Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beds For Heads

This summer we will be welcoming 1,100 4-H’ers back to camp where they will have the opportunity
to explore, have fun, be creative, and learn! Before the first group of campers arrive, we must raise $15,000, through our new campaign “Beds for Heads,” in order to purchase new bunk beds for Oak Lodge. We are excited to use Oak Lodge this year because that means more campers!

Each set of wood, steel reinforced bunks costs $1,000 and includes mattresses, ladders, and safety rails. We're asking camp supporters to help us reach this goal and secure these beds for our campers'

In order to reach our goal we have a special way of fundraising. Each week, Iowa State University Collegiate 4-H and Alumni volunteers make calls to donors to raise funds to support the efforts of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. This on-going fundraising effort raises vital dollars to support programs and opportunities for Iowa's 4-H’ers."It is a great way for me to give back. As a 4-H alum from Mahaska County, I personally benefited from the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the support they provided from club dues to Iowa 4-H Camp support," said Ashley Kinkade, Iowa 4-H Foundation's Call-a-thon Coordinator. "As we call donors, it is a wonderful opportunity for callers to connect with them, for donors to stay updated on what's happening in the world of 4-H, and for us to thank donors for their continued support." The Call-a-thon will be calling to talk with camp supporters and answer any questions about “Beds for Heads.”

Donors will receive special recognition:                                                                                                      
            ● A $1,000 donation buys one entire bunk bed set                   and will be recognized with a plaque on the bed.
             ● A $500 donation buys one bed and mattress and
              donors will be listed on a plaque in the lodge.
             ● A $250 donation buys two mattresses and donors
              will be listed on our website.
             ● A $100 donation buys one mattress and donors
              will be listed on our website.

Click here to learn more about how you can contribute to the “Beds for Heads” Campaign, or call (515)294-1537.

Thank you for your support, helping us reach our goal, and assisting us with making Iowa 4-H’ers
comfortable at camp!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Alum of the Month


April 2015: Renae Drey 

Proud. That is how our April Alum of the Month, Renae Drey, describes herself when talking about 4-H. Renae is a proud first generation 4-H member and volunteer.  She was involved in County 4-H programs, State 4-H Council, State 4-H Conference, National 4-H Conference, and National 4-H Congress. “All of these experiences have given me the opportunities I could have never imagined possible,” Renae said.

Renae started 4-H to try new things because she always asked herself, “Why not?” At first, Renae took on many different projects but ended up narrowing down to four of her strongest areas, Citizenship, Leadership, Communications, and Consumer Management. She earned a State 4-H project award for three of her four project areas.  In seventh grade, Renae completed her first citizenship project, by leading her 4-H club in making fleece blankets for a local nonprofit organization.

After that first project, Renae’s passion for leading was ignited. During her freshman year of high school, Renae started a Valentine’s Dinner in her community.  The dinner was open to anyone wanting to support the community with the proceeds are split three ways:  to help 4-H members fund trips, support for the club’s Relay for Life team in Sac County, and support for Renae’s 4-H club.  Fast forward five years and the dinner has continued. It attracts close to two hundred people from all over the surrounding area.

Through 4-H, Renae has had opportunities to meet people from all over the United States and speak with our senators and representatives in Washington D.C.  She enjoyed impacting 4-H on a county, state and national level.

“I do not have one favorite 4-H memory, but instead countless,” said Renae.  Some of her favorite memories include decorating for the Valentine’s Dinner, many trips to state council, making cookies with her 4-H club leaders, and playing hide and seek in the Sac City Rec Center during Junior Lock-in hosted by county council. Renae remembers the adrenaline rush at the State 4-H Conference and the two national trips she was able to attend. She even met one of her best friends on the National 4-H Congress trip and then was able to go with her on the National 4-H Conference trip as well.   

But most importantly, Renae will never forget the friends she made from her experiences with 4-H. “My 4-H experience was one of a kind and I cannot wait to volunteer in 4-H and hopefully pass down my love for 4-H to my children as well.”  The Iowa 4-H Foundation sends their best wishes to Renae as she continues to follow her dreams!

Support the next generation of Outstanding 4-H Alums!  

Who should be our next 4-H Alum of the Month? Nominate them here!