Scotland County 4-H Member Attend 2016 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

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A Scotland County 4-H member attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Scotland County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 140 youth and adults representing 61 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.

CNCF2016_Pierce CNCF_ChancellorPierce Pierce_Chancellor CNCF2016 Chancellor_Mcinnis_CNCF2016 Chancellor_Mcinnis_AngelaChancellor Byrd, 13, son of William and Precious Byrd, represented Scotland County at the June 13-15 conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government as well as learned how they could make an impact in the area of citizenship.

The highlight of the conference was the Legislative Breakfast where delegates had a chance to meet and have photos taken with their elected officials. Following the breakfast, delegates traveled to the Legislative Building in Raleigh to meet with their elected officials and their staff.

Following the breakfast, Chancellor met one-to-one with the Honorable Garland Pierce, NC Representative of District 48 and the Honorable Tom McInnis, NC Senator of District 25. Senator McInnis shared the history of his assigned chair that was once held by former Chief Justice Henry Frye. The Honorable Frye is the first African-American Assistant U.S. District Attorney (1963), first African-American member of the General Assembly since 1899 (1968), and first African American appointed to the N.C. Supreme Court (1983). Also Frye organized and served as president of Greensboro National Bank, the first African-American owned bank in that city.

Representative Pierce explained the voting process in the house and how a bill is created. He was very interested of Chancellor’s feedback about Scotland County. In addition, he took Chancellor and Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent on a tour of the house, explaining his role and his goals for his district.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives – Touchstone Energy. North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.

For more information on the 4-H program in Scotland County and all the programs and activities offered throughout the county and at district and state level, please contact Angela D. Galloway at (910) 277-2422 or adgallow@ncsu.edu.