County Council says 'thanks'
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, October 8, 2015 9:38 am
Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The Board of County Commissioners devoted part of their business day on Monday to meet with representatives from one of their favorite programs - the Delta County 4-H Council. Few of the programs or projects the commissioners are in
As part of traditional observances for National 4-H Week locally, the Board of County Commissioners was paid a courtesy visit from Delta County 4-H County Council officers, parent advisors, and Tri-River Area Extension agent - youth Jackie Shea.
"We really, really do appreciate the support from the county commissioners," Shea told the BoCC during its regular business meeting on Monday.
The more than 300 participants in local 4-H programs and over 100 parent advisors appreciate especially the commissioners' support of the shooting sports range and the county fair, Shea said.
The county's 4-H members are also active in other activities including FFA, school sports and church, "I am lucky," Shea said, being able to work with motivated youth, their parents and such good families.
County administrator Robbie LeValley noted the economic contribution that 4-H youth make to the county with their participation and business management of annual projects. "It sends a real message about the character" of the young people "and the importance of their programs to the community," Le-Valley stated.
An analysis released recently shows that 4-H'ers and their projects contributed over $1.24 million in economic impact to the county this past year.
In addition to Shea, attending the appreciation session were County Council president Derrek Johnson, secretary Ellison Black, treasurer Charley Perkins and reporter Trey Hunt.
Two parent advisors, Heidi Simpson and Jodi Black, also attended.
As part of the annual commissioner visit, the 4-H contingent brought a cake and presented commissioners with tokens of appreciation.
The commissioners took almost a half hour from their business routines to visit with the council officers about their activities in 4-H and other areas of interest in their lives.