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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

E-News Blast – February 2018

In This Issue...

  • From Where I Sit…..President, Casey Mull Ph.D.
  • NAE4-HA.com
  • State Visit
  • Award Submissions
  • Are you ready to reinvent yourself? - 2018 Professional Development Conference
  • Professional Development Committee report
  • The National 4-H Hall of Fame - Call for Nominations
  • Board Member Spotlights: Lacey Mann & Donald Reed Jr.

From Where I Sit...

New Resolutions, New Opportunities: #4HRunsHere

If you are anything like me, you may have made several New Year’s resolutions after gorging on delicious holiday meals, watching football and enjoying time with family. But if you are also like me, once you returned to work, those resolutions were quickly forgotten due to the fast pace of a youth development career. Email seemed endless, stacks of 4-H records books were due, and youth kept coming to the office to share what they accomplished over the holiday break.

When I began in Extension, I did not know the pace or the fatigue that my body would endure, often sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle, driving to and from and event, competition or training or hauling training materials, posters, or the other resources to assist with programming. I started small, but began to always pack a pair of shorts and running shoes. Knowing that the hotel may not have a gym and the 4-H Center definitely would not have anything other than plenty of pavement, I began running as a way of relaxing after a busy day.

I often do my best thinking while jogging around a 4-H Center, contemplating the many who came before me, aiming to make the best better. I have found running to be a strong social outlet as northeast Georgia has countless races throughout the year.

I have found numerous heroes in the running circuit in Georgia. We have even recruited 4-H volunteers from the group. One hero is George—the man had a heart attack running a marathon, yet he finished. And he’s back out there, running many more marathons. Another hero is Linda. Linda’s not going to be at the front of the pack. She sometimes begins early so that she can finish with the group. She runs more races than most in a year (likely over 200 in 2017), and the smile never leaves her face. A final hero is Ron Landen who crossed the finish line of his human race, though battling an aggressive cancer, about 4 years ago. He was running less than two months before he lost his battle. He is also the reason I wear orange at a race in December in celebration of his life and his beloved Auburn Tigers.

Our running group—which boasts at least 5 current or former NAE4-HA members—began the Clover Glove Race Series about eight years ago. It is coordinated by volunteers. The races we coordinate are simple in scope, but enormous in heart. Every dollar we raise is invested back into the 4-H program. Our idea caught on and other races wanted to be part of our series.

The Clover Glove Race Series wants to support 4-H professionals in their effort to maintain balance and healthy lifestyle in 2018. The International Home Run, run occurs March 12-16. I’d encourage you to join us. Twenty dollars will give you an opportunity to receive a race shirt, complete a 5K course of your choosing (I recommend flat or downhill, unless you are in my age group). NAE4-HA will receive $5 of each entry to support healthy living initiatives within our association. Individuals can sign up at http://www.cloverglove.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-International-Home-Run-Run-Flyer-_-NAE4-HA.pdf   or   https://www.active.com/anywhere-ga/running/distance-running-races/the-international-home-run-run-2018 

I hope you’ll join me in walking, jogging, or running a 5K route of your choosing March 12-16. Full details are online with how to register and to submit your time. Whether this is your first 5K ever or the first 5K of the week, I hope you’ll grab a photo of you, your family, or your 4-H’ers completing the challenge and post it online with #4HRunsHere.




The NEW NAE4-HA Website is gaining ground in popularity of hits. Have you visited the new website? If not, you are in for a surprise. Click here to sign in and check out your profile and find ways to become engaged with your professional association.

Top Ten States in website hits this month :

1. Virginia
2. Indiana
3. Kentucky
4. Ohio
5. Pennsylvania
6. Georgia
7. Nebraska
8. Florida
9. Texas
10. New York



State Visit

Kathy Riggs, Western Region Director with New Mexico's state leadership team. Photo taken at their in-service training in December in Bernalillo, NM

Award/Scholarship Deadlines:

March 1, 2018, 10:00 pm Pacific Time – Membership must submit award/scholarship application online for state recognition. The system will close at 10pm Pacific Time. Please contact your state Member Recognition Contact to confirm this date. Some states set a different deadline. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED 
April 1, 2018 – State chairs must submit state winners into regional DropBox folder 
May 1, 2018 – Regional chairs must submit regional winners into national DropBox folder 
June 1, 2018 – National winners selected and notified

NAE4-HA Award Application: https://form.jotform.com/nae4ha/state-selection



Are you ready to reinvent yourself?

Ready to take a fresh look at how you work, learn about successful programs and new activities to engage youth in your county?

Join your Ohio 4- H colleagues in Columbus for the 2018 NAE4-HA professional development conference this October. Over the next few months, we’ll highlight what we’ve planned, including some new “reinvented” activities designed help you further your career. Get ready to register for the conference this spring and don’t forget to “like” the NAE4-HA page on Facebook for updates.

