In many areas of the United States today, people don't know what 4-H is.

Even at Garden City Community College, 90% of the people in my speech class didn't know about 4-H. Of the people who have heard of it, many think it is merely a livestock or rural organization.

Growing up in a small town, I sort of looked at 4-H in that way too. But, in fact, 4-H is much, much more. In 2001, I had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC, as a representative to the Washington Focus group. There, I met 4-H members from several areas of the country.

Even though we came from a myriad of backgrounds--cities, farms, big families, single parent families--we all had a larger vision of who we were and who we could become.

As we toured the capitol and met our lawmakers and representatives, and lawmakers from other states, I discovered an interesting fact. Many of them knew of and even had been members of 4-H. They attributed their beginnings of leadership to their experiences in their 4-H clubs.

It was significant to me that no 4-Her ever grows too old for the motto "... our club, our community, our country and our world."--John Brownlee, Syracuse, KS.

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