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July 13, 2012
Two Lawrence County 4-H'ers Elected to State Council
MT. VERNON, Mo. Lawrence County 4-H members Joel Adams and Katie Pennell were elected as Southwest Region Representatives to the State 4-H Council at State Congress, held May 30 - June 1 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Adams, the son of Ronnie and Janet Adams of Stotts City, begins serving his first term and Pennell, the daughter of Gary and KayLynn Pennell of Aurora, begins her second term on the council.
Serving on State Council is an important responsibility and a great leadership opportunity, according to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"Although we have had members from Lawrence County serve on State Council in previous years, we think this may be the first time we have had two members serving on State Council at the same time," said Deaver. "This proves our members are getting quality leadership practice at the club, county and regional level."
State Council members meet several times per year, and plan annual events such as State Teen Conference and State Congress. Adams and Pennell are joined by Cady Littlefield of Newton County and Emily Paul of McDonald County as representatives for the Southwest Region.
Michael Adams of Lawrence County also received a college scholarship from the Missouri 4-H Foundation. Adams received a $500 scholarship from 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals.
There are currently over 23,000 Missouri youth participating in 4-H clubs, with over 290,000 youth being reached by the variety of Missouri 4-H programs in 2011. For more information on Missouri 4-H youth programs, visit the 4-H website at http://4h.missouri.edu. Missouri 4-H is a program of University of Missouri (MU) Extension.
For information on 4-H contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Velynda Cameron in Greene County at (417) 881-8909; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.
Source: Karla Deaver, (417) 466-3102