The Gladstone 4-H Handi-Workers held their achievement on May 13, 2012 at the Gladstone United Church. Friends and family enjoyed the excellent displays that truly emphasized the 4-H motto – “learn to do by doing”.
This past year the Gladstone 4-H Handi-Workers had 18 members completing five different projects: Equine Adventures – Exploring Horses, Exploring Fibres and Fabrics, Smart Sitter, Adventure into 4-H and the Food Series – Discover Pizza.
The club executive consisted of: President – Jaylin Joss, Vice-President – Robin Semler, Secretary – Shayne Winters, Treasurer – Mia Smith and Club Reporter/Scrapbook Keeper – Lauren Rosling.
Highlights of the 4H year included the Communications Event where six members gave speeches or visual presentations. Congratulations to Mia Smith, Jaylin Joss, Cadence Otto, Lauren Rosling, Robin Semler and Nikki Anderson for a job well done. Nikki Anderson and Mia Smith represented the club at the Area Communications event in MacGregor and placed second in their respective categories – Intermediate Public Speaking and Junior One-Person Visual..
In March, members and their families enjoyed a fun day of swimming at the PCU Centre and supper at Boston Pizza. The popular Pay-What-You-Pull tickets were once again an excellent fundraiser. Some of our Junior members enjoyed CRAZY camp at Circle Square Ranch on Mother’s Day weekend.
4-H, like many organizations, relies on a dedicated group of volunteers. I would like to thank our project leaders for mentoring and teaching our members new skills during their project meetings throughout the 4H year. Thank you to Wanda Asbenlieder – Equine Adventures, Fran Clayton – Smart Sitter, Louise Emerson – Discover Foods, Brigit Garbald – Adventures in 4-H, Heather Lea – Exploring Fibres and Fabrics and Tanya Anderson – Head Leader.
Four leaders and one member received Certificates and Seals for their longtime involvement in 4-H: Nikki Anderson – 5 years, Tanya Anderson – 8 years, Fran Clayton – 11 years, Heather Lea – 14 years and Louise Emerson – 15 years. The winner of the Livingstone Woman’s Institute plaque for the Best Kept Record Book was Nikki Anderson.
I’d also like to thank other community volunteers who contributed to 4H’s success throughout the year. Our club communications event was judged by Leanne Teichrib and Janet Corbet. Nora Stroeder, Barb Jackson, Lynda Eckstrand and a former Handi-Worker now 4-H Ambassador, Jaime Anderson helped with achievement evaluation. A big thank you to Holly Troop at MAFRI for her assistance throughout the year helping with club reorganization and all the paperwork required.