Today, on its 41st anniversary, the Alabama 4-H Center celebrated the grand opening of the Guthrie Lodge. Board members, staff, 4-H alumnae, and officers of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System were in attendance and shared memories of the past but also talked about the bright future of 4-H.
Speakers included Paul Pinyan, Alabama 4-H Foundation Chair and Executive Director of Alabama Farmers Federation; Dr. Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University; Dr. Allen Malone, Director of Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University; and Marion Bell, Alabama 4-H State Ambassador President among others.
“I strongly believe that two of the greatest things 4-H has taught me is to value and appreciate the differences in people; and that it is my responsibility and privilege to help others through service.” – Marion Bell, 4-H State Ambassador President
Educational programs at the 4-H Center provide a variety of hands-on day and overnight educational experiences for youth, teachers, and other adults, helping them become more effective citizens, leaders, teachers, and natural resource stewards. The 4-H Center serves around 20,000 youth annually! This project is a testament to the investment in the future of 4-H.
These events are so meaningful to the Harbert team and serve as a reminder of how our projects are not just buildings but serve a greater purpose.