Audrey Allen inducted into Logan County 4-H Hall of Fame – Guthrie News Page
GUTHRIE — Audrey Allen was inducted into the Logan County 4-H Hall of Fame at the annual Logan County 4-H Achievements Banquet held at the fairgrounds last fall.
The Hall of Fame is awarded annually to an outstanding senior county 4-H member and is the highest honor for 4-H members at the county level.
Allen was involved in 4-H activities long before he became an official 4-H member. She has been a member of the South Logan County 4-H Club since its inception in 2015, where she was one of the first original Cloverbuds to attend meetings of this new club. Now a 4-H member for eight years, Allen was also in the top three with his two books of state records in health and fitness and recreational arts and hobbies.
“For me, those two areas encompass everything I’ve worked on for my entire 4-H career,” Allen said. “Health and fitness means improving physical health by learning about nutrition and fitness, emotional health by focusing on hobbies, social health by working in groups, and intellectual health by learning new things. Recreational arts and leisure means learning to use my time wisely.”
Allen saw a need in his community and created a new project to meet that need, called Clover Clothes Closet. With her project, she collects long pants, underwear and socks to donate to her local elementary school, Charter Oak Elementary. Allen said “kids have accidents, they have spills and break zippers. When the school has these things on hand, it can help children quietly. Quickly changing into clean clothes helps them physically. It helps them emotionally and socially by helping kids not be shy, and intellectually by helping kids stay in school instead of having to go home. Allen gives speeches on this project, has a Facebook page and a GoFundMe on his cause.
“Audrey found out that the school really needed these items, and eventually the school staff was buying them out of their own pockets,” said Logan County extension educator AnnDee Turner. “Watching Audrey grow and help her community in such a meaningful way to her is very exciting to watch, and that’s really what 4-H is all about.” Allen’s project is just over a year old and she has donated 303 items so far.
“I’ve grown a lot as a leader and as a person in 4-H,” adds Allen. “We do 4-H projects all year round, but we also focus on doing things for the community. Other civic engagement projects Allen has been involved in include making pillowcases for the Children’s Hospital, making face masks for nursing homes and service providers, cleaning the grounds of the local school, and much more.
In addition to hard work, Allen enjoys 4-H activities such as 4-H Camp, Youth Leadership in Action Conference, Cupcake Wars, Food Showdown, speech contests, local club meetings, and get-togethers. county youth leaders, etc. Allen is currently the Logan County 4-H Teen Leaders Reporter and received the “I Dare You” award at the banquet, given to 4-H members who exemplify development in four squares, which includes physical, mental, social and moral.
Allen is the daughter of Russ and Susan Allen and has a younger brother, Luke, who follows in her footsteps in 4-H. She completed her freshman year at Guthrie High School, plays trombone in the marching band and jazz band, and plays golf for the Blue Jays. She is a member of Memorial Road Church of Christ.
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