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Leader’s values instilled from 4-H

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

This month’s Ogle County 4-H Spotlight light is on Annette Martin of Oregon.

Martin joined 4-H at age 8.

She was in the Carefree 4-H Club for 10 years, where her mother, Aletha Nordman, and another mother, Roberta Macauley, became the leaders.

“4-H brought me out of my shell,” Martin said. “I was forced to share my knowledge through talks and demonstrations for the club.

“Now, I do presentations on beef production for ag awareness and in classrooms,” she said.

While a club member, the she served as sentinel, secretary, and treasurer.

She now is the leader of Carefree 4-H Club and places more importance on families doing things together.

“Through 4-H, I learned to follow directions, whether it was a recipe or a sewing project I was doing. One project I did was beef. Nowhere in the project manual did it say what to do with a psycho calf that would not break or when a calf gains too much or not enough weight for a show. When you have problems like these, you learn to network with others and figure out problems on you own.

“Keeping track of income and expenses is one thing a 4-H member will use for the rest of their life.

“Learning to organize that information is essential,” she said.”

Martin owes most of her college tuition to her beef project. When she was a senior in high school, she and her sister had 120 cows. Between the premiums won at the carcass show and the selling of their cattle, the beef project put both of them through college.

Information submitted by Katrina Lowry, 4-H ambassador.

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