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4-H Foundation Board Member Inspires Camp Staff

Mary Miller inspiring the Virginia Camp Staff of 2013

Mary Miller inspiring the Virginia Camp Staff of 2013

Mary Miller is president and founder of Interactive Design and
Development, Inc., a successful, award-winning information technology
firm in Blacksburg, Va.. She received both her master of information
science as well as her doctorate in instructional design from Virginia
Tech.   A Board member of the 4-H Foundation and strong supporter of the camping program, Mary  worked at camp at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center early in her career.  Her camp name was ‘Meatloaf’ Mary and she taught crafts and worked in the kitchen.

Mary served as the inspirational speaker for the 2013 State 4-H Camp Staff Training which encompasses all six 4-H Center staffs (over 85 total).  Relating to the role of camp staffer, Mary reiterated the importance of the journey they were about to embark on for the summer.   Sharing stories from her time on staff,  she recalled the faces, smiles, and laughter that to this day still bring her joy!

“You are so very special!  You have been given an opportunity that only a few are afforded, the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of children throughout the summer.  Some of these children have never been away from home, some have never swam in a pool, others will experience the pure joy  of play for the first time.  They will look to you, camp counselors, for guidance and  enthusiasm,” said ‘Meatloaf” Mary.

Camp Counselors do Make a Difference:

Thank you Mary Miller for sharing, caring and inspiring!

Win Iden is recipient of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center’s President’s Award 2013

Robert F. Kube, Board President of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center presented Win Iden with the President’s Award for Excellence at the Annual Board Meeting and Banquet in April.

The President’s award was started by John Mayhugh several years ago when he was Board President to acknowledge outstanding service by a 4-H Center Employee.   The individual needs to show initiative and interest in the 4-H Center and a willingness to go the second mile of the way when needed.  The individual recognized needs to be cooperative, have good work habits, have a good attitude and be willing to work with all 4-H Center departments.

Win camped at this 4-H Center as a 4-H’er and also served as a teen leader for Warren County 4-H camp.  After graduation from college,  he  worked in the Warren County Extension Office as an Extension Technician from 2001 – 2005.  Win served as Program Director at the Southwest 4-H Educational Center in Abingdon from 2005 – 2010.  He returned to the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center to serve as Program Director in 2010.

Congratulations Win!

Photo: Win and his mentor, Sam.  He won the President's award tonight and she was there to see it! :)

               Win with his mentor Sam Fisher at the Awards Banquet


2013 4-H Honey Bee Essay Winners

Each year Virginia 4-H sponsors a Honey Bee Essay in conjunction with The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. sponsored  National 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest.  The first place winner of the Virginia contest is forwarded on to the National Contest before March 1st and competes with other state winners.  Winners of the National Contest are announced on May 1 each year and are eligible for up to $750 in prize money.

We are proud to announce the winners of the Virginia Honey Bee Essay Contest as follows:

First Place with $100 prize and forwarded on to the National Contest

 Olivia Perry – Rockingham County 4-Her

Second Place with $50 prize

Rachel King – Richmond 4-Her

Third Place with $25 prize

Jessica Vass – Carroll County 4-Her

Congratulations ladies!  If you would like to participate in this contest look for information coming out for 2014 in September.  In the meantime visit and check out the link to the 4-H Essay Contest.