County money: 4-H needs community's help
July 3, 2008 · Updated 11:18 PM
I am responding to the recent letters on the 4-H funding dilemma by Bill Boylon and Don Meehan. As a 4-H leader for five years, I can attest to the importance of the 4-H program. I have been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, Little League and was a member of the Future Farmers of America in high school. I am convinced the 4-H program ranks along with, if not above, those groups and is as important to youth as the YMCA/YWCA and DARE. I have seen young people grow socially and develop a strong sense of confidence regardless of being home-schooled or enrolled in public school.
Our 4-H club, the Colonial Critters, has more adult leaders and more 4-H members than any other club on Whidbey Island. This provides a unique opportunity to interact with parents and youth on a large scale. I can say without a doubt the 4-H program is a character-building community asset and we are developing the leaders of the future of the United States.
The 4-H program needs the publics help now. I encourage all service organizations to pitch in and contribute to the 4-H funding shortfall, not only now but on a continual basis. It is as important as levies and taxes for schools.
The 4-H coordinator, Jennifer Biddle, will have additional workload, as well as the entire office, due to decreasing staffing in WSU Cooperative Extension. We need your help now it is the right thing to do.