In July, Chase Vineyard, Stephenville High School senior and Erath County 4-H member, attended the Texas 4-H Council Workshop in Lubbock. Little did Chase know, it was his next stop on a journey to achieve one of his lifelong dreams. 

According to Megan Logan, Erath County Extension agent for 4-H and Youth Development, Chase served as the District 8 Council Parliamentarian for 2010011. In June, he returned to the Texas 4-H Center for District 8 Leadership Lab in hopes of being elected to a position that would place him on the State Council. The district elected him to serve as vice-chairman, thus making him a member of the 2011-12 State 4-H Council.

In July, with his State Council goal within his reach, Chase made the journey to Texas Tech. At the State Council Workshop, he would have the opportunity to run for one of the five State 4-H Council Office positions.

"Chase had his eyes set on the position of State 4-H Council President, a position he had wanted for as long as he can remember," Logan said.

To achieve his goal, Chase interviewed and delivered a speech that he had only minutes to prepare for, according to Logan.

"Chase did well in his interview and his speech and he walked away feeling as though he had done well and was in the running for his dream position," she said. And, Chase's hard work and dedication to the program proved successful."

In the end, Chase was elected to serve as the 2011-12 State 4-H Council President.

"Being president will give him many opportunities and events to participate in the upcoming year, including State Fair of Texas - Ag Awareness Day, 4-H Junior Leadership Retreat, SALE Youth Leadership Day (San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo), Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - AG4U, Texas 4-H Round-Up in Lubbock and Texas 4-H Congress," Logan said. "We look forward to seeing him represent Erath County, Erath 4-H, District 8 4-H Council and State 4-H Council this year."