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Wanted … adults who want to help youth learn valuable skills and become productive citizens in local communities across the country. If you are interested, the Colorado 4-H program is looking for you. 4-H volunteers are individuals who want to help youth become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society by developing life skills through social experiences and hands-on learning, which will help them develop to their maximum potential.

There are many different exciting roles that a 4-H volunteer may take on in the program. One may be volunteering to be a 4-H leader, and work directly with a group of 4-H members. Another opportunity may be a countywide resource person for a specific 4-H project such as photography, nutrition, rocketry, veterinary science, woodworking or any one of hundreds of different 4-H project areas.

A different area for 4-H volunteers is to help other adults become effective leaders of youth or coordinating international programs, such as the Japanese exchange programs. Additionally, individuals may assist with small group activities at an after-school program, or coordinate workshops, recognition programs, or fund-raising events. The possibilities really are limitless, and that’s not only for adults.

Youth involved in 4-H are given numerous opportunities to become engaged in volunteerism as well. Benefits include: citizenship, confidence, new skills, life-long friendships and numerous others. According to the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), two out of three students entering college in 2010 believe it to be very important to help others who are in difficulty – the highest percentage in the last 25 years.

4-H volunteers are also needed locally to help with 4-H clubs, 4-H contests and award programs, and county fair activities.

We want you, and the community needs you, so get in contact today. For more information on becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact the Garfield County CSU Extension office at (970) 625-3969.

Kim Schriver


Garfield County Extension educator Colorado State University Extension

Congratulations, voters. Mr. Jankovsky has not even been sworn in yet and it has already begun. That is, (and not surprisingly) a group of like-minded county commissioners whose “approach” will be “less rules and regulations” for the oil and gas industry. As a citizen concerned for the health and well-being of the people in our community, it certainly does not make me feel very confident that, if necessary, we will be protected. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would want to make it “easier” for the oil and gas industry to move into our neighborhoods, potentially contaminate our water and then not have to be held accountable for it – how convenient for them! Oh, right – what am I saying, it’s because of the almighty dollar. Well, Mr. Martin and Mr. Jankovsky, would you still have the same “approach” if there was an oil pad sitting in your backyard? I’m guessing not.

A huge thank-you to Tresi Houpt for all her hard work over the years, and for genuinely caring about the people and their concerns – you are going to be missed immensely.

Also, great letter to the editor by Patrick Hunter from Carbondale (Dec. 9) – I couldn’t agree with you more. Here’s hoping voters “wake up” before it’s too late for any of us.

M.H. Kennedy

Glenwood Springs

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