Many longtime supporters of Tennessee 4-H gathered together recently for the Tennessee 4-H Alumni and Friends Annual Reunion.

One-hundred and eighteen attendees filled the Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon on Feb. 22. The fifth annual reunion served as an opportunity for 4-H alumni and supporters to come together, reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Green blazers, a staple of the Tennessee 4-H State Council, were in large numbers at the event. The Alumni and Friends network was delighted to be joined by state council members. These members took part in the program in leading the American and 4-H pledges, along with providing entertainment.

Every year, the group hears an address from a 4-H’er. This year, Jana Owen, State Council Vice President Shared her 4-H Story with attendees. Owen accredited 4-H to many of her fondest memories and showed her appreciation for the organization and its supporters.

This year’s keynote speaker was Ms. Rhedona Rose, 4-H alumnus and current Chief Administrative Officer of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. She spoke on the importance of traits learned in 4-H and how we continue to utilize those outside of the organization.

The group awarded Tennessee Governor Bill Lee with the 4-H Alumni Leadership award. Governor Lee was an active Williamson County 4-H member, and has continued to show enormous support for the 4-H organization while in state leadership. Dr. Charlie Hatcher, Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, received the award on behalf of Governor Lee.

The program also included a celebration of the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the 1970 and 1980 National 4-H Congress.

Although the group was joined by many new alumni members, the program included a tribute to those who are no longer with us. Ruth Henderson McQueen led a moment of remembering the lives of alumni that were lost over the last year.

A silent auction held at the Reunion generated over $2,500 that will support 4-H programs and events. This event would not be possible without generous donors and supporters. We thank Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Farm Bureau Insurance for their continued support.