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Alumni, friends, youth, volunteers, donors, staff...tell us what you're thankful for!

It's our second annual Minnesota 4-H Week of Thanks and we've got more than a few things to be thankful for...

We're thankful for 6,500 adult volunteers who support youth as they explore new topics, ideas and interest areas.

We're thankful for the 30 4-H clubs from across Minnesota who chose to make their communities better places to live, learn and play through our Helping Hands Grant program.

We're thankful for the nearly 200 Minnesota 4-H staff members who tirelessly answer questions, create meaningful learning experiences and organize details so that youth can enjoy all that 4-H has to offer them.

We're thankful for the 24 alumni who proudly shared their 4-H stories (and fabulous vintage photos) in our monthly Alumni & Friends newsletter.

We're thankful for the 944 individuals and businesses who invested in current and future 4-H programming by making a gift to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

For all you've done. For all you've given. For all…

LTC Patricia Baker: "4-H taught me the importance of civic involvement, teamwork and working autonomously."

I had the amazing opportunity to interview Lieutenant Colonel Patricia Baker for a special Veteran’s Day Alumni feature. She received a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission, Aviation Branch, from the University of North Dakota in 1997 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Since then, Lt. Col. Baker has been deployed to Iraq twice, and is the recipient of several notable medals. She is currently assigned as the 34th Combat Aviaiton Brigade Full-time Officer in charge and S3 in the Minnesota Army National Guard, and is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. Read on to find out how being in Minnesota 4-H helped prepare her for a lifelong career in the military.

Eunice Lin: When (and in which county) did you participate in 4-H?
Patricia Baker: I was in Minnesota 4-H from 1983 to 1993, so quite a long time. At the age of 8 I started out as an Amboy Sunriser in Cottonwood County 4-H. We moved several times to different farms, so I was actually also in Lac qui Parle Co…

Olmsted County 4-H'er Ryan Kohlmeyer receives Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation

Meet Ryan Kohlmeyer, a graduate of Century High School in Rochester, 4-H alum from Olmsted County and 2015 recipient of the Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
Ryan has been an active member of 4-H throughout Olmsted County. He has taken on multiple leadership roles, including president, secretary, and photographer for the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club, and president and treasurer on the Olmsted County 4-H Federation. In the 13 years that he has been a part of 4-H, Ryan has been involved in countless projects, the most memorable being his “Care Blankets” Project where he was awarded $350 to create 73 blankets for the youth patients at Mayo Eugenio-Litta Hospital in Rochester.
Outside of 4-H, Ryan was very active in sports and music programs at his high school. He participated in track and cross country, as well as the pep band and drum line at Century High School. He was also president of Key Club, and was a founding member of the FREED Club (Face, Recognize, and Educ…