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Westercamp on State 4-H Council

Sep 12, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED State 4-H Council Members from Southeast Area are, from left, sitting: Hallie Sandeen of Henry County, Lexi DeJong of Mahaska County, Rebecca Crawford of Poweshiek County; standing: Audra Weber of Keokuk County, Cole Moeller of Lee County, Joy Westercamp of Van Buren County and Kristen Flathers of Clinton County.

AMES — Forty Iowa youth, including Joy Westercamp of Van Buren County, are beginning terms as State 4-H Council members; the induction was held during the closing ceremonies of the 2017 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 29.

“These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth program specialist.

To be considered for the State 4-H Council, each submitted a written application and participated in face-to-face interviews with a panel of 4-H mentors. The process focuses on how candidates communicate their leadership and communication skills, as well as their potential to contribute as a part of a large group.

“The members gain experience in a wide variety of valuable life skills, including leadership and communication,” Allen said. “Through State 4-H Council, 4-Hers have the opportunity to participate in training, serve in committee leadership roles, and work as ambassadors for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program at county and statewide events.”

As a part of the council, members organize and implement the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. They serve at the Iowa State Fair and other 4-H events, and visit counties to share with 4-H’ers how to get involved with state and national 4-H opportunities.They coordinate, promote and oversee the 4-H’ers for 4-H fundraising campaign.


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