4-H Foundation Recognizes Two Long-Term Supporters
By Holly Young, Special Events and Outreach Coordinator
Long-term advocates and supporters of New Hampshire 4-H were recipients this week of the highest awards given by the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire at its annual meeting, held at Beaver Meadow Country Club in Concord.
More than 70 4-H supporters attended the event, where Lynn Garland, a recipient of a 50 Years of Service award, was recognized as the New Hampshire 4-H Alumni of the Year. As well, The Robertson Agency of Northwood received the Foundation’s “Friend of 4-H” Business of the Year award.
Extension Youth and Family Program Leader Michael Young presented Garland with the award, and talked about her long career and volunteer effort with 4-H. “Lynn Garland started her 4-H experience at age seven in the Maryland 4-H program and it continued throughout her college years. As a youth, she served as a junior leader of several clubs, worked on committees for fashion revue, 4-H camp, demonstration days, and fairs. For four years, she worked as an assistant in the University of Maryland State 4-H office during a period of major transition. She was selected for the Maryland 4-H All Stars and National 4-H Congress.
Upon graduation from the University of Maryland in 1969, she accepted the Rockingham County 4-H Club agent position and continued in that role until her retirement in 2008. During her professional career in Extension, Lynn coordinated a diverse and balanced 4-H program where she provided leadership and support to thousands of 4-H members and volunteers. She initiated Favorite Foods Festivals, Spaces Conferences, Family Consumer Science project tours, focused leader trainings, horse career day, several teen exchanges, and even international trips.”
Garland served on the National 4-H Curriculum team for the Financial Champions series. In addition to her professional Cooperative Extension 4-H work, for 50 years she also has served as a 4-H volunteer by leading clubs—helping youth learn, gain skills, develop their potentials and become better people.
“She loves seeing a 4-H'er’s eyes light up as they accomplish a goal while developing life skills and confidence,” Young added. Garland has been president of the state and New England 4-H Educator Associations, and served as the Northeast Director of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
This year’s winner of the Friend of 4-H Business Award starts off as a love story. As Todd Hammond, Foundation board member noted, it began when “boy meets girl, in 4-H, they have four children, all involved in 4-H, then have a business that continually gives to… yes you guessed it, 4-H.”
It’s a family business that began about 29 years ago in Northwood. Robert Robertson started a small insurance company, The Robertson Agency. As time went on, the business grew, and soon Robbie’s wife, Sue and son Andy joined the business. Throughout the years the Robertson’s never forgot what brought them together, 4-H.
Through the business, they have always been strong supporters of the 4-H programs. If it is Deerfield Fair, the Tom Fairchild Golf Tournament or various other programs throughout the state, The Robert Agency likely is somehow involved. “Robert and Andy both found time to be members of this Foundation, as representatives of their business. Sue also represented throughout the state, most recently as a member of the planning committee for last year’s New Hampshire 4-H Alumni event.”
Those in attendance also heard from Kate Guerdat, Extension Associate Professor/4-H Youth Specialist, about the new Youth Leadership Team program, and Years of Service awards were presented to volunteers, who in total, have given more than 1,000 years of combined service to 4-H in New Hampshire.
(In the top photo are Lynn Garland and Michael Young. In the photo to the left, from the left, are 4-H Foundation Executive Director Jim Doyle, Andy Robertson, Robbie and Sue Robertson, and 4-H Foundation Board member Todd Hammond.)
New Hampshire 4-Her Hannah Falcone Attends AgDiscovery Program
Hannah Falcone of Plainfield spent the past two weeks at the sixth annual U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored AgDiscovery program held at Iowa State University. She was one of 16 high school students selected from 83 applicants from 13 different states around the country who applied to the program.
AgDiscovery is an outreach program that helps high school students learn about careers in plant and animal science and wildlife management. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors and scientists in a variety of fields.
Students got “hands on” experience in anatomy, bacteriology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, embryology, animal necropsies, epidemiology, and other veterinary diagnostic procedures. Students also participated in diversity, character- and team-building activities and visited the Iowa State Capitol and the Iowa Gold Star Museum.
