From a seasonal outlook, it seems we tend to slow down as the fall moves into winter. In the 4-H world, the fall signals the beginning of a new year.
Clubs elect new officers, members re-enroll in projects and new members join 4-H. It’s also the chance for 4-Her’s to complete project record books to show what they have learned and accomplished during the past year. These books are then sent for judging on a county level. The senior-level county winners are sent on for area judging with those winners going on to the state for awards. Leavenworth County 4-H members turned in 175 record books this year.
The 2011 4-H Achievement Night took place Oct. 22 at the American Legion in Leavenworth. The evening started with a light supper followed by numerous awards and door prizes. One business and one family were recognized with the 4-H Spirit Award. The business awardee was Kansas Country Store, Don and Sheri Brown, for their continued support of the 4-H program and their help towards members and their families at the store.
The family award went to Sy and Shirley Nyhart for their long years of devotion to 4-H members, families and the overall 4-H program. Six Leadership Scholarships, provided by the Leavenworth County 4-H Council, were awarded to Newt Heston, Kayla Lansing, Daniel Monahan, Naomi Parsons, Jenny Whipple and Austin Wiley.
The five clubs receiving the Purple Seal were Bell 4-H club, Boling 4-H Club, Happy Hollow 4-H Club, Livewires 4-H Club and Reno Bobwhites 4-H Club. Reno Bobwhites also received the Safety Club Award sponsored by Leavenworth County Farm Bureau. Key Awards sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Kansas 4-H Foundation and Kansas 4-H were awarded to Kayla Lansing, Jenny Whipple, Michael Green, Naomi Parsons, Aaron McIntyre, Daniel Monahan and Austin Wiley.
Officer Awards for their officer books were awarded to Sadie Jane Johnson for her Historian Book, Mary Claire Peterson for her Secretary Book and Samantha White for her Treasurer Book. 72 County Winner pins were awarded to members for their top project record books. Members received yearly membership pins also.
Ask these members “Are you ready to do it all over again?” and the resounding answer is “YES!”
The “4-H stories” they write for their record books tell it all: what they learned, what they liked — and didn’t like. It also lets the reader know how proud they are of their accomplishments and why they will do it all again the next year.
— If you, or a young person you know, is interested in joining 4-H, have him or her call or email the Leavenworth County K-State Research and Extension Office, 613 Holiday Plaza, Lansing. Brenda Taxeras, 4-H Youth Development Agent, can be reached by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (913) 364-5700. Anyone age 7-18 as of Jan. 1, 2012, is eligible to participate in 4-H.