Commissioners acknowledge contributions of local 4-H'ers

By Hank Lohmeyer

Officers and parent leaders of the Delta County 4-H Council met with the county commissioners Monday for an annual exchange of appreciation in conjunction with National 4-H Week.

The 4-H County Council officers, accompanied by Jackie Shea, Tri-River youth extension agent, thanked the commissioners for the county's support of 4-H programs and facilities through the year. They also held a reception with refreshments where commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes visited with the 4-H'ers about their activities and plans. (Commissioner Mark Roeber was not present for the event.)

Shea told the county commissioners,

"This is National 4-H Week and we will be having our awards banquet in Hotchkiss on Friday. We want to say thanks and that we appreciate everything Delta County does for the 4-H program. These youth bring good things to Delta County. "

County administrator Robbie LeValley noted that the annual economic impact of 4-H programs here once again exceeded $1 million. "Not only are these great kids," she said, "but they provide great diversification to the economy as well."

Commissioner Doug Atchley said, "We are great believers in the 4-H as well." Commissioner Don Suppes noted that "Delta County is one of the highest performing 4-H programs in the state."

The two commissioners also extended a special thanks to the parent advisors who contribute many volunteer hours to county 4-H programs.

County Council officers, 4-H members and parent advisors present for the occasion were Grady Simpson, president; Charley Perkins, vice president; Trey Caywood, secretary; Ellison Black, treasurer; Drew Harris, reporter; Kaylee Simpson, historian; Jessica Black; and parent leaders Jodi Black, Amy Perkins and Heidi Simpson.