- Author: Jesenia Mendoza
Charlotte moved to Sonoma County in 1986, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Chico State University. She worked in R & D at Flex Products and OCLI for many years. She also taught computer skills classes at several elementary schools. When she finds some spare time she enjoys gardening, playing with her dogs, and fixing up her Victorian home.
Charlotte is active in organizing Citizenship Weekend, chaperoning at Sonoma County 4-H Camp, and leading her club's dog and swine projects. In addition to serving as a project leader at the club level, she is the past Community Club Leader for Warm Springs 4-H. Her passion lies in helping 4-H members broaden their perspective of the world by encouraging them to attend 4-H youth conferences. She was raised in a remote area, so these conferences and travel opportunities helped her expand her horizons. She mentioned that one of her best moments was when she encouraged a 4-H member to attend State Leadership Conference. When he came back and met with Charlotte, he had the biggest smile on his face and thanked her for being a driving force in his decision to attend.
“It's very rewarding to be a volunteer for 4-H. Some of the nicest people are in 4-H; both kids and adults. The 4-H community is always there to help you. Someone always steps up to help in all situations, whether it's in 4-H or personal life.” This is a community she is proud to be included in. “I want to let people know that the sky is the limit with 4-H, it's not just about animals, it is about learning lifelong skills and finding your passion.”
Charlotte: Thanks for being a part of 4-H and helping youth find their spark!