fence and ball room dance
Steve- You were the Sentinal who made it fun
You put smiles on our faces, and made us one
You told us how neat your exchange to Brazil really was
The impact on your life made it the buzz
Jonathan- You were the one to jump into any conversation
You kept us strong by providing a good foundation
We learned that you town might be handy
That comes complete with a shot gun granny
Matt and Mya- You were our fearless leaders
That made us become better spellers and readers
I want to thank the both of you for everything you do
I will always be able to step up and take a challenge to anything that is new
We will have everlasting memories and a lot of inside jokes. We worked hard together which made us so great. Are time flew by so fast but we always have each other to make our friendships last.
Former State Council Secretary