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4-H Saskatchewan is a project-based youth organization dedicated to the growth and development of our members, leaders, volunteers, and staff through our motto:

Learn To Do By Doing

Board of Directors The role of the Board of Directors is to set direction and policy of the 4-H program. They contribute to defining the organization’s Mission, Vision and Core Values and governing their fulfillment.


Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Brittany Stepp


The provincial office is made up of a dynamic staff team ready to serve our new and existing members, leaders and clubs throughout the province. The provincial office staff is happy to be of assistance, so please do not hesitate to contact us.



Address: 3830 Thatcher Avenue Saskatoon, SK. S7R 1A5 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Closed on holidays



Aubrey Eaton




Shelby Longworth



Kaitlyn Keller

Office: 306-964-1545 Cell: 306-229-2064 Email:

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306-558-7144 (C) 306-460-7269 (C)

Jason Frey Brittany Stepp Susan Avramenko

306-486-7230 306-861-4179 (H) 306-730-7065


Danica Kiefer Brooklyn Trask

306-859-7830 306-491-9902





Youth Advisory Council

REGIONAL 4-H SPECIALISTS Each region has a Regional 4-H Specialist available to support the members, leaders, and clubs in that region. Contact your Regional 4-H Specialist with questions, or if you require support. They are also happy to help with club start-ups, and offer workshops for clubs.


Kylie Mackie Stacey Hawkins Robyn MacNeil



Shirley Wensley

Office: 306-933-6723 Cell: 306-280-3755 Email:

306-944-4244 (H) 306-231-8783 306-930-2525

Dwayne Summach



Mike Kirzinger Michell Heidecker Trena Hoffus-Preston



Kalynne Martin

306-327-8460 (C) 306-948-7506 306-895-3117


Provincial 4-H Office

Phone: (306) 933-7727 Fax: (306) 933-7730 E-mail:

Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Louise Sroka


Raeanne Pettifer

Office: 306-964-1544 Cell: 306-220-6315 Email:

Mike Kirzinger Louise Sroka

306-944-4244 (H) 306-895-3117

The Youth Advisory Council brings the opinions, ideas, and voice of youth 4-H members to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.

REGIONAL MEMBER ADVISORS NW Zaiden Osicki NE Shayla Preston SW Brynne Leppa SE Heidi Fradette CANADIAN YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE Rebecca Fitzsimmons


18-YEAR-OLD MEMBER DELEGATES Danica Kiefer Brooklyn Trask


Melodi Hawkesford-Lee


Office: 306-787-1958 Cell: 306-529-5446 Email:

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About 4-H in Saskatchewan The Saskatchewan 4-H Council administers the 4-H program in Saskatchewan. It is made up of one member and one leader delegate from each District Council. The entire Council meets annually at the Saskatchewan 4-H Council Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in March. At AGM, a Board of Directors and Advisory Council is elected to carry out the work of the Council between annual general meetings. The Council, through its Board of Directors, Advisory Council and committees, determines policies and programs at the provincial level. The Saskatchewan 4-H Council employs and, by way of the Executive Director, directs a 4-H staff team.

Bits & Pieces is the official publication of 4-H Saskatchewan. It is published tri-annually for distribution to all 4-H members and leaders in mid-September, December/January and May. Whether you have recently participated in a 4-H opportunity or you just want to share a lesson you’ve learned from your 4-H experience, you can submit an article for the next issue of Bits & Pieces. Club reporters are encouraged to share their club’s 4-H stories too! The submission deadline for the next issue is August 15, 2022.

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News from Saskatchewan 4-H Clubs and Districts

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Campers work on a potato battery with Kadence Johnson during the North East 4-H Summer Day Camp, which was held July 23-24 in Melfort. Full story and recap can be found on page 8.

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articles should be 100-300 words, state the author’s name, have a title and accompanying photo(s) • photos should include a caption including when and where the photo was taken and the names of the people in the photo • digital photos should be 1MB or larger, if possible • send your submission to the Provincial 4-H Office, or by email to communications@4-h. **Please note that we make great effort to accommodate each article and photo we receive; however, articles may be shortened or withheld from the upcoming issue due to spatial restraints.


