ALTON -- A committee of the Oregon County University Extension Council has hired a new 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant.
Becky Bassett started her new job Nov. 17 after the retirement of Nancy Reed who had held the position for 15 years.
Bassett grew up in Alton and is a 1989 graduate of Alton High School. She attended MSU in West Plains for two years. "I have been able to do something I wanted to do for a long time and that is to return to my home town of Alton after being away nearly 20 years," she said.
As a youngster, Bassett was involved in the local 4-H club at Alton. "I am so glad to be back in Oregon County. I look forward to working with the 4-H program here. I'm very excited in growing on what we have now," she said.
"The 4-H represents so much of the values we hold dear to us here in the Ozarks. The 4-H pledge is: I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world. What wonderful goals to aspire to. These are all the things that help our local youth to become better and more productive citizens. In fact, the 4-H motto is: To make the best better," Bassett said.
There are currently five 4-H clubs in Oregon County. They are:
* Alton Go-At 4-H Club, Darrell Strain is the leader.
* Alton Clover Kids 4-H Club, Catherine Medlin is the leader.
* Alton Comet 4-H Club, Sherri Orr is the leader.
* Thayer Bobcats 4-H and Thayer Clover Kids 4-H Clubs, Tammy Dorton and Monica Madden are co-leaders.
"My goals for the Oregon County 4-H program is to first grow our volunteer pool. The 4-H not only consists of its members but it also relies on the efforts of its volunteers," Bassett said.
"There is a wealth of talented and knowledgeable people in our community that have various skills that should be passed on to the next generation," she said.
Bassett would like to see the county's 4-H membership grow so that clubs can be offered to more kids countywide. "As of now the Oregon County 4-H only has clubs in Alton and Thayer. I believe we need to provide the opportunity for kids countywide to attend 4-H clubs. My goal is to strive to provide this for our local youth," she said.