Extension News

Bergan Is Delegate to National 4-H Conference

3/16/2009

AMES, Iowa – Clara Bergan of Decorah is one of four youth delegates who will represent the state of Iowa at the National 4-H Conference at Chevy Chase, Md., March 28 to April 2.

Bergan, an eight-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Michael and Carol Bergan of Decorah, Iowa. She is a junior at Decorah High School.

The National 4-H Conference, “Pathway to Progress,” will focus on environmental issues and how 4-H can help increase awareness and action, said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H youth specialist. “This conference brings top 4-H’ers from across the country to share ideas to strengthen the 4-H program at the state level and nationally.”

During the conference, delegates will participate in workshops led by fellow 4-H youth and adults, meet with their legislators and inform them about what is happening in the 4-H organization around the country.  They also will have the chance to learn of other states’ 4-H successes and are asked to share these ideas with state staff upon return, feedback that usually is very positive.

“4-H has helped me grow as a leader who makes the right decisions and is not afraid to explore.  The skills I have gained through 4-H will be essential in my own college search and future decisions, as well as in my quest to bring more youth into the 4-H program,” Bergan said.

A member of the State 4-H Council, Bergan also has participated at the state level in various communication projects. She is a member of her area and county 4-H councils. Within her club she has served as president, vice president, treasurer and historian.

The other youth delegates from Iowa are Megan Logan, 18, Sioux City; Hannah Elliott, 18, Anamosa; and Kelsie Cass, 18, Fontanelle. ISU Extension sends only four per year; youth must apply and be selected to attend.

The adult delegate is Dori Goble of Burlington, a youth field specialist for Des Moines County. She will be sponsored by Grinnell Reinsurance Mutual Foundation while the youth delegates will be sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Monsanto. 

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Contacts :
Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, millercm@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternw@iastate.edu