46 4-H youths and five adults from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties recently traveled to Iowa's State Capitol to tour the building and to meet with State Representative Bob Hager and State Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm.
Their Capitol tour also included a visit to the old Supreme Court chambers, the five-story law library, a scale model of Battleship Iowa, and a collection of first-lady dolls.
4-H members were invited to the floor in both the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber to ask Representative Hager and Senator Wilhelm questions on current laws and their roles in Iowa government.
The Winneshiek County 4-H Citizenship Club was organized in August 2011 for youth in grades 7-12 to broaden their knowledge of citizenship. The club was designed with a two year projected plan. The first year, members learn about local, area and state government and travel to the State Capitol in Des Moines to meet with local government officials and learn about state government and how it connects to them. During the second year, youth learn about federal government and travel to Washington D.C.
For more information on the 4-H Citizenship Club or Winneshiek County 4-H, please contact Joni Bruvold, County 4-H and Youth Coordinator, at the Winneshiek County Extension Office at (563) 382-2949.