OHIO 4-HNEWS Ohio 4-HWelcomes Three New Staff Members
Ohio 4-H is happy to announce the addition of three new staff members. Please take the time to get to know each of them through their responses below. Ohio 4-H welcomes Josh, Tracy, and Jeff!
Joshua A. Kirby, Ph.D.,
Extension Specialist Tell us about yourself. I’m quite happy
to be in Columbus with OSU Extension as the Extension Specialist for 4-H Older Youth and Camping. I am from a farm family inWestern New York State that produced fruit, vegetables, and grains with the fertile soils of the Lake Ontario plains. I grew up as an active camper and outdoorsman, and those experi- ences encouraged me to study out-of- school educational youth development programs throughout college and graduate school. And best of all, I am surrounded by a very large number of people with impressive character—from Ohio’s 4-H youth and volunteers, to my fellow faculty and staff members, to my lovely wife Dr. Rebecca Kirby.
What is your vision for your new position at Ohio 4-H. My hope is to strengthen the youth
development effectiveness of all of the programs, personnel, and facilities with which I am connected. I want my fresh perspective, new ideas and innovations to enhance the 4-H impact upon the character and skill develop- ment of young people while preserving valued traditions.We may even create some new traditions along the way.
What do you find most intriguing about 4-H, whatmade you want towork within 4-H? 4-H provides youth, and those
youthful at heart, a tremendous amount of freedom to choose what they want to learn about. Young people can pursue any number of projects— across a variety of skill areas no less— and each pursuit with value for their futures. The same is true for a specialist like myself. My two areas of responsibility provide a large number of unanswered questions and opportu- nities for leadership, innovation, research, and organizational change.
Fun fact: Tell us one unique interesting fact about yourself. Icaused a minor auto accident as a
“driver” when I was 5 years old while sitting on my grandfather’s lap and
driving a tractor through a residential neighborhood. I “learned” how to drive by watching TV, and on TV the drivers were always rhythmically moving the steering wheel back and forth even though they are supposedly driving straight. Grandpa invited the other driver over to his house for coffee, and my grandparents paid her cash for her car damage—a lot of cash!
Tracy Grody, Ohio 4-H
Program Coordinator Tell us about yourself. While growing
up in Eaton, OH, I was very active in the Preble County 4-H program participating in leadership, sewing, creative arts, and dog projects, and eventually became aState4-HAmbassador.Il
ater became an advisor and found myself working in the County Extension office while attending classes at Miami University. In 2008, I packed my things and headed to Columbus after I accepted a position at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. While there I worked on their database program until coming back to Extension in November 2011. I reside in aquaint suburbofColumbus withmy two golden retrievers, Maggie and Mulligan. Time spent out of the office is with family, friends, and attending classes at Ohio State.
What is your vision for your new position at Ohio 4-H. Iampassionateaboutseeingnew
technologies continue to become a fundamental part of Ohio 4-H while keeping the traditions that founded 4-H steadfast. However, with the integration of any new technology, education and support is needed. It is my goal to continue to offer assistance in the implementation of the ACCESS 4-H data management program. This is a tool that will lessen the burden of collecting data on 4-H professionals and county staff. I am eager to focus my efforts on a new state 4-H website, so stay tuned…
What do you find most intriguing about 4-H, whatmade you want to work within 4-H? Iam aproductof4-H.4-H notonly prepared me to navigate the challenges
of becoming an adult, but provided me skills that I use every day. My involve- ment had a major influence on my sense of community and my develop- ment of responsibility and self- confidence. 4-H also taught me humility and to learn from my mistakes, remembering my first cake project which melted before I got to the fair! I hope my work here will help the Ohio 4-H program continue to grow, providing youth development opportu- nities for many generations to come.
Fun fact: Tell us one unique interesting fact about yourself. Ilovekeepingbusyby creating
things. Whether it’s a new cupcake recipe, a challenging quilt pattern, or rehabbing a thrift store find…I’ll work to make it a personal masterpiece.
Jeff Dick, OSU Extension
Field Specialist Tell us about yourself. While being an
11-year 4-H member in Williams County, Ohio, I partici- pated in natural resources, rabbit, and poultry projects. Once out of 4-H I served as a4-Hclubadvisor for four years while pursuing a degree from The Ohio State University majoring in Ag. Education. Shortly
The Ohio StateUniversity Department of
Animal Sciences andOSU Extension will be hosting two 3-day 2-night livestock judging camps at The Ohio State University campus. One session will be for beginning (freshman/sophomores or little previous experi- ence) and one for advanced (juniors/seniors and older students with 4-H eligibility) judgers. Camp is open for any interested students
from 9th grade and above for the 2012-2013 school year, including 2012 graduates eligible for the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will be
assisting with the camp and coordinating registration. Camp cost will be $200 ($50 non-refundable deposit due with registration form) per student. These costs include: lodging in Taylor Tower dorms, food, recreation, transportation during camp,
after graduation, I started my Extension career in Sandusky County, Ohio as the 4-H Agent. I worked there for three years before having the opportunity to serve as the 4-H Educator in my home county of Williams for 16 years. I reside on a small hobby farm in Montpelier, Ohio with my wife Gail and children: Weston (10), Ashton (10), Logan (8), Addison (5) and Caroline (4).
What is your vision for your new position at Ohio 4-H. Iplan to provide researchbased
resources and education to 4-H professionals across the state to improve volunteer recruitment, education and management. Additionally, I will strive to increase and improve programming efforts in the areas of 4-H club risk management and operational management.
What do you find most intriguing about 4-H, what made you want to work within 4-H? 4-H is a premier youth development
organization that teaches youth life skills that will last a lifetime! I believe youth need these skills to become successful productive citizens.
Fun fact: Tell us one unique interesting fact about yourself. IraiseandshowNetherlandDwarf
rabbits nationally and produced “Dwarf of the Year,” the top winning Netherland Dwarf rabbit inNorthAmerica for 2011. Also, I am a licensedAmerican Rabbit Breeders Association judge.
2012 Buckeye Livestock Judging Camp
official camp t-shirt, a 2012 OSU Livestock Judging Manual, judging notebook, and 24- hour medical assistance. OSU Livestock Judging Coach, Kyle Culp,
and Dr. Paul Kuber, OSU Youth Livestock Extension Specialist, will be hosting the event in conjuncture with past and present collegiate livestock judging team members. The camp will focus upon fundamentals of livestock evaluation and incorporating scenarios and performance date into selection, note taking, and oral reasons. For more information, email Kyle Culp at email@example.com
Registration due May 7th
Session 1 Beginners: June 18-20 Session 2 Advanced: June 25-27
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