Local 4-Hâ�?�?er gains ideas at national meeting By Kelsy Fallan From March 28-April 1, I attended the 2009 National 4-H Conference, Pathways to Progress: Transforming Tomorrow, in Chevy Chase, MD. At this conference were delegates from almost all 50 states plus Canada and Puerto Rico. Delegates were assigned to groups for roundtable discussions which were held during the day. At the roundtables we were trying to think of community service ideas that the whole nation could participate in. These ideas were presented to Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. We also attended two workshops; some of the workshops were about promoting physical activity, working with military children, and helping in the fight against childhood hunger. On Capitol Hill Day, we met with our state's U.S. senators and representative – Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. We also toured the White House. On Citizenship Excursions, we walked the Mall and saw the monuments. One night we visited the National Air and Space Museum and another we visited the International Spy Museum. On the last night, we went on the Clover Cruise, which cruised the Potomac River. We had supper and a dance on the cruise. I had a great time, met lots of new people, and came back with new ideas to use in our county. Come to the Clay County Fair this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Aug. 13-15, to see pictures from my trip and all the work Clay County 4-Hers have done.