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4-H Reports – for Jan. 8, 2009

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

Rapid City Beef

A Christmas party following the Dec. 16 meeting was fun for all, with games and a gift exchange which is always a hoot. New business included settling on a date for every member’s favourite: speech night. More information to come at our next meeting. Laura Horner reported on the club’s first weigh day, held on the Horner farm in December. We decided to have our clipping and grooming clinic in February at the Horner farm as well. A fat stock report indicated our interclub show and sale will be held July 2 in Neepawa.

Instead of having a bonspiel this year we decided to have a sleigh ride and wiener roast; more details to come. Congratulations to member Emily Hickson who won the Grant Moffat award, which entitles her to $2,000 toward the purchase of a heifer in a purebred sale in Manitoba. Emily bought a Simmental for $3,600. Our next meeting will be held Jan. 13.

– Stephen Hinsburg

South Brandon Carrol Beef

We had a reorganizational meeting on Oct. 20. On Nov. 3 we elected our executives: Marja Bokkel, president; Tyson McRae, vice-president; Tara Williamson, secretary; Nicola McPherson, treasurer; Tonja Bokkel, reporter; and scrapbook committee, Candice Guild and Tonja Bokkel. Our weigh day, held Dec. 7, was a success! Our next meeting was scheduled for Jan. 5. We will go skating and have a potluck supper for our Christmas party on Jan. 10.

– Tonja Bokkel

Red River (Morris)

Red River 4-H has a variety of different projects. This year they include photography, nature crafts, woodworking, outdoor living and sewing. The club’s season started Oct. 21 with elections. Brooke Munford was elected president, Cassie Schroeder as vice-president, Ivory Jorgenson as treasurer and Kyle Pankiw as secretary.

New business included the Christmas party committee and the lunch committee. We asked for members. Mrs. Munford was a parent helper. Heather Rempel, Brittany Pankiw, Kyle Pankiw, Josh Nickel, Caitlyn Nickel and Esther Lozano are kid helpers. We are looking forward to our Christmas party and carolling at the villa Dec. 16.

Oak Lake Beef

The club held its monthly meeting Dec. 7 at the Oak Lake Curling Rink at 7:30 p. m. We handed in community calendars for the annual fundraiser. An extra gate admission fee was given to the high school rodeo at its request. Weigh Day was set for Dec. 20 at Batho Farms beginning at 1 p. m.

Ideas for members to learn about this coming year include grooming, marketing and feed rations.

The club curling bonspiel date is tentatively set for Jan. 17. We will ask the Busy Buddies to host it with us and invite the Flat Creek Riders to join us.

The date for club communications will be set at the next meeting. Our club will also host interclub communications this year. Members were asked to keep communications in mind and a date will be set

for that at the next meeting.

The club also decided to purchase a new digital camera. Terri Wallace will look into buying one.

The next meeting is Jan. 4 at 7 p. m. at the curling rink.

– Natalie Bailey

Travel opportunities for senior 4-H’ers

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation United Kingdom 4-H Exchange is an international exchange with the United Kingdom. One Manitoban will join two other Canadian delegates to travel to the U. K. for three weeks, June 12 to July 18, staying with multiple host families. U. K. delegates will travel to Canada Oct. 3 to Nov. 8, to be hosted by Manitoba 4-H host families, including the Manitoba delegate’s family if possible.

Delegates must be at least 18 years old as of Jan. 1, 2009 and have been an active 4-H member within the last two years (that is, 2007-08 or 2008-09). The registration fee for the delegate is $300. Other expenses include passports and additional insurance and medical costs if required, incidentals while travelling, and travel to and from the airport of departure and arrival. The application deadline is Feb. 27.

– Manitoba 4-H Council

Visitors from Japan

The new year also marks the 23rd year of the Japanese Youth Visit, an exchange program sponsored by the York Benimaru Foundation in Japan. The 20 Japanese students (aged 16-18) and two chaperons will be hosted by Manitoba 4-H host families from July 31 to Aug. 14. All host families participate in an orientation prior to the visit and families are invited to a welcome luncheon and a farewell barbecue with their Japanese participants.

What is hosting about? By welcoming an out-of-country delegate into your home, your family will learn more about the lifestyle and culture of another country. Being a host family need not be expensive or change your regular family routine. The purpose is to give delegates the opportunity to experience everyday life in another part of the world and to treat them as part of your family. Host families may want to plan some special activities for their visitors and take them to local places of interest. Seeing combining, horseback riding, campfires and stargazing are common highlights mentioned by the Japanese students. To be a host family this coming year, visit the Manitoba 4-H Council website at www.4h.mb.caand complete the application form.

Manitoba has also been invited to send a delegation to Japan this summer. If you have hosted between 1998 and 2008 and you did not receive a letter inviting applications, please contact Leanne Sprung at [email protected]

– Manitoba 4-H Council

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