4-H Club Reports
Featured 4-H Club – Southern Cross
Leader, Linda Kisner ~ Meets on the 1st Monday of the Month at Vanville Church in Martinsburg, 6:30 PM
Southern Cross 4-H Club rings in the New Year
The Southern Cross 4-H Club met January 5, 2017 for the first meeting of the new year. During the meeting the members were thanked by the “adopted family” representative who delivered the gifts on behalf of the club. The family was very appreciative of the warm clothes, coats & gloves as well as the other gifts. Joseph Daugherty gave a report on the market steer weigh in held on December 10 at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds (see photo). Avery Lark, Abigail & Ada McCoy, and Aleynah & Rheagan Miller gave devotions. A few of the members gave their talks and demonstrations for an example to the new members and it was announced that all members will need to be ready for their talks and demonstrations for next month. Next month’s meeting will be February 6, 2017. The meeting was followed by games held by game leaders: Ada McCoy & Lillian Voysey & refreshments provided by the Lark, McCoy & Miller families.
Submitted by Club Reporter, Evelyn Daugherty
Tuscarora Indians 4-H Club Braces for Blustery Wind
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens
When Tuscarora Indians 4-H Club met in March, members certainly understood what author Charles Dickens meant when he wrote that it was “one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold,” for the wintry, blustery night had all 4-H’ers clutching their coats.
But the gusty winds and rainy weather did not keep Tuscarora Indians from gathering on March 7, 2017, at Tuscarora Church Hall. Morgan Bartley, the club president, called the meeting to order, and the club members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge, followed by singing “West Virginia Boys and Girls.” Erin Cunningham, secretary, called roll, and Brooke Gainer, the treasurer, sent in a report that the club had a balance of $256.60 The club’s Health H representative, Bailey Crouser explained how to care for one’s teeth if brushing is not possible in her report, “Dental-the Cookie Experiment.”
In addressing old business, Kristie Bartley, chair of the spaghetti dinner fund-raiser, reminded club members to sell their tickets and to sign up for the remaining items that were needed to host the event. Tuscarora’s spaghetti dinner will be on April 1, 2017, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the church hall and could be a huge night for the club if members sell all their tickets. In addition to the dinner, Brian Copenhaver, co-leader of the club, reminded 4-H’ers of “Paint Night” on April 8th at Tuscarora Ruritan Hall.The club’s first order of new business revealed the design of the club’s new t-shirt; the club voted that “Celebrating 70 Years” on a turquoise, tie-dyed shirt was the perfect pattern for this special year. It was then time for club members to give talks and demonstrations. Sophie Pisano first demonstrated “How to Make Horse Treats,” followed by “How to Make Chicken Treats” as presented by her sister, Eva Pisano. Then Bailey Crouse explained “Making Fruit and Cheese Kabobs,” which looked scrumptious. Along with her talk on “How to Have a Happy and Healthy Dog,” Morgan Bartley demonstrated with her tabby cat how to properly brush a cat. All the young people received a big “How! How!” from club members after their informative talks and demonstrations.
Mr. Copenhaver reminded club members of the various workshops that would be presented in March and April that would enhance their projects. He would email everyone a complete list of the workshops. He then presented awards to Anna Pownall, Morgan Bartley, Amy Copenhaver, and Aiden Billmyer, who received the prestigious “I’ll Be Glad To” award. Other awards were given to Shasta Holler, Isaac Crumley, Anastasia Holler, and Gabriel Delgado.
Laurie Copenhaver, co-leader with her husband Brian, had important news to share. She stated that all potential adult 4-H volunteers must go through the screening process. WV 4-H now requires adult 4-H members, 18-21 years of age, to complete the vetting process. Those who are helping at 4-H camps must have their paperwork completed by May 12. Also, 4-H campers must be 9 years old on the first day of camp.
The night’s program focused on having fun playing games. Isaac Crumley, the club’s game leader, explained how to play “Smaug’s Jewels,” reminding club members that Smaug is the dragon in The Hobbit, who is very possessive of his treasure. Following the game, 4-H’ers worked on their project books with several volunteers helping them out.
After a productive time spent on the project book workshop, Morgan Bartley then adjourned the meeting, leading the club members in singing “The 4-H Hymn.” After the meeting all of the young people enjoyed eating delicious cupcakes, chips, and other goodies, while visiting with one another and trying to keep warm on one of those March nights where the wind was especially bitter and cold.
Respectfully submitted, Ryan Ludwick, club reporter
Berkeley County 4-H STEM Club
The Berkeley County 4-H STEM robotics team had a great weekend in Fairmont. They exceeded our goals for this years team, and represented our group, and 4-H very well. They received the Judge’s Award of the Rising Star trophy. We are so very proud of them all. Congratulations Abby, Allison, Edward, Emma, and Gideon. Way to represent our program!
Denim & Dust 4-H Club Helping OthersThe Denim and Dust 4-H club held our first meeting of the new 4-H year on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. We elected our new officers and they include, Ashley Ritt as President, Allexis Canby as Vice President, Hope Adams as Treasurer, Faith Butts as Secretary, and Adrianna Dunbar as Reporter. As well as, Trace Adams and Abigail Paugh as Historians, Joseph Brumbaugh and Essence Cook Brill as Health Officers, Tanner Adams as Song and Pledge Leader, and lastly Joseph Lynch and Tristen Wilson as How How Leaders. The club planned our community service activities, citizenship, and monthly duties calendar. In the November meeting, Essence and Joseph gave a Health Officers report on the importance of dental hygiene and passed out toothbrushes and toothpaste to the club. Kara Gladden, this being her second year with a cooking project, spoke about cooking and baking. She also taught us about safety in the kitchen. Mallorie Rudy spoke about her hog, and performed a demonstration to show what she used to feed her hog to keep weight on. Abbey Brumbaugh gave a talk on her cat, how she rescued it, and how she is excited to be showing her cat for the first time. Joseph Lynch talked about properly bathing his pig and how to get it ready for the Berkeley County Youth Fair Hog Show. Our new member, Kaitlyn DeVoll, won the junior poster competition for the Health Department. The competition was about, ‘Why Immunizations are Important’. She won a Kindle Fire. The club also planned our holiday open house in January and began a food drive for the local food pantry. To thank and bring joy to those serving our country in the military during the Christmas holiday, our club members signed over 616 Christmas cards, and were then mailed to the services members. To conclude our club members are selling raffle tickets for one half of a butchered hog. The proceeds will go to, ‘Christmas for the Kids of the West Virginia Floods’. To purchase tickets, contact a Denim and Dust club member, the drawing is December 6, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Respectfully, Adrianna Dunbar
Denim & Dust 4-H Club Reporter