Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Skamania County

Sally A. Mansur

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office?
Four years

Where did you grow up?
Right here in Stevenson, Washington.

Favorite activities/interests:
Golfing and gardening  

Were you in 4-H as a youth?
Yes, I did gardening, talent shows and baking. 

What did you like the most?
Showing at the fair!

How did your time in 4-H help you over the years? 
4-H was where I first performed in public.  It helped me to not be fearful of being in front of a crowd.  It was an opportunity to learn and do things that I loved that weren’t offered or rewarded in any other forum such as school or church.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H? 
I love dealing with interpersonal issues.  Everyone involved in 4-H has a good heart…especially for kids.  Sometimes things come up that are very emotional and important and can be pivotal for a family, club or individual.  It is important for me to set the example and also to gently guide or assist.  It has been very personally and professional satisfying to see our program now having a huge contingency at our monthly meetings, many new clubs, leaders and members.  People are very engaged in hosting camps, clinics, seminars, Super Saturdays, and shows.  We are active, productive and focused because the people in our program have such a strong desire to provide for their kids and our community! 

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow? 
My kids grew up in 4-H and they can pick up a microphone in front of any size crowd and hold their own. It gave them a distinct advantage in college as well as the work place.  I see many youth who may not excel at sports but shine with their 4-H animal or other project. Kids have the chance to meet others who share their interests.  They compete but the emphasis is on “self- improvement” and not focused on who is the winner.

What else would be good to know?
I left the schools to come to work for WSU Extension Skamania County.  Missing the one-on-one classroom time with kids is offset knowing the work we do is improving the lives of kids, their families, and this county I care for so deeply.  My family has been here for five generations. It has been my extreme privilege to grow up and raise my own family here.  I feel so fortunate to be able to be in a community that aspires to produce outstanding young adults who can go out into the world as well rounded citizens and be able to pay forward what we give them.

Sally A. Mansur
4-H Programs
WSU Extension Skamania County

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