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4-H Saskatchewan News Annual General Meeting Productive and Well Attended The 4-H Saskatchewan 2022 AGM was held in person March 19-20 at the Saskatoon Inn, and what an exciting weekend it was! During the weekend, over 120 members, leaders, supporters and staff participated in the business meeting, sponsor banquet and 4-H forum. The theme of this year’s meeting was “4-H for Life” under the Environment and Healthy Living pillar. After registration and the welcome on Saturday morning, delegates split into regional meetings. These meetings consisted of district reports, event host selection and elections for Advisory Council, Board of Directors and Ambassadors. Next, delegates participated in the Parade of Regionals before enjoying lunch. The main presentation for the weekend was by Shari Lemon and Tammy Beuregard with STARS Air Ambulance. This presentation explained the importance of STARS, the need for community support and the value of collaborations between organizations. After the presentation, delegates participated in a loonie draw that raised over $400 in support of STARS!

Special guest Steven Bonk brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Provincial Public Speaking winners, Olivia Keslick and Emma Bonk presented their speeches. A new 4-H award was presented called the “Saskatchewan 4-H Builders Honor Roll” inducting Les Ferguson, Duane Bristow, Pat Katz, and Bill Cooper. This award was created to honor individuals who has made a strong positive impact on the 4-H program, but who are ineligible for the Hall of Fame. Individuals from the past three years were then formally inducted into the Hall of Fame, including 2020 honorees Blain Harland and Donnet Elder, 2021 honoree Doug Oleksyn and 2022 honorees Stanley and Susan Lock. These honorees dedicated their time and commitment to helping develop the youth in our programs. All those in attendance shared kind words, showcasing their spirit and further inspiring our members and leaders in attendance. Following the banquet, members participated in games and a dance while leaders enjoyed visiting and games. Sunday began with the Focus on 4-H Forum where members and leaders discussed topics including the Cloverbud Beef Policy change, Leader Mentorship Program, Senior Member Programming, Learning Opportunities and more. The notes from these discussions will be used for the board and staff for future planning purposes. After the auditor’s report and a finance discussion, two resolutions were brought to the floor. These resolutions were voted on by district voting delegates. The program came to a close with recognition for members and leaders reaching special milestones in their 4-H careers and thank yous to outgoing Board and Advisory Council members for their service. Overall, it was an enjoyable and successful AGM!

We then returned to the business meeting. Reports from the regional meetings were presented and Danica Kiefer, the 18 year old member delegate, was officially welcomed into the role. The Annual Recognition Banquet was held Saturday evening where 4-H Saskatchewan’s sponsors and donors were recognized for their contributions to our organization. Page 4

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4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Public Speaking a Huge Success


-H Saskatchewan’s District 28 4-H Council hosted 32 members from throughout the province in Middle Lake April 9 for the 2022 4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Public Speaking Competition. This event was held in person for the first time in two years, and showcased the creativity and knowledge of 4-H’ers. Whether it was personal anecdotes about calving time, learning about honey bees, new words like “kerfuffle” or getting tips and tricks from a senior about public speaking, the judges had their work cut out for them! ​ After much deliberation, the panel of judges determined the results to be:

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Cloverbud • 1st Place- Josie Riou- Hanley Light Horse 4-H Club – “The Big Decision” • 2nd Place- Kate Hougham – Hillmond 4-H Club – “Snow Forts” • 3rd Place- Brooke Quinton – Springside 4-H Beef Club – “Important Things About Calving Time” Junior • 1st Place- Kamilah Pineda – Redvers Wranglers Light Horse 4-H Club – “EnCanto” • 2nd Place- Addison Pain – Medstead Multiple 4-H Club – “The Best Trip Ever” • 3rd Place- Maria Brons- West PA 4-H Beef Club – “Honey Bees” Intermediate • 1st Place- Amber Spray – Kelvington 4-H Beef Club – “The Rush” • 2nd Place- Ava Loveridge – Goodeve Multiple 4-H Club – “Weird Words” • 3rd Place- Kiersten Nienhus- Sask Valley Dairy 4-H Club – “Mental Health and You” Senior • 1st Place- Hunter Reid – Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club – “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking” • 2nd Place- Megan Kelly- Moosomin Multiple 4-H Club – “The G-O-O Family” • 3rd Place- Adrian Byman – Tisdale 4-H Beef Club – “Change” Thank you to our judges Patti Durand, Cameron Choquette, Chad Paetsch, Elan Baun, Taryn Heidecker, Brendan Smith, Adrianna Wormworth, Dave Altrogge, Kim Hauber, Ann Ramler, Corrine Breker, and Valerie Kirsch for volunteering. It was greatly appreciated! Thank you to our Platinum sponsors 4-H Saskatchewan, Lake Lenore/ Middle Lake Co-op, RM of Hoodoo #401 and our Gold sponsors: Ledcor, FCC Saskatoon, A Horizon Ag Research, and RM of Three Lakes #401. ​ We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 2023 Provincial Public Speaking Competition in District 35!

