Local 4-H-ers attend All-Star Conference

Posted 4/17/19

TIM HELD was appointed SEC Area Scout at the 2019 4-H Spring All Star Conference.


TIM HELD Bethany Hobbs and JC Moore all attended the 2010 4-H Eastern Region All Star Conference in Greeneville April 5 through 7.

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Local 4-H-ers attend All-Star Conference


Tennessee 4-H has four main focuses: leadership, communication, citizenship and specific-project related work. From April 5 to 7, more than 115 senior high 4-H’ers from across the 33 counties in the Eastern Region attended the 2019 Eastern Region Spring All-Star Conference at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville. There was where participants focused on leadership and citizenship. Bradley County had three 4-H members attend: J.C. Moore, Bethany Hobbs and Tim Held 

4-H All-Stars is the second level of recognition in the Tennessee State 4-H program. To be eligible, applicants must be a state 4-H Honor Club member (first level of recognition, based on service) and dedicated to service in their communities.
The 4-H All-Star motto is “Service,” and attendees to the conference participated in many service projects in order to fulfill this. Some of the service projects that 4-H All-Stars participated in included camp beautification, making no-sew blankets, making dog chew-toys out of old T-shirts and volunteering at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. Nothing provides a bigger source of pride than serving those in need.
At each All-Star Conference (two per year — one in fall, one in spring), there are new initiates into All-Stars. At this year’s Spring Conference, there were 17 regional initiates, including J.C. Moore from Bradley County. After being initiated, he commented, “It was a good experience and I feel a part of something that will help me in my future.”
Following the initiation ceremony, the first six of the 10 Eastern Region All-Star Council officers were announced. The elected Eastern Region All-Star Council oversees representing Eastern Region 4-H and the All-Star Program, planning and running events for the region and encouraging younger 4-H’ers to get involved.

On Sunday morning of the conference, the final four council members, the area scouts or sub-regional representatives, were announced. In the Eastern Region, there are four sub-regions for 4-H. The Upper 8 are eight counties in the northeastern tip of the state. The Big 9 is the nine counties in the central part of the region surrounding Knoxville. The Great Northwest is eight counties in the northwestern portion of the region. The SEC or Southeastern Corner includes the eight counties in the southern portion of the region.
One of Bradley County’s All-Stars, Tim Held, was selected as the SEC Area scout. He will represent Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Rhea counties on a regional and state level, help plan regional events and report on the sub-region’s events and counties.
In response to being selected, Held said, “I am so incredibly honored to be able to represent such great counties and people and can’t wait to serve the same organization that has made me into who I am today.”
4-H is open to youth, ages 9 through 19, without regard to race, gender, religion, handicap, or ethnic background. For more information about 4-H in Bradley County or All Stars, contact Lynne Middleton, Extension agent, at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu.


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