Thomas Foell of Schaller has been named a delegate to the 2003 National 4-H Conference, March 30 through April 5, at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase Md. Foell, 17, is the son of Bill and Laura Foell.
Joining Foell will be Emily Stephens of Clarinda, Aaron Armbrecht of Rockwell City, and Michael Cooley of Orient. Kurt Roberts of Ames and Jennifer Vincent of Council Bluffs are attending the conference as adult delegates.
This year's conference theme is Leading the Way: The Next Century of 4-H.
"Delegates at National 4-H Conference shape the direction of the 4-H program in their discussion groups," Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H specialist, said. "Involvement in state 4-H activities, communication and leadership skills allow them to share input from their counties."
At the 73rd annual conference, delegates will discuss involvement of diverse groups in 4-H. The youth will recommend how the national 4-H program can incorporate technology and new ways to meet the changing needs of youth and adults in the 4-H program.
The delegates also will spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of the U.S. Congress about topics relating to National 4-H Conference and issues in their counties.
Foell, a ten-year 4-H member, has completed several major projects including crop production and leadership. He has served on his county, area and state 4-H councils and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
"By improving the lives of others, I am working to improve my own," Foell said. "By giving of myself, I am gaining confidence in my ability to communicate with others.
Foell's trip is sponsored by The Des Moines Register. For more information about 4-H contact your Iowa State University Extension county office.