Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Nearly 600 4-H members will have a chance to learn new skills, win scholarships, compete for national trips, elect officers and have fun at the State 4-H Conference July 15-19 at New Mexico State University.
With a "Tide of the Past, Wave of the Future" theme, this year's event will feature an island beach atmosphere combining sand, sun and celebration of 4-H's national centennial.
Members can compete in more than 30 contests, including archery, livestock judging, shooting sports, public speaking and fashion revue. A wide variety of educational and recreational workshops will cover topics ranging from computer technology to beginning welding.
More than $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded during the conference. 4-H state record book winners will win trips to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.
"4-H members who attend state conference are given a chance to present skills they have mastered during their careers as 4-H'ers while applying them to the presentations, judging and projects that they have worked on throughout the year," said Amy Zemler, 4-H youth activities specialist.
One new workshop added this year is "The Colors of a Leader," focusing on helping senior 4-H members realize their leadership potential. An additional welding workshop has also been added to the schedule.
Keynote speaker Terry Fleck, known as "The Attitude Doctor" for reinforcing positive attitudes and personal success, will give a presentation on July 15. Fleck is a full-time broadcaster, public speaker and consultant from the Division of Corporate and Continuing Education at Bismark State College in North Dakota.
On July 17, delegates chosen by each county will elect seven new officers to serve as the State 4-H Officer team for 2002-2003. The newly elected officers, along with state diplomats and ambassadors selected through interviews earlier this year, will help lead statewide 4-H activities.
"4-H is an opportunity for all youth to have a chance at growing and developing in an environment that will teach them valuable life and leadership skills they can apply in their lives both presently and in the future," Zemler said.
For more information about the state conference, contact Zemler at (505) 646-5204 or the state 4-H office at (505) 646-3026.
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