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4-H Military Club to help visiting Marines relax

Posted 7/20/2011

Washoe group’s efforts one of several ways 4-H’ers help community

A group of Washoe County 4-H’ers will be on hand to greet some of the thousands of Marines who are flying into Reno-Tahoe International Airport this week on their way to training in Northern California.

The 4-H Military Club will be staffing the Marine Hospitality Center on Thursday, serving as greeters for the Marines as they wait for connecting transportation in Reno.

The temporary hospitality facility has been set up on South Rock Boulevard for the 5,000 active duty Maries expected to pass through the area. The Marines have been arriving since July 5 and will continue passing through Reno until Aug. 6. The hospitality service, which include free beverages, snacks, wi-fi, TV and books, was organized by the airport, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, the Reno Rodeo Foundation and other local organizations.

The 4-H Military Program will have six 4-H’ers and three mothers helping out during their shift in the hospitality tent.

According to program leader Martana Doser, the club is also involved in Operation Homefront, a project that provides back-to-school supplies to military families. The club also distributes "Hero Packs" to the children of military personnel who are being deployed. Hero packs include books, journals and photo albums that help the children keep their parent in mind when he or she is deployed.

Washoe County 4-H Military Club members focus on volunteer efforts and developing leadership skills. They enjoy a wide variety of activities, including public speaking, sewing, baking and service.

More than 40,000 young people in Nevada are involved in 4-H, including special clubs such as the Military Club, Operation Military Kids and many others. 4-H is a youth development program based on the concept "learn by doing," and is under the auspices of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

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