Centennial gala

Centennial gala

first_imgBy Janet RodekohrUniversity of GeorgiaIf you bleed 4-H green, you won’t want to miss the 4-H CentennialGala at the Westin Buckhead Hotel Aug. 14 in Atlanta.Alumni, donors and friends of 4-H will celebrate 100 years ofGeorgia 4-H with a special evening of entertainment, a silentauction and fine dining. The 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award willbe presented, too.Georgia 4-H traces its roots to Boys’ Corn Clubs in Newton Countyin 1904. County school superintendent G.C. Adams organized theclub for 151 members in Covington, Ga. At the same time, a blackteacher, P.D. Johnson, planted demonstration corn plots to teachthe sons of black farmers.Girls soon became part of garden clubs, tomato clubs and canningclubs. The 4-H name, emblem, pledge and motto all evolved fromsimilar youth education programs nationwide over the next 10years.4-H became the youth program of the Cooperative Extension Servicewhen it was begun under the Smith-Lever Act in 1914.Big changes”I think both Mr. Adams and Mr. Johnson would be proud of today’s4-H program. But they probably wouldn’t recognize it,” said BoRyles, state 4-H program leader with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.”4-H started out teaching farm kids how to raise crops andlivestock and prepare nutritious meals. Today, Georgia’s 180,0004-H’ers come from all areas of Georgia, urban and rural,” Rylessaid.”They concentrate on building life skills such as leadership,character and citizenship,” he said. “Today’s 4-H’ers are helpingthe 4-H staff, county agents and volunteers design a dynamicyouth program for the second century of 4-H.”Big celebrationThe Centennial Gala will feature Clovers & Co., a nationallyacclaimed performing group of about 40 Georgia 4-H’ers. They willshow off their musical talents singing the praises of 4-H.Walter Reeves, Georgia gardening guru and a former 4-H’er andcounty extension agent, will host the special evening.Tickets are $100. Corporate sponsors can reserve a table at thegold, silver or bronze levels. Tickets are available through theGeorgia 4-H Foundation at (706) 542-8914. Or buy them on-line atwww.georgia4hfoundation.org.Big goalSilent-auction items include guitars autographed by professionalmusicians, original artwork vacation packages and many others.The goal is to raise $100,000 to support 4-H scholarships,facilities and programs. Check out silent-auction items on the4-H Foundation Web site. To learn more about the gala or 4-H in Georgia or your county,visit the Georgia 4-H Web site at www.georgia4h.org.(Janet Rodekohr is a news editor and marketing specialist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img

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