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Southern Region 4-H Teen Leadership Conference (4-H SRTLC) – September 26-29, 2013

The Southern Region 4-H Teen Leadership Conference (4-H SRTLC) will be held September 26-29, 2013 at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville, TN.   This conference is open to 4-H youth ages 14-18, is a great opportunity for youth to gain exposure to leadership, development, civic engagement opportunities and learn skills to help them develop youth/adult partnerships in their communities.  More information can be found at:

General Information:

  • Registration is $180/person.  This includes lodgings, meals, and a conference t-shirt.  Checks can be made payable to the “Virginia 4-H Foundation.”
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the delegate.
  • Registration paperwork (registration form and health history form) and registration fee is due to the state office by Tuesday, September 1.  Please note that no late submissions will be accepted.

Contact Katie Lafon ( or at 540-231-9410) for more information.  Registration and promotional forms for this event can be found at

Congratulations to the 2013 National 4-H Congress Delegation!!!


Congratulations to the 4-H members who will represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress in November! It is a great honor to be selected to attend this event.

Kipp Dunn (Prince William County)

Thomas Fleenor (Washington County)
Spencer Gee (Tazewell County)
Katherine Hankins (Washington County)
Aliyah Lambert (Surry County)
Ivana Marshall (Surry County)
Nicholas Poole (Prince William County)
Samantha Price (Rockingham County)
Taylor Reed (Henrico County)
Ryan Thies (Prince William County)
Eli Worth-Jones (Washington County)

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


Congress Hero Program Reminder

In an effort to ensure that State 4-H Congress is affordable for all teens wishing to attend, the State 4-H Office and the Virginia 4-H Foundation propose the use of the “Congress Heroes” program. Through this program, youth will share information with corporate and private partners to help generate funds to support Virginia 4-H as well as providing an avenue for 4-Hers to have their Congress registration fee sponsored. 4-Hers interested in attending State 4-H Congress are encouraged to ask friends, family, and businesses to become a “Congress Hero”. Their tax deductible donation will help provide Virginia teens the opportunity to learn about leadership, citizenship, and life skills through innovative workshops, dynamic speakers, competitive events, service learning, and a college fair. Small donations can make a big difference. If a 4-Her is successful in securing $200.00 in Heroes sponsorships, the 4-Her will only have to pay half of the registration fee for State 4-H Congress. Those who secure $250.00 or more in Clover sponsorships will not have to pay any registration fee to attend State 4-H Congress. Prizes will be awarded at Congress for top Congress 4-H earners.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the state 4-H office.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress 2013 will take place November 29 – December 3, 2013. It is a wonderful experience and an extreme honor to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress. Please encourage your senior 4-H members to apply. Applications are due April 30 to the State Office. Interviews and delegate selection will take place during state congress on Tuesday, June 18 in Blacksburg.
For more information on this event, please visit the sites below.
General Information and Application Process:
Sample Resume:

Fishing Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center

The brochure link for Fishing Camp 2013 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center that will be April 26-28.  Please share this with as many people as possible so we can get lots of campers this year.  Along with our normal prize giveaways, every camper who attends fishing camp this year will receive a fishing pole and tackle box!

 Thank you for sharing this!

 Tamara Arrington

Natural Resource Education Coordinator

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

(434) 248-5444

 Upcoming Events at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center:

 Fishing Camp — April 26-28, 2013 —  Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

Holiday Lake Bluegrass Festival — June 1, 2013 —