Three Ogle County 4-Hers have been selected as county Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 4-H year. They include: Rebecca Eden, Oregon; Brenna Euhus, Byron; and Joseph Ring, Oregon. All three were chosen as the result of a stringent application and interview process that screened candidates for leadership abilities, 4-H expertise, and communication skills. As 4-H Ambassadors, this team will represent the county 4-H program at various events and activities in Ogle County and at the state level throughout the 4-H year.
Rebecca Eden is a first year 4-H Ambassador and a nine year member of the Carefree 4-H Club in Oregon. She has served as her 4-H Club president and secretary, and has also been involved with numerous committees at the club and county levels. She has been involved in FFA, Key Club, Servant Leadership, International Club, and National Honors Society. Rebecca’s major project area has been swine. She says that 4-H has helped her “gained more confidence when helping out at events or speaking in front of people. I also enjoyed meeting new people through meetings, the fair, and other activities.”
Joseph Ring is also a first year 4-H Ambassador, and a nine year member of the Carefree 4-H Club in Oregon. His major project area has been beef. Joseph has served his club as treasurer, sentinel, Federation delegate, and serving and chairing on numerous committees. He was the 4-H Federation sentinel officer last year. Joseph was the 2012 Beef Superior Young Producer Winner this year at the Illinois State Fair. “4-H has given me the ability to speak in front of large groups of people in areas beyond the beef industry.”
Brenna Euhus is also a second year 4-H Ambassador. She is a ten year member of the Acorns & Pinecones 4-H Club, Byron/Pecatonica. She has served her club as president, vice-president, secretary, and reporter; has served on several committees, and has been involved in 4-H Federation. Brenna’s major project area has been horses. Brenna says that “4-H has given me the confidence to try new things, improve my leadership skills, and make new friends.”
Rebecca, Brenna, and Joseph began their work for the 4-H year in early October. They will be formally honored at the county 4-H Achievement Celebration on November 18 in Oregon. All are looking forward to a busy year that will include promoting 4-H in local parades, conducting classroom presentations, and manning displays at community events.
4-H is the Positive Youth Development program of University of Illinois Extension. For information about membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the Ogle County Extension office at 815/732-2191 or visit online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/. The 4-H year is starting now! If you’ve been thinking about getting involved, now is the perfect time to do so!