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Celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Ontario: 2015 a milestone year for 4-H

focuses on the personal development of its members. The 4-H logo consists of a four leaf clover symbol with an “H” in each section representing - Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Members have a pledge which they recite at every meeting as well as their own grace. The 4-H colours are green and white. Members are able to take part in


many different projects each year with club leaders available to assist them with every aspect of their projects. Topics can be chosen from several categories such as: lifeskills, livestock, gardening, dollar $ence, finance, mechanics, crafts, safety, crops, mountain biking, plow- ing, etc. With approximately 100 proj- ects to chose from, members are able to find a topic that will be of interest to them. These tasks offer “hands on”

hat is 4-H? 4-H is an organization for youth ages six to 21 that

Club and was organized by agricultural representative, Stanley Knapp. Today, 4-H members are found

throughout the province and nation. There are several camps, conferences, seminars,

competitions, scholarships,

We had our Achievement Day Sept. 14, 2014. This year our club consists of 19 members between the ages of four and 20, exhibiting in 19 classes with 95 exhibits.

learning, encouraging members to learn by doing. While 4-H was established in Canada

in 1913, it wasn’t until 1915 that an organization was

born in Ontario.

The first “boys and girls club” began in Waterloo County. The club, consist- ing of 20 members, started as a Poultry

grants, awards, and exchanges along with many other opportunities avail- able for 4-H participants. All of the 4-H programs, activities and clubs are structured to develop leadership skills, including public speaking, communi- cation, decision making, parliamentary procedure, meeting management, and networking. In addition to educating members about topical subject matter the program emphasizes having fun. In 2013, Ontario boasted numbers

of almost 5,900 4-H members, 1,800 volunteers and thousands of alumni. I am a leader in Durham West, where

we have a strong 4-H association led by Rob Ashton. Our association consists of 52 leaders and 139 members. We offer approximately 30 projects to our membership. I have the pleasure of lead- ing, with lots of help, a very successful Giant Vegetables Club. Have you ever seen a 37 pound turnip? A 29 pound beet? A five pound carrot? Or corn over 19 feet high? How about pumpkins over 900 pounds? I am proud to say our members have grown them. Our Durham West association began

with a Potato Club back in 1928. Each member was given a bag of Certi- fied Dooley Seed potatoes donated by Downtown and West Toronto Kiwanis club and was expected to give back two bags of potatoes in the fall. This year we are once again offering a Potato Club. Alberta’s Eagle Creek Seed Potato are supporting us by supplying the seed. Our goal is to auction off baskets of potatoes and give the monies earned to our club’s charity of choice. We will be sure to keep you posted on how our young members fare this year. It is an exciting year with many events

planned across the province to celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Ontario. If you would like to learn how to

become a 4-H member, 4-H volunteer or to donate to the 4-H program please visit the 4-H web page Happy Birthday 4-H Ontario! Dorothy Shier, Durham West 4-H Leader.

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