‘My 4-H. My Commitment.’ Campaign Raises More Than $23,000

AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H alumni have made their commitment to 4-H, raising $23,366.94 to support Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development programs.

From August 2010 through January 2011, teams of former 4-H’ers from throughout the state and across the country participated in the first “My 4-H. My Commitment.” campaign, said Shelly Greving, Iowa 4-H Foundation marketing director

“The Iowa 4-H Foundation would like to congratulate the campaign’s ‘grand champion,’ the 1989-90 State 4-H Council team, who raised $11,170.94. The support this team was able to generate for 4-H was incredible,” Greving said. “As the grand champion, this team will receive one table at the Iowa 4-H Gala Feb. 19 and also will receive an Iowa 4-H Center Retreat at the camp in Madrid to be used within the next year.”

Team captain Beth Caple, with Midwest Insurance in Maxwell, reflected on receiving the campaign letter last fall.

“As much as I kept telling myself I didn’t have time to take this on, I couldn’t let it go,” Caple said. “It was time to give back to something that has been so important in my life. My husband and I dedicate a fair amount of time to 4-H, but we could do better in terms of financial support. This was the perfect opportunity.

“Of everything I participated in while growing up, 4-H had the largest impact on making me who I am today. From fair projects, leadership roles and traveling abroad, I learned so much. I have many wonderful memories and lifelong friends thanks to 4-H,” Caple said.

“Now I’m a Clover Kid leader and mother to three third-generation 4-H’ers. Watching my kids learn and make their own memories through 4-H is so rewarding,” she added.

The 1996-97 State 4-H Council raised $3,000 through “My 4-H. My Commitment.” As the campaign’s “reserve champion,” the team will receive a table for 10 at the Iowa 4-H Gala and a retreat at the Iowa 4-H Center in Madrid, Greving said.

The 1979-80 State 4-H Council raised $2,300 and the combined 1985-87 State 4-H Councils raised $2,100. Each team will receive one seat at the Iowa 4-H Gala.

In addition, the Central College Collegiate 4-H, Pella, participated in the campaign, raising $276, Greving said. The campaign also received individual donations totaling $4,520.

Greving encourages other past State 4-H Councils and 4-H alumni to participate in ‘My 4-H. My Commitment.’ next year. The next campaign will launch in August 2011 at the Iowa State Fair and run through Jan. 31, 2012.

Past and present Iowa 4-H’ers know the value of their own 4-H experience and the positive impact 4-H has had on their families and communities, Greving continued. “However there are thousands of Iowa youth in urban neighborhoods and rural communities who don’t yet know about 4-H. The ‘My 4-H. My Commitment.’ campaign will help launch new 4-H clubs, train more volunteers, develop more programs and give more Iowa youth the opportunity to experience the benefits of 4-H.”

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is collecting 4-H stories, Greving noted. Iowans can add their stories to ‘My 4-H. My Commitment’ by sharing their video at www.youtube.com/iowa4h or writing their story and submitting it to iowa4h@iastate.edu. Or, on social networking sites include @iowa4h in the post.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact a Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/ouroffices.htm or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

About the Iowa 4-H Foundation

The Iowa 4-H Foundation, www.iowa4hfoundation.org, provides the financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. The opportunities provided by the Foundation help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization with a governing board of 35 trustees.