Special to the Times
When participants enroll in 4-H, they become part of a local club. The club holds regular meetings, which are separate from the “project” meetings. Club activities provide experiences in developing teamwork and leadership. They complete community service projects and services, as well having recreational activities and parties. They gain experience in conducting meetings, presenting to a group, planning and problem-solving, and helping others.
Ely members belong to the Blue Ribbon Club that was established in 1916. This year’s club leaders are Pete Mangum, Amy Wines and Lori Wines. Pete has been a 4-H leader for 38 years. He retired after a dedicated 30-year career as 4-H Community Based Instructor IV. All three are 4-H alumni.
Lori Wines explains, “4-H empowers young people to lead for a lifetime. Our programs in science, healthy living and civic engagement are backed by a network of 100 public universities and a robust community of 4-H volunteers and professionals. Through hands-on learning, kids build not only confidence, creativity and curiosity, but also life skills such as leadership and resiliency to help them thrive today and tomorrow.”
4-H programs are available in every county and parish in the US. In 1914, the national Cooperative Extension was created to provide educational programs to diffuse “useful and practical information.” The University of Nevada, Reno supports the Cooperative Extension for the state of Nevada. Anyone in the age range of 9-19 years can be a 4-H member, 5-8 year old youth can participate as “clover buds” .
4-H has been instrumental in the development of White Pine County’s youth for over 100 years, and continues to actively educate participants in a variety of projects. 4-H promotes “learning by doing”. Dedicated and experienced volunteer leaders provide hands-on learning opportunities in a large and diverse group of activities and projects.
There is really something for every interest but it has sometimes been a misconception that 4-H is only for showing animals or for agricultural-related projects. However, a wide variety of project choices are available. Members can choose from over 80 projects. Some popular ones include: Baking, Cake Decorating, Leathercraft, Scrapbooking, Drawing & Painting, Gardening, Woodworking, Photography, Shooting Sports, Horsemanship, Talent, Bicycle, Welding, Talent, Sewing and Livestock.
Members can focus on one area of interest or enroll in several different projects. Specific project meetings help them develop skills and knowledge as they complete their project requirements. Depending on the nature of the project, they will make a tangible exhibit to be displayed at the White Pine County Fair; or they will compete in a contest (such as talent show, livestock show & sale, horse show or shooting sports contests). They receive ribbons and prize money for their efforts.
“Our local 4-H program has a special program for members who want to take a livestock project, but do not have the capacity to keep it at their residence. Program leaders will arrange for animal housing, so the member can take the animal project.”, Wines said.
This year, the club meetings will include a “featured project demonstrations”, where an expert in the project area will introduce members to the dynamics of the project. For example, when the Photography project is featured, a guest expert with introduce members to the basics of photography. Members with also have opportunities to present demonstrations at the meetings.
They are also planning activities such as a poster contest, essay contest, and a talent show. They have scheduled a Cosmic Bowling Party for March 23, 8:00, at Sunset Lanes located at 1240 E. Aultman Street.
Youth can obtain enrollment information from the Cooperative Extension Office, in the WPCO Library. Online enrollment is also available at: https://www4honline.com/