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December 23, 2019 Making the Best Better

Karla Meikle, Extension Agent/4-H Youth Development

Dates to Remember:

  • December 30: Livestock Judging Workout, Mandan
  • January 6: Hippology Workouts Begin
  • January 7: BSC Ag Marketing Club-Cargill and Hubbard Feeds, Bismarck
  • January 14: BSC Ag Marketing Club-Martinson Ag, Bismarck
  • January 17: Design Your Succession Plan-Session 1, Mandan

Making the Best Better

I recently celebrated my 10 year anniversary with Morton County Extension. I can’t believe how time has flown by. During the last year, I have experienced the loss of the first group of 4-H members that started their first year of 4-H as they graduated from high school. I’m not a parent, however, it was still sad to see them go and also experience my first empty nest so to speak. The groups of youth that graduate from the 4-H program in Morton County continue to amaze me. They have all moved on to bigger and better things, some have graduated from college since I started here, found their career path and have started families.  One of our 4-H members even graduated from college, taught classes at a high school and moved back to Mandan and is now the Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent in Morton County.  They are all and will continue to be part of our 4-H Family. I want to thank you all for the last 10 years and I look forward to the future of the 4-H program in Morton County.

You may know of 4-H youth that have moved on from the family farm or home but what you don’t know is they still keep in contact with 4-H. Some are 4-H Ambassadors, 4-H volunteers, coaches, judges or financial supporters all are just as equally important. The term “It takes a Village” really is true; without all these wonderful people, 4-H would not exist. You see, it’s not the Extension office that makes 4-H, it’s all of you that work hard at being a part of something greater. While we facilitate, organize and work with all of you, you are the glue that holds 4-H together in Morton County. Everyone involved in 4-H is “Making the Best, Better.”

As we head into 2020 and the beginning of the busy part of the year for 4-H, I encourage all of you to reflect on the experiences you had in 4-H. Remember those that helped and guided you as a 4-H Leader or Coach. Perhaps you will consider lending your time and talents to mentor a youth in our county. Besides the benefits for the youth, you will take pride in the fact that you are watching a young person learn life skills, become a more confident individual and perhaps that person may become a leader in our community one day.

Wishing you the very best this Holiday Season.

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