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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

From Where I Sit...

4-H Creates Powerful Moments

I just returned from Orlando, Florida from the JCEP Leadership Development Conference. Throughout this newsletter, I hope you’ll read from others who attended about the successes that our regional directors had and our state association leadership had while there. We learned more about our temperament and personalities from David Mitchell (http://www.theleadershipdifference.com).  For the record, I’m a Romantic Mastermind. You’ll need to visit with someone who attended to understand the story behind it. 

After the JCEP Leadership Development Conference ended, I remained behind for the American Camping Association conference. Dan Heath, Duke University professor, served as one of the keynote speakers. His new book resonated with everything we should do as a youth development professional. 

The summary of his presentation included:

- Great experiences are built on peaks.

- Fixing problems doesn’t raise peaks.

- We build peaks with elevation, insight, pride, and connection.

- Think recognition. Think courage. Think quests. 

During his presentation and highlighted in his book is the Magic Castle Hotel in Los Angeles. The Magic Castle Hotel is among the top 3 rated hotels in the area, ranked just above the 4 Seasons. Looking at a photo of the hotel would cause you to wonder how it was ranked so highly. The Magic Castle Hotel is a bright yellow former apartment building built in the 1960s. It ranks highly because it creates memorable moments for its guests. 

Imagine if you were on vacation in a warm spot and there was a red phone by the pool. At the other end of the line, there’s a man in a tuxedo, complete with white gloves, waiting to bring you your choice of popsicles on a silver tray. All you must do is to pick up that red phone, dubbed the Popsicle Hotline. These types of moments are what we should strive to do in 4-H. A challenge Dan Heath left for us is to push for the unreasonable idea. It’s the unreasonable idea that led to the creation of the Popsicle Hotline among many other ways the Magic Castle Hotel creates powerful moments. 

The International, Home Run, Run

As a reminder we encourage you to participate in the International, Home Run, Run March 12-16.  For $20, you’ll receive a race shirt and complete a 5K course with folks from across the country. 

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

Don’t forget to grab a photo of you, your family, or your 4-H’ers completing the challenge and post it online with #4HRunsHere.


Save the Date for Virtual Professional Development Opportunities in 2018!

Submitted by Jeffrey Burke, NAE4-HA Virtual Professional Development Task Force Chair

As an NAE4-HA member, we invite you to engage in professional development monthly through our virtual professional development opportunities!  These webinars are streamed live and archived for later viewing, designed to fit the busy schedule of an Extension professional.  With content presented by NAE4-HA members and sponsored by NAE4-HA committees and tasks forces, it is our goal to connect you with other NAE4-HA members to explore and share current trends in youth and professional development.  What an exciting way to grow professionally in the comfort of your office!

Webinars will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST.  Please save the dates below on your calendar for each monthly session.  

·         March 21

·         April 18

·         May 16

·         June 20

·         July 18

·         August 15

·         September 19

·         November 21

Are you looking for an opportunity to present on a national scale, but may be limited due to travel?  Submit a proposal for a virtual professional development webinar!  The Virtual Professional Development Task Force is there to support you every step of the way through the application process, connecting you with an NAE4-HA committee or task force, and assisting in evaluation and follow up.  With a streamline application process through the NAE4-HA website, applying to lead a webinar has never been easier!  Use this link to apply: http://nae4ha.com/page/ProfDev

Again, we are excited to bring these professional development opportunities to you in 2018!  If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Burke, Virtual PD Task Force Chair, at jburke@uga.edu.




NAE4-HA for the New Extension Professionals Webinar Series 


A professional development series offered for youth development professionals within their first three years of employment.  This series will assist new professionals in understanding the benefits and business of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.  Webinars will share insights on the importance of being involved in NAE4-HA as well as tools that will help the new professional create and manage a successful professional development experience through NAE4-HA.



Webinar Information - Click the links below each title to Register!

March 14, 2018

Title: Expanding Your Professional Development with NAE4-HA


Presenter: Abby W. Smith

Email: awsmith@uga.edu

Abstract: This webinar will provide you with a better understanding of professional development opportunities available to all association members.These include virtual professional development webinars, journal of youth development, awards submissions and virtual committee/task force meetings.There is more you can do to be involved than just attend a National Conference.Learn about the many benefits of association membership you can be engaged in without leaving your office.

