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Annual Reunion Preview

The 2020 Alumni & Friends Annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The event will be held at the Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon, Tennessee, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Rhedona Rose. Each year, this reunion serves as an opportunity for 4-H alumni to gather together to learn about the current state of 4-H, look toward the future and reunite with friends from the past.


Volunteer Spotlight: Amelia Sturgill

This year’s Volunteer of the Year is Amelia Sturgill. It is because of the dedication and tireless work of volunteers like Sturgill that Tennessee 4-H is able to thrive. For the last seven years, Sturgill has served as a volunteer for Fentress County 4-H, volunteering at camp, coaching the Wildlife Judging Team, and chaperoning numerous Honor Club and All Star Events. Sturgill always steps up to the plate and serves as a judge for county 4-H events when needed and provides support for


Youth Spotlight: Cheyenne Johnson

One of the most rewarding parts of 4-H for many students is the impact that it has on their lives and how the program molds their future. For Cheyenne Johnson, the program has afforded the opportunity to try new things and set her up for success as a leader in her role as the 2019-2020 UTK Collegiate 4-H/FFA Fundraising Chair. Johnson’s introduction to 4-H was sweet – literally! Participating in a cookie baking contest in the fourth grade introduced Johnson to the


Alumni Spotlight: Rhedona Rose

Rhedona Rose is all in for 4-H and has been blazing a trail for 4-H’ers for years. Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, Rose was an active participant in her community and her local 4-H program. From a young age, Rose was fascinated by sheep, and her maternal grandmother was committed to helping her get involved in the Sheep Project. Herbert Patton of Fentress County sold Rose her first Suffolk ewe lamb, allowing her to become the first person in Putnam County to


Working Together to Make the Best Better

When it comes to partnerships, it’s hard to think of two organizations that have worked more closely together than Tennessee 4-H and Farm Credit Mid-America. From donations and activities on the county level to statewide program sponsorships, Farm Credit’s relationship with 4-H – backed by its nearly 100,000 customers – has been an important partnership for everyone involved. Through a new initiative, Farm Credit Mid-America is matching all gifts to 4-H up to $11,000. With more than 1,200 employees covering a four-state