Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Penn State Extension and Franklin County Conservation District Joint Annual Board Meeting - January 25, 2013

The 3rd annual joint Meeting and Banquet of the boards of Penn State Extension and the Franklin County Conservation District will take place Friday, January 25th at Solomon's Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg.  Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $6.00 for children aged 5-11 (under 5 free) and are available at the Extension Office (263-9226), or the Conservation District Office (264-5499).

The program will include:  
  • 4-H Centennial: Generations making the Best Better for 4-H and Agriculture in Franklin County. Join the fun as four generations of 4-H members Siah Burkholder, Lucy Crider, Dr. Daniel Oliver, and Paul Lehman share a brief story on how 4-H impacted who they are today.
  • Conservation Farmer of the Year Award
  • 6:15 p.m....Fellowship & Displays
  • 7:00 p.m....Dinner
  • Oven Baked Chicken
  • Ham Loaf
  • Scalloped Potatoes 
  • Green Beans
  • Pepper Slaw
  • Pie
History of 4-H

In 1907 or 1908, the first emblem used nationally was designed by O. H. Benson as a three-leaf clover. It stood for head, heart, and hands. In 1911, Benson suggested that the fourth H should be hustle, and the 4-H Clover design was adopted.

Later O. B. Martin suggested that health replace hustle. The 4-H emblem has stood for head, heart, hands, and health ever since.

In 1912, O. H. Benson established federal-state-county programs through cooperative agreements, which tied the three entities of Extension work together. Twenty-eight such cooperative agreements between the Office of Farmer Cooperative Demonstration Work and the land-grant colleges promoted youth club work.

You can read an abbreviated history of 4-H in Pennsylvania here, or download a 14 page detailed history here.

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