Competition was fierce, as Meeker County 4-H’ers gathered to participate in the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day. The event was held on Saturday morning, April 6, at the Family Services Center in Litchfield. In all, we had 18 food review exhibits and 14 demonstrators. Everyone did an amazing job! Congratulations on your achievements!
The purpose of Food Review is to give members a chance to explore the Foods project. 4-H’ers set up a display showing a favorite food and questions are asked about food preparation and nutrition in an interview setting.
The Fair Haven Lions celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday evening, April 27, at Generations Ballroom. Members of clubs from Kimball, Cold Spring, Annandale, Clearwater, Rockville, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sandstone, and Princeton came to honor the Fair Haven club.
Originally chartered Jan. 30, 1963, as the Kimball Lions, and sponsored by the Rockford Lions, the club included all of Maine Prairie Township and the City of Kimball. Doc Alden was the charter president. They started with 31 new members and two transfer members. (What else was happening in 1963? That was the year that President Kennedy was assassinated, zip codes were introduced, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first “I Believe” speech, the first Bond movie premiered, and Beatle-mania arrived in the United States.)
Each year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families. The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.