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County 4-H’ers witness legislators in action

4-H at state capitolBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County 4-H members recently spent the day at the State Capitol in Richmond, seeing what it’s like to be a member of the Senate and House of Delegates.

The group of 21 local 4-H members and eight adult volunteers were among hundreds of other 4-H’ers from across the Commonwealth taking part in 4-H Day.

Besides watching the Senate and House in session, the local group also took part in a question and answer session with 7th District Delegate Nick Rush, 12th District Delegate Joseph Yost and 38th District Sen. Phillip Puckett. They toured the Capitol building and Governor’s Mansion, hearing stories of both buildings’ history and associated events of significance.

“To see laws being made right in front of us was such an exciting experience,” said Jaelyn Szerokman of Dublin Middle School 4-H Club. During the tour of the Governor’s Mansion, she was particularly interested in seeking the men’s meeting room and women’s parlor room.

“It is strange that the women couldn’t be present when the men were having their meetings,” Szerokman added. “The women had to sit in the parlor.” She felt this piece of history was particularly important to her current school lesson on women’s rights.

Club member Micah Taylor said he has been taking part in 4-H Capitol Day for four years.  “I never tire of seeing the governmental process is action, even if it means getting up at 4 a.m. to meet everyone for the trip. It’s a long day, but very worth it,” Taylor added.