Extension service waits for right person to lead its 4-H program

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By Stephen Thomas

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service has extended an invitation to its newest agent.

    Samantha Jeffries takes over as the county’s new cooperative extension agent for 4-H youth development.

    Jeffries brings three years of experience to the position, the previous two as an extension agent in Franklin County.

    The Shelby County native earned a recreation and administration degree from Western Kentucky University, where she also focused on health and human resources. She is currently working toward her master’s degree.

    Jeffries first participated in 4-H programs at age 9, completing a large number of projects. 4-H programs are available to youth ages 9-19.

    As a student at WKU Jeffries was a staff member of the the 4-H Lake Cumberland Camp. She also assisted with the Kentucky State Fair.

    Jeffries was pleased to take over the duties vacated by Jeff Young, who moved up to state district manager and will act as Jeffries’ supervisor.

    “Bullitt County is in the same district as Shelby County, and I liked that,” said Jeffries. “I’ll also still go to Lake Cumberland in the summer. Plus there’s one agent here, so I can do what I want.”

    Jeffries will take over current Bullitt County 4-H programs including the Blazin’ Saddles horse club, the Ag Explorers gardening club and 4-H State Fair exhibitors, the Shooting Sports Club and homeschool clubs.

    Along with the many existing options, Jeffries hopes to add school club options. She plans to contact each county school in an attempt to establish clubs with various interests.

    “I’ll try to work with individual teachers to tie in lesson plans with their curriculum,” she said.

    Jeffries also mentioned a new are group, the Clover Bud Club, a non-competitive group for 5-8-year-olds.

    “It’s basically preparing children for the big 4-H stuff,” she said. “There’s also a camp available for them.”

    Bullitt County Ag and Natural Resources CEA Darold Akridge has filled in the position on a temporary basis. Akridge was pleased with Jeffries as the Extension Service’s newest agent.

    “I’m delighted Samantha is here,” he said. “I think Bullitt County is ready for some great programs.”

    The Extension Service plans to officially welcome Jeffries with two community events scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15. The first will take place from noon to 2 p.m, followed by a second event from 5-7 p.m.

    Guests are encourage to RSVP no later than Nov. 12 by calling the Extension Service, 543-2257 or 1-888-790-2130.