4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 4-7-16

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Help Celebrate the 4-H Volunteers in Your Life!
April 10th through 16th is National Volunteer Week, and University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program wants to thank the more than 14,500 4-H adult and youth volunteers who guide and support the nearly 200,000 4-H participants in Illinois.
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating that by working together, communities have the ability to meet challenges and accomplish goals.
The Points of Light Foundation sponsors National Volunteer Week, and the 2016 theme, “Celebrate Service”, aligns with the focus of Illinois 4-H volunteers who are empowering and preparing youth for success as 4-H members provide service to others and their community. 4-H volunteers are actively engaged in their communities by impacting the lives of Illinois youth by sharing time and talents with youth through 4-H clubs, SPIN Clubs, after-school programs and camps.
Today’s 4-H youth are engaged in learning activities as they are practicing skills employers want; growing and distributing food to communities in need; stewarding the natural resources; making a difference in local, state, national, and global issues; and influencing positive choices for healthy living.
In Saline County, there are 72 volunteers who are inspiring youth involved in county and local 4-H club programs. We are grateful for our wonderful volunteers who give of their time, talents and treasures to be positive role models for the 4-H youth of Saline County.
Saline County 4-H Clubs and their organizational leaders are: Cindy Jean – Clover Explorers, Tim Arnold – Country Clovers, Linda Watkins – Dungaree Dudes and Dolls, Lavina Stricklin – Eagle Mountain Gang, Kim Huelsmann – Farmin’ Friends, Samantha Parish – H2H, Jim and Jeanette Bond – Lads & Lassies, Kevin and Mary Wilson – Pioneers, Dan and Nancy Evans – Pleasant Valley Go-Getters, and Gayla Heath – Snoopy’s Gang.
We would love to have you join our 4-H family, as a member or as a volunteer. If you would like more information about Saline County 4-H, call Nancy at the U of I Extension office in Harrisburg at 618-252-8391. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.