Name: Deanna Gall
Title: SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Hutchinson & Turner Counties
Years in SDSU Extension: 12 years
What is your favorite part about working for SDSU Extension 4-H?
Working with the kids, families, volunteers, and co-workers during fair season. It takes a lot of people to successfully run our programs and it is fun to work one-on-one with such a variety of great people.
If you could give one piece of advice to a 4-H member what would it be?
Don’t try to do too much. Choose your favorite areas and focus your time and energy on those areas. I see kids try to be involved in absolutely everything or show too many animals. They end up worn out and not excelling as much as they could have in an area because all they do is run from one event to the next.
What is a true leader to you?
People who believe in teamwork and pull others together as a team to get the job done well. A true leader does not put themselves above others, always works with others as an equal even when leading.
What are some hobbies and interests you have?
Jet-skiing, kayaking, paddle boating, crafting, and attending my three children’s sports, 4-H, and music events. I also enjoying walking with co-workers over our lunch hours or with my two Boston Terriers when I am home.
What has been your proudest moment as an advisor?
Watching my own kids, who started their own meat goat herd due to a 4-H project, excel in the breeding meat goat industry and the 4-H meat goat project area. My kids started with a few inexpensive meat goats and learned from other 4-H members, families, and producers in South Dakota as well as throughout the country to improve their herd while growing a successful business. The livestock production practices and Ag business skills they have gained from this project area are priceless and a true testament to the life skills youth gain from participating in the 4-H program.
What is a unique or outstanding program you offer in the counties you serve?
In 2017, we held the $20 Fashion Challenge Day Camp in both counties for youth to learn more about the selected outfit and fashion revue project areas. The day camp resulted in 23 $20 Challenge Outfits being entered in the Hutchinson and Turner County Fashion Revue Contests and as static exhibits at the fairs. The average cost savings per outfit was 75%. In 2017, between the 2 counties, we had 98 outfits in the county 4-H Fashion Revue Contests and several 4-H members are asking about additional camps this summer.
What is your personal motto?
If someone is not treating you the way that you should be treated, kill them with kindness. Frequently, it will turn the situation around. If not, and you have treated someone else the way you would want to be treated you will feel better about the situation than you would have if you acted the same way as the other person.