Extension Iron County Welcomes 2020 Summer Staff

Join us in welcoming Tabbi and Gavin to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Iron County office.

While some of the great programming that we typically offer will not be possible this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my summer staff is working hard to create new options for the youth in our community. We are working to create a safe place for our youth to learn and grow, that hasn’t changed. What has changed is the size of the programs and the way we act while in the programs. We will be taking every precaution to ensure that your children, as well as our staff are safe.

We are disappointed that there will be no camp, no fair, and no TrailBlazers or SISU Endurance Team Running Club this summer. But, we are going to be offering other options for youth to develop skills and learn through a series of day camps for all ages. Babysitter Training (ages 11 and up), 2 weeks of Cloverbud Day Camps (youth, grades K-2), STEM Adventures (youth grades 3-6), and Outdoor Adventures (youth grades 6-8). Each provides youth opportunities to learn new skills, and explore the “sparks” or special interests that may have drawn them to the programs in past summers. Registration details will be shared soon! Tabby and Gavin are a great addition to the office and are working hard to bring new programs that may interest other youth to the Iron County 4-H Program.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Extension Iron County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Neil Klemme at neil.klemme@wisc.edu or call 715-561-2695. Let’s have a great summer!

2020 SUMMER ASSISTANT - TABBI MORELLO

Hello! My name is Tabbi Morello. I am one of the summer staff interns this year. I’ve been involved with 4-H programs, such as the Iron Country Summer Youth Camp, since I first was a camper 10 years ago. I was also involved in the Garden-to-Market program. Ever since, I’ve been inspired to volunteer and help be a part of something great.

During high school, I was involved in clubs such as quiz bowl, forensics, NHS, and track. After graduation, I attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for my first year of college and volunteered for STEM-based activities through their honors program. I currently am enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undeclared major and I’m going to be a sophomore in the fall, exploring different fields such as neuroscience and pre-med!

After being with the camp staff and volunteer crew for the past 6 years, I am so happy to continue planning programs that will inspire kids to get involved and learn new things. We are super excited to lead kids this summer with some awesome programs and make the next few months great ones!

2020 SUMMER ASSISTANT - GAVIN RANSANICI

My name is Gavin Ransanici. I was born in Woodruff, WI and have lived my life in Hurley, WI. I graduated in 2019 and enrolled in Gogebic Community College to continue my education to become a teacher. I will be transferring down to NMU for the 2020 fall semester to pursue my degree in secondary education. 

Over the years at Hurley, I was not involved in many events hosted by 4-H. I was big into the athletics department as a year round athlete participating in baseball, basketball, cross country, even swimming for a little bit. I was also a member of the forensics team and qualified for state all four years.

During my senior year, I applied to be a camp counselor for the 2019 Iron County Summer Youth Camp and it was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. It taught me so much about how to be a leader to kids and to be someone they can look up to. I have dedicated much of my time to working with kids in programs such as basketball camps, officiating tournament games, and being a TA at the Hurley K-12 school. 

I’m very excited to have this opportunity to once again be a leader to the kids and watch them experience many of the cool things that 4-H has to offer this year!