As a teenager, how often do you get the chance to be a part of all the aspects of a club or organization? Organizing events, choosing the activities, teaching new members, and even running meetings. That’s all a part of being the president in 4H!
My year as the Beatton Community 4H Club President is almost over and looking back at the past year there’s lots to talk about. The lessons, the triumphs, and even the challenges. One of the first lessons we learn as a president is how important it is to have a good group around you. I had lots of help from the leaders of our club as well as our vice president, secretary, and every one else who lent a helping hand throughout the year. Without those people who were willing to volunteer their time and energy I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do it. Especially when it comes to events like Achievement Days, the District Awards and Dance, Communications, and everything in between which are mostly organized by members. Planning these events taught me that as the president you must learn how to involve everyone’s ideas and let people take on tasks that play to their strengths. At the same time you have to help people step out of their comfort zones and do tasks that they might not believe they can, like the dreaded public speaking. As someone who used to think speaking in front of an audience was as nerve wracking as skydiving I can promise it’s not as bad as you think.
Taking on a role like the president isn’t easy. I’ve been in 4H for five years now, but before this year I had no idea just how much went into organizing events or making decisions for the club. Although I’ve been a reporter, a secretary, and the vice president this year still presented new challenges that I had to learn how to deal with. It was a new kind of pressure that I’ve never had before. My actions could affect the outcome of so many peoples experiences with 4H, which was both exciting and a little terrifying. That was part of what motivated me to work hard because I loved seeing the members enjoy an event or finally learn that one skill. Moments like that are what made being the president so worth it. Helping new members learn to take care of their horses or judge or present a speech were some of my favourite moments.
On November 15 our club was a part of the District Awards and Dance, a night to celebrate members achievements and the end of another 4H year. All 6 clubs attended and everyone had a great time dancing and enjoying the potluck dessert in between awards being announced. For me, seeing all of the Beatton members that were recognized for their hard work throughout the year was the perfect way to end my time as the president.
I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity to help my club and really embrace the 4H motto, “Learn to do by doing.”
Another thank you to every member, parent, and leader for being a part of another truly amazing year. See you all in the New Year!
— Gracie English