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4-H Members Represent Drew County At 4-H Day At The Capitol

March 15th, 2023 by
Photo 1: Back row- Adrian Ratliff, Sy Lanthrip, Chloe Russell, Ada Ratliff, Beth Bragg, Stephen Bragg Front row- Alicia Ratliff, Hazelene McCray, Lynn Lanthrip

Back row- Adrian Ratliff, Sy Lanthrip, Chloe Russell, Ada Ratliff, Beth Bragg, Stephen Bragg Front row- Alicia Ratliff, Hazelene McCray, Lynn Lanthrip

Six 4-H members of Drew County 4-H attended the daylong festivities on Feb. 28 to learn about state government, meet legislators and share their 4-H experience. For some, it was their first visit to the Arkansas Capitol.

Participating members include:

Chloe Russell, Ada Ratliff, Adrian Ratliff, Sy Lanthrip, Stephen Bragg, and Beth Bragg all 4-H members. Volunteer leader, Alicia Ratliff also attended the event along with Hazelene McCray and Lynn Lanthrip from the Drew County Extension Office.

Drew County 4-H members were among the more than 400 Arkansas 4-H members, agents, leaders, and volunteers from 52 of the state’s 75 counties who participated. The gathering is usually held every other year when the Legislature is in session. The 2021 event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, 4-H members learned about the roles of the state’s constitutional officers and heard from many of them, including Lt. Gov. Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General Tim Griffin, Treasurer Mark Lowery, Secretary of State John Thurston, and Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land.

Attorney General Tim Griffin urged the 4-H members to get to know their elected officials.

“A lot of people get to know their elected officials only when they need something. That’s the wrong way to do it,” Griffin told the group. “Get to know your elected officials early in life. Learn the process. Develop meaningful relationships now, so that when you become a community leader — and you will be — you will know people. When leaders know other leaders, they can’t be stopped.”

Throughout the day, 4-H members watched sessions taking place in the House, Senate, and Arkansas Supreme Court. They also heard resolutions read aloud in the House and Senate, recognizing the positive impact of the Arkansas 4-H program on youth and proclaiming Feb. 28 as 4-H Day. The group also visited the Treasurer’s Office, where they got to stand inside the vault and hold $600,000 in cash.

The event gives 4-H members an opportunity to see government in action and encourages them to think about citizenship and civic responsibility — tenets of the 4-H program, along with leadership, healthy living and science and technology.

4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The program serves more than 144,000 youth statewide and is open to youth ages 5-19.

In Drew County, more than 120 youth are part of 4-H. We currently have 6 clubs in the county.

To learn more about 4-H, contact Lynn Lanthrip, 4-H Program Assistant at office 870-460-6270 or cell 870-377-7709 or visit 4h.uada.edu.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.

 

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. The Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service.

 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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