Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

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Diane Russo

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

 How long have you been at the county office?
Five years.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Metaline Falls, Washington where we lived out of town until I was six.  Then we moved to Orofino, Idaho.  I am a University of Idaho graduate (BS Education), and an Eastern Washington graduate (MA Education Curriculum and Instruction).  I have worked in the education field for 25 years (elementary education teacher, Big Bend Community College instructor, and currently Extension).  I now live in Ephrata.

Favorite activities/interests:
I’ve always enjoyed people of all ages.  I enjoy walking, riding my bike and horse, weaving, and working with my hands.

What was your 4-H experience? 
My projects included horse, dog, sewing, photography, teen leadership, vet science, and leather craft.

How did your time in 4-H help you over the years?
I have really used the content of the clubs every day.  My current dog knows how to sit and stay. My vet science background kept all the animals healthy through the years. I still enjoy sewing, play with leather craft and my photography skills have gotten pictures published.  Beyond the content of the club work the experience is priceless.  My best friend (one of many that I am still in contact with) is a 40 year “gift” as we meet in 4-H 40 years ago and still do things together.  My 4-H leaders are very much still on my Christmas list.  I love each one of them.  The leadership skills and public speaking I use daily.  What a foundation 4-H gave me.

What do you enjoy the most about working in 4-H? 
4-H draws good people.  I have really enjoyed working with the professionals in Washington. 

How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow? 
The fruits of today are often really the fruits of tomorrow.  Sometimes when we are in the middle of the process we don’t always see the true beauty of the end result, but I know it is out there. 

Diane Russo
Extension Educator, 4-H
Grant-Adams Counties

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