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4-H Day at the Capitol slated for April 6

Oklahoma

A group of Oklahoma 4-H'ers will have their voices heard April 6 as they take part in the 13th Annual 4-H Day at the Capitol. This event provides club members with an opportunity to learn more about state government, as well as meet personally with their local legislators.

This event is organized by the Oklahoma State University and Langston 4-H staff. With 2009 being the centennial year for the Oklahoma 4-H program, 4-H delegates will have the opportunity to ask their legislator if he or she was in 4-H, what impact the program had on their life and what kind of influence 4-H had on their community and government involvement. Club members will be able to share their own experiences and give legislators a better understanding of the positive impact 4-H had on Oklahoma's youth. It is important for these 4-H stories to be heard by those who make the decisions, set the budget and change laws in our state.

A number of Oklahoma's senators and representatives are former 4-H'ers and this event provides them and opportunity to learn how the program has evolved over the years.

The day will begin with a welcome from Senator Ron Justice, co-chair of the Senate Ag and Rural Development Committee and Senator Don Arms, Chair of the House Ag and Commerce Committee. Robert Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will also address the group. In addition, Terry Peach, Commissioner and Secretary of Agriculture will speak talk to the group.

Lt. Governor Jari Askins will be on hand for a group photograph and she will present a proclamation sign by Governor Henry declaring April 6 as "Oklahoma 4-H Day at the Capitol."

This event as a whole has a significant impact on the Oklahoma 4-H program. 4-H day at the Capitol gives our legislators an opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact it has on today's youth. It is a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved. The Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender or disability.

For more information on Cleveland County 4-H programs call 405-321-4774. To learn more about the 4-H community visit http://Oklahoma4h.okstate.edu.



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