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4-H Reports – for May. 12, 2011

TheCo-operatorwill publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by email to [email protected], by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/oManitoba Co-operator,1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 or by fax to 204-954-1422.

ANOLA NORTHERN LIGHTS

The club’s year started off as usual with a pizza party at Steinbach Pool. Everyone was enthusiastic and looking forward to starting their projects.

The projects chosen this year were things such as cooking, sewing, outdoor living, poultry, technology, leather, exploring leadership, scrapbooking and exploring 4-H (a mixture of all the projects). Throughout the year all the different groups went on a field trip somewhere. For example, during the winter, the exploring 4-H and outdoor living project groups were quinzhee building; scrapbooking went to visit a real scrap-booker; and poultry went to a chicken show! All the groups had a blast.

Then before you knew it our executive was voted upon and our Halloween party was underway. Soon after, the snow came and we participated in the Anola Parade of Lights. We all bundled up tight and took a trip through Anola – smiles radiating all around! We continued right on to our annual Christmas skating party in Hazelridge. Next, with the usual jitters, we 4-H members prepared our speeches to recite for family, friends and, best of all, the judges! Many continued all the way to the Area communications level.

Just a little something to look forward to: On Sept. 19, we’ll kick off the year enthusiastically as always with a pyjama party! But if you really can’t wait, join us on May 28 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Co-op in Oakbank where we will sell hotdogs and silent auction tickets as this year’s fundraiser. See you soon!

– Sarah Johnson

HAPPY ROCK HORSESHOES (GLADSTONE)

The club held its fifth meeting Feb. 24 at the Gladstone United Church Annex with all six members and three leaders in attendance. The club communications competi – tion opened the evening. A big thank you to our judges, Valerie Emerson and Dorothy McKay, and to the parents and families who came to support our 4H’ers. Three members represented the club at Area communications in MacGregor on March 19. Jaime Anderson placed first in Senior Public Speaking to represent the club at Provincial communications in Brandon on April 16.

Members were scheduled to sell Pay-What-You-Pull tickets as a fundraiser sponsored by the Neepawa Fat Stock Show and Sale committee. A bookwork meeting was held on March 18 at the Halls.

– Nikki Anderson

PORTAGE BEEF

On April 14 our club held its sixth meeting and talked about picking a judge for club achievement. Highway cleanup will be held May 28; the Co-op cleanup will also be held in May. The winner of the 50/50 draw was Valerie Orr. Our next meeting is on May 12.

– Dawson Orr-Roulette

MACGREGOR MIX AND MATCH

Our fun day was well attended and enjoyed. I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Provincial 4-H communications extravaganza in Brandon at the Victoria Inn along with Amy Haw and Ryan Parsons. We presented our speeches “What’s in the sky?” and “Taking care of Bessie.” We had a Toastmaster’s presentation afterward. He showed us how a presentation is done professionally; of course, practise, practise and more practise makes for a good job. Knowing your speech, using hand expressions and having a good, clear voice all help to make a good speech. Lots to think about for next year.

The MacGregor Mix and Match home ec achievement day will be May 15 at 12 p.m. at the Normac Centre with a barbecue lunch for all 4-H members. Please RSVP to Petrina at 685-2717 by May 12.

There will be a highway cleanup on May 28, with June 4 as a rain date, so bring your gloves and pitch in; there are 12 km of cleanup to do. Beef achievement is June 25 at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds in MacGregor. The Portage achievement is July 9 to 11.

Regular meetings resume Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Please watch for the 100th anniversary 4-H signs coming soon.

– Trenton Friesen

RAPID CITY BEEF

On April 11 we had our meeting in the basement of the Rapid City Library at 7:30 p.m. Old business: Our March weigh day on March 26 at the Horners’ ranch was well attended and we had a great lunch after we were finished. Project books are due May 10 at the end of the 4-H meeting; family histories are due May 1 and are to be sent in by email.

New business: Will Hales and Clint Hinsburg were scheduled to host a table at the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce’s Meet and Greet on April 17; we hope we have a lot of interest in our club. Our clipping demo was scheduled for May 1 (rain date May 7) at the Rapid City Rodeo Grounds; we will have a professional come in to show younger members the basics of clipping cattle and help older members hone their clipping abilities. Our club will also host the canteen at the Rapid City Rodeo again this year on May 28-29.

Our project books are due at our next meeting, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the library. – Clint Hinsburg

STARBUCK COMBINED

The club has 11 members who have been very busy with 4-H this year. The club members age from eight to 13. We have had five general meetings so far. For the Halloween party, the club went to Boo at the Zoo and had lots of fun. For a Christmas party the club played games, decorated cookies, had a gift exchange and went carolling at the Riverdale apartments. The club had its communications night in January. For fundraisers, the club held a bingo at the Starbuck Hall and sold cheesecakes at Mall in the Hall. The club is having a fun and exciting year of 4-H. Our achievement night was scheduled for April 26. – Hayley Shirtliff

GRAYSVILLE 4-H BEEF CLUB

After calling the April 21 meeting to order, the 4-H Pledge, and roll call, our club began our old business: Our uniforms are in Portage to get embroidery on them, and most of our club fees have been paid.

We were given sheets that could help us with our 4-H record books very much as part of our new business. We will be having a showmanship practice at the 7-6 Ranch like last time, and a judging clinic at the Dracass residence. Our club will volunteer in cleaning up the St. Daniels School as thanks for two of the meetings we were allowed to hold there. We will meet again on May 19. – Allen Dracass

Cargill Limited is contributing almost $20,000 to be the core supporter of seven of the 63 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days across the Prairies this year.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are conducted in the U.S. and Canada, and are designed to make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for all children through education and training.

Cargill employees will also act as volunteers and ambassadors for farm safety at the events, which are organized by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

“This is a first for Cargill and for Safety Days in Canada,” said Neil Sabourin, national manager, Cargill Farm Logistics. Our commitment is to provide safe workplaces and safe products, to protect the environment and to be responsible citizens in the communities in which we operate.

There will be 25 Farm Safety Days held in Manitoba communities this year, beginning in May.

For location, dates and contact information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca/english/safetydays.html.

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