Thanks to statewide support of the Growing Kansas Leaders campaign, $12.8 million in cash, pledges, in-kind and planned gifts were designated to enhance the future of the Kansas 4-H program. Projects benefitting from the effort include 4-H programs, Clovia Scholarship House and Rock Springs 4-H Center.

Thanks to statewide support of the Growing Kansas Leaders campaign, $12.8 million in cash, pledges, in-kind and planned gifts were designated to enhance the future of the Kansas 4-H program. Projects benefitting from the effort include 4-H programs, Clovia Scholarship House and Rock Springs 4-H Center.

“What started out as a $10 million goal was exceeded by nearly $3 million in recent months,” Lee Borck, chair of the Kansas 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and campaign co-chair said. “This generosity represents a tremendous belief in Kansas youth and the importance of the Kansas 4-H program.”

Capital improvement and renovation projects that are completed or in progress at Rock Springs include the W.S. & E.C. Jones Swimming Pool, Williams Dining Hall and the Indoor Activity Building, Heritage Hall, Meditation Chapel, Hansen Cottage and the Spring Plaza area.

Kansas 4-H Youth Council members led 4-H clubs across the state in the “Cool Pool” effort. A total of 144 4-H Clubs and local 4-H councils provided $30,615.33 in support of the complete renovation of the W.S. & E.C. Jones Swimming Pool at Rock Springs 4-H Center.

Completed projects at Clovia Scholarship House include the renovations of the bathrooms and kitchen. In addition, more than $200,000 has been raised for future improvements.

The Growing Leaders Fund is already providing additional scholarships and internship support for outstanding 4-H’ers, outreach programs for new populations, alumni and volunteer recruitment programs and programming support.

“Thanks to the Kansas 4-H Foundation’s staff, trustees, campaign committee members, extension professionals, 4-H clubs, and volunteers, we have accomplished a great deal during the last three years,” Molly McVicker, Kansas 4-H Foundation Board of Trustee member and campaign co-chair said.

“The campaign’s success stands on the shoulders of those who built and sustained the Kansas 4-H Foundation throughout its 62 years,” Gordon Hibbard, president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation said. “The success we are celebrating today should commemorate our rich history, in addition to our vibrant future.”

As a not-for-profit charitable corporation chartered in 1952, the Kansas 4-H Foundation brings private funds to assist and maintain the Kansas 4-H program. The Foundation’s projects include owning and operating Rock Springs 4-H Center, owning and maintaining the Clovia Scholarship House at Kansas State University, providing awards, trips and scholarships to 4-H youth, and publishing the Kansas 4-H Journal.