Jan (Miller) Haeg comes from a proud Minnesota 4-H family. Even before she was old enough to be a Cloverbud, Jan tagged along to 4-H meetings and community projects with her mom and three older sisters. Her early years in Murray County 4-H, participating in demonstrations and sewing projects, taught her public speaking, creativity and problem solving; skills she still uses today as Director of Field Talent Development at Lifetouch National School Studios Inc.
Jan has had multiple opportunities to represent 4-H in her community, around the country and even abroad. While a 4-H'er she served as a State Officer and Ambassador and during college she proudly participated in the International 4-H Youth Exchange program in Australia. Even now, though her children are past their 4-H years, Jan continues to remain engaged as a volunteer and advocate for her favorite youth development program. She has judged 4-H citizenship and leadership projects at the State Fair and currently serves on the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's Board of Trustees.
"My challenge to alumni is this: consider giving back even if it's in a small way; volunteer on a local level, golf in a 4-H Foundation golf tournament or help one of your neighbor kids get involved in 4-H. Someone was there to help you learn by doing. Give back to Minnesota 4-H and help make a difference."
September 2013 Archives
Meet Alexandria, a 4-H'er from Blue Earth County. Alex is one of two 2013 recipients of the Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
Since joining 4-H in 2008, Alex has focused most of her 4-H experiences around her dog, Mya, a 6 year old Lab-Springer mix. In their most recent county fair showing, Alex and Mya won a Grand Championship in Advanced Rally. Normally Alex and Mya would have competed in 5 other events but Mya had a major health crisis that limited their ability to show in all their typical events. In general project areas and demonstrations Alex earned 8 Grand Championships this year, and took a veterinary science project on Mya's disease (Atypical Addison's) as well as a demo on choosing a dog to the State Fair this year. For the past several years, Alex has served as Blue Earth County's youth dog project leader. She has also served as a club leader, photographer for her county.
Alex will be attending Minnesota State University in Mankato, with the hopes of earning her degree in zoology and then attending the U of MN and becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine. She looks forward to remaining engaged with 4-H by serving as an alumni volunteer in her county teaching dog training classes.
We're excited to congratulate Alex and wish her well in her academic pursuits!
Each day alumni poured into the 4-H Building, ready to see the Arts-In show (directed by Kirstin Delp, 4-H alum from Anoka County), view exhibits ranging from photography to food preservation, from community pride to quilting, from entomology to electronics (all managed by several 4-H alumni under the direction of Sandy Ducharme) and to introduce their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to the personal growth and development opportunities that 4-H proudly offers youth of all ages. The 4-H Building was busting with joy, enthusiasm and pride.
Few alumni passed our table in the entryway without sharing a story or two about winning a trip to the State Fair, staying in the 4-H "Hilton" (third floor dorms of the building) and becoming who they are today thanks to their experiences with 4-H. One woman, pushed in a wheelchair by her adult daughter, announced that she had visited the 4-H Building every year since she was a small child. This was her 82nd consecutive year of showing 4-H enthusiasm and gratitude during her visit to the State Fair's 4-H Building. When 4-H alumni come to the State Fair, joy-filled memories are recalled and smiles are always present.
It was such an honor to hear your stories as you visited the 4-H Building this year at the State Fair. Thank you for sharing your memories and helping me to see even more clearly what a strong and vital role 4-H plays in the lives of Minnesotans.
I'm so glad to share membership of the Minnesota 4-H Alumni & Friends Community with you. Let's volunteer, advocate and give in support of 4-H so that this wonderful youth development program can remain strong and vital for many years to come!