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Steve Ayers


Steve Ayers
Former Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms


Richard W. Clark


Richard W. Clark
Former Visiting Associate Professor, Human & Community Development


 


Patti Faughn
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development





Virginia Kuo


Virginia Kuo
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Youth Development - Metro


Martina Mohrbacher


Martina Mohrbacher
Former Outreach Initiative Specialist


Jane Scherer


Jane Scherer
Former Director of Web Development



Judith Taylor


Judith Taylor
Former Extension Educator, Youth Development


JoAn C. Todd


JoAn C. Todd
Former Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness


Steve Wagoner


Steve Wagoner
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Metro



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Visit to American 19-07-2008 Laura3
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Laura's reflections

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

This has been written by Laura:

Shelbyville County Fair From this week on, we begin to travel to different places, experiencing 4H programs. I have never seen the real 4H work before. On Monday (I have never been able to remember the date since I was in the U.S.), we went to the Shelbyville county fair. Jim, the director of the county fair, guided us a tour. We saw livestock, hand made stuff like book shelves. We met with judges. It seems to me that the kids are very skillful. They are all good at making things with their own hands. What impressed me most is a little girl who comes to a 4H fair for the first time. She answered the judge's question with great confidence. She also had good logic to explain and describe things. I noticed that the judge would always ask one question like "what would you do if you are going to do it again next year?" It is always good to know one's weaknesses as well as strengths. Later at noon, we had a special kind of food for lunch. I still have the difficulty figuring out the names of those foods, like sloppy Joes? In the afternoon, we saw the rocket launch. We were standing in the cornfield waiting and watching the rocket up in the air. I have passed cornfield many times, but have never been so close to it. I was matching the place with what I have seen in the movies. It is a very interesting experience.

At Dr. Campion's house Whenever we mentioned that Dr. Campion has invited us for dinner, people would say 'I am so envious of you.' We were there on Monday evening! His house is huge! Rita, his wife is very nice. I like her at the first sight. She must be a real beauty. She is very elegant and humorous. When Dennis told her he had been talking about her with us on the way home, she fell back as if she had been hit by something unexpected. We had chicken, rice with broccoli, cheesecake and above all a very good chat.

At Decatur with Phyllis I have never been clear about the date since we arrived in America. When Richard was here knocking at the door at 8:15 on Tuesday , we were all getting ready to go. We were going to Decatur to meet with Phyllis whom we have had the pleasure to meet in Shanghai. We first went to a church to sit in an ESL class. All of us were students reading the newspaper article. I have never been in a church before. There is a day-care center, an ESL class, the special aid and so on. I also found clerks working in the office in the church. Everything is so different from what I have expected. We had very tasty Chinese food for lunch in the church which was prepared by Sherry from Asian House. Getting out of church, we went to the Old King Orchard Community Center. We met with kids and joined their nutrition class. It is also a surprise to know that American communities provide free lunch and dinner. The kids would come to the center right after school doing homework and having supper.

In the afternoon, we got to see the great 4H junior leaders. They gave us a fantastic presentation about SNAP (Super Nutrition Activity Programs), then and now. Miss Amy, one of the educators has worked closely with the 4 kids. I appreciated their energy and enthusiasm very much. I believe students in Sanda University can also develop such a leadership. In the evening, we went to a Mexican restaurant for supper. We three taught them to speak Chinese such as 'I love you', and we also gave them each a Chinese name. They are Temeisan, Cory, Ashley, Julien. We name them 邰美千,柯瑞,艾西里,珠连。They were expecting to meet us again the next day.

Something unexpected happened when Phyllis sent us to Richard's car. The cloud was gathering. That evening when we drove back to Champaign, we were running with the storm. It was very hard to see the road clearly. Richard decided to drive to his home first to seek shelter.


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