Across the country, 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week 2013 Sunday, October 6 through Saturday October 12.  Celebrated annually, National 4-H Week provides recognition to the 6.6 million youth involved in 4-H programs and the 6.3 million volunteers.

Pledging their hands to larger service is a key component to the 4-H philosophy of learning by doing.  This year, 4-H made a pledge to America’s Promise to strengthen youth participation and youth/adult partnerships in order to build an infrastructure in communities where youth and adults commit to making their communities better places for everyone.  Recognized for its service and volunteer activities 4-H is the nation’s premier youth development program.

From water quality to recycling to nutrition, more than 39 4-H volunteers in Van Zandt County pledge their head, heart, hands, and health toward improving their communities and themselves.  “By pledging their heads, 4-H volunteers contribute their knowledge and expertise,” said Tommy Phillips, County Extension Agent.  Whether planning a club meeting, supervising members at a livestock show, awards banquet, or a clothing workshop the skills that volunteers bring to 4-H strengthen it and help the young people.  “Over and over, volunteers say they concentrate on what they can contribute, yet are amazed at what they gain,” Phillips said.  “People enjoy volunteering when they are able to make needed changes in their community.”

4-H volunteers range in age from 19 to well over 70.  Many of them though not all, are 4-H alumni who wish to give back to the organization that they benefitted from.  They come from a wide array of economic situations and backgrounds and share the common interest of youth development.  In Van Zandt County, 4-H volunteers provide leadership, guidance, and knowledge in projects ranging from beef cattle, to archery, to public speaking.

4-H is a diverse program and thus takes diverse leaders.  We have clubs and projects ranging from livestock, food and nutrition to shooting sports.   The following is a list of our 4-H clubs, meeting dates/times, locations and club managers.