Published on 02/09/12

Georgia 4-H youth leaders attend leadership day at the state capitol

By Capri Martinez

More than 245 4-H youths, leaders and volunteers traveled to Atlanta for the 11th Annual Leadership Day and 4-H Day at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 6.

Sponsored by the Department of Community Affairs, the event brings together leaders from across Georgia to share best practices and identify ways to improve leadership efforts in Georgia.

Held at the Atlanta Freight Depot, the annual event recognizes leadership programs sponsored by DCA, including Georgia 4-H, the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. In all, more than 500 youth, county leadership team members, graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and government officials attended.

The day included speeches from Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker of the House David Ralston, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Development Manager and Georgia 4-H alumna Lisa Gipson. Members of the Georgia 4-H Performing Arts group, Clovers & Co. including Jado Cato of Henry County, Clay McArthur of Pickens County, Gracie Rowe of Heard County, Garrett Collins and Ansley Hutcheson of Butts County, Destan Musgrove of Crisp County and Tifara Brown of Ben Hill County, provided special entertainment for the day.

While in Atlanta, 4-Hers also visited the State Capitol to meet with their representatives, tour the capitol and witness the legislative process in action. State 4-H President Dowdy White of Crisp County addressed both the House and Senate and thanked them for their support of 4-H over the past year. Senator Johnny Grant and Representatives Richard Smith and Rick Jasperse hosted the 4-Hers’ visit. Proclamations in both the house and senate recognized 4-H honorees.

Capri Martinez is a Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps VISTA member.

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