Prairie Hill

     The November meeting of the Prairie Hill 4-H Club was called to order at 6:19 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 at the Youth Development Center by Adele Hogan, president. The pledge to the American Flag was led by Dawson Ricklefs. Roll call of “What item did you bring to donate to the food pantry?” was answered by 32 members. Five leaders and four guests also attended.

     Lake Schnoor, treasurer, reported that there is $4,316.46 in the club’s checking account. Leah Koehler made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Landon Orcutt seconded that motion. Motion carried. There were no bills.

     Old Business: 4-H Make a Difference presentation event at Pennington Square Assisted Living was a success! Thank you to everyone gave presentations or served as the emcee.

     New Business: Iowa Camera Corps is a group of photographers working together to make beautiful and creative photos of communities across the state of Iowa. To learn more go to www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/iowa-4-h-camera-corps.

     Healthy Living Challenge Registration is open now. Through this challenge clubs introduce a variety of health living practices during monthly meetings to earn “miles.” Learn more at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/healthy-living-club-challenge.

     Beef Blast will be on Dec. 1; grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is due by midnight on Nov. 20.

     Jaelynn Kraus was installed as the club photographer.

     Claire Hogan made a motion to take Jabezz Husmann and Joanne Timm off of the checking account and to add Lake and Tred Schnoor to it; also to install Tred Schnoor as a new leader. Logan Moestchen seconded that motion. Motion carried.

     Potential activities to do at the Christmas party were discussed.

     Presentations were given by Valerie Cupples on “Painting with Diamonds” and Vannessa Boots/Clapp on “Hand Stitching.”

     A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dawson Ricklefs and seconded by Lane Weber. Motion carried. The pledge to the 4-H flag was led by Claire Hogan.

– Taylor Gassman, Secretary


Jones County Central

     The Jones County Central 4-H Club held its regular monthly meeting on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at the Jones County Youth Development Center.

     The meeting was called to order at 1:59 p.m. by Grace Lubben. Grant Lubben led the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary’s Report was given by Grant Lubben. Zabrina Kirby moved to approve the secretary’s minutes and it was seconded by Gracie Henderson; it passed by majority vote. Treasurer’s Report was given. Gracie Henderson moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Koree Miller seconded it; it passed by majority vote. Bills were presented. Lydia Recker moved to approve payment of bills and Brooklyn Stark seconded it; the motion passed by majority vote. Roll call was – “Name a Fact about Iowa.” It was answered by 15 members. There were three leaders and 11 guests present.

     Old Business: Autumn Kirby and Grant Lubben reported on officer training by explaining the area of training that associated with the office that they hold.

     New Business: The Christmas tree walk is Dec. 7-9 at the Lawrence Community Center; our theme for the tree is “Animals around the Tree.” The can and paper good donation drive will go to the Lawrence Community Center, Jones County Food Pantry, and Jones County Senior Dining     shut-ins for allowing us to display our Christmas tree at the Christmas Tree Walk. The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Blank Children’s Hospital will be receiving Christmas cards, two tie knot blankets, three books, board games, coloring books with crayons, and activity books. The club also made a set of Christmas cards to go to the Walter Reed Hospital for military soldiers. The club was given a family of three children; each child is receiving an outfit, a winter coat, hat and gloves, pajamas and a toy, along with a necessities basket for the entire family. There were 10 cookie platters distributed through our community to show our appreciation to businesses that contribute to the 4-H program in Jones County throughout the year. These businesses were Fidelity Bank and Trust in Monticello and Anamosa, Brian Meyer and staff (Legacy Lanes) , Anamosa & Monticello Vet Clinics, F&M Bank, Citizens State Bank, Ohnward Bank & Trust, Monticello Express, and Anamosa Journal-Eureka. The club will be delivering 100 gift bags to the Monticello Care Center on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. The gift bags were packed after our meeting. There will be a Communication Workshop on Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Youth Development Center; please RSVP if you plan to attend. There will also be an All Livestock Workshop on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. Beef weigh-in will be held Dec. 18 at Kirkwood Community College, Tippie Beef Center in Cedar Rapids for any market beef animal that will be possibly shown at the Iowa State Fair or AKSARBEN. For any market beef animals that are only going to be shown at county level this weigh in will be held Dec. 29 at the Cascade Sale Barn. T-shirt order forms were handed out and orders are being collected; design has been approved by the Extension Office. The club will buy one shirt for each member. On Jan. 2, 2019 there will be a Clothing Outing Workshop with more information to follow. We will be putting together 23 centerpieces for the Anamosa Care Center again at our next meeting, Jan. 6. With this we decided to move up our next meeting to 4:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Community Center. Elizabeth Riniker made the motion and Lauren Oltmanns seconded it; it passed by majority vote.

     The meeting was adjourned at 2:38 p.m. by Grace Lubben with the 4-H Pledge being led by Zabrina Kirby.

     The rest of the evening centered on making tie-blankets, signing Christmas Cards, wrapping presents, putting gift bags together, making ornaments for the tree walk tree, putting together the cookie appreciation platters, and a club family potluck.

     The next meeting will be held at the Lawrence Community Center on Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

– Elizabeth Riniker, reporter


Olin 4H Club

     The Olin 4H Club held its monthly meeting on Jan. 6, 2019. This was our holiday party with a potluck and white elephant gift exchange. During our meeting, reports were read and committee group meetings took place with updates given from each group.

     Information was given on the Legislative Trip (Feb. 13), Winter Plunge Camp (Feb. 16-17), and the Cardboard Box City Day Camp (Feb. 18). A reminder was also given that a meeting will be held to discuss workshops at the Extension office on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. where everyone is invited to attend. It was voted on and passed for our club to go to Ski Snowstar at our March meeting. Presentations were given by Dawson Hirl on Corn Square Snack Mix and Adam Hirl on concussions. Our next meeting will be Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Olin Legion Hall.

– Nick Lehrman, Reporter



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