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Abbie Phillips hired as new Tazewell 4-H coordinator

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PEKIN, Ill. - There aren’t many careers that allow for people to use their swine showing skills, equestrian experience, and enjoyment of crocheting and growing houseplants all in the same role. Thankfully, Abbie Philips has found the perfect career for her with the Tazewell 4-H program. 

Abbie is the new Tazewell County 4-H program coordinator with University of Illinois Extension. She began her new role in May 2024, after attending college and beginning her professional experiences at Truman State University in Missouri. 

“I graduated from Truman in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with two minors in child studies and criminal justice studies,” Abbie explained. “Following graduation I continued my journey at Truman as I began working in the admissions office, where I focused on recruiting and advising students from Illinois.”

While attending Truman, Abbie was a member of the Equestrian Team, worked at the University Farm, and played the piccolo in the Statesmen Marching Band. 

“Abbie’s personal and professional experiences are a great combination as she leads the Tazewell 4-H program,” stated Earl Allen, Extension county director. “Her 4-H background and passion for the traditional 4-H program is helping her launch her new career strong.” 

“I was an 8-year 4-H member,” Abbie explained. “Some of my favorite projects included crocheting, successfully propagating and growing an African Violet, and showing pigs. Several of the things I learned and exhibited at the fair, are still things I enjoy in my spare time, such as crocheting and caring for houseplants.

“Some of my fondest memories are of running around the Woodford County fairgrounds with cousins and friends. In this role, I hope to give Tazewell County 4-H members the opportunity to create their own special memories while in 4-H.”

Tazewell 4-H offers youth ages 5 to 18, and their families, the opportunity to be involved in a variety of positive youth development experiences. With 10 traditional 4-H clubs, and goals to re-launch several special interest clubs, youth can learn new skills, get involved in community service and leadership development experiences, make new friends, and like Abbie, make special memories. 4-H also offers short-term programs such as one-day workshops and week-long camps. 

Abbie is excited to be back home in Central Illinois and to have the opportunity to serve her local communities. Outside the office, she can usually be found spending time with family and friends, or with her horse, Señor.

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Abbie Phillips is the new 4-H program coordinator in Tazewell County. She is a 4-H alumni and recent graduate of Truman State University.

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