May 9, 2018

Title: It’s Time to Register for Conference … but how?!?!




Abstract: Deciding to go to the NAE4-HA Conference was easy but going through the online registration is a different story! Let us help you as you prepare to navigate the online registration system.We don’t want you to miss the chance to register for pre-conference offerings and seminars on wheels that are also available through this registration process.It may seem overwhelming but we are here to walk you through the process step-by-step.

August 8, 2018

Title: Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings, Oh My!




Abstract: A guide to understanding the foundation of association involvement.Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings are all integral ways for members to be involved in the Association but it can often be overwhelming to a new Extension Professional.This session will help you to understand why business meetings are important, what happens during business meeting and why you should be there.Attendees will also learn about the structure of the association and how committees, sub-committees and task forces are the lifeblood of the association.

September 12, 2018

Title: Navigating Conference as a New Extension Professional




Abstract: You are registered for the NAE4-HA Conference…Now What?This session will help attendees to learn how to navigate a conference schedule, learn to use the Conference App, how to maximize your time in the exhibit hall, important sessions to attend and more.Did you know there’s an orientation just for New Extension Professionals/First Time Attendees at the Conference?This webinar will take the stress out of your first experience at a National conference.



Experience Youth Empowerment

Submitted by Morgan Domokos, Ohio State University, and member of the Youth Empowerment Taskforce


Read this great article about Youth/Adult Partnerships from the Journal of Extension! http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/171204FA003


What do Youth/Adult Partnerships look like?

§  Results when youth and adults work together as a team to make decisions that affect their lives.

§  Both adults and youth have the opportunity to make suggestions, decisions and recommendations.

§  One is not valued over the other; it is a collaborative and mutual relationship.

§  Focus on nurturing, emphasizing youth and their contributions rather than their problems.

 (Retrieved from Youth Empowerment Best Practices Showcase, 2017 NAE4-HA Conference)


North Central Region’s Highlights

MLK Day Youth Summit: Flippin' tha Scrypt

Submitted by Brenda Spurgeon, Iowa State University

Nearly 100 youth from the Des Moines area gathered at Drake University to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15th. The focus for the day, “Economic Equity”, provided an opportunity for youth in grades 6 through 12 to learn about the statistics of Polk County and how they have an effect on themselves, their families, and their communities. A partnership between the Evelyn K. Davis Center, Drake University, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the summit gave the youth time to learn and a chance to share their stories. Youth created Instagram videos, which can be found here, as a way to give their ideas a voice.  Lisa Green, a 4-H youth specialist, commented on the power of the day, “it's exciting to see youth inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; use the information they have about their community to move toward economic equality.”

Local experts were brought in to address the topics of economic equity for African-Americans in Polk County in the areas of housing, family income, incarceration, education, and employment. In small groups, experts took the time to break down economic equity for the youth through valuable discussion. “In 4-H, we encourage difficult conversations with the goal of bringing different voices together, including youth voices, in a context of joy and fun. We walk out of the event as friends working together for a better future for Iowa,” said Iowa 4-H Program Leader John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas. Marvin DeJear from The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families said, “This year’s MLK Youth Summit was a success. The event continues to evolve and provide students with the necessary skills outside of the classroom to be not only successful students but plant the seeds to be successful in life overall. To have ISU Extension and Outreach come on board and join the collaborative efforts to put on the youth summit, was a win-win. We look forward to (4-H's) continued participation in the future and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the youth through the MLK Youth Summit.”

Click the image to see a MLK Day Summit video (Ctrl + Click) or click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj_rJogkUcI .


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.

 Casey Mull



Home Land-grant University:

University of Georgia

Work history:

I’ve gotten a paycheck from 4-H since I was 18 years old. I currently serve as State 4-H Specialist and 4-H / Air Force Youth Development Specialist since 2006 after serving as a 4-H camp counselor and program assistant.

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

I enjoy most seeing the impact that 4-H makes across the country. Being able to advocate for the youth development profession is an honor because our work is so important and valuable to society.

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

My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. My favorite television show is Big Bang Theory.

What is your favortie past-time or hobby?

I run, some say too much. Last year I competed in about 150 races and I have the goal to complete a marathon in every state.

