A diary of the projects, hurdles, rewards and family life at we recorded at Wise Acres, our former homestead in Horsefly, BC. (Careers and teenagers have forced us back into the city, at least for a little while.)
Monday, October 25, 2010
First Year in 4-H
Posted by Joanne at 6:04 PM
Reflecting on the year I have to say, it was a successful and fun year, it was a steep learning curve and most of the time I felt we were shooting in the dark, but we did have lots of help and next year will be a different story...I hope.
So the year started off in January with our first meeting. I was very impressed at the leadership of the older members and how they knew how to run an election of officers and generally conduct a meeting. Gwenna decided she would do a ewe lamb project which meant that she would show her ewe lamb and then bring it home for breeding and have the option of showing a ewe with lamb at foot the following year. The key for her was that she wasn't going to have to sell it.
The next event was the public speaking competition. Eeek...I couldn't imagine anything worse but Gwenna rose to the challenge and handled it with relative ease. She decided to write a speech about her Nana growing up during the war and tell some of the stories that my mum had shared with her. While she was nervous (and I was a wreck) she was pretty comfortable delivering her speech and was happy with what she had done.
In the Spring we had the judging rally in 100 Mile. Judging involves viewing a group of sheep, rabbits, rabbit hutches, whatever and ranking each entrant from first to fourth based on a set of criteria. The kids had to give their reasons for judging one entrant over the other. One leader explained this skill development as being useful when buying your 4-H project or later when you want to buy a car. Yes!
So far I was quite impressed...Gwenna was learning meeting etiquette, public speaking and critical thinking! And next came the animals.
We found someone in Big Lake who was getting rid of their herd of Suffolks so late in March we went and had a look. Gwenna picked out two lambs and couldn't decide, I liked the looks of them as well as their moms so we bought two pairs. Here they are being delivered by Uncle David and Auntie Susan;
She didn't win any ribbons or trophies but she definitely won my respect for persevering and getting out there...what you can't see is the crowd up in the stands.
So last night we had our club awards night. Gwenna won the showmanship award and the lamb award...here she is accepting her trophies...