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November 2017

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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

E-News Blast – November 2017


In This Issue...

  • Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned in a 4-H Program
  • Newly Elected Members of the Board of Trustees
  • State Officers Leadership Workshop
  • Western 4-H Institute
  • Board Members Spotlight
  • Public Issues Conference Seeks Proposals
  • Prepare yourself for the Fast Track - 2017 NAE4-HA Conference
  • 2018 NAE4-HA Conference in Columbus, Ohio

Everything I Know About Leadership

I Learned in a 4-H Program

By Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA




As president of the National Afterschool Association (NAA), the largest professional member association for those working in the afterschool field, I never miss an opportunity to talk about my experiences in 4-H and how they helped prepare me to be the leader I am today.


Growing up in rural Alabama, I was fortunate to have been part of 4-H through most of my junior high and high school years. I still vividly remember the absolute terror I felt in the minutes leading up to my first public speaking event.


I was 13 years old, and for some reason, I agreed to a countywide public speaking contest. It was the first time I had to deliver a prepared speech without any notes. I remember thinking: “Why did I volunteer to do this? To put myself through all this stress?”


I knew I’d feel better when it was over—that I would have built new skills and accomplished something significant—but the benefits are hard to remember when saying “no” feels so much easier.


I’m thankful for the 4-H adults who said “yes” and worked with me, mentored me and helped me grow—not just as a speaker, but as a leader. My experience with 4-H taught me many important qualities for leadership, especially the value of teamwork.


Being a good leader also means you’re a good team member. As a member of my county’s 4-H Meat Judging Team, my other team members depended on me to be informed on issues, show up to practice and pull my weight. Many times, “no” seemed so much easier. But we depended on one another.


Leaders don’t lead in a vacuum.


That’s why it’s important to not only invest in the children of 4-H programs, but the adults as well.


NAA exists to inspire, connect and equip leaders working with youth. We provide resources on professional development and best practices for members through publications, advocacy and events like the NAA Annual Convention. (We’ll be in Atlanta, Georgia, for NAA18! Join us March 18 – 21 for inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops and more to be inspired, connected and equipped for leading the charge in your 4-H programs and communities!)


We also offer an Executive level membership designed specifically to meet the needs of those looking for inspiration, connections and opportunities to build or share their knowledge in the out-of-school time hours.


Please visit www.naaweb.org for more information—and connect with us today!


to the Newly Elected Members of the Board of Trustees



President Elect

Tony Carrell, Indiana





VP for Member Services

Tamra McGaughy, Texas



VP for Finance & Operations

Donald Reed, West Virginia



VP for Programs

Suzanne Boarts, Pennsylvania



Western Region Director

Nancy Shelstad, Idaho



Northeast Region Director

Bradley Kunsman, Pennsylvania



Southern Region Director

Kendriana Price, Kentucky




Southern Region Director

Jesse Bocksnick, Arkansas




North Central Region Director

Robert Kelly, Indiana


Thank you for serving our association and working “To Make the Best Better!”


Find out more about our Board of Trustees at http://www.nae4ha.com/newly-elected---2017


State Officers Leadership Workshop

Submitted by: Jamie Davis, Oregon State University, Western Region Director


With great excitement, your State Relations Team is planning the State Officers Leadership Workshop for our Annual Conference in Indianapolis!All the State Association Officers and leaders within the association are encouraged to attend this workshop.The Regional Directors will unveil the 2017-18 State Officers handbook and share about funding opportunities, task forces, state visits and more!

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm.This workshop will be held over lunch – so grab your box lunch and join us! 

Western 4-H Institute:

(Photo: 2018 Western 4-H Institute Planning Committee)

Registration Opens November 1st

The Western 4-H Institute is a professional development opportunity for newer 4-H professionals who have been in their position five or less years.General Sessions, workshop sessions and networking opportunities are designed to meet the professional development needs of newer 4-H professionals. Western 4-H professionals who are interested in this opportunity please contact your State 4-H Program Leader. 

For more information please visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lake/institute 



Submitted by: Jeannette Rae-Keywood, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and VP of Marketing & Outreach


(Photo: 2017 Hall of Fame Recipients)

Sixteen individuals were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Friday, October 6, at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.Each person was honored for his or her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) or 4-H National Headquarters/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Laureates recognized for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments included:James D. Bassett, Kansas; Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., North Carolina; Dr. Paul Coreil, Louisiana; Mary & Jim Faul, Arizona; Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council; Betty Gottler, NAE4-HA; Dr.Nancy Valentine, 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA, USDA; Dr. Joy Cantrell Jordan, Florida; Bob Kessler, Pennsylvania; Anna B. Lucas, Kentucky; Mary Kaye Merwin, Wisconsin; Nellie Van Calcar Oehler, Oregon; Kyle L. Smith, Texas; Stephen R. Sutton, Tennessee; Thomas G. Tate, 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA; and Elsie P. Woolam, Connecticut.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the Centennial Project of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in partnership with National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.The purpose of the National 4-H Hall of Fame is to recognize and celebrate those people who have made a significant impact on 4-H and its millions of members for more than 100 years.For more information about the National 4-H Hall of Fame visit http://www.nae4ha.com/hof or contact Jeannette Rea Keywood, National 4-H Hall of Fame Chair at 609-827-0199 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu 

Board Member Spotlights


Meet a few of our board members and find out what they enjoy about our association, while getting to know them a little better.


