Since 4-H’s implementation in North Carolina over 100 years ago, many youth and numerous caring adults have participated in 4-H — giving time, skills and efforts to the betterment of the lives of Scotland County youth. These are stories that should be shared, as they highlight the impacts 4-H and NC Cooperative Extension play in our lives. 4-H not only gives to our youth, it gives something special to everyone who is involved. The program has become known to produce talented leaders in various genres of our lives.
Therefore, Scotland County 4-H is seeking to locate local 4-H Alumni, past volunteers and volunteer club leaders. We want to highlight their 4-H experiences ranging from camping, livestock showcase and fashion revue to public speaking and 4-H Congress. During our Report to the People, Mr. Clay Brooks, a 4-H Alumni, shared a video testimonial from how 4-H changed his life and helped him to become the success he is today.
Brooks graduated from Harvard University and is currently enrolled in Columbia University of New York. Clay is not the only Scotland County 4-H Alumni who has gone on to do great things. Larry Horne, the founder of Horne International Designs, Inc., has an extensive resume of success in 4-H and beyond. As 4-H continues its legacy, youth continue to learn and grow and carry the torch for future youth.
The success of our past and present 4-Hers may be attributed to the care and time of dedicated volunteers, whether the volunteer led a workshop, sewing class or maintained a 4-H club, we want to know about it, share it, learn and gain from it. We would like to celebrate the contributions by highlighting a 4-H alumnus in a monthly column in The Laurinburg Exchange.
You may download a “Where Are They Now” informational from from our website at scotland.ces.ncsu.edu or pick up from the NC Cooperative Extension Center at 231 East Cronly St., Suite 800 right here in Laurinburg. If you or a family member has knowledge of a 4-H alumnus, you may submit a form on him or her.
To celebrate the contributions of our current 4-Hers and volunteers, we will host our annual 4-H Achievement Night on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Main St., Laurinburg.
To learn more about joining and/or to participate in 4-H programs or to volunteer by sharing a skill, talent or offering assistance to the 4-H program, call Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent at 910-277-2422.