Lincoln County Extension Welcomes New 4-H Agent
Lincoln County OSU Extension Regional Administrator Sam Angima is pleased to announce the arrival February 1 of the new 4-H Agent for Lincoln County, Todd Williver. Hired to support the 4-H program full time, Williver comes to Lincoln County from the Deschutes County OSU Extension Service. He has worked with the Extension Service in Central Oregon since the summer of 2005.
Williver began his career managing the BIT (Business and Information Technology) Mobile, a portable science lab that traveled around the state delivering science-based programming based on local needs. In 2009, he moved into the 4-H Office in Deschutes County as a Program Coordinator. His forte has been non-traditional, science-based and outdoor education and recreation programming in the after-school or school enrichment setting.
Williver says he is looking forward to applying his experience and skills in Lincoln County, which he feels is ready for a new kind of 4-H that integrates traditional and non-traditional tools to meet the needs of youth and youth leaders. “After discussions within the community, I believe Lincoln County 4-H has a strong 4-H heritage that can continue to grow and thrive,” he commented. “I also see that Lincoln County is poised to be a front-runner in cutting edge 4-H science, engineering and technology programming and I look forward to establishing collaboration and partnership that will support that resource within our region.”
Angima is excited about the energy, experience and diversity of programming that Williver will bring to the 4-H Youth Program. “Together with our excellent team of volunteers, local leaders and Extension supporters,” commented Angima, “I am confident Todd will develop an agenda and an array of programs that addresses the needs of youth in new and innovative ways.”
Williver will be setting up his office and getting to work the first full week of February. He has invited volunteers, members and residents of Lincoln County to stop by and say hello as he settles in. He also encourages anyone else involved in 4-H or wishing to become involved to give him a call or stop by to discuss their hopes and dreams for the program. “I’m very interested in getting to know the current culture of 4-H in Lincoln County,” he said, “as well as learn what unfilled needs may exist that could be filled by 4-H Youth Development.”
The Lincoln County Extension Office is open Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm (closed from 12-1pm), Friday 8am to 12 noon. Williver can be reached at 541-574-6534, extension 22.