My favorite quote:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – T. Roosevelt

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

If I didn’t take my first job with Extension, I’d have been a corp member for Teach For America, serving students in the Mississippi Delta. If I weren’t in Extension currently, I may be a pilot or serving full-time in the Air Force.

Betty Gottler

NAE4-HA Archivist
Home Land-grant University/Organization:
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Brief employment/work history:

Retired in 2012 after 30+ years with ACES. Worked on county, regional and state level in 4-H and Youth Development. Since retirement, I have continued to volunteer in local 4-H events such as the awards programs and livestock auctions. Currently I am serving on the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. as the Programs Committee chair. We are working on the expansion of the 4-H Center complex, providing Innovation Grants for county programs, and sponsoring the 4-H Ambassadors.

What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA? I have been excited to worked on the celebrations for NAE4-HA anniversaries and for the Centennial Celebration of 4-H. All of these gave NAE4-HA a chance to review past achievement while looking forward to strategic placement of the 4-H profession. I always enjoy travel to a new conference surrounding areas and 4-H program through pre-conference events, seminars on wheels and tours. The highlight of NAE4-HA for me was working on 4-H Stories from Heart (Vol. I). It tells of what we do and what we have accomplished. Volume II is coming soon.

What is your favorite television show?


What is your favorite past-time or hobby?

Reading, travel, handicrafts (crocheting, needlework)\

Please share your favorite quotes:

I am a collector of quotes and have many. The one I chose today follows. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be see or even touched, they must be felt with the head. - Helen Keller

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

I just laughed when I read this question. I am retired and the thing I like most is being involved…..but not filling out the reports.



Highlights of the Tours and Seminars on Wheels for the 2018 NAE4-HA Conference

Submitted by Jenny Strickler, Ohio State University

The 2018 NAE4-HA tours and seminars on wheels are sure to offer something for everyone, whether you are looking for an educational topic to add energy and excitement to your 4-H program, if you just want to enjoy something fun that interests you, or if you want to explore some of Ohio’s unique destinations. We hope you join us on one of these great tours or seminars on wheels while enjoying NAE4-HA in Ohio.

Pre-Conference Tours – Saturday October 6th

Hocking Hills – Located in northing Hocking County at the edge of the Hocking Hills Region, Boch Hollow provides an excellent opportunity to see a wide diversity of habitats ranging from riparian corridors, mature wooded hills, ridges, and old field remnants. Unique among Ohio’s preserves is the mission of Boch Hollow to serve as an educational site for hands-on environmental education of Appalachian Ohio ecology. Staff will gear education towards interest of the participants. Participants will get the chance to explore some of the nearly 7 miles of hiking trails. The next stop of this tour will be at the Bishop Educational Gardens, a 36 acre parcel of land used for outdoor education by the Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District. Educational programs at this location include tree identification, Garden Workshop, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist classes, Rain Barrel Workshops, Home school programs, adult hikes, and more. http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/bochhollow https://www.hockingswcd.com/bishop-educational-gardens.html

The Wilds – The Wilds is a private, non-profit conservation center location on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land in rural southeastern Ohio. It was created as a conservation center of the future by a group of civic leaders, political leaders, and zoo professionals who believed that a serious scientific approach was required to find solutions to environmental concerns.  The mission of The Wilds is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife. Enjoy a safari like tour of The Wilds where you will see over two dozen different wild animal species including the dhole, cheetah, and African painted dog while visiting the carnivore facility, and the greater one-horned Asian rhino, grevy’s zebra, Persian onager, and giraffe all while traversing the multiple pastures. https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org/

Conference Workshop – Tuesday, October 9

COSI Teacher Workshop - COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, is a nationally renowned science center that inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. This 320,000-square-foot building is one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. Spend the afternoon at COSI and immerse yourself in a one of a kind STEM professional development opportunity. COSI team members will provide a unique look at three different ways to process inquiry based learning. This workshop includes inquiry-based experiments and discussion of current science education pedagogy. https://cosi.org/

