Leadership conference set for this month
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Mid-Winter Teen Leadership Conference will take place at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Ala. Four students from Butler County ages 14-18 can participate in this event which has a theme of 4-H'ers Building a Nation for Donation.
4-H has established a wonderful partnership with the Alabama Organ Center to organize students giving them the enthusiasm and skills to go home and launch at the county level what will be a statewide 4-H campaign to collect organ registry cards.
A letter of support has been received from Gov. Don Siegelman and he has promised to recognize every 4-H'er who collects 250 registry cards with a Governor's Service Award and a photo opportunity next summer. The National Office for Organ Donation has recognized the program as the pilot state and plans to take this initiative nationally after assessing the program.
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The goals and objectives of Mid-Winter are:
Provide Alabama with a unique opportunity to help save lives;
Develop the skills and attitudes needed to kick-off a statewide initiative to build the state's organ donation registry;
Define what is organ and tissue donation;
Learn why it is important to donate organs and tissues;
Understand who receives transplants and how organs and tissues are distributed;
Learn how to become a donor;
Understand what is involved in transplant surgery.
The cost of this retreat is $65 and any student who is interested may contact the Butler County Extension office at 382-5111 for more details.