OLYMPIA--Today the Board of Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation making October 6-12, 2013 "4-H Week in Thurston County."
Each October marks the beginning of the 4-H program year, and 4-H clubs in Thurston County and across the nation are celebrating 4-H Week to highlight last year's accomplishments and invite new members to join the this year's 4-H programs.
"Again this year, I was able to observe and engage with many 4-H youth. I saw first-hand what Tufts University research shows--youth who are part of 4-H are more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to go to college, and more likely to avoid engaging with the criminal justice system. We issued this proclamation to shine a light on just how important these kinds of youth development programs are for our community," said County Commission Chair Sandra Romero. "These 4-H kids are tomorrow's civic and business leaders, and from what I can see, they are well on their way to making this a better community for all of us."
This year, 4-H Week coincides with the kickoff of the national 4-H Fall Paper Clover fundraising campaign. Del's Farm and Feed Supply stores in Olympia and Yelm will once again partner with Thurston County 4-H youth to raise money for 4-H programs with the sale of paper clovers in local stores for a donation of $1 or more at checkout from October 9 through October 20. As in years past, 65 percent of the funds raised at the two stores going directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County, 5 percent will go to the statewide 4-H office, and 30 percent will go to the National 4-H Council.
The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 414 members supporting 53 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical "hands-on" learning. The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System.
Today's proclamation also highlighted the Thurston County 4-H members who won championships at the Washington State Fair, and some of the youth who will be participating in national 4-H competitions in the coming months:
- Laura Chapman: Toggenburg Goat Junior Champion
- Rebecca Schallon: Toggenburg Goat Senior Champion, Senior Dairy Goat Fit & Show Champion, Boer Goat Junior Doe Champion, Boer Goat Doe Grand Champion, Senior Goat Judging Oral Reasons Champion
- Lauren Wilson: Intermediate Dog Agility Fit & Show Champion
- Makenna Wilson: Senior Dog PreNovice Agility 12" Champion, Dog Jumpers Novice 12" Champion
- Theresa Taylor: Senior Dog PreNovice Agility 20" Champion, Dog Novice Obedience Champion
- Brennah Holthaus: Senior Dog Novice Agility 8" Champion
- Ashley Seeley: Senior Dog Open Agility Champion
- Andrea Luper: Intermediate Dog Jumpers Open Champion, Dog High Point Veteran Obedience Champion
- Becca Walker: Junior Dog Fit & Show Champion
- Samantha Worth: Intermediate Garden Judging Overall and Individual Reasons Champion
- Alexis Carter: Senior Dog Fit & Show Champion
- Autumn Fortin: Senior Dog Veteran Obedience Champion
- Lisa Chapman: Junior Meat Goat Fit & Show Champion, Crossbreed Meat Goat Junior Doe Champion, Market Goat Grand Champion, Junior Pack Goat Fit & Show Champion
- Samantha Schallon: Intermediate Meat Goat Fit & Show Champion
- Jessica Schallon: Senior Meat Goat Fit & Show Champion, Senior Goat Judging Individual Champion
- Dylan Willis: Intermediate Pack Goat Fit & Show Champion
- Laura Shackley: Senior Pack Goat Fit & Show Champion
- Jessie Munson: Senior Llama Trail Obstacles Champion, Fleece & Fiber Finished Garment Special Award, Senior Llama Handler Champion
- Goat Judging by County Team Champions: Jessica Schallon, Laura Shackley, Rebecca Schallon
To compete at the state level in September, Thurston County 4-H youth must first compete at the Thurston County Fair in August. The 2013 Thurston County Fair included more than 400 4-H participants.
To learn more about the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H programs and how to join, visit http://county.wsu.edu/thurston
or call (360) 867-2151. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.-30-