The focus is the interconnections between wildlife biology and conservation, laboratory technology and diagnostics, animal science and veterinary medicine. Participants visited facilities including Blank Park Zoo, One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Animal Rescue League, ISU Beef & Poultry Farm, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa Science Center, USDA’s National Center for Animal Health, and USDA Wildlife Services.
Iowa State University is one of 19 university programs that participated in AgDiscovery in 2016. AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences.
Hannah’s trip was made possible through a grant from the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire.
4-H Grows the Green on the Greens at Candia Woods Golf Course
One hundred fifty-two golfers hit the greens at Candia Woods golf course for the 13th annual Tom Fairchild Friend of 4-H golf tournament Friday, May 13.
The tournament, sponsored by the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire, more than exceeded the goal of raising $30,000 for New Hampshire 4-H, part of UNH Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.
Highlights of the tournament included a 50/50 raffle, raising more than $500 alone, while a 4-H basket of goodies featuring the 45 years of service to 4-H from Wendy Brock, retired 4-H youth specialist with UNH Extension and former executive director of the Foundation, rang up at $900.
Brock said, “Everyone was in a great mood knowing they were helping to make the largest fundraiser of the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire a success. The profits will provide scholarships for kids to go to camp, support the annual 4-H teen conference, and many STEM projects. A big thank you goes to the foundation board members and all the sponsors, many of whom have been with the tournament all 13 years.”
Regina Smick-Attisano, Foundation board chair, added, “We’re so pleased with this year’s success of the golf tournament. Being our thirteenth, held on Friday the 13, we had just a little trepidation but that was unfounded as we were at capacity with our golfers. The 4-H Foundation board members who planned the event are to be highly commended for their efforts—every aspect of the tournament was a complete triumph. This translates into more opportunities for the 4-H youth of New Hampshire and that is what we are all about.”
First-place winners this year were Sam Graves, Bryant Tuller, Zack Norton, and Chris Knapp. In second place, John Pike, Justin Pike, Chris Ouellette, and Joe Flynn, while the third-place finishers included Ron Lesieur, Tony Lesieur, Greg Marceau, and Travis Woods.
4-H Foundation Executive Director Jim Doyle added, “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when so many people work together to lift up 4-H. From our board members, to our volunteers, and of course to the golfers, we want everyone to know how truly thankful we are for your ongoing commitment and support of 4-H in New Hampshire, and the youth it seeks to serve. Our hard work today ensures the success of future generations. Thank you!”
By Holly Young
Jim Doyle Named 4-H Foundation Executive Director
Jim Doyle is the new executive director for the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire. His role in this capacity began on the retirement of long-time 4-H state specialist and former executive director Wendy Brock. Doyle will continue to serve in a concurrent role as development officer for UNH Cooperative Extension.
“Wendy Brock has worked so hard for so long making the 4-H Foundation as strong and vibrant as it is today.” Doyle said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of excellence.”
In his expanded role, Doyle will work closely with the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors to raise funds to support 4-H programs across the state. He joined UNH Cooperative Extension in 2014 as development associate, a new position for the organization as it works to expand its fundraising efforts.
Prior to coming onboard with Extension, Doyle served as director of Children & Youth Programs at Camp Calumet Lutheran in Freedom. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Emerson College.
Friend of NH 4-H Awards given out at 2015 Annual Meeting
4-H Foundation of New Hampshire Executive Director Wendy Brock and Chair Regina Smick-Attisano present the 2015 Business Friend of 4-H Award to Donna and Bob Kimball, Beech Hill Farm owners, at the Foundation's annual meeting. Left to right are Brock, the Kimballs, Smick-Attisano, and Foundation Co-chair Todd Hammond.
4-H Foundation of New Hampshire Executive Director Wendy Brock and Chair Regina Smick-Attisano present the 2015 Friend of 4-H Award to Conrad Moses of Rockingham County, at the Foundation's annual meeting. Left to right are Brock, Moses, Smick-Attisano, and Foundation Secretary Kate Thomas.
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