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Local chapter celebrates National 4-H Week

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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4-H offers learning, life lessons and fun

Linnea Gaetjens

 I was recently called the “4-H Lady,” I think the name fits.

Linnea Gaetjens

Linnea Gaetjens

4-H fills my mind with learning, my heart with friends and my calendar with events.

My 4-H learning has come through studying and hands-on experiences.  I can decipher a topographic map, give oral reasons for a decision, and identify dozens of insects and diseases that attack trees.

However, knowledge doesn’t always come from a book.  Perhaps my most valuable skills are how to be an effective leader and a good team member.  I have met so many wonderful people through 4-H.  Looking at my list of Facebook friends, I see people from around the state and even across the country.  I have also grown to be good friends with my teammates.

Long car trips, late nights (studying, of course) and silly inside jokes make good friends.  4-H is an important part of my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.



4-H: providing leadership training

Rebecca Shores

 I am a 4-H All-Star and Honor Club member.  I love 4-H because I have made so many great friends. I’ve learned many life lessons such as persistence. I have learned to dress appropriately and benefited from knowing how to treat adults to when to be one. I’ve also enjoyed learning about leadership opportunities and have learned to become a leader. I hope that one day I can use my leadership skills in the workplace.

4-H has helped shape my life

Mary Elisabeth Mills

 mills4-H has always been a big part of my life, if I had to describe 4-H in one word it would be: opportunity. Opportunity to learn, make new friends, opportunity to lead, to serve and “to make the best better.”

This past spring I had the opportunity to attend 4-H Congress in Nashville as a delegate. As delegates we learn about Tennessee state government, participate in mock senate or house sessions and meet our state senators and representatives. It is also an opportunity to meet 4-H members from across the state and form new friendships.

My4-H project is in Line and Design and through my project I have learned many new skills such as knitting, crocheting, card making, quilling and flower arranging to name just a few. This past summer I attended State 4-H Round Up in Knoxville where I competed in my project and was awarded as a Level One- Line and Design project winner.

Being involved in 4-H has given me the opportunity  to learn the leadership and citizenship skills I need to be able to organize and conduct service projects and help other people. I currently serve as president for the Tullahoma 4-H Club, Service Project Chairman for the Honor Club, recently elected to serve as Southeast Area Rep on the Central Region 4-H All-Star Council and currently serve on the Coffee County Youth Advisory Board.

In addition to my Line and Design project I am also involved in the Citizenship project where I work with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital knitting hats for the infant boys and assembling craft kits for the other patients. I also work with Treat the Troops an organization that sends cookies to our troops overseas. Participating in other service projects through the 4-H Honor Club and 4-H All Stars such as Caps for

The 4-H Slogan is "Learn by Doing".  Alex Dunavent is putting that slogan to work as he learns to make a bracelet.

The 4-H Slogan is “Learn by Doing”. Alex Dunavent is putting that slogan to work as he learns to make a bracelet.

Chemo for the American Cancer Society and Operation Christmas Child for Samaritans Purse is another opportunity I enjoy.  This is one of the reasons I like being a 4-H member, there are so many opportunities to serve and make a differencenot only in our community but across the country and throughout the world.

Through my participation in 4-H I have gained knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime. I am grateful for all the opportunities 4-H has provided.

4-H Happenings


Lindsey A. White


4-H Poultry Show and Sale

Thirteen 4-H members participated in the Coffee County 4-H Poultry Show that was held at the Coffee County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Members of the chick chain project received their chicks in March, cared for and raised them, and were required to bring a pen of five pullets to be shown and judged. Michael Barry, Extension Agent from Dekalb County, served as the judge.  The pullets were judged on uniformity, maturity, and body conformation.  Kaylynne Johnson’s pen was selected as the Grand Champion pen.  Jenny Haley received the Reserve Champion plaque for her pen of pullets.

After the show concluded, the 4-H members had the option to sell their pen at the auction, which gives them the opportunity to be rewarded and earn money for their hard work.  Charles Garvin was the auctioneer for the sale.  Donald Brown purchased the Grand Champion pen from Kaylynne Johnson.  Other buyers included David Shelton, Rusty Holt, Thomas Baker, and Chris Shelton.  A special thanks to those that helped during the show and sale, and to the buyers, for supporting the youth in Coffee County; we appreciate you!  Congratulations to all 4-H members that participated in the Coffee County 4-H Chick Chain Project.