By Sylvia Trautman
The last couple months have been busy for the Ponoka District but, the fun continues throughout the summer. 4-H is a great organization to be a part of. While having fun you will ‘learn to do by doing’, make new friends, learn a lot and make endless memories. This September if you’re looking for something new to try … try 4-H! Here are a couple of our major events that happened recently.
In May the Ponoka District had their show and sale. It included the East Ponoka Beef, Central Ponoka Beef and the West Ponoka Beef clubs. Also the Rimbey Interclub had their show and sale. It included the Rimbey Multi Club, Bluffton West and the Winfield Beef club. Everyone enjoyed themselves and many memories were made. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers, judges, buyers and sponsors that helped make both achievement days a huge success.
The Crestomere Multi Club also had their achievement day. Throughout the year they worked on various projects such as woodworking, sheep, sewing, cooking and small engines. Everyone did a great job with all their projects.
Also, the Winfield Gait Riders, Silver Valley Riders, Rebel Riders and the Ponoka Renegade Riders have also been busy riding. They have done many rides and various activities such as playing soccer with their horses.
Our district has also prepared a “4-H is Great” video. We submitted the video to try to win a contest and show why we think 4-H is great by using several videos and pictures. When the results came back we were thrilled to have placed second.
In our district many individuals placed at regional Multi Species Judging. In juniors Tim Trenson placed first, Madison Fleck second and Nathan G. third. In seniors Katlyn Malter placed third. Although we had no intermediates place from our district they still did great.
Our district is also very proud of how well some of our members did at public speaking. Isabell Stamm and Sylvia Trautman participated in Regionals from our district. Congratulations to Isabelle who placed first at Regionals from our district. In seniors Clinton Steeves and Katlyn Malter participated at Regionals. Congratulations to Clinton who placed second at Regionals. The last level for intermediates is Regionals, however the top two seniors from regionals continue on to Provincials. We are extremely proud of Clinton who placed second at Provincials! Thanks to all of our public speaking judges.
We would also like to thank all of our volunteers throughout the year. Once again, a huge thank you to the Crestomere School for the use of their facilities during our district meeting.
Many of us continue to participate in 4-H activities during the summer. Several members participate in horse and cattle shows. Others help with various events, like the rodeos. 4-H camp is also a great way to continue having fun, making more friends and memories. Camps run throughout the summer for juniors, intermediates and seniors. Some seniors even council, which is another great experience!
So if you’re looking for something new to try in the fall, try 4-H. Look for a club near you!