These Kimball youth will advance to the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Rochester, Minn., April 4-6. From Left to right are Zack Holtz fifth
grade, second place; Ashton Hanan fourth grade, second place; Carter Holtz fourth grade, first place; and Mason Danelke Kindergarten, second place. Submitted photo.
More than 450 youth learn leadership skills at 2014 4-H BLU conferences
In February and March, more than 450 youth from across Minnesota gathered to participate in the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) youth leadership conferences. The five regional two-day BLU leadership events were filled with exciting and fun activities that help youth learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will be able to take back with them to their counties and communities, and use throughout their lives.
This year’s conference theme was, “The Diamond Within,” which was selected by the 4-H ambassadors because they believe one of the most important things youth can do is to learn about themselves. Fun and engaging activities guided participants in exploring self-awareness, learning about their personalities, how this insight can help youth work with others more effectively, and healthy ways to deal with the stresses they face in their daily lives. There was also plenty of time dedicated to meeting new friends and having fun, with skits, singing, dancing and games designed and facilitated by the ambassadors to help youth participants get to know one another and have a good time.
“How to Prepare a Romantic Spaghetti Dinner for Your Parents”, “Frozen Banana Penguins”, “Ice Cream for Lunch!”, and “Ooh La La, It’s Beauty Day!” are just some of the titles of food review displays and demonstrations that Meeker County 4-H’ers will exhibit at the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day Saturday morning, March 22. The event will be held on the second floor of the Meeker County Family Services Center in Litchfield. Food Review displays will be ready for judging at 9:30 a.m. Demonstrations will also begin at 9:30 a.m.
The purpose of Food Review is to give members a chance to explore the Foods project. Food Review provides 4-H’ers an experience in planning, preparing, and serving foods as part of a meal or snack. Additionally, participation gives the member an opportunity for self-expression, verbally and visually, and provides members an opportunity to show what they have learned.
What can you put on a bit to prevent it from rusting while not being used? – Answer: Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly. There’s a lot to know and this is just one example of the questions answered by nine Meeker County 4-H’ers as they participated in the regional Horse Bowl Contest held on Saturday, March 1, in Foley. Meeker County had three junior teams that competed against other teams from across the state.
Junior Team members include: Team One – Bailey Woehler, Elana Koch, Emily Porter, Maci Scott, and Sara Shoutz. Junior Team One placed fourth overall.
Team Two – Abby Thompson, Allyana Eblen, Annika Soderlund, Emily Wiener, and Maggie Malling. Junior Team Two placed seventh overall.
Team Three – Callie Hennen, Erica Gaebe, Kailey Schlaak, and Lindy Hennen. Junior Team Three placed sixth overall. These teams were coached by Lynda Frenchick, Michelle Soderlund, and Robin VanderMey.
The 2014 Meeker County 4-H Share the Fun & Performing Arts Day was held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the Bernie Aaker Auditorium at the Family Services Center in Litchfield. There were five Share the Fun and 25 Performing Arts acts. Share The Fun is a time for kids to share fun skits with their peers and adults while performing for an audience. The purposes of Share The Fun include: building club rapport and unity, promoting 4-H, and providing recognition for the club. Many Meeker County 4-H’ers had a great opportunity to share their talents. The Meeker County 4-H ambassadors did a fabulous job emceeing the event.