Justin Crowe, 4-H Youth Development Director and State Leader
Many people think that LOL means ‘Laugh Out Loud”, but for me it means something different:
I’ve learned many new things coming into this role as State 4-H Leader four months ago. I’ve learned lots of new skills and gained new knowledge. One area that I was not as familiar with was our 4-H Shooting Sports program. It was new to me but it is im- portant to me to learn about what skills and knowledge our 4-H young people are learning.
So I decided to Listen, Observe and Learn. I paid attention to others who are active.
I asked questions. I learned from them. And then I did what we always do in 4-H and got hands on experiential opportunities by practicing and going out and shooting a firearm. I put those skills to use last night at the soft opening of the clays at Lone Oaks Farm where I had the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and supporters of 4-H and UT Extension. Dr. Senseman, Interim Extension Dean, and I were fortunate to join Dr. Jim Byford, retired State 4-H Leader, Jason Maxon, TWRA and Evan Beech, UTIA Advancement for this historic event.
So maybe everybody needs to learn to LOL: Listen, Observe, Learn. It’s how we roll in 4-H!