A Letter from Meg
It is hard to describe what has been happening the last couple of months in our country and around the world. So many things happening at once: COVID-19 (and ever changing information related to it); the voices and actions of frustration and fear and much more from marginalized people; feelings of disappointment, sadness, grief, loss and being overwhelmed. All while trying to process how everything is affecting our lives is challenging for all of us. I am grateful for the patience and grace you have all shown during this time!
With all of the news, messaging, and feelings, I think about how the 4-H Pledge applies to our world, especially at this time. We pledge our heads, hearts, hands and health to serving our club, our community, our country and our world. The goals of the 4-H Pledge sometimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of 4-H meetings, activities and our busy lives. However, we now have time to focus on those goals. Throughout the last couple of challenging months, we have used our Heads to think things through, our Hearts to empathize and care for others, our Hands to serve our communities. We are going to talk more about 4th H, which stands for Health. Health includes five different pieces: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. Think about the five pieces of Health being spokes on a wheel. If we do not take care of all five pieces/spokes, our wheel will not roll straight and we will not get to where we are going. Right now, we need to remember the importance of the 4th H, in our pledge, and think about how we can apply it in our local communities.
When we make changes to how we deliver 4-H program, or raise awareness with specialized programming, we are not only looking out for your health (our members, volunteers and families), we are also doing this for the health and well-being of our extended families, our communities, our country and our world. As 4-H members, leaders, and families, it is our responsibility to support our communities; listen and seek to understand; help our communities heal; and help our youth grow into the leaders we need them to be today and into the future. The last couple of months have been challenging, and the challenges are not over. Please continue to show patience and grace and acknowledge that everyone is doing the best that they can. Let us continue to keep the 4th H in mind and keep our communities, state, and world safe and healthy!
4-H members, leaders and families can contact Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-963-1889 with your 4-H related questions and requests. Please call or email BEFORE you stop into the Extension Office. Extension Educators will continue working from home a majority of the time, for at least the next couple of months. We will schedule appointments for picking up supplies, handouts, curriculum, etc.
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