Tuesday, December 30, 2008

4-H: Head, Heart, Hands & Health

The new year is coming up and already young friends and horseback riders have been telling me that they are looking forward to, and planning for, their 4-H projects already.

Both of my daughters grew up in the 4-H “family”and I cannot speak highly enough of the organization. There is so much to do and learn, not only in all the different project areas but also within the club structure itself. Standing up in front of a group to give a project talk or demonstration instills poise and teaches public speaking skills. Electing club officers is democracy in action and running the meetings is a lesson in Robert’s Rules of Order. Keeping records of their projects not only teaches responsibility but also writing skills and organization.

What may have started out as a rural club has for many years been expanded to include so many different areas of expertise that any youth, rural or urban, can certainly find his or her particular field of interest.

Years ago, my daughters and many of their friends, and now my friends’ children and their grandchildren are, and have been, involved in 4-H. I see some of these kids out at the barn already working with their horses towards the 4-H horse show at the County Fair next summer. It brings back many good memories!

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service
and my health to better living,
for my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world."

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