4-H hon­ored at with com­mu­ni­ca­tor award at state event

The Covington News - - Front page - Terri Kim­ble Colum­nist Terri Kim­ble is the 4-H Ed­u­ca­tor for New­ton County 4-H. She can be reached at (770) 7842010.

Come get your ice cold, de­li­cious snow cones with 4-H tonight at Re­lay for Life.

En­try to Re­lay for Life is free, but bring plenty of cash for fundrais­ers rang­ing from din­ner and dessert to crafts and games.

The fam­i­lyfriendly event will take place all evening and night at The Church at Cov­ing­ton on Ga. High­way 142 across from Mer­ry­vale As­sisted Liv­ing. If you can’t make the event, make your tax-de­ductible do­na­tion on­line at tinyurl.com/re­lay4h

Our team isn’t the largest team.

We won’t have the most elab­o­rate dec­o­ra­tions.

We prob­a­bly won’t raise the high­est to­tal funds.

But tonight, along­side other lo­cal teams, 4-H youth will take to the track to raise funds and aware­ness for a cure to cancer.

Three years ago a 4-H’er started our team, lead­ing the only youth- cap­tained team in our lo­cal event.

East­side ju­nior Ken Gal­loway is now serv­ing on the coun­ty­wide Re­lay com­mit­tee, and fresh­man Michelle Gal­loway has taken the reins.

She’s learned so much from a year’s meet­ings and plan­ning that she’s ac­tu­ally al­ready plan­ning for Re­lay 2012.

Ken and Michelle each Re­lay for their moth­ers, cancer sur­vivors.

Each mem­ber of our team Re­lays for a dif­fer­ent rea­son — some in honor or in mem­ory of a loved one, some just be­cause it’s a good cause.

Mem­bers of our 2011 Youth Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute will also take part on the 4-H team as we con­duct our an­nual re­cy­cling pro­ject.

Be sure to throw all your plas­tic and alu­minum in the re­cy­cling con­tain­ers lo­cated around the field.

At mid­night, 4-H’ers and Youth Lead­er­ship stu­dents will sort the re­cy­cling.

Pop tabs are re­moved for do­na­tion to the Ron­ald McDon­ald House char­i­ties, and all other re­cy­clables will be used to kick off our fundrais­ing for Re­lay 2012.

Re­lay holds a spe­cial mean­ing for me, as well.

I started my first Re­lay team five years ago in honor of my friend.

Af­ter a long year of treat­ments and chemo­ther­apy, she went into re­mis­sion and I cel­e­brated by re­cruit­ing a group of friends for Re­lay in Colum­bus.

I’m not the stay-up-all­night sort of per­son, but I and five friends took the chal­lenge to beat the disease that never sleeps by walk­ing the track for the en­tire 12-hour event.

This year, my de­sire to end this disease is stronger than ever as my friend has been re-di­ag­nosed with metastatic breast cancer.

I strug­gle some days to keep the tears at bay, and tonight I’m sure they’ll flow again as I look for her lu­mi­nary around the track.

I’ve al­ways thought that ev­ery­thing hap­pened for a greater pur­pose, but it sure is hard to think about that pur­pose some days.

Tonight, though, I’ll cel­e­brate with these 4-H’ers — cel­e­brate life — as I think about the pos­i­tive things Ann has brought to my life, and the pos­i­tive im­pact she’s hav­ing on these youth.

With­out ever meet­ing a sin­gle 4-H’er on our team, she’s part of the rea­son they’re there.

When 4-H’ers came to me want­ing to start a team a few years ago, I agreed partly be­cause I rec­og­nized their need to do some­thing about cancer.

With no teams at their schools in­clud­ing youth mem­bers, they stepped up to the plate to start our own team.

Each year, they raise funds for cancer re­search, but there’s some­thing more to see­ing teenagers lead a Re­lay team.

I want to be­lieve there’s a fu­ture with­out cancer, and these youth in­spire me to keep be­liev­ing that un­der their lead­er­ship — that day will come.

Photo by Glen Blair

Re­gion win­ners: The Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Ex­ten­sion 4-H Agents hon­ored 4-H’er Mary Lathem, 4-H Ed­u­ca­tor Terri Kim­ble, Josephine Kelly of Main Street Cov­ing­ton, and Lee Sandow of The Cov­ing­ton News (not pic­tured) last week at their an­nual meet­ing for win­ning the team pro­mo­tional pack­age com­mu­ni­ca­tor award. The team col­lab­o­rated to pro­mote 4-H dur­ing na­tional 4-H week in 2010 through news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and ads, pro­mo­tions at lo­cal busi­nesses, and the dis­tri­bu­tion of free “I am Ge­or­gia 4-H” stick­ers. The team will now go up for re­gional and pos­si­bly na­tional competition.

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