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Weyburn, SK - Host of Provincial 4-H Curling Competition


eventy-five 4-H’ers from across the province joined SE Regional Specialist, Melodi Hawksford-Lee, and this year’s hosting committee, District #7, for the 2022 Provincial 4-H Curling event held February 18-20, 2022 in Weyburn, Sask.

The eight senior teams and seven junior teams enjoyed an exciting weekend playing a sport near and dear to the hearts of Saskatchewan residents and 4-H members alike. Opening ceremonies included Ceremonial first rock thrown by Weyburn’s own, Marcel Roy, with the rock swept by 4-H Saskatchewan Ambassadors Madeline Christensen and Kierra Hawreluik. After a hard fought round robin, the Sunset Rangers Multiple 4-H Club emerged as Champion Senior team. From the North West region, team members included (in no particular order) Harper Doige, Tyler Norman, Ryder Boyenko, Kaydence Lalonde and coach Ryan Norman. Due to double knockout rules, the final game was repeated to determine the winner with Sunset Rangers coming out on top. Committee chair, Brittany Stepp, presented the team trophy and certificates on the final day of the event. Second place Senior team was the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club from the South East Region: Ryan Grabarczyk, Karla Friesen, Brett Rumpel, Jana Rumpel with coach Sean Friesen. The Champion Junior team - from the North East region - was District 18/19. Undefeated throughout the weekend, this team included Bristol Lindgren, Paisley Wolkowski, Westin Lindgren, Presley Vogel and coach Jennifer Lindgren. Committee chair Brittany Stepp, once again, hand out the prize, trophy and certificates. Second place in the Junior category was awarded to District 10 from the South West Region. Team curlers included Makenna Robertson, Jane Beierbach, Luke Moorhead, Paden Robertson with coach Emmy Robertson.

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Curlers and organizers gathered for a celebratory banquet at Weyburn McKenna Hall where Jenae Nixon presented an inspirational speech for all members in attendance. His Worship, Marcel Roy, Mayor of Weyburn, Saskatchewan 4-H President, Cameron Choquette, and Kurtis Schwindt of MNP also brought greetings and congratulations to the members. Thank you to event sponsors: 4-H Saskatchewan, MNP, Barber Motors, Young’s Equipment, PAHC, South Country Equipment, Nelson Motors and Equipment, Schuck Law Firm, E. Bourassa & Sons, Prairie Sky Co-op, Weyburn Security, Weyburn Credit Union, SaskPower, Souris Valley Industries, Vortex Plumbing & Heating, Megadry Disaster Restoration Inc. Appreciation goes as well, to the door prize sponsors including Weyburn Credit Union, Affinity Credit Union, Radius Credit Union, FCC, SaskTel, Deep South Animal Clinic, Pangman-Ogema 4-H Beef Club, District 7 4-H Council, Brittany Stepp, SGI, SS306, Prairie Creations, Louise Sroka, Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Storle Production Testing, BMO, and CAA.

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Congratulations to all the 4-H members and leaders for making it to Provincials! We can’t wait to see everyone again next year for the 2023 Provincial 4-H Curling Competition in the South West region.

First rock thrown by Marcel Roy

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Winning Junior Team

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Tons of Fun at 4-H Summer Day Camps!


ithout week long 4-H summer camp in 2021, regional day camps were held instead.

