4-H News

Prairie Hill

     The regular meeting of the Prairie Hill 4-H Club was held at the Citizens State Bank Youth Development Center Dec. 19.

     The meeting was called to order by Chloe Gray at 6:22 p.m. The Pledge to the American Flag was led by Bella Mullen. Roll call was “favorite winter sport,” answered by 34 members. Five visitors were present.

     Minutes of the previous meeting were read. Motion to approve the minutes was given by Eian Weber, seconded by Hunter Kramer. The treasurer’s report was given. Motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Lauren Koehler, seconded by Claire Hogan.

     Old Business: Rules and expectations were discussed, along with enrolling into 4-H for the 2016-17 years.

     New Business: Officer training and 4-H workshops (more information will be provided), FSQA dates. Market Beef Weigh-in for Iowa State Fair is Dec. 24 at Kirkwood from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

     A pizza party was also held. Giving presentations were Jaelynn Kraus, Leah Koehler and Karle Kramer. The next meeting will be Jan. 16.

     Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Breanna Adams, seconded by Sophie Gray. The Pledge to the 4-H Flag was led by Bella Mullen.

 – Sophie Gray, reporter/secretary


Jones County Central

     Jones County Central held its regular monthly meeting/party on Dec. 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Jones County Youth Development Center. Prior to the meeting, the club held a family potluck meal and party. Members, leaders, and guests also wrapped gifts for our STAR family, signed Christmas cards, assembled cookie appreciation platters, decorated tree ornaments, played the “Farmer Joe” game, and made tie-knot blankets.

     The meeting was called to order at 6:07 p.m. by President Elizabeth Creveling. Grant Lubben led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Treasurer’s Report and Secretary’s Report were given, and both were approved. There were 16 members, 13 guests and four leaders present.

     Old Business: It was announced by president Elizabeth Creveling that Enrollment, Code of Ethics, and Medical Forms need to get in as soon as possible. Maisie Paulsen and Trista DeShaw reported on 4-H Volleyball. Several members reported on Awards Day; that we had many people in the top 25 from our club and it was a great year. Elizabeth Creveling received awards for the Secretary and Reporter books, Elizabeth Riniker received an award for the Treasurer’s book, and Autumn Kirby and Zabrina Kirby won an award for the Historian’s book.

     New Business: It was announced by President Elizabeth Creveling that the Christmas Tree Walk is Dec. 9-11 at the Lawrence Community Center. The club will have a tree representing our club and 4-H in the community. It was announced that the Community Service Project of donated can and paper goods will go to needy families via the Lawrence Community Center Christmas Tree Walk, Share the Star family, and Jones County Senior Dining shut-ins. Other community service projects are donations to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Blank Children’s Hospital. Each will receive Christmas cards, two tie-knot blankets, two books, a video or DVD, and a board or card game. We also participated in the Christmas STAR program as a community service project. We were given a family of four children. Each child is receiving an outfit, hat, gloves, and a toy. The family will also be receiving a food and cleaning essential basket. Cookie appreciation platters were assembled for Fidelity Bank for Anamosa and Monticello, Jones County Extension Office, Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Monticello Police Department, Monticello Vet Clinic, Cascade Livestock, and Trott’s Trophies and delivered to show our appreciation to area businesses that contribute to 4-H in Jones County throughout the year. President, Elizabeth Creveling, said Beef Weigh-in will be held on Dec. 31 at the Cascade Sale Barn for anyone who is showing at county level. Anyone that wants to show at state or Ak-Sar-Ben and county level needs to weigh in at Kirkwood Community College on Dec. 24. Leader Cinda Petrick informed the members of the club officer training to be held Jan. 6-7 for club officers and middle school and up. It is an overnight retreat from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the Youth Development Center.

     The meeting was adjourned by Elizabeth Creveling at 6:36 p.m. The 4-H Pledge was led by Kirklen Kiburz. The next meeting will be Jan. 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anamosa Lawrence Community Center.

 – Maisie Paulsen, reporter



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