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100 - CAPE GAZETTE; Friday, June 24  June 27,g005 4,H'ers lioldfirgt Le00isl00ive-Dayin Dover the gathering that to this day, she thanks 4-H for her public speak- ing abilities. When asked where she learned to be comfortable behind the podium, she says, "I tell them with a great big smile it was from Delaware 4-H. It was the only class I ever took." She also told anecdotes about milking cows on her family farm and learning the anatomy of rab- bits. Minner recollected many blue ribbons she won through gar- dening, canning and sewing com- petitions. She encouraged youths to stay active in 4-H and in the communi- ty. She welcomed them to come back to the capitol and assured the audience that children have a role in government, so they must reach out to local politicians to be heard. To close her speech, she joined the audience in reciting the 4-H creed. Designed in part to raise aware- ness of the state's 4-H clubs, Legislative Day included both tra- ditional clubs and after-school programs. Boys and girls ages 5 to19 par- ticipate in 4-H clubs, which origi- nally focused on health, heart, home and hand, now explain their mission as concentrating on citi- zenship, leadership and character development through community clubs, enrichment programs, and camps, said Sussex County Hike 131 www.capeg By Molly AIbertson Cape Gazette staff The first-ever Delaware 4-H Legislative Day was held June 12 in Dover, a chance for 4-H'ers from the state's three counties to meet with legislators from their aI'cas. Hollymount 4-H'ers, primarily elementary age, said the day's activities were a lot of fun. "We got Joe Booth's signature on his business card aad that was cool," said Louie Capodanno, a 10-year-old from Lewes who is a 4-H reporter, after meeting the Republican representative from Georgetown and Lewes. For Holly Anderson, 8, also of Lewes, an opportunity to visit Legislative Hall's "peanut gallery" was the highlight of the day. "It was fun to see everything going on," she said. To finish the afternoon in grand gubernatorial style, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner greeted e 4-H'ers and told them about her own 4-H experience. In 90-degree heat, Minner told Extension Educator Mary Argo. Delaware prides itself in having a high percentage of young people involve! in 4-H, with 51,000 youths or 36 percent of eligible young people enrolled in 4-H chapters, club officials said. The Hollymount 4-H chapter from Lewes displayed projects and enjoyed witnessing govern- ment in action. "We "pride ourselves in a good track in creating outstanding lead- ers who focus on careers and then go for it," Argo said. Of the local chapter's 122 mem- bers, 22 Sussex County 4-H'ers participated in Legislative Day, which organizers say they hope to make an annual event. BIB with our latest ma i: g4 N Na Molly Albertson photos Local 4-H club members from the Hellymmmt chapter on the Legislative Hall lawn include (back row l-r) Sharon An- derson, club leader;, Mary Argo, extension education 4-H youth development; Michelle Walford, 4-H staff and Holly Mountain project leader. In front are Holly Anderson, 8; V'm- ny Capodanno, club president 10; Joseph Anderson, club pho- tographer 10; Louie Capodanno, club reporter, 10. Below, exhausted 4-H'er Morgan Galloway, 5, relaxes on the lawn of Legislative Hall and plays with her themed pompom after the 4-H cheer. GROW YOUR BUSINESS! Place your business card-size ad in 99 Maryland, to over 3 million readers for $1,250. Multi-state coverage for $12.63 per publication. for more information. 410-721-4000 x 17. networks @ 02004 California Closet Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Each franchise independently Owned and operated. CALIFORNIA CLCISI!TS ' Because we have the expertise, the reputation and the solutions. CALL US TODAY FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION 800.274.6754 I 302.227.7.636 I T 1 SHOWROOM OPIN BY APPOINTMENT SERVINGTHE EASTERN SHORE