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Coffey County

4-H Ambassadors


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Established in 1993, the Coffey County 4-H Ambassadors are a group of committed 4-H members who work closely with County Agents and Advisors to promote 4-H, organize and narrate events, and become positive role models for other members of the community.  The requirements for becoming an ambassador include, but are not limited to:

  • Commitment to the Coffey County 4-H Program, including attending at least 10 of your 4-H Club's meetings
  • Positive attitude about 4-H and all other 4-H members
  • Willingness to promote 4-H to the public
  • Willingness to participate in Ambassador functions and leadership activities, such as:
    • Introduce new families to the 4-H program at a Project Enrollment Fair and be available to answer questions
    • National 4-H week promotion on the radio, delivering table tents to restaurants, taking posters to businesses, sponsoring the window display contest for the clubs, etc
    • Help organize and/or narrate the Achievement banquet, 4-H Day, Awards Ceremony at the Fair
    • Organize, plan, and conduct a Coffey County 4-H Promotional  activity
    • Do a community service activity each quarter of the year, including 48 Hours of 4-H in October
    • Serve as an irreproachable representative of the Coffey County 4-H program.  Especially when attending out-of-county events
    • Presentations to civic groups
    • Help promote 4-H through various media (I.e radio, school newspaper, web posting, social networking

Ambassadors must also attend one of 3 Kansas 4-H events in their first 2 years of service: State Ambassador Training, Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, or Discovery Days. 

To become a 4-H Ambassador, a 4-Her must apply by the designated deadline each year, usually established in June.  After applying, the individual must complete an interview process.  Only two ambassadors per club, per year may be selected. 



2017 WIBW   2016 WIBW  2016  2014 WIBW

2016 Leaving    Fair   2016 Ice Cream   2015 Ice Cream

2017 Club Day   2017 Ice Cream   2018 Ambassadors  CIA  

2015 WIBW  Manhattan Hill



Jill Barnhardt, Agent Email

Darl Henson, Agent Email

Mary Lou Ponder, Advisor

Extension Office: 620-364-5313

2018-2019 Ambassadors

Audrey Durst

Audrey is starting her 9th year as a member of Blue Ribbon 4-H club in 2018-2019.  She has served two years as her clubs secretary, one year as vice president and will serve as president and a 4-H Council alternate this year.  Her favorite project is Western Heritage, and her favorite memory is going to the Western Heritage Nationals competition and getting to visit with all of her friends from other states.  Audrey says, "There are many 4-H projects, so anyone can find a project to fit their interests and personalities! Anyone and everyone should join 4-H because it is a great learning experience, is fun, and will teach you life skills."


Becky Kropf

Becky is a 11th year  member of Tip Top 4-H Club in Waverly.  She currently serves as the clubs reporter, and as an alternate representative of 4-H Council.  Her favorite project is the Dairy project, and her fondest memory is winning Crossbred and AOB champion at the Kansas Junior Dairy Show.  Becky says, "It (4-H) teaches many useful qualities such as public speaking and responsibility."


Michael Lehmann

Michael is a member of Tip Top 4-H club and has participated in Coffey County 4-H for going on 10 years.  He is a 4-H Council representative for his club and currently serves as 4-H Council secretary.  His favorite project is the Beef project, and his favorite 4-H memories involve showing livestock with friends, County 4-H Camp, Discovery Days, and the County Fair. Michael says, "It (4-H) is a fun way to interact with others and discover and enjoy your passions."


Jake Newton

Jake has participated in Coffey County 4-H for 11 years, and is a  current member of Tip Top 4-H Club in Waverly.  He has served in various club officer roles as well as a 4-H Council representative.  His favorite project is the Swine project and his favorite 4-H memory was playing football in the show arena.  Jake says, "Everyone should join 4-H if at all possible, because if you let it and do it right it can teach you to be responsible and how to work hard at everything." 


Jara Thorp

Jara is in her 10th year as a Stringtown Bombers 4-H member.  She serves as a Coffey County 4-H Council representative and as president of her club.  Her favorite project is the beef project, and her fondest 4-H memories involve attending Discovery Days in Manhattan.  Jara says, "It (4-H) is super fun, you learn lots of new things and you meet great people!"


Maggie Seaman

Maggie is starting her 9th year in the Tip Top 4-H Club.  She has served as Junior Vice President for the club.  The sheep project is her favorite project, which she has participated in for 8 years, in addition to enjoying a bonus year as a Cloverbud.  Her favorite 4-H memory is earning Intermediate Round Robin Champion at the Coffey County Fair.  Maggie says, "4-H is an organization for family and friends to come together.  It has helped me in many skills including leadership and communication.  It brings the 4-H family together and teaches you how to be in something as a team and work together."

Sarah Sergeant

Sarah is a 10th year member of Blue Ribbon 4-H in Lebo. She serves as a 4-H Council representative for Blue Ribbon, is the 4-H Council president, and also holds the office of vice president in the club.  Her favorite project is the Swine project and her favorite 4-H memory is all of the fun times laughing with her fellow 4-H members! Sarah says, " It (4-H) is the best organization I can think of! It is fun, educational, and you will make so many memories and life long friends! 4-H is the best thing that has ever happened to me." 


Lauren Williams

Lauren is in her 10th year of 4-H, and is a current member of Blue Ribbon 4-H in Lebo.  She serves as a 4-H Council representative and treasurer for her club.  Her favorite project is Market Sheep, and her favorite 4-H memories involve attending Discovery Days, 4-H Camp, KYLF, and the Coffey County Fair.  Lauren says, "4-H is a lot of fun and I am learning life lessons through it!"