Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Island County

Jackie Vannice

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

Jackie VanniceWhere did you grow up?
Right here on the island – in Oak Harbor where I was born.  Being a Navy brat, we moved to Japan where I attended my last year graduating from a military high school.  I was hired by the airlines as a flight attendant where I spent the next 28 years of my career.

How long you’ve been at the county office:
Approximately five years.

Favorite activities/interests:
Working with people is the most enjoyable for me.  If there is any spare time, you can probably find me outside in the garden, traveling with my husband, or spending time with my family.  I’m also active with the Soroptimists which works to improve the lives of women and girls through personal or professional activities.  I received the Soroptimist Ruby Award for my involvement and was extremely proud to be acknowledged and donate the $500 award back to the program for fundraising efforts.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H?
What makes me smile the most is the fact that I am able to be with our 4-H’ers as much as possible – to interact with them and to experience their enthusiasm for our program.  They display so much excitement and interest when we talk about their projects that they give me the extra added energy to do the best that I can do.  

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
We held our Spring Show at the fairgrounds and it was wonderful to see how many of the 4-H alumni return to help judge the different divisions, assist as ring stewards, go on to become trainers of the present 4-H’ers, and to help when called upon. 

What else would be good to know?
Our leaders and superintendents are amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of what our entire county has accomplished with the added challenge of fundraising in order to keep our program running.  I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and dedication to our youth – they’re the greatest!

Jackie Vannice
WSU Extension Island County
4-H Program and Education
Outreach Coordinator
(360) 679-7328

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