Conference Seminars on Wheels – Wednesday, October 10

4-H Camp Ohio and Knox County Agricultural Museum Since 1928, 4-H Camp Ohio has served youth and adults with various outdoor educational opportunities. On 544 acres, the camp is a site for studies in nature, environmental education, adventure, living history, Amish and English farming, shooting sports, and STEM. The tour will allow hiking to observe youth engaged in activities as well as experience what camp has to offer including the tower/zipline. The Knox County Agricultural Museum is believed to be the only one of its kind in Ohio. Devoted almost exclusively to farm and home lifestyles of the 1800s and early 1900s, the Museum houses more than 5,000 items, each depicting how our forefathers (and mothers) lived and worked. Several outbuildings adjoin the main museum structure and its two wings. They illustrate turn-of-the-Century everyday life and education, including a log house, one-room schoolhouse, smoke house, spring house, a Hiawatha Park lion cage, and an outhouse. https://www.4hcampohio.org/ http://www.theagmuseum.org/

National Museum of the US Air Force - The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission to fly, fight and win ... in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection.  Special feature - One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II, the B-17F Memphis Belle will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018.  The new exhibit surrounding the Memphis Belle will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts, which have never been seen before by our visitors. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – The Columbus Zoo received their first animal, Colo, the first gorilla born in human care in 1956 and has grown since then to become a nationally and internationally acclaimed year-round recreational and educational facility as well as a conservation center contributing to the preservation of the world’s wildlife and habitats. It has a worldwide reputation, largely attributable to the efforts and promotion of director emeritus Jack Hanna. The Columbus Zoo has more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species. At the start of the twenty-first century, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium supports over 70 conservation projects in 38 countries. Participants will have the freedom to enjoy the zoo at their leisure during this seminar. https://www.columbuszoo.org/

Fairfield County Fair - 4-H is an integral part of the 94 County & Independent Fairs across the State of Ohio.  4-H members look forward to the opportunity to share their knowledge, skills and accomplishments from their 4-H projects with the community during their annual county fair.  Take this afternoon tour and see how 4-H is incorporated in a county fair in Ohio at the 168th annual Fairfield County Fair located only 45 minutes from the Columbus in beautiful Lancaster, Ohio.  Attendees will receive a guided tour of the fairgrounds, learn how OSU Extension prepares the over 1,500 4-H members and nearly 300 4-H volunteers for a successful and educational experience from the local 4-H Extension Educator, as well as have the opportunity view some junior fair livestock shows and exhibits on their own.  Attendees will even get the full fair experience, as they will eat lunch on their own at any vendor of their choice on the fairgrounds!  Check out more information about “The Best and Last of Season” at http://www.fairfieldcountyfair.org.

Franklin Park Conservatory – In 1852, The Franklin County Agricultural Society purchased 88 acres located two miles east of downtown Columbus as a site for the first Franklin County Fair. In 1874, that land was made the official grounds of the Ohio State Fair. Ohio Legislature passed a resolution declaring the site as Franklin Park and open for public use in 1884. The facility developed a reputation for horticultural excellence with the display of rare and unusual plants and became a popular location for family gatherings, weddings, and events. The current mission of Franklin Park Conservatory is inspired by horticulture, Frank Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences. The Conservatory building, future Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and expanded Grand Mallway is home to the visitor experience and spans about 13 acres. The Visitor Experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly is also on display. https://www.fpconservatory.org/

Leeds Farm  – An afternoon in October couldn’t be spent in a more perfect place than Leeds Farm. Spend the day getting plenty of fresh air, having fun in the barnyard, and participating in the fall outdoor activities for the young at heart. Don’t miss the Back 40 barnyard activities, hayrides, pumpkin jump, zip line, paint ball, and so much more. Connect with the local Extension Educators and discuss agritourism. http://www.leedsfarm.com/

Ohio State University What do comic books, a moon rock, and a cow crowned as homecoming queen all have in common? Come explore the legend and lore of Ohio State University on this quick-paced campus tour and find out. From agriculture to contemporary arts, you will walk and ride through places such as the Ohio 4-H Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Waterman Agricultural & Natural Resources Laboratory, Page Hall housing Astronaut John Glenn’s memorabilia, and a building with a green roof. Lunch will be served in the bustling Ohio Union. Become a Buckeye for a day on this exciting educational tour! https://www.osu.edu/

