Last week 4-H members across the country celebrated National 4-H week. I am glad to say that 4-H members in Contra Costa County were again part of that celebration. Only a few short months ago I did not think we would have the opportunity to be in 4- H this year. But due to the efforts of many we do. Our program is still in a crisis mode. Our funding has been severely cut. We have very limited county resources at this point. But on the positive side we do have the opportunity to be in 4-H and serve our community.
I would like to thank the Oakley City Council for their support of 4-H in East County, especially Councilman Jim Frazier. I would also like to thank County Supervisor Susan Bonilla for helping with funding for our University of California Cooperative Extension Office, which oversees our 4-H program and many other agricultural programs in our county. Even though she is not my area’s county supervisor, I feel she represents myself and other members more so than many local politicians. I would like to give a huge thank you to the editor of the Press for supporting 4-H with numerous articles about the 4-H program.
Marion Smith, Delta Diablo 4-H