December 2006
4-H Extension Corner

Christmas times a coming, Christmas times a coming! What a wonderful time of the year. We all have childhood memories of a time of family, giving and sharing during the Christmas Holiday. The lights are quite beautiful as we drive through town or down country lanes, the smells of pine or cedar, if you still use a natural tree, or the smell of your favorite food.

Turkey, ham, steaks, pies, cakes or other specialties make us excited that Christmas is here. Then you have the smell of spices and candles flowing through the house, office and malls. The brain is a true miracle as we think how it processes these smells that I have just mentioned. Did the thought of these different things bring back memories to you of past days and wonderful holiday times?

The bright colors and the beautiful music also add to the season. I sure hope that you take the time to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas this year.

I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the thousands of Adult Volunteers that give to 4-H every year. Without great adult leadership, we would not be able to share in the growth and education of Alabama’s Youth.

Many long hours and resources are donated to the efforts of 4-H. So often we take for granted the impact this has on the lives and future of these young individuals.

November brought great news to the 4-Hers of Alabama. We have been told that four new positions will be added to the 4-H Youth and Development REA list as well as a State Specialist to be housed in Auburn. The new positions will allow the current REAs to reduce the number of counties that they now have and give them more time in the counties that they are now assigned. This will help strengthen the 4-H work in each of the 67 counties of Alabama.

If you want to see the current 4-H Youth and Development REA map go to the 4-H web site at and click on Regional sites. If you or someone you know might be interested in working to encourage and build our youth, check out Auburn’s Extension web site at

Have a great ending to your 2006 and make sure you take the time to make memories with your family and friends. 2007 will soon be here, so plan to help with your local 4-H clubs and get a great sense of pride and accomplishment developing our youth. The smiles are worth a million dollars.

Until next time, God Bless!

James Shropshire is the Alabama 4-H Regional Extension Agent for the Central Alabama Region. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..