November 2006
4-H Extension Corner

Welcome back to the corner. What a great time of year! When we think of November, most of us think of Thanksgiving and family.

I was driving down the road and heard Trace Adkins singing “Arlington.”  This is such a great tribute to our country’s freedom and the cost to our service men and women. Please read this script of the song and say a prayer of THANKS for those fighting for the freedom we enjoy and those that gave their own life for our Great Nation, The United States of America.

I never thought that this is where I’d settle down,

I thought I’d die an old man back in my hometown,

They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men, for a job well done,

There’s a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,

The man inside he cried the day they brought me home,

They folded up a flag and told my mom and dad, we’re proud of your son.


And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company,

I’m thankful for those things I’ve done,

I can rest in peace, I’m one of the chosen ones, I made it to Arlington.

 I remember Daddy brought me here when I was eight,

We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,

And when we finally found that cross,

He said, “Son, this is what it cost to keep us free.”

Now here I am,  a thousand stones away from him,

He recognized me on the first day I came in,

And it gave me a chill when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

(repeat chorus)

 And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,

I know they brought another hero home to us.

We’re thankful for those, thankful for the things we’ve done,

We can rest in peace, ‘cause we are the chosen ones,

We made it to Arlington.

Yeah, dust to dust,  don’t cry for us,

We made it to Arlington.

 4-Hers were extremely busy in September and October. Not only did we have many county and state fairs, we had the Alabama National Fair in Montgomery. A great job by the Kiwanis and Fair staff saw record numbers of heifers and goats arrive to be shown. Bob Ebert will post all of the results on his website

National 4-H Week was October 1 through 7

National 4-H Week recognizes the 6.5 million youth and more than 530,000 volunteers committed to learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change in their community, their nation and their world. 4-H helps your community’s young people reach their full potential. Recent studies show youth who participate in 4-H do better in school, are more motivated to help others and feel safe to try new things.

The core of 4-H youth development is the strength and leadership potential that youth possess. Youth have the power to contribute significantly to communities, to be equal and caring partners, to create positive change and to imagine new possibilities and directions. As young people learn, building their skills and knowledge, their power increases.

Diverse groups of youth take part in 4-H activities. In Alabama, more than 62,000 young people ages 5 to 19 have countless opportunities to develop leadership, citizenship, interpersonal and workforce skills in a variety of 4-H programs. Collegiate 4-H clubs allow 4-Hers to continue their 4-H experience while in college.

4-H is Alabama’s only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and latest research at Auburn and Alabama A&M Universities. 4-H members learn life skills through hands-on projects in science, engineering and technology, and healthy living. Topics are as varied as rocketry, global position satellite mapping, public speaking, photography, nutrition and community service.

4-H volunteers range in age from 13 to 70 and older. Many of them, though not all, are 4-H alumni who wish to give back to the organization they benefited from. They come from an array of economic situations and backgrounds and share the common interest of youth development.

A variety of 4-H volunteer opportunities are available. From shooting sports and sports fishing to health and nutrition, 4-H volunteers contribute their knowledge and expertise. Whether planning county activities, summer camps, workshops or other special events, the skills volunteers bring to 4-H strengthen it and help young people.

Keep the power of youth year round. Become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in your county today.

Thank you for taking the time to view our 4-H activities. I will talk with you again next month.

 Until next time, God Bless!

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