Bluffton 4-H keeps busy

At the end of November our club enjoyed playing bingo with the seniors at the Rimbey Manor.

By Sylvia Trautman

At the end of November our club enjoyed playing bingo with the seniors at the Rimbey Manor. Everyone who went enjoyed watching the seniors smile as we played with them.

Although I was unable to make it, our club enjoyed face painting and helping out at the Liberty Hall. I heard it was lots of fun and everyone enjoyed showing off their artistic skills.

On December 5 we enjoyed an evening filled with work, learning and fun. We started off with a public speaking workshop by reviewing the rules, giving tips and practicing impromptus. Then, we enjoyed pizzas, salads and desserts for supper. After supper Ian Giebelhaus talked to us about BSE and shared some interesting facts. Afterwards we had our monthly meeting and talked about various events.

FCC donated money and we bought a projector for our club. We are very thankful for the generous donation and look forward to putting it to use.

After we were done our meeting we enjoyed some games. We played soccer, hockey and enjoyed Christmas themed relay races. We finished our evening with a reflection session, sharing what we were thankful for.  I really enjoyed our evening together and I know everyone else did! Thank-you to the social committee for a very enjoyable evening.

We were all looking forward to our annual toboggan party, during the Christmas Holidays. Unfortunately it was postponed due to the lack of snow. We are looking forward to setting a new date.  As it is one of the highlights in the year for many of us.

During the first weekend of January we enjoyed some judging, a meeting, mad parts quizzes and trailer safety. We started off as a group and talked about trailer safety. We then split up and those of us with a learner or driver’s license practiced more trailer safety and our driving skills.

Meanwhile the others enjoyed ‘mad part quizzes’. We then split into two groups and practiced judging. The morning was a great learning experience. Afterwards we had lunch followed by a meeting.

Our Club has held our public speaking contest. There were lots of great speeches and impromptus. Everyone did a great job! This year we had three presentations, two cleaver kids, eight junior speakers, seven intermediates and eleven seniors. For presentations in Intermediates 1st was Carter Eadie, and 2nd Tim Trenson. Presentations, Seniors Kaiden Eadie placed first.

In Juniors from 1st to 4th in order was; Isaac Stout, Amy Vandenhoven, Brooke Stout and Garren Skeels. In Intermediates from 1st to 4th in order was; Leah Trenson, Annie Christansen, Lacey Burrage and John Vandenhoven. In Seniors Ben Trenson in 1st, Sylvia Trautman in 2nd, Hanna in 3rd and Braeden in 4th. Great job to everyone!

Many of us also attended Bull Congress, set up for the women’s conference, watched a Rebels Game and participated in multi species judging.

As our year continues with lots of fun and learning, we look forward to upcoming events such as our toboggan party, farm tour, ski trip and much more. Also, we have all been working hard with our 4-H calves. We are excited for the Show and Sale on May 10th and 11th. Don’t forget to mark it on your calendars! Good luck to those who speak at Zones Public Speaking!