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Take 5

We have a great office staff, and just recently we were talking about tag lines on our email accounts.  What would it be that would make an impression on the person getting an email from us?  What would be a way to make a statement?  Better yet, how could that statement shape our lives?   Our SNAP ED Educator and I have developed a good friendship over the past couple months.  We both thought it would be fun to add, "It takes five" to our emails.  For the SNAP ED program it would be, "It takes five servings of fruits and veggies a day", but for 4-H and youth development, "It takes five healthy adults to make an impact on one youth".  

I am the new kid on the block here in Pine County.  I come from the hills of western Maryland, and I am living proof of "it takes five"  My father died when I was young, and over the course of my growing years, through adulthood, there have always been men in my life who took the time to invest in me.  My passion for wood working and remodeling comes from a man who taught me how to work with my hands.  The father I am today is due in part to a pastor who knew I needed a good example of what a loving father is.  Mentors have come in and out of my life over the years.  Each had a great impact on my life.  Not because they spent money on me, but rather, they spent their time.  The man I am today is a result of those men who made that investment.  

When I think of all the activities, project development committees, club meetings, office visits and opportunities to be with people, I am reminded that I, along with a group of awesome volunteers have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of youth in our county.

It is a good thing to invest in youth.  Perhaps some day, one of them will add the tag line on their email account. "It took five, and I am glad they did."  Let us make the most of every opportunity that we have to serve the youth of our counties.  Someone once said, "they are our future".

 

 

 

Contacts

Frank Moyer
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 591-1650
fmoyer@umn.edu
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