October 2006
4-H Extension Corner

  The 2006 4-H C.A.D.E.T. team traveled to Niagara Falls, New York/Canada in July. Youth from Butler County were Delphine Hartin, Jacob Hartin, Nikki Cook, Rosilyn Cook, Melissa Peagler, Stephen Cook, Lillian Gardner, Betty Whittle, Renesha Gardner, Marvia Scott, Jasmine Taylor, Asia Knowles, and Andres Olliver. From Lowndes County, Cedric Washington, Heidi Rudolph, Kamelia White, Jalisa Maull, Quenisha Jackson and from Macon County, Brandon Boyd, Justin Echols, Lauren Cooper and Alycia Bryant. Tiffini Dowdell from Bullock County and, from Dallas County, Brainna Girlie, Haley Underwood, Sammy Bunch and Elijah Caver participated, while Monroe was represented by Joseph Gary, Melvain Poole and Justin Poole. The adult volunteers and 4-H staff were Callie Nelson, Dallas County; Rachel Bonner, Lowndes; Anthony Pinkston, Butler; Willie Williams, Monroe; John Pulliam, Justin Poole, Lelia Downing, Macon; Barbara Dowdell and Joy Downing from Bullock County.
As I start this column on the fourth of September, Labor Day, eating BBQ and spending time with family and friends, I can’t help but think of next week. Patriot Day is what we now call it, but forever it will be known as 9-11. The day that America was changed, well the day we were all changed.

If you are like me, you know exactly where you were and what you had planned for the day, before you heard the devastating news. I can remember how long the day seemed to last as I checked on the news every few minutes, trying to get more information on the flights, crash sites and wondering what could be next. How could anyone murder so many innocent people?

It seems as only yesterday in my thoughts, but for those that lost fathers, mothers, sons, daughters or others, I know that it must seem like it was much longer than five years ago.

We will never know all of the heroic efforts given by those that lived or those that died. But we can say “Thank You” to all those that helped in the rescues, clean-up and even restoration of the areas affected. I daily remember the price that has been paid for this freedom that we are privileged to enjoy, and say a prayer for those that are still there fighting for that freedom!

Winners in the High Individual Overall category of the Senior Horse Judging Contest at the 34th Alabama State 4-H Horse Show in Montgomery were (from left to right) first place, Kelsey Collins, Autauga County; second place, Breanna Echols, Autauga County; third place, Clay Hatter, Lee County; fourth place, Joy Coppock, Autauga County; and fifth place, Elizabeth Witt, Jefferson County. Winners in the High Individual Overall category of the Senior Hippology Contest at the 34th Alabama State 4-H Horse Show were (from left to right) first place, Jamie Hennigan, Autauga County; second place, Mary Hughes, Tuscaloosa County; third place, Lindsey Carmack, Madison County; fourth place, Anna Marie Mobley, Autauga County; and fifth place, Breanna Echols, Autauga County. The Show was held July 10 through 14 at the Garrett Coliseum Complex in Montgomery.

In 2006, the 4-H Central Alabama Discovery Enrichment Tour (CADET) continues to make a difference in the lives of Central Alabama 4-H Youth. This year, seven counties (Monroe, Butler, Lowndes, Macon, Bullock, Dallas and Lee) organized and planned an educational tour for 4-Hers with “learning through travel” as the educational concept. CADET’s goal is to visit locations that provide educational, cultural, social and recreational hands on experiences for 4-H Youth, while simultaneously keeping expenses affordable. This year, the CADET team traveled to Niagara Falls, New York/Canada.

Sunday, July 9, 2006, the team departed Montgomery in route to Richmond, Virginia. Volunteers, parents and teen leaders were utilized extensively to chaperone and monitor the thirty-two 4-Hers on the Tour. Our overnights were in Virginia and Pennsylvania before we finally arrived in Niagara Falls, New York. The first tour was the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The trip this year was an exciting experience. The group enjoyed the trip to Niagara Falls/Canada. In Niagara Falls/Canada, the group toured the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and a dinner at Skylon Tower. The trip included a day at Canada’s Wonderland, dinner and show at Medieval Times and then the group of 4-Hers attended the Pittsburg Pirates game.

Next year the CADET team is planning a tour of Chicago with a tour of two college campuses in Tennessee on the trip up.

As I said I would last month, I am including some photos of the 4-H State Horse Show winners. Autauga County is “Horse Country”! Their Horse Judging, Hippology and Quiz Bowl teams all placed first at the state competition. Congratulations to all of the youth, parents and volunteers that made this happen.

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..