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Alabama Extension administrators honored Extension professionals from Baldwin County at a recent Baldwin County Commission meeting. The Baldwin County Extension team was recognized for its efforts to transform and revitalize the county’s 4-H program.

Alabama Extension director Gary Lemme presented the county with the Centennial Youth Initiative Crystal Clover.

Lemme said that Baldwin County earned the distinction because of their excellence across the 4-H programming spectrum. These areas of excellence are:  

  • Forming a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
  • Utilizing consistent research-based curriculum resources
  • Diversifying delivery modes tailored to today’s youth
  • Promoting plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
  • Aligning staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes

“These committed professionals have done an exemplary job of ensuring that 4-H is relevant and accessible to all the youth of Baldwin County,” said Lemme.  “I am tremendously proud of them and the work they do.”


In addition to the CYI Crystal Clover, Lemme presented Baldwin County professionals Susan Wingard, Cindy Knowlton, Sandra Walton and Cathy Banning with CYI Medallions.


Knowlton previously served both Baldwin and Escambia counties as a regional 4-H agent.  Thanks to the county earning CYI status,  Extension will be hire a new Alabama 4-H Foundation agent to serve only Baldwin County.


Wingard, Baldwin County Extension coordinator, said the team is excited about the opportunity to expand the 4-H program in the county. 


“We look forward to more youth participating in 4-H clubs, programs and activities.  We want to make parents and youth aware of all areas of 4-H programming including community clubs, special interest clubs and 4-H online opportunities.”


The Baldwin County Commission presented the Baldwin County Extension office with a resolution noting the group’s achievements and proclaiming 2015 as the Year of the Centennial Youth Initiative in the county.


Charles Gruber, Baldwin County Commission chairman, praised the group for their efforts on behalf of the county’s young people.


“They do a great job reaching youth,” he said. “The 4-H program does a wonderful job of teaching important life skills as well as leadership skills to young people.”


“I think that it will make a big difference in our county by having an agent dedicated to serving our county only.  We need to let more young people and parents know about the important benefits of 4-H and how it can help them as they grow up.”

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