4-H for LaGrange County is much more than one week in July where the 4-H’ers show their animals and submit their projects.
There are many volunteers from all over LaGrange who are supporting the 4-H’ers in any way that they can to help them reach their full potential. Throughout the year there is a cooperative effort between the fair board, Purdue Extension services, and 4-H leaders to make 4-H as enjoyable for the participants as they can.
The volunteers encompass the mission and vision of 4-H and are really trying to make a difference in LaGrange County and surrounding areas.
Mission: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
Vision: A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.
The 4-H club leaders encourage their members to think about ways to make a difference in the community. During the year the members work with their leaders on projects to help make the fair or the community a better place. The 4-H leaders care a great deal about what their members are achieving during the year and do their best to make that go as smoothly as possible. They have to be on top of the deadlines and encouraging the members to take responsibility and get things done.
Stroh Sunny Spotlighters 4-H Leader Joy Tracey has been really involved in all that her club members do.
“Seeing their success and something that they learn has been one of the best parts,” said Tracey. “The coolest is when they learn from their mistakes, especially when they learn from something they’ve done.”
The fair is organized throughout the year by the fair board. They are working to be able to bring in people to support the 4-H’ers during the week and make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the other organizers that works closely with the youth is 4-H Extension Educator John Emerson. He works closely with Purdue and the Indiana 4-H programs.
Emerson is in charge of the records and the books and getting the information out to the club leaders with what all is going on in Indiana 4-H. He is one of the main reasons that any of the local projects make it to the state fair.
The kids are able to do their best in 4-H because of people that volunteer to help make their experience the best that it can be.