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4-H Reports – for Jan. 6, 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.

PLUMAS SHIFT N’ LIFT RODEO

On Nov. 20 the club went to the Ahntholz house to make leather bronc halter nose pieces. Club members learned how to tool leather using stamps and other leather-working tools. Everyone had their own nose piece and we all made our own designs. Most of the members put our horse’s names on the leather nose pieces. We decorated them with conchos and rhinestones. All of the nose pieces looked really great and each one is unique. Jay Ahntholz will stitch them all on our halters for us.

We then had a meeting to discuss future dates and activities for the rodeo club. Club president Shelby Gillies called the meeting to order. The club agreed to have its Christmas party in January and hopefully plan a sleigh ride and wiener roast. The date for speech night was set for Feb. 28 at Shauna Peters’ home. Tickets for the club’s fundraiser cash draw were handed out and it was agreed for everyone to sell a set number to make it fair for all members. A big thank you to Brent and Ginny Collins for donating a colt which will be given to the member who sells the winning ticket in the cash draw. – Reid Ahntholz

PORTAGE BEEF

The club held its reorganization meeting on Nov. 18. This year the club consists of one senior, five intermediate and 10 juniors. The position of head leader will be shared by Jackie Davey and Melissa Little. The assistant leaders are Mark Coltart, Bob Davey, Brenda Little and Colin Mason. The results from club elections for officers were: Brittney Little, president; Anthony Roule, vice-president; Katelyn Davey, secretary; Tim Davey, treasurer; Dawson Orr-Roulette, club reporter; and Cameron Mason, scrapbook.

Our weigh day was scheduled for Dec. 11 at Orr’s Farm; our January meeting will be on Jan. 13. – Dawson Orr-Roulette

HAPPY ROCK HORSESHOES

The club held its third meeting Dec. 17 with all six members and two leaders in attendance. Members and their families visited Dead Lake Ranch and enjoyed a tour of the PMU operation. A big thank you to Murray and Linda McCaskill for showing us their facility and helping members identify different horse breeds and colours. A pizza party followed at the Lewises. The evening concluded with a brief business meeting and presentation on equine nutrition and diseases associated with poor feeding practices.

The annual Horse3 event will return to Brandon on April 14-17. Members were encouraged to attend the many seminars available. The club’s next meeting will be on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Educational topics will include 4-H communications and dentistry.

– Nikki Anderson

KILLARNEY BEEF

On Dec. 2 the club had its first meeting. We voted on our officers’ positions, and the results are as follows: Janelle Johnson, president; Kieran Johnson, vice-president; Jaycee Magwood, secretary; Colton Magwood, treasurer; Reilley Jones, banner scanner; and Morgan Magwood and myself as reporters. We will meet late in December again to weigh our calves.– Kathleen Holweger

MACGREGOR MIX AND MATCH

Our second meeting was held Nov. 8. For entertainment we played a question-and-answer game, fitting puzzle pieces together to go along with the answers. Important events in November included the fall 4-H supper in Gainsborough on Nov. 13 and the MacGregor Christmas parade on Nov. 27, in which 4-H members planned on having a float.

Our next meeting was rescheduled to Dec. 13 to accommodate our Christmas supper at The Hub. We are also still looking for new members to attend, so tell your friends. Our weigh day was scheduled for Dec. 10. We will complete our books in the new year. – Trenton Friesen

GRAYSVILLE BEEF

At our second meeting, leader Wes McCullough welcomed our new and returning club members, new member Rayanne Dequier and returning member Adam McCullough.

Dealing with old business, we plan to have white club shirts this year for the Carman Country Fair rather than cream-coloured shirts such as last year’s. On Jan. 4, we will have our Christmas party, have lunch in Winnipeg and visit the Royal Canadian Mint.

Looking at new business, our club wanted to thank everyone who participated in delivering phone books this year. All of us signed a “thank you” card for the new trophy from Boynecrest Stock Farms. Wes McCullough updated us on the beef leaders’ meetings and Agribition. Rebecca Dracass updated us on Red River council meetings.

Also, Amanda McCullough told us about her time at Crazy Camp. 4-H members ranging from eight to 11 years old should know about Crazy Camp coming up from Jan. 28 to 30 at Winkler Bible Camp. – Allan Dracass

RAPID CITY BEEF

On Nov. 9 we held our reorganizational meeting at the Rapid City Library. The Rapid City Beef Club executives for the 2011 year are Justin Krisjansson, president; Darren Harder, vice-president and banner scanner; Sean Horner, treasurer; and Laura Horner, secretary. Our district council reps are Clint Hinsburg and Justin Krisjansson, and club reporter is Clint Hinsburg. Our 4-H leaders are Ron and Barb Krisjansson, Alan Horner and Kerri Hinsburg.

The Rapid City Ag Society is looking at changing the Rapid City Fair date to June 18, 2011, so that will be our club Achievement day. The date for the Neepawa Fat Stock Show is July 6; move-in will be on July 5. The club also talked about fundraising and we are very pleased to announce that Bollman Seeds has generously offered to donate two per cent of qualifying seed sales to the Rapid City 4-H Beef Club.

We had member reports for the 2010 MLE Junior Shows that were held Nov. 7. We all congratulated Taylor Carvey, a member of our club, on her big win in the Grant Moffat Memorial showmanship class. She was the Champion Junior Show Person and then went on to be crowned Overall Champion Show Person. – Clinton Hinsburg

NEEPAWA AND AREA SILVER SPURS

November was another busy month for the club. Our first meeting was Nov. 4. We worked on our project books and had our picture taken for 4-H Show Your Colours Day. A few members participated in the Remembrance Day ceremony in Neepawa on the 11th. On Nov. 26, we decorated a float for Neepawa’s Parade of Lights and on the 27th, the members and leaders rode on the float and sang Christmas carols. We would like to thank Enns Bros. of Neepawa for letting us use their shop to decorate and undecorate the float, and Barry Campbell of Brookdale for the use of his generator.

The 4-H Christmas party was held Dec. 1. We went to the Chicken Corral to eat pizza and exchange gifts. Then we went to the Yellowhead and skated. Everybody had a great time. – Abbey McLeod

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