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4-H Honors Cochran

PULLMAN, Wash. — Larry Cochran, 37 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez, was inducted Oct. 18 into the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.

Cochran has volunteered as a 4-H leader for 20 years. Although he started out when the program was very traditional, Cochran has demonstrated leadership through openness to the expansion and diversification of the program into non-traditional themes and modes.

His entry in the hall of fame notes, “Many leaders show a high respect for Larry because he comes with both 20 years of experience and with a willingness to let the program change to meet the changing needs of kids and leaders alike.” Cochran is vice president of the County Leader’s Council. He takes vacation time each year to volunteer at the County Fair for his clubs. He has worked as superintendent, and has judged and volunteered in other areas of the fair outside his club. His leadership is credited with helping 4-H remain an active program on Lopez Island.

Induction of the first one hundred people was announced at a State 4-H Forum in Ocean Shores. The hall of fame was created as part of the 4-H centennial celebration.

More than 93,500 Washington youths are enrolled in 4-H programs; over 20,300 are enrolled in 1,733 clubs. Another 73,000 participate in a variety of other 4-H activities, such as the school enrichment program, day camps and overnight camping.

More than 10,300 adult volunteers support 4-H, which is Washington State University Cooperative Extension’s informal, educational program for today’s young people. The program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, WSU faculty, federal, state, and local governments, and businesses.

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(360) 378-4414, Alice Hibberd, 4-H Agent