4-H Reports – for Feb. 10, 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] lishing.com, 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.

HAPPY ROCK HORSESHOES

The club held its fourth meeting on Jan. 21 with four members and two leaders in attendance. Meghan Sprung, rural leadership specialist with MAFRI, started the evening with an enthusiastic and informative presentation and workshop on 4-H Communications. The evening concluded with a brief business meeting and review of VHS tapes about Western and English riding as per member interest.

A big thank you goes to Neepawa/Gladstone Co-op for donating $50 to each local 4-H club. Members will also sell two books of Pay-What-You-Pull tickets as a fundraiser sponsored by the Neepawa Fat Stock Show and Sale Committee.

Area council updates included the introduction of a new updated 4-H logo, discussion of a possible 4-H outing at the Manitoba Museum next year and the area and provincial Communications events (March 12 and April 16 respectively). The club Communications evening will be held with the next business meeting on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gladstone United Church annex. – Nikki Anderson

RAPID CITY BEEF

On Jan. 11 we held our January 4-H meeting at the Rapid City Library. The club reminded members about Speeches to be held Feb. 3. Judges for the speeches are to be Debbie Inglis and Darcy Hickson. The club will get thank-you gifts for the judges.

Scholarships, bursaries and the gold watch award applications will be needed to be submitted by members as soon as the application forms come out in the next4-H Banner.

The club’s sleigh ride will be on March 19; the time is yet to be determined. We want it to be in the evening for a moonlit sleigh ride and bonfire.

The club is putting forth a resolution to change the age range of the junior, intermediate and senior competition ages. In 2010 the maximum age for 4-H members was changed from 18 to 21, the three extra years were all added to the senior age division. The current age divisions are Junior, 8-11, Intermediate, 12-14 and Senior, 15-21. The proposed age division changes are Junior, 8-12, Intermediate 13-16 and Senior, 17-21. We feel this will make it fairer for the kids to compete, especially in the senior age division.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives has informed the beef breeds associations that MAFRI is no longer going to distribute the breed association’s gift tokens to the 4-H members who show and exhibit cattle. The 4-H members are happy to receive their beef breed gifts, and it was pointed out that in many cases the beef breed token is the only prize the child will receive at their club achievement. All 4-H leaders are encouraged to approach MAFRI and inform the government agency that this is unacceptable and that they need to continue distributing these gifts to the children. The breed associations budget every year for these gifts, and both the breed associations and 4-H leaders feel it is important to continue to encourage youth and reward them for their hard work and dedication.

The club held its Christmas party at the conclusion of its Dec. 14 meeting. Members played Pictionary and then exchanged gifts. A great deal of fun was had by all.

The club’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rapid City Library. – Clinton Hinsburg

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