Twenty-one youth participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest on July 14. Sponsored by the Ina Hopkins-John W. Cook Memorial Fund, the Carole Williams-Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and the Pam Krueger-Milk Check Off, the competition was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Though not an ideal way to view cattle, this tremendous group of young people took it all in stride,” said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension dairy specialist and professor of animal and dairy science at UGA. “Sorting through five classes of animals, each competitor worked diligently to find those that best fit the ideal for dairy cattle. Our senior competitors excelled in their justification of placings in reasons that were among the best, collectively, I have heard. I applaud each youth member that competed on their dedication to this program and their work in the contest. I would also like to thank Dr. Bill Graves, professor emeritus, for his assistance in officiating the contest.”The annual evaluation competition is a major event for the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program. Youth participating in the Dairy Judging Program acquire a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate their knowledge in a competitive environment. The contest also encourages youth to enhance their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving and social skills as a team member.In the virtual format, senior participants, from ninth through 12th grade, reviewed videos to place five classes of cows and heifers into specific classes and submitted two videos providing reasoning for their placings. Junior participants, grades four through eight, will reviewed five videos for placement.Each county may enter up to 20 senior and 20 non-senior participants. The youth competed individually for high individual and as a team through the combination of the top county individuals.All participants received an award pin for participation. A team plaque is presented to the top participating teams. The senior high individual and the winning senior team earned Georgia 4-H Master status.This year’s winners at the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest include:Seniors:First place team: Emma Newberry, Lexi Pritchard and Neely McCommons — Oconee CountySecond place team: Michael Whitlock, Colton Swartz and Bella Fisk — Coweta CountySenior High Individual: Noel Pickel — Morgan CountyJuniors:First place team: Andrew Gardner, Maggie Harper and Landon Gardner — Morgan CountyJunior High Individual: Sarah Morgan Sapp — Burke CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office by visiting extension.uga.edu/county-offices.
The world is learning a lot about pivoting recently. COVID-19 has required significant shifts in almost every aspect of life. We have quickly learned how to move events and entertainment online, although these are nowhere near a replacement for the real thing. Virtual conferences and summits are being brought to life quickly and the government is scrambling to get relief money to industry and individual consumers. Credit unions are no exception to this global pivot, as we have had to figure out a lot of things on short notice: everything from remote work to consumer relief to cybersecurity to financial education and marketing needs to be navigated. Change sometimes happens because of external events, and I have written in the past about how to move through change processes. It is inevitable that some of the changes being made in the way we operate will be permanent, or at least change our procedures and practices significantly on an ongoing basis. COVID-19 recovery will provide an opportunity to evaluate and revisit values and strategic priorities.Unrelated to COVID-19, recent months have also been a time of personal pivot for me. The credit union industry has been good to me. My eight years in the industry have been a time of tremendous growth and learning. I grew from a role in marketing to leading a small credit union, one that did significant and important work as a CDFI in leveling the playing field toward economic equity. I have enjoyed getting to know industry leaders that think deeply and passionately about how to serve their communities and have seen incredible examples of credit unions that lead the way in access. I have had the opportunity to share my voice and perspective with local trade associations, at industry events, with regulators, and through writing CUInsight articles for the past four years. Finally, I had to wrestle through merger decisions, a challenge faced by many small credit union CEOs. I am grateful for all the lessons this industry has taught me and the ways it has helped me grow.During this time of transition, it is clear we also still have work to do, specifically in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) arena. I am glad to see the conversation beginning on a higher level in the credit union movement. I was thrilled to see CUNA adopt DEI as a cooperative principle. I was excited to be an attendee at the NCUA’s first ever Diversity Equity and Inclusion Summit in November 2019. These actions are an important start. However, one of the critical lessons of COVID-19 is that inequity has real and serious consequences. We are beginning to see racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19, from economic to health impacts. The societal and structural reasons are beyond the scope of this article, but these racial disparities are symptomatic of larger problems. Credit unions have begun efforts toward diversity work, and some are further than others. We should be encouraged that these issues are within our purview, but diversity work is never done. Diversity, equity and inclusion work takes self-examination, humility and willingness to listen, as well as an ability to work through conflict as we hear voices and perspectives that are uncomfortable to the dominant voice. Serving underserved communities is not DEI work, although it can often be the RESULT of sincere DEI efforts. When our outreach to underserved communities happens in order to correct racial and systemic inequities, that is when we know we have begun to engage in DEI efforts. To do that well also takes diverse internal leadership representation. There are good business reasons to serve underserved communities, many of which make financial sense and do provide relief for those that don’t have access to products and services elsewhere. We just need to be careful not to confuse those other motives with DEI work when it is not always that. Our relevance depends on not being blind to issues that on the surface may appear to be beyond the scope of financial services. These issues are very tangible to many who use our services.As for me, I am taking a pause to explore some of these issues more deeply from an academic perspective. I will not be directly employed by a credit union in the immediate future, although I hope to remain tangentially involved. (I can be reached for partnership opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner, a credit union consultancy to which I also owe much of my success). Thank you to so many of you for what you have taught me over the past few years and continue to keep the credit union mission of ‘people helping people’ at the forefront. It is our identity as an industry and remaining true to our identity is what keeps us authentic and relevant. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Details
Clifford Andrew Doerflein, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born April 8, 1929 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late George & Nora (Sturwold) Doerflein. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Medical Corps.Cliff was retired, having worked at Seagrams in Lawrenceburg for many years. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.Survivors include several nieces & nephews.Friends & family may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officiate the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial with Full Military Graveside Honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Doerflein family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .