Cropper inducted into State 4-H Hall of Fame

Longtime educator Becky Cropper, was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Ohio Volunteer Conference in Columbus.
Cropper served as the Brown County 4-H Educator for 33 years and made significant impacts on not only Brown County, but throughout the entire Ohio 4-H program.
Cropper’s service to her community goes back to 1986, when then Brown County Juvenile Court Judge Ron Dvorachek contacted Cropper, then OSU Extension Educator, with a concern of numerous teenagers committing traffic violations.
“At that time,” Cropper said, “Along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol office Lt. Rex Newbanks and county counselor, Phil Latham, we created a peer led traffic safety program called CARTEENS.
“Members did research, wrote to legislators and refined a curriculum that has served as a way to help educate young drivers on potential driving distractions and the importance of safe driving in an effort to reduce the number of juvenile traffic violations.”
That was the beginning of Croppers involvement in her community. Among the many programs she has been involved in the following is a list of some of them:
• Her CARTEENS program went on to be recognized by the National Highway Safety Youth Division, the Ohio Department of Public Safety and has received the Allstate Insurance Award;
• Wrote a book entitled ‘On Campus with Cornelius’ introducing 4-H Cloverbuds to the idea of college as a possible part of their future;
• Recruited and relied on over 300 adult volunteers to help in 4-H;
• Helped organize “Teens for the Future” promoting agriculture, “Kids on the Block, a puppet team, and The Brown County ATV Safety Team a pilot for the state of Ohio, the “Leadership Training Team”;
• Worked with five school districts promoting teamwork, leadership skills, respect among students.
The list of Becky Cropper’s accomplishments goes on and on and she isn’t done yet. She is or has been involved in the Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Organization, St. Mary’s Parish, a delegate for Ohio Farm Bureau, president of the BC Retired Teacher’s Association, Coalition for a Drug Free Brown County, Russellville Kiwanis, Toastmasters, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Chamber of Commerce, BC Educational Service Center, coordinator for 40 Developmental Assets, recipient of the Jenco Award, writer of multiple grants and more.
“As Brown County coordinator for the 40 Developmental Assets with the Brown County Educational Service Center,” Cropper said. “I enjoy working with all of our schools to promote positive skill development. I hope to continue to promote higher education with school programs with college awareness boards and college reality activities.
“I plan to continue to help our youth explore their skills and put them to good use. My goal is to improve our community and make it a place that children will want to be contributors in the present and the future.”
On Sunday April 2, there will be a special reception in Becky Cropper’s honor at the Brown County Educational Service Center in Georgetown to give community members a chance to congratulate Cropper for her accomplishments.