Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp recently received the Green Jacket Award from Georgia 4-H to 2022 Georgia 4-H State Congress. This prestigious award is given to individuals who have provided significant ongoing support to 4-H throughout the state of Georgia.
The Kemps have been supporters of Georgia 4-H for two decades. During his tenure in public office, Governor Kemp passed and confirmed legislation that provides funding for Georgia’s 4-H programming statewide.
Governor Kemp has attended and supported local and state 4-H events since he began serving Georgia as a senator in 2003. He recently delivered the commencement address to 4-H’ers and d other stakeholders in the 2022 Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol.
“Throughout his years of service, Governor Kemp has continued to show up for Georgia 4-H’ers,” said Bow Smith, retired Georgia 4-H state leader. “I remember many occasions when he took extra time to meet and listen to our state officers. He is champion for Georgia 4-H.
First Lady Marty Kemp has invested in the Georgia 4-H program by involving 4-H’ers in Governor’s Mansion activities, including tours, pet adoption days and other specialty events for young people. She also facilitated the First Flock projectfor which Warren County 4-H’ers and FFA members helped design and install a chicken coop for the mansion.
The Green Jacket Award was first announced at the 4-H State Convention on July 21 in Atlanta. “We are honored to be chosen as recipients of this year’s Green Jacket Award,” Governor Kemp said in a video address to the state 4-H congressional delegation. “We know how important Georgia 4-H is to young people from all corners of our state. Through 4-H, young people have the skills and motivation they need to succeed,” said First Lady Kemp.
Georgia 4-H has awarded the Green Jacket Award with the support of Georgia EMC every year since 2008. For a complete list of winners, visit www.georgia4h.org/awards.
Denis Chastain, CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), Smith and Laura Perry Johnsonassociate dean for extension at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencespresented the Kemps with their green jackets and a memorial plaque at the Capitol on August 9.
Georgia 4-H celebrated excellence at the 79th Annual State 4-H Convention with contests and recognition for the top 4-Hs from across the state who gathered in Atlanta. The State Congress, which was held July 19-22, includes the Project Achievement and Leadership in Action competitions at the state level and recognizes youth development professionals, supporters and government officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia.
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 225,000 people annually through UGA extension offices and 4-H facilities.
By Josie Smith of UGA CAES