Tennessee 4-H Foundation News

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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


2018 Summer Events

Each summer, Tennessee 4-H’ers keep themselves occupied. Between Roundup, camp and academic conferences across the state and country, students are quite busy. Here’s a preview of exciting things to come this season. Junior High 4-H Academic Conference – June 12-15 The Junior High 4-H Academic Conference provides junior high 4-H’ers with the opportunity to receive intensive training in their specified project areas under the supervision of UT specialists and to explore related career opportunities. 4-H Shooting Sports – June 24-29 A volunteer-led


70 Years of 4-H All Stars

The Tennessee 4-H All Stars program is celebrating 70 years! The 4-H All Stars is the second level in Tennessee 4-H recognition. To qualify for All Stars, 4-H’ers may apply for membership after finishing the eighth grade in 4-H Honor Club. Membership in All Stars is based on service, which is the All Star motto. Being accepted as a member of All Stars is the highest recognition that a Tennessee 4-H’er can achieve. Ultimately, the goal of All Stars is to


Alumni Spotlight: David Alford

You may recognize David Alford for his long-running role as Bucky Dawes on the hit television show, Nashville, or for his role in the Broadway play Little Foxes, but there is much more to Alford than meets the eye. Alford grew up on his family farm in Adams, Tennessee, where he became an active participant in the Robertson County 4-H Club. During his time in 4-H, Alford participated in public speaking, leadership and agricultural projects, but found some of his biggest successes during


2017 TN 4-H Year in Review

2017 was a big year for Tennessee 4-H! Thanks to friends like you, 4-H youth across the state are able to participate in a variety of events each year. Our Tennessee 4-H’ers were very busy and made us proud on the local, state and national levels. Here’s to a great 2017 and an even better 2018! January: Annual TN 4-H All Star Council Meeting This year, members of the Tennessee 4-H All Stars High Council met in Lebanon for


Alumni Spotlight: Lelan Statom

For nearly two decades, Middle Tennessee residents have woken up to hear Lelan Statom’s weather report on News Channel 5. He credits his success to skills that he first learned in 4-H. “I think participating in the public speaking and demonstration contests helped lay the foundation for what I do now, “ explained Statom. “While I hated the extemporaneous part of the speaking contests, it serves me very well now since I ad-lib the weather forecasts during newscasts.” Statom, who was