The North East camp was held in Melville on July 23 & 24, the North West camp was held in North Battleford on July 24 - 25, and the South East day camp was held in Melville on August 13 - 14. Each day camp followed a similar structure to week long camp with hopes that campers would get a sense of what overnight camp feels like. All activities planned fell under the 4-H Leadership Development Pillars, or were camp classics. Day number one began with icebreakers and introductions. After that, campers learned about water quality with the help of the “Water Rangers” program. Many campers immediately picked out the puddle water as the “Do NOT drink water”! Next, campers got to choose a couple of skills, which included arts and crafts, nature walk, dance, sports, and drama. After lunch, campers played a rousing game of Project Pictionary and talked about diversity and inclusion. It was then time to complete an obstacle course, and everyone was rewarded with the camp classic of making ice cream in a bag! Next up, members learned about circuits and attempted to make lightbulbs light up with the help of potatoes. Did you know that potatoes can conduct electricity? After potato batteries, campers decorated their camp bandanas. The group leaders also learned that Sharpie is very difficult to clean off of plastic tables! Finally, campers played a game of Predator/ Prey, and ended the day with a water fight! Day two began with more games, and campers excited to see their new and old friends for a second day. We soon transitioned into rock painting, which was awesome to see the camper’s creativity and hear their excited chatter. Next, members mined cookies for rocks (aka candies), which proved to be a delicious and educational session. Skills followed cookie mining, with campers again choosing between arts and crafts, nature walk, dance, sports, and drama.

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4-H Summer Day Camps cont... Lunch time was followed by camper’s choice of activity in each location, with NE members making friendship bracelets, NW members creating poetry, and SE members playing at the park. Journey 2050 was turned into a giant board game, where members had the chance to become farmers and make investments and decisions on their own farms. Yet again, to reward everyone for being such good farmers we had ice cream in a bag to celebrate! The second day was concluded with some extra wide games and a water fight. The campers all enjoyed their time, and we would like to thank Nutrien for their generosity in making this event possible!

If you missed camp, here is a fun activity to try at home: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Ingredients: 1/2 cup half & half or milk 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup rock salt 3 cups of crushed ice 1 gallon size freezer bag 1 sandwich size freezer bag Directions: In a larger gallon-size freezer bag, mix salt and ice. In the sandwich-size freezer bag, mix together half & half, vanilla, and sugar (and cocoa powder if making chocolate ice cream). Seal sandwich-size bag tightly and place inside the gallon bag. Seal gallon-size bag tightly, and shake for about 5-10 minutes until mixture is frozen. This is the perfect opportunity for a kid helper but consider using gloves or a kitchen towel because the mixture will be cold. Be gentle enough not to break the bag. Eat right from the bag or scoop in a bowl or cone. Yum!

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Budding Scientists Enjoy Science Day Challenges


n November 12th 4-H’ers came together to learn all about science at the Nutrien Wonderhub in Saskatoon! The day was spent learning and applying the scientific method through a variety of experiments. We had 25 scientists attend! After some discussion about what makes a tough structure, our scientists set to building their very own! Each team was given the same package of materials with the only instructions the tough structure need to withstand the elements of extreme wind and rain, all while housing a family of ducks and keep them protected. After a nature walk down the river, there was discussion about the animals we saw, about the ecosystem of the river! On our walk we saw an excellent tough structure; the University Bridge that has withstood many elements throughout the years. Our scientists all worked together to learn about how much displacement needs to occur before water’s surface tension was broken in our next experiment! The scientists came up with a hypothesis of how many paperclips would need to be added to a cup of water for the surface tension to break, and the cup to overflow. In this experiment their hypothesis did not stand as it took more paperclips than the scientists thought! We exercised the scientific method to test what the difference between ice cream made out of half & half, and ice cream made out of whipping cream would be! The majority of our scientist’s hypothesized that the whipping cream iced cream would taste better and their hypothesis stood! After our brief snack break for our homemade ice cream, we continued studying science by creating simple machines. Each table was given supplies including a clothes pin, string, buttons and straw and instructed to use their creativity and scientific method to create a car! We were all very happy for the opportunity to meet in person! For more opportunities like this, please check the calendar of events on our website. Thank you to Finning for your support!

