's an important feeling for everyone.  Kentucky 4-H strives to foster feelings of belonging in the youth and adults in our programs.  The 4-H program year runs September through August.  As we are almost halfway through our program year, I hope that all of our 4-H members, parents, volunteers, and staff feel like they are an important member of our organization.  4-H helps it's members find an opportunity to form a positive relationship with an adult.  We strive to create an environment that is diverse, inclusive, supportive, safe, and respectful of everyone

This month, I would like to recognize the Kentucky Hippology Team from Anderson County for coming in at first place in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).  Anderson County fielded a very successful team this year!  I would also like to recognize one of staff members, Dr. Darrell Stillwell, Principal Specialist for 4-H Youth Development Camping programs, for finishing his doctorate.

February is Health Month.  The Kentucky 4-H program has teamed up with Tufts University School of Nutrition to participate in the 4th H for Health Challenge!  Clubs and programs are encouraged to offer water, healthy fruits and vegetable snacks, and incorporate physical activity.  I challenge all of agents and club leaders to focus on health this month and every month. 

Livestock Volunteer  Certifications workshops will be November 18, 2017 (Lake Cumberland State Resort Park) and December 2, 2017 (General Butler State Resort Park).  Contact your 4-H agent for information on certification or re-certification.  

The 4-H International Exchange Program (LABO) is currently looking for caring host families for the summer.  If you are interested, please visit our website or contact Rachel Noble, Specialist for 4-H Youth Development

I hope everyone has a wonderful month of February! ~Mark Mains

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