Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

4-H volunteer leaders make big difference in young people's lives

During this centennial year of 4-H -- yes, 4-H has been in operation since 1902! -- we here at the Cooperative Extension Service would like to say a big "thank you" to all the people who make the program a success.

There are always children excited about being a part of a group that is learning by doing. Volunteer leaders are the people who make these learning experiences possible. Naming each person who volunteers in 4-H would be impossible here, but we want you to know that you are appreciated!

Without you, many young people would not have the opportunity to learn about activities such as shooting sports, clowning, raising animals, astronomy, photography, creative arts, foods, sewing -- the list could go on and on. Even more valuable than subject content, however, is the influence the volunteers have on our young people to become caring, compassionate and responsible. This is the heart of 4-H.

Volunteers are the heart of 4-H because they are the ones who lead by example and show 4-H'ers and others how to live with purpose. Thank you to all of you who have had a positive influence on the lives of our most precious national resource -- our young people! You'll never know the difference you have made! You have made the 4-H Pledge ("I Pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world") an intrinsic part of our young people's values and we thank you!

Nancy Veal

4-H/Youth Development Agent

Cooperative Extension Service Event offers more evidence of what great place Soldotna is to live, work

During the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29, more than 300 citizens of the greater Soldotna area participated in a community activity of remembering those lost in the Sept. 11 attack on America and honoring our local emergency services heroes by painting the city's fire hydrants red, white and blue and then hosting a celebration of the heroes at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The activity was a huge success, and on behalf of the city of Soldotna, I would like to thank all those involved with this project.

In addition to the hundreds of local citizens who participated, many local groups and businesses also helped. Safeway, Fred Meyer, Seekins Ford, Anchorage Cold Storage, Steam on Wheels, Lynden Transport Services, Asphalt Marking Service and Peterkin Distributors were especially helpful.

School children from all the local schools participated. I would like to particularly thank the Soldotna High School volleyball team, the Soldotna Catholic Church Youth Group, the 4-H Midnight Sun Riders, and the Elementary Kids at Soldotna After-the-Bell.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the Soldotna senior citizens' leadership were also major helpers.

Many individuals were also invaluable. Dolly Koerber, Steve Bonebrake, Rick Wood, Jan Fena, Quincy Blanchford and Jane Stein put in many hours on behalf of this project. The maintenance department and the utility division of the city have continued to invest their time on this project.

In conclusion, the city appreciates the many resources, human and physical, that make Soldotna the best place to live and work on the Kenai Peninsula. I again thank our emergency services heroes, and I hope that each time a resident or visitor enjoys the fire hydrants, they will remember those many individuals that make America the land of the free and home of the brave.

Dave Carey

Mayor of Soldotna

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