For additional information about the 2018 Conference check out the NAE4-HA website or the 2018 Conference Co-Chairs:

Sally McClaskey  mcclaskey.12@osu.edu

Lisa McCutcheon  mccutcheon.46@osu.edu


Professional Development

Submitted by: Lacey Mann, Colorado State University

It is with pleasure that we announce a merger within one of our NAE4-HA Task Forces, the Healthy Living Professional Development Subgroup has merged with the Balancing Work and Family Life Task Force. The merged group is now called the Creating a Healthier You: Blending Your Personal and Professional Life Task Force. The Healthy Living Professional Development sub group was recently apart of the NAE4-HA Healthy Living Task Force, but given that work of the Healthy Living Task Force is focused on youth programming efforts, it made sense for the sub group to merge with the Balancing Work and Family Task Force given their similar areas of focus and goals. The Creating a Healthier You Task Force is committed to the professional development and wellness among association members. Specifically, this merged group will focus on and provide association members with resources and opportunities to learn about finding balance and improving wellness to be more effective in their professional and personal lives. In addition to the Wellness Challenge offered during the NAE4-HA Conference, the Creating a Healthier You Task Force looks forward to providing other professional development opportunities throughout the year. For more information on this task force, please contact the co-chairs, Sharon Gore (gore@njaes.rutgers.edu) or Dr. Tonya Price (tonyaprice@vt.edu).

Call for Nominations – Class of 2018

The National 4-H Hall of Fame is a partnership between the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters but is managed by the NAE4-HA Public Relations and Information Hall of Fame Task Force. The Hall of Fame was established in 2002 in celebration of the 4-H Centennial to recognize 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff employees, donors and others who made a significant impact on the 4-H program and/or 4-H members through the contribution of time, energy, financial resources, etc. at the local, state or national level. Each Land-grant institution may annually submit one nomination. The three national partners may submit up to three nominations per year.

Approximately 15 laureates are inducted annually. Please visit the National 4-H Hall of Fame website at: http://www.4-h-hof.com/ to view photos, biographies and other interesting information about laureates.

The selection process involves a committee of 18-20 people, including eight NAE4-HA members (2 from each region), representatives of 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council, a past NAE4-HA president, a State 4-H Leader, four-five Hall of Fame laureates and two-three youth representatives. The Selection Committee is primarily interested in learning of the nominee’s significant impacts on 4-H program and how they exhibit outstanding citizenship, leadership, career accomplishments and character.

This year’s ceremony is scheduled for October 19, 2018 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The nomination form and information on the nomination process can be found on the NAE4-HA website at the following link: http://nae4ha.com/page/HallofFame Nominations for the Class of 2018 are due by February 28, 2018.

For more information about the National 4-H Hall of Fame, please contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, National 4-H Hall of Fame Task Force Chair at 609-827-0199 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.



Board Member Spotlights

Meet a few of our board members and find out what they enjoy about our association, while getting to know them a little better.




Lacey Mann

Professional Development Committee Chair

Home Land-grant University:

Colorado State University

Work history:

Colorado State University Extension 4-H Outreach Agent-Adams County One Year

Colorado State University Extension 4-H Agent- Prowers and Bent Counties, Eight Years

Texas Farm Bureau State Legislative Affairs and Texas Agriculture Council- Four Years

What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA?

NAE4-HA has provided the networking and program sharing opportunities that have helped broaden my program delivery and professional development. Working with educators from across the country has been exciting and often provides the encouragement needed to face the daily challenges and opportunities we all face in this Extension world.

What’s your favorite movie(s) and /or television show(s)?

My favorite movies are Animal House and Gone With the Wind. My favorite television shows is almost anything that makes me laugh or solve mysteries. Modern Family and The Office are at the top of the list.

What is your favortie past-time or hobby?

I absolutely love to travel and explore. Reading and golf are the other two hobbies that typically keep me out of trouble.

My favorite quote:

“The idea is to live your life in a way that makes you feel lit up. Alive. Excited. Bright. Half-hearted anything won’t get you there. It will end up doing the opposite.” Victoria Erickson

If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing?

I would be an archaeologist. This idea goes along with exploring the world and bridging the past to the present so we may better understand where we have been and where we may go.

Donald Reed Jr.

VP of Finance and Operations

Home Land-grant University:

West Virginia University

Employment history:

WV Division of Tobacco Prevention: 2003-2007, West Virginia University: 2007-08, WV Division of Tobacco Prevention: 2008-2012; West Virginia University: 2012-Present

What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA?

I enjoy working with people who have hearts of gold, eyes of vision, and purpose of life.

What’s your favorite movie and /or television show?

I have no television and haven’t seen a movie since 1995.

What is your favorite past-time or hobby?

I love planting tulips and reading.

Please share one of your favorite quotes:

1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God, I am what I am.

If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing?

I am a historian by education, a counselor by training, but my heart would pull me home to spend more time with my family. Life is short and time is precious. I like visiting a different friend each day. If I could have any job? – I would like to be the Chief Justice on the US Supreme Court


This edition of E-news was brought to you by the 2017-2018 NAE4-HA Board of Directors

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