Cindy Meadows of Seminole County was recently awarded the Southwest District William H. Booth Award which recognizes the outstanding work of Georgia extension agents involved in the 4-H program.
The Booth Awards, sponsored by Georgia Electric Membership Corp., were presented on July 25th in Atlanta during the Annual Georgia 4-H State Congress. Georgia 4-H’ers and county/state faculty and staff were honored at a banquet held the final evening of the three-day event.
“County extension agents working with Georgia 4-H make a powerful impact on young peoples’ lives,” says Georgia EMC’s Senior Public Relations Coordinator Gale Cutler. “With their time, efforts, commitment, and dedication, they are making a difference across Georgia. Georgia’s EMCs share that commitment of improving the communities we serve and are proud to sponsor an award that highlights these exceptional agents.”
Meadows has worked in extension for 19 years in Seminole County and was appointed as county extension coordinator. In her role as an extension agent, she has led 20 students to be District and State Officers, 44 students to State Congress, and 1,000 members to participate in 4-H Judging Teams.
Serving in a small, poverty stricken county in southwest Georgia, Meadows says she has made it her goal to expend her personal time and all resources to assist Seminole County youth to achieve their goals in 4-H. She enjoys spending time with the youth and teaching them life lessons, from working on speeches to teaching cooking classes in the Summer.
“I believe by encouraging one child at a time, through structure, example and love, we can and will make this a better place,” says Meadows.
She has shared the benefits of the 4-H program with countless audiences, from writing local newspaper articles to volunteering with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Her dedication for recruiting volunteers has brought and strengthened the successful Shooting Sports teams, Poultry Judging teams, and provided chaperones for various essential 4-H events like District Project Achievement.
The William H. Booth Award is an honor acknowledging both peer recognition and career achievement. Extension agents from all four districts were elected from their district for seven+ years in 4-H professional achievement, 4-H educational development, professional and university service, and philosophy. Nominees must complete a rigorous application and interview process.
Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 electric cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned co-ops provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.