Category: 4H Program

Tammy Walker, with the Scott County Office of Purdue Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service


Tammy Walker, with the Scott County Office of Purdue Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, recently spoke at a Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg.  Tammy has been with the Purdue Extensive Service since 2002, and before that she worked at the University of Arkansas and Montana University.  Pictured are Kiwanian LL Lowry and Tammy Walker.
She began her presentation by saying that she wanted to talk to the club “about the history of extension, then we’ll talk a little bit about what’s happening in the community today.”
In 1785 the first Agricultural Society was established in Philadelphia to promote and share information related to agriculture.  The concept spread.  These societies promoted agriculture through publications, idea exchanges, and agricultural fairs.  So here is the key to extensions: it was in Ag Societies, which is where all of the United States and the territories were.
  The United States was the very first country to set up university education for the ‘every man,’ and they did it through land grants.  The Morrill Act of 1862 donated federal lands to states to sell with proceeds utilized for the ‘endowment, support, and maintenance’ of a college focused on agriculture, mechanics, and military tactics’ in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.  Seaman Knapp, often known as the ‘Father of Extension,’ pioneered the concept of demonstration work which served as a pedagogical model for Extension.  The Morrill Act of 1890 provided further support for Land-Grant Universities and authorized funding for separate institutions for blacks in states that denied access to the 1862 land-grant universities.  This act paved the way for black Land-Grant Colleges to contribute to the growth and development of Extension.  George Washington Carver pioneered the concept of the ‘movable school,’ a horse-drawn ‘Jessup Wagon’ from which he provided direct education to local farm families.
  For education everybody except the very wealthy looked to Extension in their local communities.  Because the grown-ups were set in their ways and were disinclined to pay attention to new ideas, they were not as likely to listen to new ideas about how to better produce crops, so boys’ corn clubs and girls’ tomato and canning clubs were developed across the country and were utilized as vehicles for extending university knowledge to adults through their children.   These clubs were a way of extending university knowledge to adults through their children. These were the precursors of 4-H.
  The Extension model was created on the same concept as the missionaries.  A lot of the things that we do in Extension is trust-building.  Extension was the vehicle for facilitating communication between farmers and neighbors.
  In 1906 W.C. Stallings was appointed by the USDA as the first County Extension Agent [in Smith County, Texas].  The idea spread and the number of county agents grew to 450 in 1910 and 580 in 1911.  The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established Cooperative Extension as a partnership between the land grant universities and the USDA.  Extension’s purpose was to diffuse useful and practical information to the people in areas related to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy.
  At this time the Homemakers clubs were started.  A lot of times those women were the only people giving parenting advise to young mothers.  And so those women’s clubs started teaching them best practices, helping to diffuse that information across the communities.
  Extension agents’ primary job is to help the community analyze its problems in the light of available information and so to organize itself that the necessary actions can be taken.
  Extension was created on the missionary model.  Your job is to get to know the locals.  Live in the community and become a local.  Win trust.  Then you become a conduit between the community and the university.  The extension agent fits into the community and then serves as a conduit to the university.
  Extension has six program areas: 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture; Leadership Development; Health and Human Sciences; and Community and Economic Development.
  Walker’s job is split 50-50 between H-H Youth Development and Health and Human Sciences, but she also helps in other areas as needed.  The other Extension agent in the Scott County office focuses on Ag and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development.
  There are Extension office in every county in every state.  The extension service provides educational programs and assistance on all kinds of issues and subjects.  They also help people to develop and present their own programs.  They are facilitators, jacks of all trades.  They teach classes when asked to, and they assist others is developing programs and presentations.  “It’s pretty much the most entrepreneurial job that I could ever think of, that isn’t entrepreneurial.”
  They teach community outreach courses, work with the Scott County Coalition, and try to identify needs, and then develop methods and programs to deal with them.  They are facilitators. The Kiwanis thanked Tammy for her interesting and informative presentation.


Todd Richey, member of the Scott County Fair Board of Directors


Todd Richey, member of the Scott County Fair Board of Directors, recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg Pictured are from left to right, Kiwanis Club President David Wilson, Todd Richey and Kiwanis member Dave ChurchTodd is a life-long resident of Scott County, is a farmer, a school bus driver for Scott County School District 2 and a race car driver.  Along with Scottsburg Kiwanis Club member David Church, there are 11 members on the Scott County Fair Board.  The Fair Board is an independent, non-profit organization which conducts events year-round at the Fair Grounds.  In the winter people can rent space to store their campers and boats at very affordable rates.
The Scott County Fair includes the 4-H exhibits and competition, the midway, the race track and grandstands, the merchants’ buildings and numerous vendors.  Todd was a member of 4-H for 10 years, and 4-H is his favorite part of the Fair.  Members of 4-H must be at least 9 years old or in third grade, and can remain members for 10 years.  There a several 4-H Clubs in Scott County, and the members learn responsibility as they raise and show their animals.
This is the first year that the Scott County Fair was smoke-free.  Lori Croasdell, Executive Director of CEASe and a member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, advocated that the Scott County Fair be smoke-free, as are many other county fairs in this area.  The program was a success and contributed to a healthy environment for our youth and for all who attended.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Flag Trailers are stored in the Department of Natural Resources Building when the Fair is not in session.  The Kiwanis Club thanked Todd for allowing the trailers to be stored on the Fair Grounds, and also thanked him for his informative presentation.

