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The Georgia 4-H Advisory Committee was officially formed in 1946 by the request of then State 4-H Leader, Bill Sutton. Since 4-H was rapidly expanding during this time period, Mr. Sutton saw a need for a group of respected, influential community leaders who could increase both support and sustainability while helping to guide 4-H programing.

The 1st committee had 26 members and the chairman was E. S. Papy, the man credited with getting the 4-H beef cattle project underway 20 years earlier. According to Mr. Sutton’s written records, the Advisory Committee had two luncheon meetings the year after it was established. The first one was on February 27th in Atlanta and the second one was during the State 4-H Club Council Meeting in Milledgeville. Mr. Sutton wrote “at each of these meetings the State 4-H club program was discussed and each of these leaders has demonstrated their keen interest in really helping to be advisers for 4-H club work in its truest sense.” The current 4-H Advisory Committee continues to tackle important issues and remains true to its mission.

The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.