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Realizing a dream

When you look toward the southwest corner of the square in downtown Marshall, Illinois, there’s no denying the beautifully renovated building at 507 Locust Street. Businesspeople and philanthropists Gerald and Jean Forsythe, whose family has been rooted in Clark County for over 150 years, purchased the building with the vision of providing the building to a local organization that could benefit from having a dedicated meeting space. Ultimately they chose the 4-H clubs of Clark County.

Mr. Forsythe’s fond memories of 4-H camp, showing Angus steers and attending Oliver Go-Getters 4-H Club meetings guided his decision to donate the use of the building exclusively to 4-H members and their adult mentors.

The facility, named the 4-H Clubhouse, is under the direction of the local Illinois Extension office and will be a place where 4-H youth can gather, learn, and lead.