Commissioners recognize 4-H Week

NATIONAL 4-H WEEK–Pictured at the proclamation signing, declaring Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week in Randolph County are: in front: Commissioners David Holder, Ronnie White and Marc Kiehna; in back: Peyton Manker, University of Illinois Extension Education Sara Marten, 4-H volunteer Ruth Casten, Issac Smith, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Program Coordinator Brandi Swisher, Rylie Manker and Randolph County 4-H Director Lynn Heins.

At their Sept. 21 meeting, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners recognized Randolph County 4-H with a 4-H Week proclamation.

The proclamation noted that 4-H reaches nearly 200,000 youth annually, ages 8 to 18, and their club members perform countless hours of community service. In addition, there are more than 13,000 4-H volunteers that generously give their time, talent and resources to helping the youth in the program.

With the signing of the proclamation, Oct. 7-13 was declared as National 4-H Week in Randolph County.

Several 4-H members, volunteers and University of Illinois staff members were in attendance at the meeting, speaking out about the program.

4-H volunteer Ruth Casten, who was there with her grandson, Issac Smith, noted that her family is in their third generation of 4-H in Randolph County. “It’s such a great program for kids to learn all aspects of life.”

4-H members Peyton Manker, Rylie Manker and Smith each shared their thoughts and experiences with the program. They commented on learning a variety of skills, including public speaking, as well as doing volunteer work.

They clarified that 4-H is not just for farm kids, but for all youth, with a wide variety of projects and learning experiences.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.