Giving Thanks at the 4-H Center

November is traditionally the season for giving thanks. At the end of an incredible season, it's nice to sit back with maybe some hot chocolate and reflect on the year before jumping into the planning of the next one. Here's what some of the staff are grateful for:

Jessie McKeon (Program Director) - I am super thankful for all of our helpful 4-H Extension Agents and the amazing things they do for the programs here at the 4-H Center. I am also thankful that I get to be a Virginian by choice and take in the spectacular beauty that surrounds us, no matter the season. As a native Texan, I'm happy to enjoy seasons here in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Nina Brooks (Conferencing Manager) - I am thankful for co-workers who have become second family, and for the positive influence the Center has on our community.

Rayna Wheeler (OE Coordinator) - I am very thankful for the teachers that work so hard to schedule field trips and bring their students to the 4-H Center for a unique outdoor education experience. I’m also incredibly thankful for such a beautiful facility that allows us to give students incredible experiences surrounded by natural beauty. 

Kim Perdue (AE Coordinator) - I am thankful for not only a wonderful group of co-workers but for all of our terrific families that jump in to help out when needed.

Lauren Brennan (Executive Administrative Assistant) - I am thankful for the legacy left to the 4-H Center by Lowell Gobble. He left such an impact on so many of our agents and 4-Hers, and it's amazing to see the gifts that honor his memory. I always feel thankful when I see the open-hearted giving from our extended community. 

Donna Gish (Food Service Staff) - I am thankful for life, family, and happiness... that includes my 4-H family, too!

Walter Heath (Fall Program Staff) - I'm thankful to be back in Virginia and to be spending this season at one of my favorite places in the world. Teaching kids the value of nature is not only important, but it's really, really fun! Thanks, Dubb-E!

Rita Cline (Food Service Staff) - I'm thankful for my family; I've got two new wonderful daughters-in-law! I'm also thankful to share shifts with my friend Donna quite a bit. I sure do miss her when she's not here!

Comment below to let us know what you are thankful for!