Concluding its 60th year of incorporation, the annual meeting and board election of the LaGrange County 4‑H Club Association will be conducted during the directors’ regular monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Shelter House on the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds. 4‑H parents, volunteers and other adults in the county interested in 4-H work are eligible to vote.
Ten director positions are to be elected this year. Balloting for representatives from Clay, Eden, Johnson, Milford, and Newbury townships as well as five At Large slots will be conducted. Terms for this year’s elected candidates will expire in 2016.
Current 4-H by laws specify that the 29 member policy-making board be comprised of representatives of each of the county’s 11 townships plus 18 At Large seats and active past presidents. Along with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, LaGrange County 4-H Club Association directors determine policies for the countywide 4-H program, oversee the development and usage of the fairgrounds, and conduct the annual LaGrange County 4-H Fair.
To be included on the ballot, interested director candidates should contact Nominating Committee Chair Lydia Wolheter at 260-668-1541 or the Purdue Extension office at 499-6334 by Thursday, Sept. 5. Nominations from the floor by those in attendance will also be taken for any of these positions.
In addition to the elections, annual financial and 4-H program statistical information will be available.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend this event to cast ballots for 4-H leadership and thereby impact improvements in youth programming, facilities, and the LaGrange County 4-H Fair.
A federally-authorized program, 4-H is one of the largest youth serving organizations in the world. It is open to all youth in grades 1-12 regardless of race, ethnicity, residency, religion, socioeconomic status, or disability. In recent years, over 250,000 Hoosier youth have participated in 4-H educational programs. Last year some 1200 LaGrange County youth participated in 4-H programs through traditional club and project work, events on the Purdue campus, community and classroom enrichment activities, and county wide career development programs in collaboration with area FFA groups.
The 4-H program is volunteer-based. Adult leaders and parents offer their time and talents to assist youth in reaching their fullest potential through practical experience with hands-on projects, leadership development, and community service.
For more information about opportunities in 4-H, contact the Purdue Extension Service at 499-6334 or visit the 4-H youth development page at www. extension.purdue.edu/lagrange.