To some people my 4-H story might seem dull, but to me it has been an exciting adventure! 4-H has taught me responsibility and how my actions can positively affect my community. I have also learned leadership and citizenship skills that I have been able to incorporate into activities outside of 4-H.
Setting goals in my project area has encouraged me to always strive to make the best better. I have also come to realize that setting the goal is what is important, not necessarily the attainment. I have found that it is important to rise to the challenge of pursuing my goals whether I attain them or not. For example, I set a goal last year to earn my CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Title with my dog, participate in local 4-H dog shows, and show my dog at the Big E. I accomplished earning my CGC title with my dog and showing in local 4-H dog shows. I decided not to show my dog at the Big E because I knew she wasn’t ready. Not attaining that part of my goal has taught me to be proud of my accomplishments and learn from my mistakes.
By participating in my community I have been able to share my enthusiasm for 4-H with many youth. I was invited to visit an afterschool 4-H Explorer club and talk to the members about my 4-H dog project. At the afterschool 4-H Explorer club I brought my dog and did a few demonstrations of what I do in 4-H. I found it rewarding to see how much the kids enjoyed asking questions about 4-H and playing with my dog. I am glad that I can share my passion for dogs and 4-H with the public.
4-H has given me the ability to become a leader and problem-solver. These are skills that will benefit me my entire life. I want to give back to 4-H by empowering other youth. I want to share with them the strengths and opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to gain through 4-H. I look forward to future years in 4-H in which I can perfect my citizenship and leadership skills to benefit my club, my community, my country and my world.
By Elizabeth Hall