Megan Roberts, Culbreath, Dawn
Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Tangipahoa Parish Extension Office
Present: Megan Roberts, Dawn Culbreath, Melissa Ordoyne, Whitney Wallace, Graysen Wallace, Ashley Short, Strader Cieutat, Ashley Jernigan, Paris Jernigan, James Square, Amanda O’Neill, Claire O’Neill, Heather Forest, Jaxon Forest, Madox Forest, Fran Castille.
Megan introduced her new 4-H coworker Dawn Culbreath and introduced everyone present, covered the purpose of the meeting, and thanked everyone for braving the unpleasant weather to attend. The meal was sponsored by the Tangipahoa Parish Extension Office and provided by Mike’s Catfish. The following items were discussed:
Megan covered the 4-H Advisory leadership Council Job Description Overview for members, the responsibilities of the 4-H Advisory leadership Council are to represent their peers, identify needs and issues, identify opportunities for collaboration, be active in sharing their skills and knowledge to help the parish and understand Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service as a community resource. Volunteer member descriptions were handed out for all advisory committee members to review. Advisory members were chosen to represent your peers in the community, identify needs and issues facing your peers, provide program direction, identify opportunities for collaboration, share your skills and talents with 4-H'ers in our community.
There was a summary of parish programs, and a PowerPoint presentation covered LSU AgCenter’s history, mission, and integral role in supporting agricultural industries, enhancing the environment, and improving the quality of life through its 4-H youth, family and consumer sciences, and community development programs. The 4-H Youth Development Program in Tangipahoa Parish focuses on empowering our youth & giving them the skills to become productive members in our communities during the school year. Our 23 4-H clubs for this year (including 2 community clubs) includes 458 4-H members for the 2020-2021 school year programming focused on leadership, responsibility, coping through Covid-19 and citizenship for our youth to develop crucial life skills. Our youth also participated in a diversity of virtual educational and in person opportunities such as livestock shows, outdoor skill events, science and technology activities, virtual talent shows, virtual fashion/sewing events, camps, and multiple community outreach programs.
The group discussion covered ways to increase the Junior Leader Club membership, improvements being made to the Tangipahoa Parish Fair, 4-H Fest improvements and ideas, several fundraising ideas, project club ideas, and other educational program ideas.
Megan and Dawn thanked everyone for attending this meeting and adjourned at 8:00pm.
Minutes prepared by Melissa Ordoyne.