Gillespie 4-H to host orientation
A new 4-H year will begin on Sept. 1, and the Gillespie County program is inviting interested families in the community to a New Member Orientation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Gillespie County Extension Office.
There are 10 community clubs in Gillespie County with clubs in Doss, Harper, Stonewall, at Cave Creek Schoolhouse, St. Mary’s School (do not have to be enrolled at St. Mary’s School to join), and five clubs meet at the Extension Office.
Clubs meet on numerous days and times throughout the month, so families can find a club to join that fits their schedule, according to Gillespie County Extension Agent Taylor Osbourn.
Clubs meet once a month, and there are separate meetings for projects.
Youth in the first through 12th grade can participate in the Gillespie County 4-H program, and the annual participation fee is $20.
Participation fees increase to $25 after Oct. 31.
First and second graders are not charged an enrollment fee.
Enrollment is processed online through Texas 4-H Connect, and the website address is http://texas.4honline.com.
Once enrolled, 4-H families will receive weekly updates and monthly newsletters.
For more information, visit http://gillespie.agrilife.org or call the Extension Office at 830-997-3452.
Club meetings are conducted by elected club officers, and committed members gain lifelong skills such as how to run a meeting, plan meeting programs and agendas, keep accurate meeting notes and attendance rosters, write checks and keep a club bank account, take pictures and report club news to local news outlets, keep order at meetings and represent an organization by attending other community meetings.
Most 4-H members will be able to serve as club officers in Gillespie County whenever they are older because of the size of the clubs, Osbourn said.
Gillespie 4-H members can participate in a variety of projects such as raising and showing animals, wildlife, gardening, food and nutrition, archery, clothing and textiles, entomology, photography, robotics, public speaking presentations, livestock judging, meat judging, quiz bowls, BB gun, performing arts, plant identification, wildlife and horse.
Members can also come up with their own projects, Osbourn said.
He explained that members who participate in projects will learn how to set goals, track their progress of meeting their goals, and also how to evaluate the results of the project after completion.
In response to the perception that 4-H is only for youth who want to show, Ari Watson said, “I’ve heard it many times, ‘They’re just a bunch of country kids out in the barn with their silly animals.’ But that is definitely not the truth.”
“4-H is an international organization that provides opportunities for kids from all backgrounds to participate in project learning and leadership through activities of interest,” Watson said. “I am one of those kids.”
Club managers and project leaders are screened through the Youth Protection Standard Policies of Texas 4-H Inc.
The Gillespie County Extension Office is located at 95 Frederick Road.