Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Columbia County

Donna Hanger

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office?
One year.

Where did you grow up?
Dayton, Columbia County.

Favorite activities/interests:
Being with my grandchildren, going to our cabin, and sewing.

What was your 4-H experience?
I was in 4-H for eight years and did sewing, cooking, food preservation, health, and leadership.

How did your time in 4-H help you over the years?
4-H has helped me to strive to do my best at whatever and/or make the best of whatever.  Then, be confident in my decisions and/or outcomes of the end project/result.  The 4-H program has taught me public speaking skills and the invaluable ability to be a good team player, as well as, individuality.

What do you value the most about working in 4-H?
I get so much joy in watching 4-H’ers discover what they have accomplished, however big or small.  The smiles on their faces when they have finished a project or activity makes me so proud to be a part of this program.

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
It seems to me that 4-H youth, in general, are more confident, caring and respectful than their peers.  Youth that have been associated with the 4-H program have learned many skills and tools to move them in a more positive forward direction.

What else would be good to know?
I grew up with 4-H, I was a 4-H leader for 31 years, all my children grew up with 4-H and I hope to have my grandchildren in the program when the time comes.  I am now the 4-H coordinator in the County that I love with the program that I love.  I feel that I have now come full circle.

Donna Hanger
4-H Program Leader
WSU Extension Columbia County
(509) 382-4741

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