National Collegiate 4-H

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Penn State 4-H send holiday ‘Boxes of Cheer’ to American troops

For the fifth consecutive year, students in the Collegiate 4-H Club in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are spreading holiday joy to American troops overseas.

As a result of the club’s “Boxes of Cheer” project, dozens of boxes filled with various items donated from the community are being shipped to more than 40 designated soldiers in Iraq over the holidays. The 4-H members put drop-off boxes around the Penn State campus for students and faculty to leave shippable items, and then gathered with volunteers to form an assembly line of packaging. The purpose is to “share the
Christmas spirit with a group that is usually forgotten this time of year,” said group president Bernadette Nace.

“Most of the contents are necessities that people here take for granted — anything from books, pencils, candy and magazines to toothbrushes and even Christmas cookies,” Nace said. “Some of the gifts are special as well, including letters from people in 4-H. Most people forget about the female troops, so things a female would like are especially appreciated.”

“Boxes of Cheer” isn’t a simple operation, Nace explained. Accomplishing the task requires a lot of administration, developing the students’ organizational skills even as it provides a community service.

In addition to helping the troops, the project is rewarding to those who volunteer. Amy Filson, a junior majoring in elementary and early childhood education, said many soldiers send letters, T-shirts and other mementos as a way of saying thank-you. “Last year, one soldier wrote saying how appreciative he was for our hard work and even took a picture with his entire unit in their dress uniforms,” she said. “It made it all worth it.”

Troops are always grateful because they realize how difficult the process is to get the boxes over to Iraq, Nace explained. Federal confidentiality policies mean there is no central, public listing of active soldiers. Members solicit names and addresses from families, friends and other personal contacts, a time-consuming process, but Nace said it’s worth it.

“We get thank-you letters all the time, with pictures and sometimes gifts in return,” she said. “Once, we had a soldier send us back his Christmas list.”

Penn State’s Collegiate 4-H is a private, nonprofit student organization that allows members to continue their community-based 4-H activities of recreation and community service and encourages their confidence and leadership skills. More information on the chapter can be found at online or by contacting chapter adviser Jacklyn Bruce at (814) 863-1789.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Updated list of NAB Members

There have a few changes recently in representation on NAB. Here is the updated list.

North Central Region President
Kristin Barnhart, The Ohio State University

Northeast Region President
Vanessa Cerny, Rutgers University

Southern Region President, NAB Chair
Antoine Jefferson, Louisiana State University

Western Region Representative
Amber Mathisen, University of Wyoming

North Central Region Second Year member
Val Krumm, Iowa State University

Northeast Region Second Year member

Southern Region Second Year member
Patrick Voorhies, Louisiana State University

Western Region Second Year member
Shane Sheridan, Colorado State University

Conference Planning Committee Representative
Jasmin Honore, Louisiana State University

Business Manager
Sarah Leidheiser, Ohio State University

Amy Schwertner, Texas Tech University

National 4-H Headquarters Liaison
Byron Garrett, National 4-H Headquarters, CSREES, USDA

Advisor from the Southern Region
Evelyn Rachell

Advisor from National 4-H Council

Advocacy Team Liaison
April Mendenhall, Colorado State University

Web Team Liaison
Jessica Falkenthal, Indiana University

Strategic Planning Committee Liaison
Val Krumm, Iowa State University

*The Northeast Region Second Year member has yet to be appointed by the Northeast Region. Please contact Vanessa Cerny about this position.
*The Advisor from the Southern Region position will be appointed by the Southern Region Officers. Contact: Antoine Jefferson
*The Advisor from National 4-H Council has yet to be appointed by NAB. Contact Antoine Jefferson for more information.

You may contact any NAB member or committee by visiting the Contact Collegiate 4-H webpage.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Regional Websites!

The North Central and Western Regions have moved to!

Welcome aboard!

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Western Region-

Check them out and give their webmasters a virtual pat on the back.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Agenda for December 12th, 2006 NAB Meeting

December 12th, 2006 @ 9pm Central Time
National Action Board of Collegiate 4-H
Teleconference 10

*Reading of the Minutes (Secretary)

*Approval of the Minutes

*Business Manager’s Report (Business manager)

*Old Business (5 minutes)

*Consortium Report (5 minutes)

*Strategic Plan Areas of Focus Update (2 minutes per section)
1. Diversity
2. Organizational Affairs
3. Communication and Member Education
4. Partnerships
5. Community Service (5 minutes)

*National Conference Update (5 minutes)

*Advocacy Team Update (5 minutes)

*Web Team Update (5 minutes)

*Service Project of Emphasis Update (5 minutes per project)

*Regional Updates (3 minutes each region)
– Western Region
– Southern Region
– North Central Region
– North Eastern Region

*Other Concerns and future agenda items

Executive session has been requested for all voting members directly following the meeting, the meeting shall be closed to everyone else. There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the session, and only by request will extend the time.