To the Editor:
Each fall, the Hamilton County 4-H family joins with 4-H'ers around the country to celebrate National 4-H Week. The week will kick off with the 4-H rally on Oct. 7 at the Hamilton Co. Fairgrounds from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 4-H'ers as well as prospective 4-H members are all invited to participate in fun activities and learn about what 4-H has to offer. Throughout the rest of the week, various clubs will show their 4-H spirit by wearing 4-H shirts and doing acts of "green appreciation" to thank their club leaders, local extension office staff, and of course, their parents. Overall, National 4-H Week is a time for the 4-Hers in our county to celebrate the spirit of 4-H that is burning brightly all across the nation.
But what exactly is 4-H, and why should people in Hamilton County support it? When most people see our cheerful green clover, they probably think of the 4-H exhibits at the county fair, where they can find cookies, home-sewn prom dresses, refurnished antique tables and a gallery of unique photos. This impressive display is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what 4-H can do for young people. For instance, at the club level, members learn about proper parliamentary procedure, can be club officers such as president or historian, and participate in community service projects. County-wide, there are project workshops, activity days, leadership training, a "county council" for teens, and awards ceremonies. Hamilton County has its own special award trips for 4-H members, including an Omaha Zoo trip for kids in middle school and a Chicago award trip for teenagers. Added to all of these are the valuable skills 4-Hers learn: citizenship, leadership, public speaking, record-keeping, interviewing and the application process, responsibility, and of course, the many skills learned in individual project areas. 4-H definitely has something for everyone, and we 4-Hers especially encourage kids and teens to give it a try during National 4-H week, Oct. 7-13.
For more information, contact the Hamilton County Extension Office.
2011-2012 president, Boone Boosters 4-H Club;
2012-2013 Hamilton County State Council representative