83R5021 STE-D
  By: Raney H.R. No. 252
         WHEREAS, February 6, 2013, marks the biennial celebration of
  4-H Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, The 4-H program got its start in Texas in 1908 when
  Thomas M. Marks organized a club in Jack County to educate boys
  about new production methods for corn; four years later, Edna Trigg
  founded the Milam County Girls Tomato Club to teach better
  production and canning methods for homegrown tomatoes, and in 1914,
  opportunities to learn about vegetable gardening and poultry
  raising were initiated in Waller County for African American youth;
         WHEREAS, Today, more than 600,000 young Texans participate in
  4-H, which encourages members to practice life skills, develop
  strong character, and improve their readiness for the workplace and
  for college; each program promotes productive use of the four
  H's--Head, Heart, Hands, and Health--and supports the
  organization's motto, "to make the best better"; moreover,
  participants are encouraged to give back to the community through
  such worthwhile initiatives as Operation Military Kids for children
  who have a deployed parent; and
         WHEREAS, Administered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  Service and the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program, 4-H
  is made possible through the dedicated efforts of numerous
  employees and over 56,000 trained volunteers; and
         WHEREAS, The 4-H program has provided exceptional learning
  experiences to generations of young Texans, and in so doing, it has
  enhanced the quality of life for countless individuals, families,
  and communities; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize February 6, 2013, as Texas 4-H Day at
  the State Capitol and extend to the organization's administrators,
  staff, volunteers, and participants sincere best wishes for
  continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program as an
  expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.