Scotch Grove Challengers

     The February meeting of the Scotch Grove Challengers was called to order by President Kristen Roher, at 4 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2020, at the Monticello Renaissance Center. Roll call topic: favorite pizza topping. Sixteen members and nine visitors were present. The Pledge to the American flag was led by Kristen Roher.

     Aedan Althoff gave the Secretary’s Report, Davin Wickman made the motion to approve the Secretary’s Report seconded by Cooper Wickman,  motion carried. Kacie Rickels gave the Treasurer’s Report, Davin Wickman made the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Cooper Wickman, motion carried.

     Old Business: Communication/Clothing Day will be on  Saturday, May 2. Start shopping or sewing.

     New Business: 4H Online’s deadline is on May 15, be sure to register your FAST projects that you’re doing. All data forms will be online. Fair entry information help night for 4H FAST projects. The dates are May 28, 6-8 p.m.; and June 19, 1-3 p.m. The derby swine weigh-in is on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The sheep and goat weigh-in is on Saturday, April 4, from 8 to 10 a.m. The club reviewed workshops. There is a new project area, Commerical Swine. The club discussed the dairy goat Share-A-Kid opportunity. YQCA certification is due July 1; there are face-to-face or online opportunities available. Teens Teaching Tech informational meeting is on Feb. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Junior 4-H & Friends Lock-in is Feb, 28-29; the deadline is extended to February 7. Citizenship Washington focus for High Schoolers – the deadline to register is Feb. 5. T-Shirt order forms are due on April 1. The FAST project workday is Monday, Feb. 17. Please RSVP by Feb. 10. There will be a Storywalk at Central Park; the club decided to sponsor a pole. The club was given an update on fundraising.

     Lilly Stoll made the motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Davin Wickman, motion carried. The Pledge to the 4-H Flag was led by Katie Roher; the meeting ended at 4:25. The club was given a presentation on how to clean a gun.

– Aedan Althoff,



Prairie Hill

     The January meeting of the Prairie Hill 4-H Club was held Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at the Jones County Youth Development Center. The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm by Leah Koehler, Vice President.  The Pledge to the American Flag was led by Claire Hogan. Roll call of “What is one of your new year resolutions?” was answered by 30 members. Five leaders and eight guests were in attendance.

     Secretary Claire Hogan gave the monthly report. Dawson Ricklefs made a motion to approve the Secretary’s Report. Landon Orcutt seconded the motion. Motion carried. Treasurer Taylor Gassman gave the monthly report, including the bill for the first aid kit that Karla Koehler purchased. Roth Schnoor made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report and bill and purchase of the first aid kit were approved. Dane Siebels seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

     Old business was discussed. Junior 4-H and Friends Lock-in is February 28th. Grade 4-6 4-H members and friends are invited to join Jones County 4-H Council Members for this Lock-in. Beef Project Workshop was a 4-H/FFA project workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jones County Extension and Outreach office in the Meeting Room.

     New business was discussed.  FAST Project Workshop Day is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17. Several project area sessions will be held throughout the day. RSVPs will be due Feb. 10. Story walk at Central Park is seeking donations. Story walk will launch in Spring 2020 and will be placed along the nature walk at Central Park. Stories will be rotated 4-6 times per year. YQCA certifications are due by July 1 for those 4-H and FFA exhibitors wanting to show pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, beef cattle dairy cattle and market rabbits and the Great Jokes County Fair or Iowa State Fair. The Legislative Trip will be Wednesday, Feb. 19. Grade 7-12 4-H members and friends will visit the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Legislature, and Capitol in Des Moines, having lunch with legislators and exploring the Des Moines area. Cost is $50. Contact 319-465-3224 or mollyrs@iastate.edu to register. Winter Plunge will be held on Feb. 2 at DeWitt Camp for 4-6th grade 4-H members and friends. They will explore the great outdoor survival skills, enjoy a winter campfire, and morels. Youth will be staying overnight at the Camp. The Prairie Hill 4-H club will be cleaning up the Dairy Banquet on Feb. 8 at 9:00 p.m. or after the program is finished. It will be a fundraiser for our club.

     Prairie Hill Bowling and Pizza Party is Feb. 16 at noon. It will be held at Legacy Lanes with pizza, two sodas and two games of bowling.

     The next meeting of Prairie Hill 4-H Club will be on Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:15 p.m.  Hosting the meeting in February and giving presentations are Madilynn and Emma Kromminga and Jessica Stadtmueller. Landon Orcutt and Carter Martin gave a presentation on How to Replace a Bike Tube and Tire. The meeting was hosted by Landon Orcutt and Carter Martin. Claire Hogan made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Grant Gassman seconded the motion,  Motion carried. The meeting concluded with the Pledge to the 4-H Flag led by Dawson Ricklefs.


Jones County Central

     The Jones County Central 4-H Club held its regular monthly meeting on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at the Lawrence Community Center. Members put together thirty-one table centerpieces for the Anamosa Care Center before the meeting was started.

     The meeting was called to order at 2:06 p.m. by Autumn Kirby. Trista DeShaw led the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary’s Report was given. Elizabeth Riniker moved to approve the Secretary’s Report and Ava Capron seconded it. It passed by majority vote. Treasurer’s Report was given. Lauren Oltmanns moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Nichelle Kirby seconded it. It passed by majority vote. No bills were presented. Roll call was – “Winter Ice Breaker”. It was answered by 14 members. There were four leaders and seven guests present.

     Old Business: The Christmas Tree Walk display received first place.  Cookie Appreciation Platters were given to several businesses. HACAP appreciated our participation in the Community Service Project. Donations were sent to four hospitals. Club members filled gift bags for care center residents. Grace Lubben reported that the Beef Weigh-in went fast and smoothly. T-shirt orders need to be turned in immediately.

     New Business included the 4-H Legislative trip Feb. 19, Winter Plunge Camp Feb. 1-2, the Quality Assurance Program, Face-to-Face meetings will be March 9 at Cascade High School and June 15 at Anamosa High School, FAST Project Workshop Day Feb. 17, Beef Project Workshop Day Jan. 28 and the Youth Lock-in Feb. 28-29.

     The meeting was adjourned at 2:33 p.m. by Autumn Kirby with the 4-H Pledge being led by Lauren Oltmanns. The next meeting will be Feb. 2, 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa.

– Maisie Paulsen, Reporter



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