To conclude the 4-H 90th Anniversary festivities this year, we had a wonderful evening at the 4-H 90th Anniversary Celebration dinner held on Saturday, October 26 at the Churchtown Firehouse. Many folks shared stories of their youth in 4-H and current members spoke of their children's activities over the past few years. Chef Max Clement, a local 4-H alumni, provided the starters while Renner’s Creative Celebrations from Germantown cooked up the barbecue-style dinner. Baker Annie Hanson, a past 4-H club leader, provided two beautiful, 4-H themed cakes. Local farms and beverages were highlighted throughout the menu.
Music was provided by soprano Nellie Rustick Meier from Claverack, also a local 4-H alumni.
During the program, individuals and organizations influential in supporting the growth of 4-H programming – throughout the counties and into schools and community organizations – were recognized.
It was in 1929 when $3,000 was set aside for the Greene County 4-H program and $4,300 was set aside for Columbia County’s 4-H program. Each county hired their first 4-H agent – E.G. Brougham in Greene County and Robert Dyer in Columbia County. What started with forty 4-H clubs throughout both counties has now grown to include not only 4-H clubs but also educational programs in schools, libraries, and community centers reaching over 8,000 youth in 2018. Currently three full-time staff are employed to support these efforts. But, more importantly, over three hundred community volunteers help out as 4-H club leaders, project educators, mentors, evaluators, committee members and fundraisers.
We thank everyone who helped make this evening a terrific success!
Churchtown Fire Department
2219 County Rte 27
Taghkanic, NY 12521
Last updated November 19, 2019