Dear YD colleagues,
The holidays are approaching fast, and I know all of you are looking forward to spending time relaxing and enjoying the company of family and friends. As I reflect on the last year, I am thankful for so many things, and want to share a few thoughts with you.
National 4-H Council Innovation & Impact Executive Director Don Mohanlal sent me a thank you note after his visit with us last month, expressing how impressed he was with the work we were doing. In it he said, "I have seen the future, and it is Minnesota 4-H."
I would like to thank all of you because you are Minnesota 4-H.
We have accomplished so much together this last year. I was so happy to meet with all of you during our regional visits this summer and fall, and hear your stories and your accomplishments. I also want to thank you for what you challenged us to hear and understand, telling us where changes were needed, and making your voices heard. This is truly how we create "we" in our organization.
Together, we are striving to be the best 4-H Youth Development organization that we can be. I'd also like to thank you for embracing and supporting me, and allowing me to be your leader as we move our vision forward, thoughtfully and caringly, in large and small ways. Your hard work and support help me to know we are on the right track, and that you believe in the future of 4-H and making a difference in the lives of young people.
Enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year!
Associate dean & state 4-H director