February 2012

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Kenai Peninsula 4-H Pledger

February 2012 Tuesday, November 02, 2010

December 2010 Dear 4-H Family, Cooperative Extension Service Kenai Peninsula District

43961 -Beach Rd, Suite A Soldotna, AK 99611 Phone: 907-262-5824 Fax: 907-262-3939 www.uaf.edu/ces/4h/kenpen

February 2012 Inside this issue: Club News

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I have been contemplating some of the Planning Calendar 3, 4 factors that Trace Visits Atlanta 5 made Nancy’s term as the Reindeer 6 Kenai 4-H Agent such a productive and positive 4-H’er of the Month 6 experience for so many Annie 8 people. Through this Future Events 8 process I have arrived at three conclusions concerning Nancy’s approach to leadership: 1. Nancy viewed the 4-H community as her friends and family. 2. Nancy valued and obsessed over the smallest detail no matter how simple or inconsequential those details might have seemed. 3. Nancy resisted the institutional tendency to overcomplicate matters when considering 4-H programming from a big-picture perspective. In considering the first of these factors I decided to open the February Pledger with Nancy’s traditional salutation. Nancy’s Pledger greetings reflected her core belief that her position at CES was a gift and that her job was time well-spent with extended family and friends. I believe it was this attitude and approach which helped Nancy connect with people and build the type of relationships necessary to ensure long-term program growth, stability and success.

In review of the second factor it seems Nancy always made a point to remember the little things, the last-minute details and little personal touches that made each 4-H gathering a significant signature event no matter what the size or occasion. Abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “To be really great in the little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” More simply put, it is not the devil who is in the details but rather the valid, acceptable works of a saint. In this regard Nancy was no exception. The third factor leading to Nancy’s success was, and continues to be, her unyielding ability to cut to the chase, and to reject over-complicated approaches to issues that might otherwise be resolved through simple matter-of-fact analysis and response. Nancy’s ability to quickly refine an issue to its essential elements, to establish a position and to move into action, set an easily replicated and understood standard for no-nonsense program planning and implementation. This same type of ability was portrayed in the movie The Patriot when hero Benjamin Martin, played by actor Mel Gibson, instructs his sons to, “Aim small, miss small.” In this scenario Martin doesn’t waste time explaining complex maneuvers, battlefield tactics or shooting theory with his two sons as they prepare to confront an entire regiment of red coat soldiers. Martin simply identifies that a focused and consistent approach to problem solving will result in a positive outcome each time a task is undertaken. My hope is that each leader and volunteer can continue to learn, as I am learning from Nancy, to treat each other as family, make sure you don’t forget to take time to make the little extra details happen and to keep things simple, easily replicated and successful. “Aim small, miss small.” Jason Floyd LBSW, Kenai Peninsula 4-H Agent

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4-H’er of the Month

Kenai Peninsula 4-H Pledger

February 2012

The Bang Up Club is trying something new this year. On January 14 we got a small group of kids together and started learning about Lego robotics. We built a basic grabber-bot and programmed it to pick up an item. Afterwords we played with a Cypsela toy that allows you to put various motors and gears together to create a moving toy. Our next meeting is planned for February 18 at 11 a.m. It will be at the 4-H office, but call us if you're coming in ca