“It teaches kids responsibility, self discipline and worth, makes them more community-oriented, and it helps them mold into a better person for society,” said 4-H Program Assistant Rebecca Pass, who also functions as a youth development coordinator. “4-H creates a well-rounded person.”
The club members and staff strive daily to embody the true meaning behind what 4-H stands for in its mission statement.
“We stress generosity and hospitality,” said Pass. “We incorporate the meaning of 4-H: Head, heart, hands and health.”
Gordon County is home to many successful and striving 4-Hers who devote their talents and passions to making themselves, and the world around them, a better place.
“There are a lot of 4-H opportunities,” said 4-Her Amanda Jo Morris. “It’s a great organization to be a part of. I love it.”
Many will take those talents to the Georgia National Fair in Perry Oct. 6 through Oct. 16.
“Gordon County will have 23 4-Hers exhibiting market lambs and goats in the state show, and 14 showing beef cattle,” said 4-H Livestock Coordinator Kurt Sutherland.
One of the myths about 4-H is that it’s all about livestock and agriculture. While the organization does do things in that field, youth can benefit in a broader range of areas, too.
“It has really helped me with my public speaking,” said 4-Her Marie Swims. “It’s helped me come out of my shell and talk to more people.”
Aspiring singer Madison Smith said it’s all about achieving her dreams. Through the District Project Achievement at 4-H, she is on her way to big things.
Smith said she participates in public speaking and concert events through DPA.
“If you have a dream that you want to accomplish, 4-H can help you get there,” said Smith. “It’s given me a real feel for what being a singer will be like.”
Julia Rhinehart said 4-H has prepared her for college and taught her essential life skills.
“I plan to attend UGA one day,” said Rhinehart. “It’s taught me self-confidence and that hard work is all you need to do.”