Eagle Hills Multiple 4-H Club is dedicated to giving back to a community that supports the many adventures of our members by performing different charitable acts during our “Week/Month of Caring.” Charitable/Volunteer is an important part of the 4-H program as it is part of the 4-H pledge and one of the 4 Hs. “Hands: We pledge our hands to larger service.” This year, the members have chosen several different charities and activities they believe will have a positive impact on both our community and our 4-H members. We have kicked off the Month of Caring by performing the following activities.
On Nov. 12, the members had a work bee to create beautiful decorations for the BUH Festival of Trees. The members chose to create decorations that were in the theme of 4-H either by colour (green and white) or by the object. They created decorations out of clay and were able to colour and decorate them. They also created the “star” of the tree from a wooden star that displayed all the 4-H projects the members are involved with this year. The finishing touch was green and silver balls with each of the 34 members’ names. On Nov. 28, the members decorated their tree with all their treasurers. We hope everyone who came to visit the BUH Festival of Trees enjoyed our tree.
Another important charitable act that has become an annual tradition is delivering goodie trays to WPD Ambulance, North Battleford Fire Department and RCMP members. All the families bring a dozen Christmas goodies, which are used to create goodie trays. On Dec. 4, the members met and delivered the goodie trays along with Christmas Cards. The members expressed their gratitude to all the members and wished a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
The members have some more great activities planned and look forward to sharing their experiences.
McKenna Mitchell was provided with an opportunity through Saskatchewan 4-H to attend the 4-H National Members Forum Dec 1-5 in Calgary, Alta. Every province sent seven member delegates to represent that province at the Forum. Throughout the week, there were multiple conferences/ workshops we had to attend. For example, there was a workshop on how to create our own pitch to present in front of a panel. One of the key events we participated in was creating a resource on what it’s like finding a job, what support do we need, and how 4-H can support us. The knowledge and resources created would be presented to 4-H Canada in the near future and assist in shaping the future of 4-H. The main focus of this year’s Forum was sprouting success and cultivating careers, which included aspects of the importance of the environment and healthy living. On the last day of the conference, we were the first youth to be able to participate in a new nationwide workshop called “Grow Canada.” This workshop included keynote speakers and mentorship circles. These mentorship circles allowed us to choose three mentors we wished to talk to. We were given the opportunity to interact with each mentor for 15 minutes. We were able to ask them questions about their work and they provided us tips that could help us heading into the workforce. The knowledge I gained from this amazing opportunity will be useful for my future endeavours.