Abby Smith,

VP of Professional Development


Home Land-grant University: University of Georgia


Work history: I have served as the 4-H Agent in Effingham County, Georgia for 10 years.I was also a Elementary Special Education Teacher for four years.


What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA? My involvement in NAE4-HA has provided me the opportunity for professional growth and networking with colleagues from across the nation.I love the friendships that I have made and learning new ideas from every person.I look forward to conference each year because it is like a family reunion!


What is your favorite movie and Television Show? My favorite movies are Tombstone and all Pirates of the Caribbean movies.The Andy Griffith Show is my favorite television show.


What is your favorite past-time or hobby?Spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, running and yard work


My favorite quote: “Shoot for the Moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the Stars”


If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? Working as a counselor




Katie Feldhues,

VP of Programs


Home Land-grant University: Ohio State University


Work history: Large traditional county 4-H Educator since 2014 in southern Ohio, military youth program manager, at-risk mentor program coordinator


What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA?

The best part of my involvement in NAE4-HA is the giant network I use for idea-sharing and problem-solving. Using our network to hear about the wide variety of programming opportunities and methods all held under the umbrella of 4-H both inspires and challenges me to keep working to make the best better. It keeps fanning my fire when other distractions try and snuff it out.


What is your favorite movie or television show? Patch Adams; Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory


What is your favortie past-time or hobby? Kayaking, hiking, playing cards


My favorite quote: “If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ~T.S. Eliot



(Photo: Katie on the Quest for Camp-a-Lot)


If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? Traveling the world as a professor with the Semester at Sea programs—I love the ideas of life long learning, exposure to new ideas, opporunity to try great food, and of course watching students ethusiasm and perspectives take flight. Plus, it’s like I would see a lot more of my favorite animal, whales, than I would in Ohio!


 Lena D. Mallory

Immediate Past President

Home Land-grant University:

University of Kentucky



Brief employment / work history:

February 2003 – Current – Marshall County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development


November 2002 – February 2003 – Marshall County 4-H Program Assistant


August 2002 – November 2002 – Was actually unemployed due to Red Cross budget cut.Worked part-time in retail during this time as well.Actually was one of the best things that happened, because it helped me remember and recognize my passion was and continues to be working for Extension in especially 4-H Youth Development. 


(Photo: Lena and husband, Torey Earle)


July 2001 – July 2002 – Financial Development Specialist for American Red Cross Paducah Chapter(Yes, I had been on the job with Red Cross a little over two months when 9/11 happened.Remember a call from one lady desparately asking how we could possibly help her find out if her brother was in his office at the Pentagon on that day.)


January 2000 – June 2001 – Office Manager for a Fire Protection Service Company


November 1996 – January 2000 – Graves County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development


August 1994 – October 1996 – Worked for the Council of State Governments providing associaiton management to professional development groups for state officials.


What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA?

Networking with colleagues from across the nation and learning from as well as supporting each other.NAE4-HA has expanded my 4-H “family” more than I can ever truly express. My NAE4-HA leadership roles have strengthened as well as humbled me as a leader and team player.


What’s your favorite movie or television show(s)? My favorite movie is Tombstone. My favorite television shows are Project Runway, Big Bang Theory, and pretty much anything on Food Network



What is your favorite past-time or hobby? Spending time with my family, reading, and traveling



The JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals for presentations at the PILD Conference that will be held on April 8-11, 2018 in Arlington, VA, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The theme of the conference is “Cultivating a Climate of Civil Dialogue.” For additional information and to submit a proposal follow the link to: 2018 PILD Presentation Proposals.


The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5:00pm Pacific Time, November 15, 2017.

Prepare yourself for the Fast Track

2017 NAE4-HA Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana


Conference Schedule

Shipping instructions to the JW Marriott

Conference Center Floor Plan

Location / Driving Directions

Ground Transportation from Airport

Dining Guide for Indy




Please plan to “Re-Invent Yourself” at the 2018 NAE4-HA Conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 7-11

Some things to look forward to are:

  • Newly renovated hotel and conference center
  • Budget friendly hotel rate – $169/night at Hyatt Regency
  • Lots of unique food and shopping within walking distance
  • Numerous State’s Night Out options within blocks
  • Free transport from airport to downtown
  • Free bus system in downtown Columbus
  • Tours on Wheels that will include the Columbus Zoo and other great attractions.
  • Opening event at the Center of Science and Industry
  • Dynamic Speakers
  • And exceptional presentations by colleagues from around the US

Please plan to visit the booth at the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference in Indy, and watch for our invite during Regional Breakfasts.


November 12-16, 2017

This edition of e-news was brought to you by the 2016-2017 NAE4-HA Board of Directors
Editor – Rebecca B. Thomas, Southern Region Junior Director

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