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Cortland 4-H Foundation Celebrating 50 Years (Audio)


This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Robert P. Blatchley Cortland County 4-H Foundation supporting 4-H Programs in Cortland County.

The Cortland County 4-H Foundation was incorporated in 1972 for one purpose only – to assist
the Cortland County Cooperative Extension Service in promoting county-wide 4-H work.

The Foundation was renamed the Robert P. Blatchley Cortland County 4-H Foundation, Inc. in
August, 1982 to honor the late Robert P. Blatchley who was 4-H Agent in Cortland County for
thirty-two years, retiring from his position in 1974.

The Foundation is led by a nine-member Board of Directors. The present 4-H Foundation
members are: President Linda Helms, Vice-President Dan Weddle, Treasurer Neal Helms,
Secretary Bernice Potter-Masler, and Directors: Julie Campbell, Tom Dumas, Cindy Stoker,
Marilyn Stoker, and Carol Weddle.

4-H has a long and proud history of presenting real life learning experiences to young people
under the leadership of trained volunteers.

Cortland County’s 4-H program currently involves over 300 youth between the ages of 5 and 19 led by 120 plus dedicated adult leaders.

The 4-H program operates under the umbrella of Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Cortland County.

Since 1972 over $250,000 has been given to the Robert P. Blatchley Cortland County 4-H
Foundation! This money has assisted 4-H programming in a myriad of ways, including:
Numerous scholarships for boys and girls to obtain a camping experience at 4-H Camp
Owahta Camping and sporting equipment, including tents, kayaks, and archery

A special exhibit will be on display in the 4-H Youth Building during the Cortland County Jr. Fair, now to July 9th.

Make your donation to Robert P. Blatchley 4-H Foundation, Inc. A 501c(3) nonprofit
organization, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about contribution opportunities, advice on gifting possibilities, program needs, or other information about the Cortland County 4-H Foundation, please contact us at

Hear our full interview with Tom Dumas:


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