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4-H to recognize volunteers


Concluding its fifty-ninth year of incorporation, the annual meeting and election of the 4‑H Club Association of LaGrange County will be held on Thursday, September 27th, at 7:15 p.m. at the Woodruff Grove Church in rural LaGrange. 4‑H parents, volunteers and other adults in the county interested in 4-H work are eligible to vote. Prior to the annual meeting, some 1704-H volunteers will be recognized during the 4-H Leader banquet sponsored by the 4-H Club Association. Jordan Brown, this year’s Miss LaGrange County and a Lakeland senior and 4-H member, will be the featured guest.

 Eight director positions will be elected this year. Balloting for representatives from Clearspring, Springfield, and Van Buren townships as well as five At-Large slots will be conducted. Terms for this year’s elected candidates will expire in 2015.

 Current 4-H by laws specify that the 30 member policy-making board be comprised of representatives of each of the county’s eleven townships plus eighteen At-Large seats and active past presidents. Along with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, 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 Clayton Barrows at 336-3556 or the Purdue Extension office at 499-6334 by Monday, September 24th. Nominations from the floor by those in attendance will also be taken for any of these positions.

 In addition to the elections, the meeting agenda includes annual reports from the 4-H Association President, Ken Martin, and the Treasurer, Yvonne Eash, along with a proposal to amend the Association’s Articles of Incorporation.

 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 1,175 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