4-H creates pride in family and community

Provided Photograph Alexander Kuszlyk, left, a first-year member of the Genesee County Dairy Club, is shown with his dad, Steven Kuszlyk, a Dairy Club alumnus.

Members of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club recently completed a series of interviews with 4-H alumni in Genesee County.

The goal of the project was to learn about the alumni’s 4-H experiences and learn how 4-H has changed during the last 70 years. The alumni include local leaders, business owners and mentors.

Sixteen interviews were conducted, including today’s interview between Alexander Kuszlyk, a first-year member of the Genesee County Dairy Club, and his dad, Steven Kuszlyk, a Dairy Club alumnus.

Here is the interview between Alex and his dad:

What is your name: Steven Kuszlyk.

When were you a member of Genesee County 4-H and what club? “ The Dairy Club, from 1996-2003.”

Did you exhibit at the Genesee County Fair? “Yes, Every year that I was in 4-H, we took cows to the fair.”

Can you tell me what the county fair was like? “It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed showing my animals.”

Do you have a favorite 4-H memory? “My favorite memory was when I won showmanship when I was 16.”

Has 4-H had an impact on your career path? “Yes it has. I am still involved in the Dairy Industry, as a service and salesman for Genex.”

How do you think your 4-H experience affected your life? “It created pride in my family and community.”

Would you recommend 4-H as a program for youth today? “Yes, it helps to develop character!”

Thanks Dad!

- Alex Kuszlyk

The first of the 4-H interviews appeared in the May 9 Lifestyles/Extra. The story featured Esther Johnson, who spoke with Bing Zuber. Last week, Jaime Mowry, a former Genesee County Dairy Princess was interviewed by Renee Uberty, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

The series has also featured Carol Beideck, who was was interviewed by her grandson, Jake Beideck, a fourth-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; Anika Gianforte, who was interviewed by her nephew, Tate Zuber, a first-year 4-H member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club and Chops and Hocks Swine Club, and Elizabeth Jurs, who was interviewed by Annalise Syberts, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club; and Alicia Keller, who was interviewed by Otto Uberty, a second-year member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club.

Look for additional interviews in upcoming Lifestyles/Extras.

To read past interviews, go to thedailynewsonline.com.

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