Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers received the Distinguished Alumni Medallion Award from 4-H during the 10th Anniversary Legacy Award Gala March 12 in Washington D.C.
“I never dreamed that a girl from Kettle Falls, who had a lamb named Freckles in 4-H, would one day serve as the 200th woman elected to Congress,” McMorris Rodgers told the Capital Press. “4-H taught me to work hard, be prepared, and be true to myself and my values.”
Using money she saved working at her family’s orchard and fruit stand, and selling her 4-H animals at the county fair, she became the first person in her family to graduate from college.
Other medallion recipients included race horse trainer Bob Baffert; U.S. Air Force Col. Ericka Flanigan and race car driver Charlie Kimball. During the gala, the recipients participated in a panel discussion about how 4-H shaped their lives.