Justin Crowe, Director and State 4-H Program Leader
|Wow, this year has already flown by! I feel like we blinked right after the holidays and now it’s the middle of February. It seems in the 4-H world that nothing really ever slows down. I’m sure many of you are working on your 4-H club meetings, listening to young people give demonstrations or present art posters, listening to speeches, etcetera. Many of you are gearing up for 4-H camp and thinking about camp signup and promotion. For me, the upcoming week is really focused on partnerships. I have several meetings with new and current stakeholders and program partners, discussing how we can strengthen our relationship between 4-H and the organization, or start a new relationship in some cases.|
I’ve heard from several of you that sometimes you feel overwhelmed with the number of emails that you get with all the information that comes out in the 4-H Ideas Newsletter, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I understand that. I get it. I know that we get inundated with information all the time and then there are sometimes you just want to ask questions. Therefore, I want to make sure that I’m doing the best job I can in communicating with you. Beginning in March, we will have a monthly touch-base with me called Coffee with Crowe. Although I am not a coffee drinker I will have my half-sweet, half-unsweet tea ready to go. This’ll be an open forum zoom where you can submit questions in advance and I’ll address them and/or ask questions during the actual session. I want to hear from you, I want to hear your excitement from your county, and I want to hear your concerns and frustrations. I want to know how I can best support you all and in turn, our state 4-H team can best support you all.
Additionally, I will be working with Trudi to set up dates in April where I can visit county clusters and have a sit-down conversation with those that want to visit. I’ll show up if you’ll show up. I want to hear from 4-H agents and program assistants about the thought they have related to our program, their concerns etcetera. It’ll just be you all and me in the room, no one else. I want to hear from you and I want to see how I can support your work so be looking for dates and signups coming out in the coming days.
I say this often and I mean it from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate what each one of you all do that I’m aware of and what you do that I’m not aware of. Thanks for making the best better and have a great week ahead.