It feels a little weird to be working on the 2014-2015 calendar already, but it's nearly summer and time will soon be flying as we head off to camps and summer fun.
After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.
If you're not on Facebook, you probably haven't heard about the latest polar plunges and make-up-free selfies.
For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.
Nineteen young people, ranging from second to the 12th grade won over $5,000 in cash prizes, buckles and trophies at the Newton County Livestock Show this month.
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Among this year's high school graduates are several 4-H'ers, including two who earned top 4-H honors: Ken Galloway and Morgan Worley.
Students have been out of school four days - are they bored yet? 4-H has activities for children age nine through high school.
We had the opportunity to travel thousands of miles in the largest Rotary district in the world, while our Group Study Exchange counterparts toured north Georgia, including Covington.
I met hundreds of people along the way, and experienced Australia in a way few people have the opportunity.
I've met people who surely would have been 4-H'ers if only it existed in Australia.
"I want to go to school in America."
Every student I meet seems determined to come to the U.S. to go to school. Apparently, all our schools are just like a Disney or Nickelodeon show, according to kids here.
"What do you wear to sleep?"
We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.
I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.
I'm feeling a little like the ghost of Christmas future - I'm 12 hours ahead of you!
Actually, I'm writing this from the Chicago airport as we await the next leg of the trip, but by Sunday I'll be adjusting to the land down under.
Twenty teenagers, each with an 18-inch piece of pipe, were challenged to move a golf ball 60 feet without touching it and without letting it stop.
As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.
So far, on this rainy Saturday morning, I've learned about colic in horses, canine arthritis, nuclear radiation and tidal energy.
What sound does a kangaroo make?
Walking through the Atlanta airport in December, I felt a rush of happiness when I saw troops making their way through the crowds, almost running, to reunite with their families.