Kiwanis One Day @ CASA


The Kiwanis Family celebrated Kiwanis One Day with a service project at CASAKiwanis One Day is that one day a year that Kiwanis Clubs all over the world do a service project in their communityThis year marked the fourth consecutive year Kiwanis did its project at CASA.  Sixteen members of the Kiwanis Family descended on the CASA house on 2 April to do spring cleanup, paint the back door, pull up some carpet and move some furniture, stain the ramp, and prune and mulch the flower beds.  Kelly Shelhammer, Executive Director of Scott County CASA expressed her appreciation to the Kiwanis for their support.  Volunteers included Guy Townsend, Nick South, Al Riggle, Dave Church, David Wilson, Darryl Smith, John Mastin, Lisa Sutton, Monte Roth, Dale Armstrong, Don Cooper, Wes Clark, four members from Signature Countertops (Jordan Blanton, John Hurd, Brad Bowling & Mark Clover), and Josie Crawford from our SHS Key ClubThanks to all these members of the Kiwanis Family for making Kiwanis One Day a success, but more importantly for making a difference for our kids in Scott County!

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Scottsburg FFA
presents the
2016 Ag Day Breakfast
on Saturday, March 12th
at the Scottsburg High School Commons
from 6:30 am – 9:00 am
Get tickets in advance from Scottsburg FFA members or buy at the door for only $0.50 per ticket! The breakfast includes eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, with choice of coffee, milk, or orange juice. TO-GO ORDERS DO NOT INCLUDE DRINKS. Come and enjoy the door prizes, spinning wheel, kids’ corner, the NEW Pie Contest, and I105.3 radio!

The Scottsburg FFA will be hosting their 1st annual Pie Baking Contest on Saturday, March 12th at Scottsburg High School. Pies must be entered under the following criteria: – Pie MUST be home-made! – Pies must be delivered by 7:30am to SHS. – Entry fee must be paid. More than one pie may be entered, but each pie entry costs $5. The pies will be judged by a pre-determined panel of judges. The winner will receive half of the entry fees collected! Rewards will also be given for second and third place. The other half of the entry fees will benefit the Scottsburg FFA Greenhouse! The winner will be contacted at 10:00am.

Shelly Pfaffenbach, Scott County 4-H Coordinator


Shelly Pfaffenbach, Scott County 4-H Coordinator, recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg Shelly works at the Scott County Purdue Extension Office at the Courthouse in Scottsburg as a Program AssistantPictured are from left to right, Maryrose McWhirter, Shelly Pfaffenbach and Darryl Smith.  Shelly’s primary job is to promote 4H in all the schools and provide School Enrichment Programs.  There are about 250 kids in 4H with an additional 800 involved in the School Enrichment Programs.  There are numerous 4H projects for the students to get involved including photography, jewelry making, livestock showmanship and many others).  Some of the Enrichment Programs include the Food To Mouth program, Recycling, Good Apples (2nd graders learning respect for others), Captain Cash (3rd graders learning about saving, spending and borrowing), Farm Charm (4th graders agriculture related programs), and Market (5th graders learning about supply and demand).  These programs just started in the schools about two years ago and are really growing.  They run a Girls Empowerment Program (GEM) geared to middle school aged girls targeting at risk girls focused on communicating, personalities, strengths, bullying, consequences and healthy body image.  They focus on “Be Confident, Be Different, Be Yourself”.  The biggest and most well known 4H programs are those associated with animals at the County Fair.  The 4H raise money for all their programs.  The Fair Board provides the facilities and the 4H is responsible for the pens, ribbons, awards, etc.  They really depend on volunteers and donations from the community.  The Kiwanis members expressed their appreciation for all the 4H programs provide for our kids and especially the number of kids they impact in our community.


The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club donated $100 to the Scott County 4H Program


The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club donated $100 to the Scott County 4H Program for their Youth Services at the annual 4H Banquet held at the Scottsburg HS Commons.  Pictured is President David Wilson making the presentation to Scott County Extension Agent Megan VoylesThe Kiwanis applaud the 4H for the diversity and range of programs for kids in Scott County