Alabama Extension administrators honored Extension
professionals from Washington County at a recent Washington County Commission
meeting. The Washington County Extension team was recognized for its efforts in
expanding the county’s 4-H program.
Alabama Extension director Gary Lemme presented the county with
the Centennial Youth Initiative Crystal Clover.
Washington County earned the distinction because of their
excellence across the 4-H programming spectrum. These areas of excellence are:
professionals have done an amazing job of revitializing the 4-H program in
Washington County,” said Lemme. “I am tremendously proud of them and what they
to the CYI Crystal Clover, Lemme presented Washington County professionals Brandon
Strickland, Sarah Butterworth and Stacy Ferguson with CYI Medallions.
County Extension coordinator, said the award was the culmination of several
years of hard work dedicated to 4-H.
“Three years ago, there were less than 10
young people enrolled in 4-H in our county,” he said. “Now almost 1000 youth
are enrolled in 4-H in our county.”
there are 14 active 4-H clubs in the county. In addition to in-school 4-H
clubs, there are a number of special interest clubs including an equestrian
club, a wildlife club and one focused on leadership.
served both Washington and Mobile counties as a regional 4-H agent. Thanks to
the county earning CYI status, Extension will hire a new Alabama 4-H Foundation
agent to serve only Washington County.
added the team is excited about the opportunity to expand the 4-H program in the
offer high quality educational programs that benefit our county’s youth. Here
in Washington County, we will continue to “Make the Best Better” through 4-H.
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