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2014 4-H State Ambassador Program is Underway

Posted 11/12/2013

Eleven State 4-H Ambassadors met at the Nevada State 4-H Camp in South Lake Tahoe for the 2013 State 4-H Ambassador Leadership Conference on October 18th to the 20th. The 2014 State Ambassadors present were; Terry Yeager, Caitlin Katzenbach, Makella Bliss, Benjamin Reed, Daneya Kelly, Madison Zalesny, Sarah Kornfeld, Stephanie Hill, and Kerstin Christiansen. Ambassadors that were not present were Brynne McMurry and Marcus Auge.

Activities began on Friday afternoon with ice-breakers led by Marcus Kelly, a past State 4-H Ambassador. Since this was the first time most of the members had met, this allowed for everyone to get to know each other. The group then talked about their expectations and goals for the coming year and formed committees called: public relations, workshops, community service, and energizer bunny. Lisa Boldman from Washoe County 4-H gave a presentation on etiquette and then the night concluded with a ballroom dancing lesson from the Reno Arthur Murrary Dance Studio.

After breakfast on Saturday morning, Washoe County 4-H presented a team building workshop where activities included building a water tower from just spaghetti noodles and masking tape to hold a water balloon for at least ten seconds.

Amy Berry of the non-profit Tahoe Fund organization conducted a very informative marketing workshop, bringing her vast experiences in marketing and advertising to the table.

Sarah Chvilicek, the 4-H Program Coordinator in Washoe County, spoke about what it means to be a 4-H Mentor. Following this very helpful presentation, a little game of Ambassador By-Law Jeopardy brought out the competitive side of all the new ambassadors.

After dinner, the first meeting of the new 4-H year was held. The newly formed committees reported on their progress to date. New business began with elections of new officers. Caitlin Katzenbach was elected President, Stephanie Hill — Vice President, Daneya Kelly — Secretary, Kerstin Christiansen — Treasure and Terry Yeager - Sergeant of Arms. The meeting concluded at 8:04pm and was followed by roasting marshmallows over the campfire.

Sunday concluded the informative and team building weekend. After recognizing outgoing Ambassadors and expressing final words and thoughts, the camp was cleaned, vehicles were packed, and the whole group caravanned to Spooner Lake. After a nice hike around the lake, the group parted ways and will meet again via teleconference each month.

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