|Nick Ortner takes over as 4-H district president|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
After a year of serving as the vice president of the District 5 4-H Council and three months into his position as president of the Phillips County Council, Nick Ortner has been elected to take over as District 5 president.
He will officially be named the district president while at the Colorado 4-H state conference June 18-21 on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.
Ortner, who said he has wanted to run for district president for a few years, was elected by his district peers in April. Counties included in District 5 are Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Kit Carson and Sedgwick. Each county has two senators that hold district voting responsibilities.
He will see an increase of responsibilities as he will be expected to attend statewide 4-H functions and plan and put on conferences and camps for 4-H members.
“Above and beyond just helping the district council, one of Nick’s main responsibilities is to serve as a state 4-H officer,” said Kindra Plumb, CSU extension 4-H program associate.
As he stays occupied with statewide duties, he will also serve as the liaison between the district and state.
Despite taking on a more prominent role within the organization, Ortner says he doesn’t feel too nervous about his new position.
“I am a little nervous but not too much because I know there are people there to help, so it shouldn’t be too hard,” Ortner said.
Ortner believes that the leadership qualities he has been able to hone through his eight years in 4-H make him a qualified district president as he feels comfortable leading others.
He noted that he wanted to become district president to further grow as a leader and to help guide the program.
With two years of eligibility left in 4-H, Ortner could choose to run for the state president or vice president positions after his year as district president. He stated that he hasn’t put much thought toward state positions and that he will see how his time as district president goes before making any decisions.
Ortner said he first became interested in 4-H by watching his cousin at fairs when he was younger. He said being involved in 4-H has helped him grow and bring him out of his shell a little bit, noting that he has gotten much better at public speaking since joining the club.
“Being in 4-H has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I used to be a shy kid and now not any more,” Ortner said.
“I think Nick will do an excellent job,” Plumb said. “He is very responsible and has done a great job in his role as county council president. I know he will continue his tradition of excellence as district president.”
Holyoke Enterprise June 20, 2013