Columbiana, Alabama — Members of the Alabama 4-H Foundation, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation gathered at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana Nov. 10 for a special ribbon cutting rededicating the Alfa Dorm.
“The Alfa Dorm at the Alabama 4-H Center has housed thousands of young 4-H campers since its construction in 1984. The renovation of the dorm assures that campers will continue to have a positive experience. Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation are strong supporters of 4-H. Modernization of the dorm reflects their continued commitment to the future leaders of Alabama who are “learning by doing” through educational programs at the 4-H Center,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.”
“The 4-H Foundation is very appreciative of Alfa and it’s philanthropic investment to the 4-H Youth Development Center. This investment has a impact on youth from all across our state who visit the center on an annual basis. Last year, more than 5,000 youth participated in overnight programs such as the Alabama 4-H Science School and 4-H Summer Camp. These renovations further enhance the programs of Alabama 4-H and its commitment to our youth,” said C. Seth Tuttle , development officer, Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc.
The remodel of the dorm included removing wood paneling, installing drywall, renovating bathrooms and upgrading the heating and cooling system. The Alfa Foundation provided nearly $50,000 for the renovation of the dorm.
“Jimmy Parnell, president of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance, said “Thousands of students visit the Alabama 4-H Center annually, where they learn important lessons about leadership and citizenship. We are happy to provide them with better accommodations through this renovation,” he said.
The Alfa dorm, built with donations from county Farmers Federations, includes 64 beds.
“The renovation of the Alfa dormitory represents a major improvement to the accommodations we are able to offer the youth of Alabama and serves as a visual reminder of the commitment Alfa and so many other organizations and individuals have made to the education of the young people in our state,” said Charles Hurst, manager of the Alabama 4-H and Youth Development Center.
Pictured left to right are: Dr. Gary Lemme, director, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Dr. Molly Gregg, Extension assistant director for Alabama 4-H programs; Charles Hurst, manager of the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center; Jimmy Parnell, president, Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation; Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation and Jimmy Bice, president of the Shelby County Farmers Federation.