Monday October 7th, kicks off National 4-H week. To celebrate, we sat down with Evan Webster, Clayton resident and New Mexico State 4-H President to learn more about why he loves 4-H and what others should know about it.
Farmers & Stockmens Bank (FSB): Can you tell us a bit about our 4-H organization here in Clayton?
Evan Webster (EW): We have four, 4-H clubs here in Clayton. I am President of the Happy Rock 4-H Club which is the largest club here in Clayton. We hold a meeting every month to talk about what community service projects or fundraisers we would like to put together. The fundraisers help us travel to competitions, and the community projects help build youth growth and development.
FSB: What are the requirements for being part of the 4H organization?
EW: To register for 4-H, you have to be between the ages of 8-18 years old. Every member is required to complete a project of their choice, complete their year-end record book and attend meetings.
FSB: Why was the 4-H organization formed?
EW: The organization was originally created to teach inner city children about agricultural living. But it has also helped the rural children grow their knowledge.
FSB: Why is being a 4-H member so important to you?
EW: I am a big fan of 4-H!! It encourages youth development and helps to raise a generation of people to become free thinkers & doers. It teaches our youth to make a difference.
FSB: How does the community here help support 4-H?
EW: The community is always so generous in supporting our organization and clubs. They support our fundraisers by buying tickets, or any product we are selling to raise money. At county fair time the community is a big contributor to our Junior Livestock sale.
FSB: What does 4-H do for the community?
EW: 4-H is big on community service, we want to give back to the community that supports us. We participate in clean up the neighborhood days and help out where we can. There is a big window on main street that the members of the Happy Rock 4-H club take turns to decorate each month. I think it has been a great thing to help welcome people to our town and show off what 4-H means to us, it makes the town feel inviting and each club has done a great job!
FSB: What is your favorite part of 4-H?
EW: I love that people in 4-H get things done! Kids in the 4-H community are free thinkers and are willing to do what it takes to achieve their goals and get things done. I love meeting new people and seeing what they have to bring to the table.
FSB: How are you going to partake in National 4-H week?
EW: We will do some community service projects, decorate our window and visit the local elementary and High School to promote 4-H and encourage others to join. I will also be traveling to Las Cruces to participate in the NMSU homecoming parade.
FSB: Final Question, what made you decide to run for State President?
EW: I love this organization and I wanted to go the extra mile and see if I could win and help make National 4-H better. To be honest, I didn’t think I would win, but I am honored to represent New Mexico and can’t wait to see all the great things we can do and the new people I am going to have the opportunity to meet!
Farmers & Stockmens Bank is a proud supporter of 4-H and all it does for the youth in our community, and throughout the country. If you are a member of 4-H and looking to tackle a project, we can help you out with that. Just call up one of our team members to learn more. To learn more about the benefits of 4-H, visit their website here, or like them on Facebook.