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4-H Honors Ferndale’s Bowen

PULLMAN, Wash. — The late Ginny Bowen, 1846 Newkirk Road, Ferndale, was inducted Oct. 18 into the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.

She is Whatcom County’s only inductee.

In 1975 Ginny and her husband, Harry, became leaders of the Trail Blazers 4-H Club. They were horse leaders and had a variety of projects to meet the needs of youth in their club for 26 years.

Bowen served on many state committees such as State Ambassador Advisor, Washington State 4-H Foundation, Awards & Recognition, and Volunteer Development. She had been a presenter of workshops at many forums and conferences including Washington State 4-H Forum, Teen Conference, and School Age Child Care. Bowen also helped write various 4-H curricula.

She passed away August 2001.

Induction of the first one hundred people was announced at the 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) 676-6736, Craig Fenske, 4-H Agent, or
Karri McFarland, 4-H Secretary