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2015 Ritchie County Leaders Banquet

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Ritchie County Extension Office
1608 E. Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362

Office: (304) 643-5200
Fax: (304) 643-5204
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The WVU Extension Service provides programs in 4-H Youth Development, Families and Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community, Economic and Workforce Development with support from West Virginia University faculty and staff. WVU also maintains a historic special-mission campus at WVU Jackson’s Mill Center for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp, near Weston, West Virginia.

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Ritchie County 4-H to participate in Give Local MOV event

Ritchie County 4-H will participate in the 2016 Give Local Mid-Ohio Valley event.
Give Local Mid-Ohio Valley is a 24-hour online-only giving challenge connecting community members with local non-profits Tuesday, May 3.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Ritchie County 4-H in the amount of $10 or more will have an opportunity to stretch their donation a little farther.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates is sponsoring the Give Local MOV event.
Last year, the Give Local MOV event raised $218,600 from 898 donors for 49 non-profit organizations across the Mid-Ohio Valley.
The way the day works, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) secures sponsorships from businesses and donors. The funds secured by PACF are then divided by the number of non-profit organizations participating in the Give Local Mid-Ohio Valley challenge.
Those funds are used as matching funds for the non-profit organizations. For instance, if PACF secures funding to provide each non-profit with $1,000 in matching funds, any donations given on the Give Local Day up to the $1,000 mark will be matched, providing the non-profit with $2,000 instead of just $1,000.
Donations will be accepted through the Give Local MOV on Tuesday, May 3. Those interested in donating may visit the website givelocalmov.org to make a secure donation on that day.
Anyone interested in making a donation, but are not comfortable making a donation using the computer may contact the Ritchie County Extension Office at 304.643.5200 to make other donation arrangements.
“We are excited to be a part of the Give Local MOV day, we look forward to securing funds to continue camp improvement projects and 4-H youth development programming. Over the years, the Ritchie County community has been very supportive of the Ritchie County 4-H program and we look forward to that support continuing. Any donation is greatly appreciated,” Stephanie Deem, Ritchie County Extension Agent, stated.
Those interested in becoming a sponsor may do so by contacting the Ritchie County Extension Office at the above number. Sponsorships provide funds that can also be matched by donations given during the Give Local MOV event Tuesday, May 3.
Donations are tax deductible for any donors.


WVU Extension Service offering interactive cooking, nutrition class

Learn to eat smarter and be active during a new class series called Nancy’s Lunchtime Learners.
West Virginia University Extension Service Ritchie County Office will be hosting the Nancy’s Lunchtime Learners classes beginning Thursday, March 31. There will be eight classes lasting approximately 60 minutes in March, April and May.
The hands-on, interactive classes will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be hosted at the Ritchie County 4-H Camp in the kitchen area. Those attending six of the eight classes will receive a free cookbook. There will also be free kitchen goodies given at every class, along with many recipes designed to save time and money.
These interactive classes will give those attending an opportunity to learn nutrition tips, how to save money, plan meals and get creative in the kitchen by making spice blends and mixes and be active.
All classes will be on Thursdays and include: March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 19, and May 26.
Nancy Bremar, a Nutrition Outreach Instructor for WVU Extension Service, will be teaching the classes.
SNAP participants are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Those with questions or those wishing to register for the classes should contact the Ritchie County Extension Service Office by calling 304.643.5200.

January 2016 All-Stars

ALL-STAR MEMBERS – Anna Cokeley, Amanda Davis and Marlee Brannon-Jones, three Ritchie County 4-H members, received their All Star pins during the Young Adult Conference. The conference was hosted at Jackson’s Mill Jan. 29-31. The young ladies received their All Star pins during a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 31. *

Three Ritchie County 4-H’ers selected as All Stars

Induction as an All Star is a highlight of any 4-H member or volunteer leader.
Becoming a West Virginia 4-H All Star is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a member or adult volunteer. The motto of the All Star organization is “service”.
During the Young Adult Conference Weekend Jan. 29-31, Marlee Brannon-Jones, Amanda Davis and Anna Cokeley received their All Star pins.
Induction and recognition ceremonies are hosted during state 4-H events at Jackson’s Mill.
Brannon-Jones is the daughter of Rita Brannon of Petroleum and Dean Brannon. She has participated in 4-H for the past 12 years.
Davis is the daughter of Malinda and John Davis of Pennsboro. She has been a 4-H member for the past 13 years.
Cokeley is the daughter of Ed and Gail Cokeley of Harrisville. She has been a 4-H member for 11 years.
The young ladies attended Young Adult Conference Weekend and received their All Star pins during a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 31.
The following historical perspective about the 4-H All Star was written by L. S. “Pete” Hartley.
“The word Star has many definitions, as does the word ALL. When we combine these two words ALL and STAR we think of ‘the very best,’ the ‘cream of the crop;’ the ALL STAR game, the ALL STAR team, etc.
“When we put FOUR-H in front of ALL STAR, the words take on a special meaning. To be chosen for a FOUR-H ALL STAR means you are approaching or have reached maturity in 4-H. In the words of Edward Strecker, “Maturity is a quality of personality made up of a number of elements. It is the ability to stick to a job…reliability…persistence to carry out a goal in the face of difficulties…endurance of difficulties, unpleasantness, discomfort, frustration, hardship…the ability to size things up, make one’s own decisions…a considerable amount of independence…maturity includes a determination, a will to succeed and achieve, a will to live…Maturity represents the capacity to cooperate; to work with others…The mature person is flexible, can defer to time, persons, circumstances…can show tolerance, be patient and has the qualities of adaptability and compromise…Emotional maturity is morale of the individual.”
These are the characteristics looked for in choosing FOUR-H ALL STARS. It is more than the number of years in club work or county and state camps attended or projects completed or awards won; it is all of these PLUS those characteristics of maturity.
To become involved in Ritchie County 4-H, call the Ritchie County Extension Office at 304.643.5200.


Ritchie County to offer two Energy Express sites this year

Ritchie County will be hosting two Energy Express sites this coming summer. If you are 18 years of age and at least a graduating senior we would love to have you serve as a mentor for one of our sites. We will be hosting Energy Express at Creed Collins Elementary School and Smithville Elementary School.
Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.
Approximately 3,000 children in throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer.
The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels – a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”
The program will take place in 80 sites across the state from June 13 to August 2.
AmeriCorps Energy Express mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.
In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.
Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.
Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.
For other AmeriCorps and national service opportunities, visit www.americorps.gov. To learn other ways in which WVU Extension Service works in local communities, visit www.ext.wvu.edu.
For more information about becoming a mentor or community coordinator with Energy Express, download our application or call 304-293-3855.

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