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Baker honored as the 4-H Volunteer of the Year
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Joseph Baker Jr. can add another award to his resume.
He has been named Forsyth County's Cooperative
Extension's 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
The award was presented by District 74 House
Representative Debra Conrad on Friday, April 24 at the
agency's annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet, held at
the Cooperative Extension building.
He was called a shining example of the achievement
and commitment symbolized by the agency in his intro
"It's an honor to even have been chosen," he said. "I
really didn't realize, at first, how huge 4-H is. One of the
things that we are going to do is to inform more people
and let more children of color know about the club."
Baker is the North Carolina Mathematics and Science
Education Network (NC-MSEN) Program Pre-College
Coordinator at the Winston-Salem State University Center
for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. He
is also a product of the program.
There he works to increase the number of teachers in
mathematics and science education and to increase the
number of high school graduates prepared to pursue
careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics) arena.
As the volunteer leader for the 4-H Kam Squad Stem
Club, made up of almost 100 students, he is described to
have been instrumental in chartering the newest and cul
turally diverse 4-H Club in Forsyth County.
"We pride ourselves on being a well-diverse program.
We have kids from the Hispanic, Asian and Black commu
nity. We pride ourselves on having kids from several dif
ferent walks," he said.
The club, under Baker's leaderships, has co-sponsored
the Citizenship Washington Focus Civic Action Project, a
professional dress-clothing drive for The Shalom Project
and Goodwill of Northwest Northwest Carolina's Success
Outfitters, increasing awareness regarding youth philan
thropy and local civic issues. They have participated in
STEM Camp at Betsy Jeff Penn Campgrounds,
Underwater and Junk Drawer Robotics competitions, and
trivia bowls. Baker, 39, said he places great emphasis on
"A lot of the things that were afforded as a result of
people volunteering to do," said the Durham resident. "We
stress that. If there is an opportunity for us to get out and
do some things, we have to do it. You help these kids
because eventually these are the kids who will be taking
care of you."
Shanika Gray, the 4-H Youth Development coordina
tor for the county, said that she nominated Baker because
he is a great example of an African-American male who
exemplifies what the agency stands for.
"Joe commutes from Durham everyday. He will come
out of pocket for things that are needed. It's really above
and beyond the call," she said.
Baker said that his goal is to get more parental
"Our goal is to get our kids involved and let their par
ents know about these programs," he said. "We want to
make everyone in our circle aware of what 4-H has to
offer. We're not about to watch our kids fall by the way
Irma Jackson was also recognized as the Community
Gardening Volunteer of the Year and her work as the men
tor at the Diggs-Latham Elementary School. She also
tends a garden plot a the West Salem Community garden,
which supports the gardener's effort to increase food secu
teacher often shares
her information with
others. She's active
with two of the
teer programs: the
Mentor Program and
the Master Gardener
thanked the volun
teers for all their
hard work, an esti
mated 29,055 volun
teer hours in 2014.
"Any time you
do any type of vol
it's a small act or a
laree act. it's mice
c ' I
less," said Lonnette
Coordinator at North
and Technical State
Marsh was the keynote speaker at the event and spoke
of the value of volunteers.
"Volunteering is helping, not hiring. Giving, not tak
ing. Is contributing, not counting. In the end, we cannot,
and should not, put a dollar value on volunteers. How can
we put a monetary value on ordinary people who do
extraordinary things? The value of volunteering is price
Other awardees included: Beth Tucker of Kemersville
for Outstanding Agriculture Volunteer Award; Harriet
McCarthy, Carol Devries, Emily Bundy, Teresa Lowery
and Jim Nottke were all recognized for Outstanding
Master Gardener Volunteer Service; Bethabara Park was
given the Friend of Extension Award for a Partner
Organization; and Rita Cruise was given the Outstanding
Extension Volunteer award.
Photo by Chanel Davis
Lonnette Marsh, interim
Regional Program Coordinator
at North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University,
Joseph Baker Jr. holds up his Volunteer of the Year
award with Co-op Extension Agent Shanika Gray.
Irma Jackson receives an award.
| Community Briefs |
Bridge players come home winners
The Carl H. Russell, Sr. Community Center had a championship team called the
Winston-Salem Kings and Queens Duplicate Bridge Club, in which member^ placed in
the C. G. Fredd Flight D Spring National American Bridge Association that was held in
Atlantic City, N J. Over 800 players were there to play bridge.
Mary Andrews, Norma Vincent, Laurann Pierce, and Daisy D. Foster brought home
to the Carl H. Russell Sr. Community Center a second-place trophy in the "Knock-Out"
game. They also placed first overall in the two sides games.
Anyone interested in learning how to play bridge or enhancing your skills can contact
the center at 336-727-2580 and leave your contact information.
The Winston-Salem Kings and Queens Bridge Club play every Monday at the center
at 1:30 p.m.
SECC A gets new executive director
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) welcomes Gordon Peterson
as its new executive director.
"I am thrilled that Gordon Peterson has taken on this important role," said Susan
Kluttz, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
(DCR). "His enthusiasm for the arts and for the Winston-Salem
community are an asset to his new position."
A marketing consultant, Peterson also serves on the SECU
Family House Board in Chapel Hill, the Advisory Board for Triad
Stage and the Clemmons Friends of the Library Board. He served
six years on the Piedmont Opera Board and formerly served on the
boards of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Reynolda House
Docents and was president of the SECCA Foundation. He is cur
rently a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
"Gordon Peterson brings imagination, experience and a lively
energy to SECCA at a time when community engagement and
growth are central priorities, said Lawrence J. Wheeler, Director
of the North Carolina Museum of Art. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina
Museum of Art.
A graduate of the University of N.C. School of Journalism, Peterson has spent the
majority of his career in the advertising agency business, both in New York and North
Carolina. His experience and extensive skill sets include arts management, both museum
and board leadership; strategic planning; fundraising; finance, education and community
"I am excited about this opportunity to work with the talented staff here at SECCA to
help fulfill its mission of bringing art, technology and engagement to enhance perspec
tives, inspire our community and ignite new ideas," said Peterson.
Students can register now for
This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an
American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration
is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31.
The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds
to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months Students
who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500
for higher education and to earn a gift card.
"The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable lead
ership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,"
said Sharon Pitt. CEO for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. "Summer can be a chal
lenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are help
ing the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial setf^
A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100
percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated
blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com
For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit
redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives. j v
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