2012-02-23 / Letters

4-H Builds Foundation For Success!

To The Editor:

“Hey, you clean up nice!” she said. Someone else was kind enough to mention that although he wasn’t sure, he thought I smelled better, too. So much for the respect and admiration due one’s elders. Admittedly, most folks there were used to seeing me in jeans, an old Carhartt and a beat-up NRA ball cap. Tonight, I had on a dress shirt and a jacket and, yes, I had taken a shower using real store-bought soap. This was the 4-H banquet! This is where the volunteers who make 4- H work get a well-deserved pat on the back. More to the point, this is hopefully where our kids learn just how important their efforts are to us. Indeed, there were 141 people there including Sen. John Eichelberger, Rep. Dick Hess, commissioners Irvin Dasher and Rodney McCray and Penn State Extension district manager Stan McKee.

These youngsters have chosen a very different direction to go than most of their counterparts. They have taken an interest in what amounts to this nation’s building blocks and heritage ... farming, livestock, horses and shooting sports, to name a few. There is a great deal for them to be proud of in those efforts. After all, their generation is not going to be fed by city dwellers who never seemed to be able to play enough computer games when they were young. Our heritage is not going to be preserved by those who couldn’t see past the next text message.

Further, these kids are in 4-H because they want to be. That being the case, they are much more likely to succeed at it. Since success certainly does breed more success, they are much more likely to succeed at other worthwhile challenges as well. Ask me. I’ve seen it happen.

The pledge reads like this: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

We really need more of this.

Bill Watson

Hustontown

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