Ivey addresses 4-H leaders

Published 11:28 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SELMA — Being a good citizen and leader means patriotism, which is more than saluting the flag in a proper manner, said state Treasurer Kay Ivey.

Ivey talked about citizen leadership to more than 50 members of the Alabama Association of Extension 4-H Agents. The association is meeting in Selma until Friday. This is their 30th convention.

Ivey, who grew up in Wilcox County, said she is a 4-H alumni. She told the group gathered at the St. James they have advantages over other people because they have information resulting from the work they do, contacts with people who can help their organization and their work and access to others in a way that can influence the community in which they live.

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By working together and through cooperation leaders, such as those who work in 4-H, can shape the future.

“This is about keeping Alabama and America strong,” Ivey said.

Ivey, who is a Republican candidate for governor, did not mention her candidacy during her keynote address. Instead, she talked about how citizen leaders could affect change by demonstrating their patriotism and working toward the good.

Participating in patriotism is an act as simple as standing at attention when the flag is raised or passes by.

“Respect for the flag is a citizen’s only opportunity to reaffirm ‘I am an American,’” she said.

That work, she said, includes networking, getting to know individuals, working a room and staying in touch with people after making contact.

“Staying connected is about building citizenship,” she said.

The conference continues today. Selma Mayor George Evans will speak to the group this morning before the agents break up into workshops.