This past year in 4-H has been a really fun one, even though we were not able to do as many activities as normal. I learned a lot and I am sure that many other 4-H members can say they did too.
We had an extremely hot summer, a warm fall, and a warmish winter (until this week). Because of the warm weather we had in November, you have probably noticed that there is a pretty thick layer of ice on the ground. I know it’s the club safety officer's job to tell people with or without animals to be careful in icy conditions, but, hey, what better way to share safety precautions than in the newspaper. I would like to ask people to be extra careful on the ice when walking but also while working with animals.
Did you know that 4-H is not all about animals? I found this out earlier this year and decided to do a small engines project. Every Wednesday I go to my grandpa’s place and we take apart his generator. It’s been fun so far and I have learned a lot.
I accomplished a bunch of stuff in 4-H this year. I passed the level four pattern, but I did not pass the level four knowledge list. I can finish the list next year.
My pesky one-year-old horse project loves to mess around. We decorated the fence line with lights and one day they were unplugged. We plugged them back in and watched for a while, and sure enough, my colt comes along and pulls and chews on them until they are destroyed. He did good at 4-H events though. I took him in a colt breaking clinic this year, and he did really good. That is until he decided he was done and kicked me.
Out of all the activities we did in our club this year, I have to say Achievement Days was my favourite. Even though we had to do it as separate clubs rather than district wide, because of Covid-19. I loved competing with my level four project, Coke, and even more so with my yearling project, Fiddler.
Every 4-H member has a favourite event. It could be Achievement Days, communications, or even the Judging Rally. I love Achievement Days and communications is a very close second.
We will have our annual AGM meeting over Zoom to discuss some things and to elect next year's executives. In order to be an executive, you have to choose what position you want to be. Then you have to tell everyone why you want to be in that position. If more than one person wants to be in the same position, we have to vote. The person with the most votes wins. These are the positions a member can choose from:
There is sometimes a Jr. Safety Officer and Jr. Reporter too. In each meeting the Safety Officer, Reporter, and Treasurer give a report. Every year members are encouraged to try a different executive position. This is my third year as club reporter.
This is my last report for this year, and probably for a while. I love being the club reporter and will miss this position.
— Harlan Giesbrecht, Beatton 4-H Club Reporter