Members of the ambassador program work year rond promoting 4-H. Photo courtesy of Adele L. Wilcoxen/Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

Matthew Boehm
Johnson County 4-H Council Reporter
The Johnson County 4-H Ambassadors, under the leadership of Lisa Nason, have been very busy this year promoting 4-H throughout Johnson County.
In February new and returning ambassadors had the opportunity to attend a special Ambassador Training Program at Rock Springs 4-H Center outside Junction City, Kan. The team received training in news writing, public speaking, and visual presentations.
By April the ambassadors were ready to get to work. Their new skills were put to the test when they, along with other departments of Johnson County Research and Extension, attended the K-State Olathe Campus Open House. The ambassadors were able to share information about the 4-H program with many families located throughout Johnson County and the surrounding areas.
Another opportunity for 4-H sharing and learning was at Timber Ridge Activity Center. Johnson County 4-H Ambassadors enjoyed sharing ideas and developed critical thinking skills when they met with Miami County 4-H Ambassadors. The two teams worked together to solve problems and achieve goals.
A highlight of the 4-H Ambassador year was in June when the team had the opportunity to meet and visit with the Johnson County Commissioners prior to a commissioners’ meeting. The ambassadors learned about the workings of Johnson County Government, the work done by the commissioners, and the responsibilities the commissioners have to the people they serve.
A major fundraiser for the Johnson County 4-H Ambassador Program is the Barnyard Olympics that will take place at the Livestock Pavilion during the Johnson County Fair on Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. or immediately following the Round Robin Competition. A barnyard themed obstacle course will be set-up for teams. Each team must consist of four members. The team must include a member over 18 years of age and at least one female. This fun event is open to everyone; 4-H membership is not required. A $5 entry fee will be collected by the ambassadors at registration. These funds will be used for scholarships for 4-H members attending state camps and activities. If you are interested in participating in the Barnyard Olympics, please visit the Ambassador Booth during the fair.
The Johnson County 4-H Ambassadors have enjoyed sharing the 4-H story with many people throughout the county this year. If you are interested in learning more about the Ambassador program, please contact the Johnson County Extension Office.
4-H Ambassadors Preston Simpson, Matthew Boehm, and Amelia Mullin share information about 4-H with families at the K-State Olathe Campus Open House.