Senator Chambliss was recognized by National 4-H Council, and credits the organization as the first place he delivered a pubic speech. Still a great organization; still a great Senator.
4-H Presents Senator Saxby Chambliss with the 4-H Champion for Youth Award
in honor of his commitment to 4-H and America’s youth
Chevy Chase, MD (April 10, 2014) – National 4-H Council, together with 4-H youth and Cooperative Extension professionals from around the country, recognized Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) with the 4-H Champion for Youth Award during a 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill on April 9. A 4-H alumnus, Chambliss received the award in honor of his work advancing 4-H youth development in Georgia and throughout the country.
Chambliss co-hosted the breakfast along with Representative Tom Latham (R-IA), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The purpose of the event was to spotlight the importance of positive youth development programs in addressing urgent challenges facing America’s youth.
Congressional speakers included Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
“My first public speech was as a sixth-grader in a 4-H competition, standing on a table in the lunch room. Since then, I have delivered many speeches, but I will never forget that experience 4-H afforded me as a child. It is truly an honor to receive this award and a privilege to support the mission and principles of 4-H,” said Chambliss.
During the breakfast, Dr. J. Mario Molina, president and CEO of Molina Healthcare, also announced findings from the National 4-H Council and Molina Healthcare Teens Take on Health report, a first of its kind, teen-led research study of nearly 1,000 youth ages 13 to 19.
“We were thrilled to have such a great response from congressional leaders, including 10 who are 4-H alumni and know the power of positive youth development firsthand,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “We were particularly pleased to have the chance to honor Senator Chambliss for his years of support as a true champion for youth.”
During the event, leaders from 4-H, National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, and land-grant universities, including the University of Georgia, thanked Congress and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for their support of positive youth development. They also recognized Congressional 4-H alumni in attendance, including Sen. John Boozman (AR), Rep. William Enyart Jr. (IL), Sen. Debra Fischer (NE), Sen. Bill Nelson (FL), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Terri Sewell (AL).