Tennessee 4-H Foundation News

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Academic Conference Celebrates 30 Years

This year’s academic conference marked the 30th anniversary of the Tennessee Junior High Academic Conference. With a goal of recognizing outstanding 4-H members and leaders, providing academic training, and offering special opportunities for career exploration, the annual meeting of the minds allowed junior high students to experience 4-H like never before. Under the direction of Steve Sutton, Tennessee 4-H worked with individuals from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Ag Research to create


Seasoned with Grace

Like most rising seniors, Grace Harville is busy with a wide array of activities, including 4-H, playing the piano, singing, and serving as the president of the Tennessee chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). What sets Harville apart from her classmates is that she’s the chef behind Smith County Chamber Corner’s popular show, “Seasoned with Grace.” The show, which is broadcast through DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (DTC), features Harville making a variety of recipes from her kitchen, including everything


Dr. Dwight Loveday Named Interim 4-H Assistant Dean and Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications Department Head

On July 1st, Dr. Richard Clark stepped down as UT Extension Assistant Dean and Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Department Head to pursue a new adventure by serving in a leadership position within the 4-H ‘Next Chapter’ Program, which aims to inspire and encourage members to continue their education beyond high school, promote higher education options and develop readiness skills amongst youth. Though we are sad this chapter is coming to a close, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dwight Loveday.


2018 Friend of 4-H Award

Each year, the Tennessee 4-H program recognizes a supporter who has gone above and beyond to support 4-H Youth Development. The Tennessee 4-H Foundation honors outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed their time and resources to help young people enrolled in 4-H all over the state. This year at Congress, we honored Dr. Joe DiPietro, the 24th president of the University of Tennessee, with the 2018 Friend of 4-H Award. DiPietro joins the ranks of other highly distinguished individuals who have supported the program


2018 Congress

During the third week of March, 4-H students from across the state gathered in Murfreesboro to celebrate the successes and achievements of the previous year. Since its beginning in 1948, Congress has given nearly 40,000 4-H’ers and volunteer leaders the opportunity to experience state government firsthand. Tennessee 4-H Congress is an activity that supports the citizenship project and helps 4-H’ers to foster and develop lifelong citizenship habits. Activities throughout the week included a visit to the Tennessee State Capitol, a trip


A Lasting Legacy: Mary Jo Brinkmann

The legacy and impact of the late Mary Jo Brinkmann is carried on today through a scholarship given in her honor by her husband Bob Brinkmann. Since 2001, the scholarship has been awarded at every 4-H Roundup, and so far 17 people have been on the receiving end. Mary Jo Brinkmann grew up on a farm right outside of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Before her passing in October of 2000, Mary Jo served as an Extension agent for over 30 years. The very


4-H Member Spotlight: Emily Nave

4-H’ers around the state play a vital role in the success of the Tennessee 4-H Club. Emily Nave, a junior at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, is an outstanding example of what it means to be a 4-H member and the qualities one must possess to be successful. When Nave attended her first 4-H Club meeting in fourth grade, she was already familiar with the program – her mother served as an adult leader and her older sister was in 4-H


Former 4-H Member Finds Success with Popular Blog and Local Boutique

Katie Lee, a native of Madisonville, Tennessee, is proof that the skills learned in 4-H Club as a youth carry over into adulthood and can help a member fulfill his or her dreams. A participant of the clothing project, Lee is now runs a successful blog, Pearls and Twirls, and is the co-owner of My Kind of Lovely, a popular boutique and one-stop shop for clothing and gifts. Lee joined 4-H as a fourth grader at Madisonville Intermediate School and continued to


Tennessee is Home to Seven National 4-H Hall of Fame Recipients

In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents created the National 4-H Hall of Fame in conjunction with 4-H’s centennial year celebration. The National Hall of Fame honors laureates who have made major contributions to 4-H at the local, state and national levels. Tennessee boasts seven members of the National Hall of Fame. These volunteers, supporters and staff have made remarkable contributions to our program and are deserving of this major accomplishment. Ben Powell (2002) As part of the inaugural class