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The 2023-24 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors are (back row, left to right): Sharandon Gay, Thomas Holt, Jack Wurst, Brittany Bryant, (front row, left to right) Hoke Lucas, Tiffani McClain, Allie Braddy, Amiyah Elam and Naomi Jackson. CAES News
National 4-H Week
Georgia 4-H is celebrating National 4-H Week and recognizing more than 100 years of excellence in positive youth development from Oct. 1 through 7. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension delivers 4-H programming at the county level and reaches young people from all backgrounds and communities. As the premier youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H engages hundreds of thousands of students each year, typically in fourth through 12th grades.
Randy Nuckolls accepts the 2023 Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4-H Foundation Gala on Aug. 19. CAES News
4-H Lifetime Achievement
Randy Nuckolls, who joined 4-H as a child in Whitfield County more than 60 years ago, was honored with the 2023 Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4-H Gala in August. In the decades since, Nuckolls became deeply involved in Georgia 4-H, earning the title of Master 4-H’er and serving as a summer camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center before continuing to support Georgia 4-H throughout his career.
The 2023-24 Georgia 4-H Board of Directors was inducted during the 80th 4-H State Congress. CAES News
4-H State Congress
Georgia 4-H celebrated top 4-H’ers from around the state during the 80th annual 4-H State Congress in Atlanta July 18 to 21. State Congress features the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action contests as well as recognition of youth development professionals, supporters and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia.
Georgia State 4-H President Venya Gunjal is determined to develop tools for others to succeed. CAES News
A Bright Path
Everyone is on their feet. A moment before, a pin dropping from the speaker’s podium would have echoed throughout the chamber at the Georgia Capitol. Then 180 members of Georgia’s House of Representatives filled the room with thunderous applause as Venya Gunjal delivered her final word of thanks.
Chatham County senior 4-H wildlife judging team members Derek Wangai, Jason Allman, Jacob Allman and Hayaat Labaran achieved Master 4-H'er status with their first place win. CAES News
Wildlife Judging
Chatham County’s senior 4-H team won first place at the Georgia 4-H State Wildlife Judging contest at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on April 29, earning Master 4-H’er status for team members Jacob Allman, Derek Wangai, Jason Allman and Hayaat Labaran.
Thousands of campers will experience adventure and fun at Georgia 4-H camps around the state, from the mountains to the coast. CAES News
4-H Summer Camps
From the mountains to the sea, five Georgia 4-H centers are preparing for an exciting summer of camp. More than 8,000 students experienced the “best week ever” in 2022 and 8,600 campers are expected in 2023.
Georgia 4-H partners with military families across the country to provide no-cost access to resources and camps that will enrich the lives of military dependents. CAES News
Summer Camps
Dependents of military service members are invited to apply to attend two week-long camping experiences coordinated by the University of Georgia’s 4-H program at no cost. Held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in June, these summits are open to 13- to 18-year-old dependents of military members currently serving in active, guard and reserve components.
rodgers ribbon cutting CAES News
Rodgers Honored
Georgia 4-H dedicated the Thomas F. Rodgers Administration Building at Rock Eagle 4-H Center to honor former Georgia 4-H state leader Tom Rodgers for his years of service to 4-H and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. During his tenure as Georgia 4-H leader, Rodgers championed the renovation of the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, raising more than $2 million to secure Rock Eagle’s status as a centerpiece of Georgia 4-H.
State 4-H officers Venya Gunjal, Kareem El-Gayyar, Hannah Jones get together during 4-H Day at the Capitol. In 2022, all 159 counties received donations during the $4 for 4-H fundraiser. Friends of 4-H have made the initiative a major success each year, easily reaching the 2022 goal of $44,444. The 2023 fundraising goal is set at $54,444. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
$4 for 4-H
Supporters from every county in Georgia will have the chance to boost youth programming during the “$4 for 4-H” fundraiser for the Georgia 4-H Foundation on April 4, an online giving day that has become an annual tradition. In the spirit of friendly competition, each Georgia county asks local donors to make donations of $4 or more that day, with the goal of receiving at least four donations per county.