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4-H volunteers converge in Cheyenne for statewide training


More than 300 4-H volunteers from across Wyoming will gather to share ideas for their local 4-H programs at the State 4-H Leaders Conference Feb. 13 to 15 at East High School in Cheyenne.

"This volunteer development event, supported by Monsanto and National 4-H Council, will bring 4-H volunteers together to network and learn about innovative programs that will help bring fresh perspectives and activities to 4-H programs across Wyoming," said Kim Reaman, state 4-H volunteer development specialist. "There are almost 3,000 leaders in Wyoming who volunteer their time to teach 6,500 4-H club members important life skills through a variety of clubs and activities."

Last year, more than 13,000 volunteers were trained nationally through the Monsanto 4-H Volunteer Initiative. These trainings included general new volunteer orientations, updates for more seasoned leaders and training using cutting edge technology as well as face-to-face meetings.

In response to gasoline prices, several states held intrastate meetings or used CDs and on-line trainings.

"4-H volunteers are an incredibly important partnership," Reaman said. "Volunteers work with county 4-H educators to make an impact in the lives of members by providing opportunities for leadership and citizenship, and to learn specific skills such as photography, visual arts, large livestock and rocketry."

The 2009 State 4-H Leaders Conference will feature a variety of workshops to help volunteers enhance their skills to ensure 4-H is a positive youth development program. Tim Gard of Denver will share his motivational message about creating changes and life balance through humor during the keynote address Saturday evening. Conference details and registration can be found at http://4-h.uwyo.edu/.

Monsanto Co., is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. For additional information, visit www.monsanto.com.

National 4-H Council is the national, private sector, non-profit partner of the 4-H Youth Development Program and its parent, the Cooperative Extension System of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about 4-H at www.4husa.org.

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