State Council's January Reports

Check out what Your PA 4-H Council has been doing for you in January.

Andrea and Julia on Good Day PA with ABC27

Andrea and Julia on Good Day PA with ABC27

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Andrea Repetz – Cumberland County, President

Andrea Repetz has had an accomplished January. For promotional events, Andrea attended seven days of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. While there, she attended events such as the Butter Sculpture Unveiling, PA Preferred Reception, Opening Ceremonies, Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Thompson, Government Officials Lunch, televised interview on ABC27’s “Good Day PA”, Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, and walking around as Clover Bear. Andrea has also completed eight hours of community service by working at the 4-H promotional booth and Hess’s BBQ booth at Farm Show, as well as helping as a musician and vocalist at Christmas Church Services. Some of Andrea’s personal accomplishments this month include writing an email series to motivate the State Council before Farm Show, emceeing Opening Ceremonies at Farm Show, and reviving numerous complements on behalf of the State 4-H Council for their professional conduct, amazing work promoting PA 4-H, and willingness to serve at Farm Show. Contacts Andrea made this month include Mikara Anderson- 2017 PA Lamb and Wool Queen, Senator Bob Casey- United States Senator, Congressman Glenn Thompson, Congressman Dwight Evans, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, Mrs. Nina Redding- Wife of Secretary Redding, PA Congressman Lloyd Smucker, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Under Secretary Greg Ibach- USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Program, National Mrs. United States Agriculture Shannon Gallagher Wingert, Natalie Krak- Executive Assistant of PDA- Organized Opening Ceremonies, Yvonne Longnecker- PA Dairy Princess, Gretchen Little and Casandra Blickley- PA Alternate Dairy Princesses, Jared Grissinger- Project Manager, Governor’s Action Team, Representative Mark Keller, Scott Secheler- Co-chairman of PDA Ag Advisory Board, President of Bell and Evans Chickens, Secretary Patrick McDonnell- PA Secretary of Environmental Protection, Senator Pat Toomey, and Carrie Perry- ABC27 Good Day PA.

Jared Rose – Crawford County, Vice President of Operations

Jared Rose has had an exciting month. He gave one speech at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Raising and Showing Swine. Jared also attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show as a promotional event for this month. Two hours of community service was completed during Farm Show at Hess’s BBQ booth. A personal accomplishment for Jared was completing his first semester of college. A few contacts Jared made this moth include both Congressman Mark Keller and Congressman Glenn Thompson, Jared Grissinger- Project Manager, Governor’s Action Team, and Deputy Secretary Greg Ibach, USDA.

Anna Schmitt – Washington County, Vice President of Events

Anna Schmitt has had a great month. A promotional event attended by Anna includes spending five days at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Anna also completed three hours of community service preparing food and running the register at Hess’s BBQ Stand while at Farm Show. A personal accomplishment for this month includes surviving her first Farm Show! Anna made numerous contacts this month including Governor Tom Wolf, Congressman Thompson, Erick Coolidge, MaryAnn Warren- Susquehanna County Commissioner, Jean Kummer, and Gretchen Little- PA Alternate Dairy Princess.

Kayla Kimble – Clinton County, Vice President of Internal Affairs

Kayla Kimble has had an exciting January. Kayla helped run a two-hour workshop on archery for younger 4-H members. For promotional events, Kayla attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show, but more specifically the PA Preferred Banquet, Meet and Greet with Secretary Redding, Opening Ceremonies, and the Governor’s tour. Kayla also completed five and a half hours of community service by running a hurdle at the pig show during the Farm Show. A personal accomplishment by Kayla this month was completing an interview for the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. Contacts made this month include, USDA Under Secretary Ibach, US Congressional Representative Thompson, US Congressional Representative Evans, US Congressional Representative Marshall (Kansas), US Congressional Representative Peterson (Minnesota), US Senator Casey, Governor Wolf, PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, MaryAnn Warren- Susquehanna County Commissioner, PA Farm Show Swine Chairman Robb Meinen, Alternate Dairy Princess Gretchen Little, PA Alpaca Princess Nicole Bauer, PA Rabbit Queen Madison Shaw, and PA Rabbit King Andrew Miles.

Shirlann Harmon – Butler County, Secretary

Shirlann Harmon has had a great month. One promotional event that was attended was the Pennsylvania Farm Show, but specifically while there the PA Preferred Reception, Opening Ceremonies, Public Forum- Ag House Committee Discussion, and the Legislative Luncheon where she passed out mushrooms. Three hours of volunteer work was also completed by Shirlann this month by working at Hess’s BBQ Stand at the Farm Show. One of Shirlann’s personal accomplishments this month include receiving her first college acceptance letter. Contacts made by Shirlann this month include Katie Schrekengast- Miss Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Agriculture Russel Redding, Secretary Greg Ibach, Representative Dwight Evans, Senator Bob Casey, and Jared Grissinger- Project Manager, Governor’s Action Team.

Julia Jumper – Westmoreland County, Sentinel

Julia Jumper has had a busy January. Julia helped with the 4-H Citizenship activity at Farm Show, teaching kids what their county is known for. Farm Show was as a promotional event this month. While in attendance Julia worked at Hess’s BBQ stand and attended many events throughout the week including a live TV interview on ABC27 about 4-H and its involvement at Farm Show. Julia also completed four and a half hours of community service this month by singing Christmas carols and passing out cookies at a local nursing home and volunteering at Overly’s Country Christmas. Some of Julia’s personal accomplishments is that she survived all 10 days of Farm Show, completed her first TV interview, and did a great job mingling at the PA Preferred Reception. Contacts that Julia made this month include Katie Schreckengast- Miss Pennsylvania and the Adams County Apple Queen.

Annah Burke – Forest County, Reporter

Annah Burke has had a great January. She ran activities with both the Forest County Teen Council and the Western PA Teen Leadership Retreat Planning Committee. Annah attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show and was present at events including the Butter Sculpture Unveiling, PA Preferred Reception, Meet and Greet with the Secretary of Agriculture, and Opening Ceremonies. Another event she attended was the 4-H Winter Formal held in Venango County. Four volunteer hours were completed by delivering and preparing fruit baskets to the elderly in Forest County as a service learning project with her Teen Council and planning and running a mock interview for juniors and seniors at Tidioute Community Charter School. Annah’s personal accomplishments for this month include surviving the PA Preferred Banquet as well as starting her second semester as a dual-enrolled student at the University of Pittsburgh- Titusville Campus. Contacts Annah made include Bonnie J. McCann- Communications Director for the Department of Ag, Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding, FFA State Officer Team, Charlene Shupp Espenshade- Special Sections Editor for the Lancaster Farming Newspaper.

Caroline Benfer – Union County, Historian

Caroline Benfer has had an accomplished January. She gave one presentation to the Union County 4-H advisory board. Here she discussed funding for events such as State Leadership Conference and what skills 4-H’ers who attend events like this can gain. Caroline also attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show for promotional events and made many appearances at events while in attendance. Four volunteer hours were completed this month by participating in Hug-A-Family where she was able to purchase gifts and essential items for a family in need during the holiday season. Some of Caroline’s personal accomplishments include finishing her first semester at Juniata College and being offered a position to conduct research with one of her professors. Contacts that were made include Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Gregory Hostetter- Deputy Secretary for Animal Health and Food Safety, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Congressman Glenn Thompson, Representative Tom Marino, and Representative Dwight Evans.