Quarter Horse Congress The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show with over 24,500 entries in 2017. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and held at the Ohio Expo Center. Their mission is to promote and protect the Quarter Horse and the interests of owners, breeders, exhibitors and enthusiasts. OQHA is committed to setting the standard in the equine industry by engaging equine enthusiast through world-class competition, recreational activities, education and engagements of the next generation of participants and industry leaders. Browse the hundreds of vendors, gawk at Puppy Alley, check out the 2018 Stallions, or watch reining or cutting competitions and more. http://www.quarterhorsecongress.com/

Ronald McDonald House/Mid-Ohio Foodbank The Ronald McDonald House is an independent nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is ending hunger today, tomorrow and for a lifetime. They provide enough food for about 155,000 meals each day to help stabilize families, connect hungry neighbors with community services to help them toward economic sufficiency, and energize the community to address root causes of hunger so everyone thrives. Spend your day giving back to the community and improving the lives of Ohioans by participating in service at the Ronald McDonald House and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. https://www.rmhc.org/ https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/

Amish Country – Take a tour to beautiful Holmes County, home of the largest settlement of Amish in the world. The Amish originally came from Switzerland, and have retained many of their old world ways. Your tour will center, around the village of Walnut Creek, a popular fall tourist destination, where you will enjoy Amish food, learn about the Amish and Mennonite culture at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center http://behalt.com/


Citizenship Webinar Series 2018

Please see the information below for times and links to each webinar (all are different)


March 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST



What’s the IDEA? (domestic citizenship) presented by Hillary Ashivaka, 4-H Youth Development

Educator, Purdue Extension, Marion County


The Marion County 4-H program (Indianapolis) is challenging youths to step out of their comfort zones by promoting a community initiative known as 4-H Action IDEA (Identity, Development, Engagement, and Advancement). The IDEA is to explore creative ways to bring new opportunities where youth identify needs and interests, in partnership with adults, in targeted community groups, and especially inner-city areas. The aim is to make youth own the values of their communities to raise responsible citizens in the future. In this webinar, you will discover the different ways youth are engaging in the IDEA project, its successes, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.



March 15, 2018, 3:30 PM EST



Farmer-to-Farmer Opportunities for Extension Professionals presented by USDA NIFA


Center for International Programs and 4-H Nat’l Headquarters within Division Youth and 4-H, USDA NIFA will host a webinar with partners explaining Farmer-to-Farmer opportunities.



March 29, 2018, 3:30 PM EST



Federal Partners Present International Positive Youth Development presented by Dr. Lisa

Lauxman, Director, 4-H Nat’l HQ, DY4-H, and Dr. Otto Gonzalez, Director, CIP


4-H Nat’l HQ within the Division Youth and 4-H (DY4-H) and Center for International Programs (CIP), USDA NIFA, present a webinar on how the federal partner engages with positive youth development opportunities.



May 8, 2018, 2:00 PM EST



Civil Discourse (domestic citizenship) presented by Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters,


4-H National Headquarters supported the National Institute of Civil Discourse in the development of a text based program titled “Revive Civility.” We will introduce the program and share how you can utilize it in your local 4-H programs. We will also discuss what civility and civil discourse are and how they related to 4-H programming. National extension resources will be shared. Interactive discussion will focus on what is going on in your local programs related to civility and civil discourse, what the issues and potential for addressing them are, and what resources you need. Please join us for this sharing and discussion session.



September 11, 2018, 2:00 PM EST



Global Youth Citizenship (global citizenship) presented by Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota Extension


Global youth citizenship emphasizes the importance of thinking because our thinking drives our attitudes, behaviors and actions. The presenters will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, define key terms, and frame global citizenship within the context of 4-H Youth Development. They will also discuss youth perspectives and share innovative methods to teach global citizenship. This workshop is based on a peer-reviewed, nationally distributed curriculum entitled WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum Second Edition.



November 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST



English Linguistic Summer Camp 2019 (global citizenship) presented by Alayne Torretta, County 4-H Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County


This webinar will present current opportunities at the International Summer English Language School in Berdsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia to be held the summer of 2019 for Russian youth 6- 17 years of age learning English. The program is in its 13th year and pays all expenses on the ground in country.


This edition of E-news was brought to you by the 2017-2018 NAE4-HA Board of Directors
Deadline for articles or news submissions is the 20th of each month, which will be published the following month. This next editions deadline is February 20th for the March e-news.
Please submit news to rbt@uga.edu


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