• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development

Woodford County 4-H club year set to begin!

The Kentucky 4-H program, the largest youth organization in the state, creates an environment for positive youth development. With more than 228,000 youth participants and 22,000 volunteers across the state, 4-H gives many young people the opportunity to form a sense of belonging with their peers, who may share similar interests, and encourages them to learn independence and generosity while working toward their goals. They are provided safe environments to work in, positive role models to look up to and numerous leadership opportunities. Kentucky 4-H helps guide youth in the life skills that they find interesting and is a rewarding experience for those involved.

Currently Woodford County 4-H clubs are getting ready to start up and have begun planning for the 2018-2019 program year. Whether your interests reside in livestock and agriculture, cooking, Lego Robotics, the environment, horticulture, horses or dogs, there is a club for you and they are all starting up again here soon.

If you are interested in livestock, the Woodford County 4-H Livestock Club is a great place to learn and gain experience. Featured club projects include livestock project animals, Livestock Skillathon, Livestock Judging and the country ham project. If interested in any of these activities, join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. or the third Monday at 5 p.m., as well. You do not have to own livestock or live on a farm in order to participate.

For those youth who enjoy learning more about chickens and poultry, join us on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. at the Woodford County Extension Office for the 4-H Poultry Club meeting. This is the first year for this club, so plan on joining us.

The first Environmental Club meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., as we plan our year out, including potential trips to Salato and project days focused on entomology, geology, forestry and other environmental topics.

The Culinary Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. and will go over cooking and kitchen skills as they master new recipes every month.

Starting in 2019 will be the 4-H Lego Robotics Club and the 4-H Shooting Sports Club. More information will be provided as those club dates approach. To stay up-to-date with the latest club information, stop by the Woodford County Extension Office and enroll to sign up for the monthly newsletter. 4-H classroom clubs have also been organized at Northside Elementary, Huntertown Elementary, Simmons Elementary and Southside Elementary, as well as Woodford Christian School and St. Leo’s School. Each class learns about all that 4-H has to offer them and all of our classrooms that incorporated the club setting learned about parliamentary procedure, how to make a motion and vote by proclamation and elected their officers for the upcoming year. Each club elected a president, vice president, secretary and reporter through peer nomination and ballot voting. Be on the lookout for some club reports as each club starts holding their monthly meeting, For more information about 4-H clubs, events and activities, contact the Woodford County Extension Service at 873-4601.

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