Clemons named outstanding 4-H alumnus

Genesee County 4-H alumnus Domonique Clemons, of Flint, is among eight 4-H alumni inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society in 2018.

October 16, 2018

Domonique Clemons photo.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Genesee County 4-H alumnus Domonique Clemons, of Flint, is among eight 4-H alumni inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society in 2018. Clemons was recognized on Oct. 5 during the Michigan 4-H Foundation’s 4-H Emerald Awards Ceremony in East Lansing.

The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors former Michigan 4-H members whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership – extraordinary use of an individual’s head, heart, hands and health to make communities, the country and the world better places in which to live. This recognition is provided by Michigan 4-H Youth Development with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Clemons is currently pursuing master’s degree in political management at The George Washington University. He has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Michigan State University. During his time as an undergraduate, Clemons was involved with the Associated Students of MSU, or ASMSU, and served as student body president. He served on a variety of university academic governance committees, university advisory boards, and ASMSU board and committees during his time at MSU. Not one to pass up an opportunity, he also interned with both houses of the Michigan Legislature, and has volunteered, worked or been involved with more than 50 different political campaigns throughout the state. Today, Clemons serves as a strategy assistant for the Michigan College Access Network, where he manages legislative outreach, coalition building and annual advocacy days.

“4-H has been the catalyst that sparked my interest in community service and civic engagement,” said Clemons. “It was my time in 4-H where I learned how to become an effective leader and change agent in my community. Through programs like 4-H Capitol Experience, I gained a passion for politics, which led me to pursue a career in public service. 4-H taught me important professional and personal skills that I use every day. My 4-H involvement instilled in me that everyone can have an impact on government on all levels, regardless of age or background.”

Always seeking and finding a way to improve, Clemons became a Genesee County 4-H member in 2009 and involved himself with the Genesee County 4-H Citizenship Academy. After participating in Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience, he became a member of the event’s

planning body. His experiences on the committee led him to accept an internship in 2011 with Michigan 4-H Youth Development as a student assistant for Michigan 4-H leadership and civic engagement programs. He takes community service seriously and aspires to serve as an elected official in the future.

The 4-H Emerald Awards Ceremony was hosted and emceed by State Sen. Judy Emmons, a Montcalm County 4-H alumna and 2014 4-H Emerald Clover Society inductee. Also inducted into the 4-H Emerald Clover Society Class of 2018 were: Darwin Booher, Evart; Ronald Hendrick, East Lansing; Barbara Haynes Heyboer, Hudsonville; W. G. (Mac) McPherson, Lowell; Thomas Nugent, Clarksville; Maggie Sans, Clarkston; and Gretna Van Fleet, Frankenmuth.

Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society members are inducted every two years. The inaugural class of 62 members was inducted in 2002 to coincide with the national 4-H centennial. For more information on the 4 H Emerald Clover Society and its members, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org/ecs.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Michigan 4-H Youth Development. For more information about the Michigan 4-H Foundation, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org. Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension. More than 209,000 youth are involved in 4-H with the support of 16,000 adult volunteers. For more information about Michigan 4-H, visit www.4h.msue.msu.edu.

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