CANYON CITY - Fifteen Grant County 4-H members attended the annual Eastern Oregon 4-H Leadership Retreat March 14-15 in Union. They joined 80 youth from Gilliam, Umatilla, Wallowa, Baker, Harney and Union counties.
Emma Winkelman and Ashley Mund represented Grant County on the 12-person governing board, the governing board is responsible for class ideas, teaching classes and organizing and planning activities relating to leadership. This year a total of 95 youth and 15 chaperones participated in get-acquainted activities, leadership classes, community projects, games and a dance.
Others attending included Alicia Thomas, Tiffany Sullens, Dawn Robins, Kimber Reagan, Alec Oliver, Kelsey Josi, Sheila Jones, Jason Jackson, Wilson Brunning, Julie Bowling, Kasey Ashmead, Jay Adams and Jammie Adams. Chaperones were Teresa Bowling and Elaine Husted.
According to Winkelman, "Teaching was a great experience as people listened and I helped them with leadership skills such as problem solving. Being a role model is helping others and setting an example. This helped me with my public speaking skills and how to get my idea across."
First-time attendee Alicia Thomas said, "It was awesome because I learned a lot about communication and met a lot of neat people. Working on our community project was fun as I was helping others."
Oregon State 4-H Youth Program sponsored the event, Grant County 4-H Leaders provided partial scholarships for local youth and the Monument School District provided transportation.
The retreat began in 1984 providing youth an opportunity to learn leadership and experience the "hands-on" leadership roles through planning, conducting and evaluating the retreat.
For more information or to become involved in Grant County's active 4-H program, contact Elaine Husted, OSU Extension Agent, at 575-1911.