Lions learn about Alpena 4-H programs

Courtesy Photo The Alpena Lions Club learned about 4-H programs at their June 18 meeting. Pictured here are speakers Hannah Hazewinkel, coordinator of the 4-H Technical Change Makers, and two students, Connie Fluharty and Hailey Neidzwiecki.

Three representatives of the 4-H program of Alpena County spoke at the June 18 meeting of the Alpena Lions Club.

Speakers were Hannah Hazewinkel, coordinator of the 4-H Technical Change Makers, and two students, Connie Fluharty and Hailey Neidzwiecki.

President Mike Centala was program chair for the meeting.

Hazewinkel and her students first presented an overview of the mostly incredible things 4-H members have done recently. One of the first things they did was to create a survey.

This survey asked people’s opinions on what problems we have in Alpena, and how they think we could solve them. They also met with and asked State Representatives and members of Congress their opinions.

Examples of programs 4-H developed as a result of this work include promoting using reusable plastic bags and straws, working with NOAA Marine Sanctuary staff, working with school groups, creating local participation in national 4-H programs, and developing teams that work on local robotics, web design and student mentoring.