Minnesota 4-H alumni: Raise your hand
4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to be leaders now and for a lifetime. No one knows this better than you, our alumni, who have experienced 4-H firsthand. We need your help to bring the same experience and skills to youth today. Show your 4-H pride and help bring the same opportunities to youth in your community, throughout Minnesota and nationwide.
Raise your hand and say "Yes! I am Minnesota 4-H grown!"
Raising your hand is easy:
- Raise your hand – Complete this form to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
- Compete for Minnesota – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for Minnesota 4-H from National 4-H Council. The three states with the most alumni votes wins!
- Spread the word – Share your #4HGrown story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for Minnesota too.
4-H made a difference in your life. It's time to pay it forward. Raise your hand today.
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4-H Alumni and Friends News
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tim Goldsmith and Signe Wass are proud 4-H alumni and University of Minnesota graduates. They met in college at the University of Minnesota, School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, when Signe’s mother was going through some old photos, they discovered that in high school, they showed swine against each other in the same class at the state fair, but never knew each other. Having the common roots of 4-H brought them even closer together and provided a foundation for them to raise their children with.
Signe and Tim Volunteering at the state fair
"I try to live out the health part of the pledge for raising my family," said Signe. "We try to eat properly, be active, and of course be civically engaged leaders in our community." They aspire to model these behaviors for their two daughters, who are in Goodhue county 4-H.
They are alumni from two separate counties. Tim is from Fillmore and Signe is from West Otter Tail.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018Maria Brekke grew up in Scott County, a member of the Shakopee Super Seekers 4-H Club. Throughout her time in 4-H, she made lifelong bonds and built a foundation of values like hard work, humility and self-sufficiency.
She learned these important life skills and values through many 4-H programs. One of her earliest 4-H memories is showing pigs with her siblings and cousins at the Scott County Fair. Maria also constructed sewing projects with the help of her great-aunt. "I loved the hours I had at her house sewing and spending time together."
Maria and her sister, Anna
From 2010-2012, Maria served as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. "During that time, I gained an incredible amount of confidence and self-worth, which I credit to the program and its leaders. The ambassador program is one of the most impressive things 4-H offers. I hope 4-Hers continue to take advantage of it," she said.
Perhaps her fondest 4-H memory is meeting her husband, Nick Penning. They were both working at the 4-H Building at the state fair. She was on exhibit staff and he was on the STEM team. They quickly discovered they were both University of Minnesota students. This past summer, they bought a house just two blocks from the fairgrounds. She is grateful every day that 4-H created an opportunity for them to meet.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bergem is a 2017 recipient of the Kern Scholarship.
Scholarship awardee Lizzie BNow a freshman at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Lizzie is enjoying college and learning new things every day.
"My dream career would be to work as a 4-H Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension. I want to be able to give back to this program because it has shaped me into the person that I am today." Lizzie was involved in the program for 11 years and has jumped at every opportunity she could. Her highlights include fashion revue, barnyard Olympics, showing sheep, and helping out at 4-H after school programs.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4-H was a place of exploration for Matthew Schmidtbauer. Throughout his time in Anoka County 4-H, he tried several different project areas.
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"Beekeeping, coin collecting, firearm safety, electronics and more. 4-H gave me such a wonderful opportunity to explore new topics," said Matthew during a recent conversation with fellow alum Laura Wyatt. "I was always encouraged to try different things."
For many years, Matthew took a project to exhibit and be judged at the Minnesota State Fair. "I can still remember how excited and proud I was for being awarded a state fair trip with one of my projects. It was a new, unique, and exciting experience to be able to spend the night on the fairgrounds. After going my first year, I worked extra hard on my projects the next year to earn a spot back!"