Volunteering In The Panhandle

Time to Purple UP!

4-H Clubs and many others will be sporting the color Purple to support military youth on April 8! Join them celebrating April Month of the Military Child and Purple UP! Day April 8 or April 15. Be creative….the goal is for military youth to see the support in their school, youth groups, and the community! …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/14/time-to-purple-up/

Volunteers SPIN into 4-H and Find New Friends and Opportunities!

Becky Pengelley, SPin Sewing volunteer Many of our greatest relationships can be traced back to chance encounters. Evelyn Gonzalez and Becky Pengelly, the Leon County 4-H Sewing SPIN (Special Interest) Club Leaders, met by chance though the encouragement their 4-H Agent, Stefanie Prevatt. Evelyn learned of Leon County 4-H in the summer of 2014 through …

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Spreading the “4-H Bug”

Jerry is a retiree and currently volunteers in the 4-H learning gardens in Calhoun County, working as he is available. He also answers my many gardening questions and offers advice. I’m grateful for his commitment to the Calhoun County 4-H program, and am glad to share his 4-H story with you today in his own …

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Growing 4-H in Schools

Students in Mrs. Peacocks 5th grade science class explored the Laws of Motion during 4-H National Science Day. It’s day two of National Volunteer Week, and today our 4-H volunteer spotlight is on Mrs. Kim Peacock. Kim is a 5th grade science teacher at Blountstown Elementary School in Calhoun County.  Recently I had the opportunity …

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4-H Grown & Raised

 What drives a 4-H Volunteer to do what they do? Quite simply, quoting Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the HEART.”  In relation to 4-H, they have a heart that bleeds green! Jamie with her market lambs. Jamie Burgess joined 4-H in 1990 with her first project in market lambs. …

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Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Our volunteers help make clubs, camps, and other educational programs possible so that we can Grow 4-H in Florida!  Photo credit: National 4-H Council Sunday, April 10th, marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week.  A recent study found that volunteers are directly responsible for teaching as much as 50% of the life skills a youth learns through the 4-H …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/happy-national-volunteer-appreciation-week/

Hearts of Gold 4-H Club Prepares to Purple Up April 8!

Hearts of Gold 4-H Club Hearts of Gold 4-H Club and many others will be sporting the color Purple to support military youth on April 8! Join them celebrating April Month of the Military Child and Purple UP! Day April 8 or April 15. Be creative….the goal is for military youth to see the support …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/07/hearts-of-gold-4-h-club-prepares-to-purple-up-april-8/

Go Purple to Support Military Youth

Show military youth that you care- wear purple on April 8th! April is the Month of The Military Child! When we think of honoring our military, we often think of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Did you know there is also a time identified to honor our youngest heroes, military children?  Since 1986, April has …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/01/go-purple-to-support-military-youth/

Grow Confidence with Blue Ribbon 4-H Public Presentations

4-H has helped this Washington County youth develop confidence to speak in front of groups.  Photo credit: Julie Dillard, UF IFAS A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40% of Americans suffer from glossophobia, or fear of public speaking.  This statistic inspired the famous joke by stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld that a most funerals, “the average person would …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/25/grow-confidence-with-blue-ribbon-4-h-public-presentations/

4-H Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Use St. Patrick’s Day to learn about Irish culture in your 4-H club I just discovered a few years ago that my great-grandmother, whom I never met, was an Irish redhead. I found this very exciting. It made me much more interested in learning about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, beyond wearing green. We …

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