Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

County Staff Spotlights

Clallam County

Gena Royal

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office?
Nine years as WSU staff and 5 years as county staff before that.

Where did you grow up?
Right here in Clallam County. I lived in other places as an adult, but this was the best, so I came back.

Favorite activities/interests?
Drawing, crocheting, raising rabbits and chickens.

What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H? 
I’ve always said, “This is the greatest job in the world! I get to play with the kids, I have really neat toys (like incubators and robots), and I get to see kids grow into confident, well-adjusted adults!”  And, I have also had the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the greatest colleagues on the planet!

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
My favorite 4-H youth memory was of a young man whose family was not very supportive. He had been moved out of his home into a travel trailer at the age of 12. His 4-H leaders gave him acceptance, opportunity, and assistance. He stayed active in 4-H throughout high school and went on to become a caring parent with a good career. 

Gena Royal
WSU Clallam County 4-H Program Coordinator

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