CORVALLIS - Suzi Bicknell, manager of Salem Meier and Frank, has been named first vice president of the Oregon 4-H Foundation, according to Mike Macnab, president. The foundation manages private gifts to the 4-H program of the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Bicknell replaces Bill Kuhn, Bend, who will continue on the foundation's board of trustees.
At the same time, Macnab announced that O.E. Smith, West Linn, former director of the OSU Extension Service, has been elected to the foundation's board of trustees for a three-year term. Other new trustees, representing 4-H members, are Joel Collett, Nehalem, and Mia Swanson, Union. Representing Extension 4-H agents on the board will be R. Roy Hamilton, La Grande, OSU Extension agent in Union County, and JoAnn Mast, Coquille, OSU Extension agent in Coos County.
Ed Zollner, Eugene; Frances Price, Glendale; Gene Fisher, Oakland; David Aamodt, Macnab and Bill Woodard, Portland; Blanche Harper, Prineville; Elizabeth Johnson, Redmond, and Bob Ohling, Salem, have been re-elected to three-year terms on the board.
Macnab also announced four small grants to community 4-H programs.
An innovative grant of $750 was awarded to the Washington County program called "4-H Kids in the Kitchen," a joint program between A Child's Place and Extension to support a 4-H foods club for Latino latchkey children in grades one through three.
A 4-H Community Pride grant of $400 was awarded to the Polk County 4-H Teen Board to help support a variety of programs in the community. Three 4-H clubs in Gilliam County will share a $300 Community Pride grant to support the "Cheer Up Main Street" project to complete the Condon Main Street beautification project.
A regional leadership grant of $150 was made to help support a guest speaker for the Gilliam, Morrow and Wheeler counties 4-H teen leadership retreat program this summer.
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Alberta Johnston, 541-737-1301