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eaderama was held in two different locations this year. North Leaderama was held in Melfort on November 13th. There were 23 attendees, with an almost even split between members and leaders. The South Leaderama was held in Gull Lake Novermber 13th and had 14 attendees, all of which were leaders. For North Leaderama the keynote speaker was Tracy Johnson from Warman who spoke on the focuses of healthy living and mental strength while going through hardships. Tracy broke her tibia and fibula in her right leg, while playing basketball for Brandon University. She underwent multiple surgeries but due to complications she chose amputation. Shortly after her amputation, she went back to training camp and was the first player with a prosthetic in Canadian University Sports. South Leaderama’s keynote speaker was Broke Larson who spoke on his experience with Cattleman’s Young Leader’s Membership Program and the benefits. There is an online application processes that opens in January, and semi-finalists are invited to participate in round-table discussions at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Finalists are matched with mentors and create a roadmap to set goals they wish to achieve during the program, and attend numerous industry events and learning opportunities. Members and leaders then split up to do some different workshops. Members from the South virtually attended the North Leaderama for the workshops.

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The first work shop they did was Career Programming put on by our sponsors RBC, where they learned about some resources that can help with picking their careers, planning for their careers, and how they can get their foot in the door in different industries. Members then attended a Life Skills Workshop where they went through resumes, and cover letters. This was to help members understand what hiring managers are looking for in their resumes and cover letters.

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Two Great Locations For Leaderama 2021

Leaders had two options in the first session to pick from; 4-H 101, and Succession Planning. 4-H 101 touches on the basics of operating a club, and the valuable resources that are available for 4-H leaders and members! Succession planning went over transitioning your clubs leadership, communication, recruiting new members, and retaining members. In the second session leaders could pick between the Quickshops or Engaging Youth Voices workshops. The Quickshop workshop explained the Quickshops offered by Regional 4-H specialists, and how these are beneficial for members. Engaging youth voices showed leader representatives the best ways to keep youth engaged within their club and in their district. At the North Leaderama this workshop was put on by Shayla Preston, the NE Youth Advisory Council member. Thank you for the South Saskatchewan Community Association for supporting this event.

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4-H’ers & Communities Celebrate Show Your 4-H Colours Day! Many of Saskatchewan’s great landmarks illuminated green to showcase 4-H! These include the Humboldt City Hall Canopy lights, the River Landing East Tower, Nutrien Tower and K.W Nasser Plaza in Saskatoon, Saskatoon City Hall, the SaskTel Centre, and the Mosaic Stadium! Many of our great 4-H’ers also wore green and took some fantastic photos!

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Virtual Regional 4-H Judging Competition - May 2021 40 Cloverbud, Junior, Intermediate and Senior 4-H members took part in the virtual Regional 4-H Saskatchewan Judging Competition on Saturday, May 29, 2021! This year, the six qualifying Regional 4-H Judging competitions were combined into one large-scale virtual event, hosted by 4-H Saskatchewan, with the assistance of the regional organizing committees. Classes for the virtual event included: Market Steers, Breeding Heifers, Breeding Ewes, Tame Pasture Health, Dairy Cows, and a Mystery Class consisting of Bull Sale Photography. Competitors attended an orientation session with facilitators Kalynne Martin (North West Regional 4-H Specialist) and Melodi Hawkesford-Lee (South East Regional 4-H Specialist), where they learned how to use the programs required to view the classes online and enter their scores in a virtual scoresheet. Throughout the day, members judged the seven classes, paying careful attention to the characteristics and preferences shared by several expert judges: Judging Team • • • • • •

Alicia Sopatyk – Market Steers Erika Easton – Breeding Heifers Jo Walker – Breeding Ewes Etienne Shupena-Soulodre – Tame Pasture Health Michael Flaman – Dairy Cows Sadie Anwender – Mystery Class (Bull Sale Photography)

Thank you to our judges, many of whom were past 4-H members who have been through the judging program. Another thank you goes out to the original Regional Judging committees from the six qualifying locations for each finding a judge. Please see the results of this competition on pages 14-15 where the top eight competitors representing one of the six locations advanced to the Provincial 4-H Judging Competition held August 21 and 22, 2021 in Lloydminster.

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Many First Timers Among Provincial 4-H Judging Competitors


t was a fantastic weekend in Lloydminster at the Provincial 4-H Judging Competition held August 21 & 22, 2021.

The event had 38 competitors representing five teams from across the province. For many, it was their first time as Provincial Judging competitors. There were seven classes judged throughout the day consisting of Grains, Beef Bulls, Beef Heifers, Light Horses, Goats, Chicken and Quilts. Saturday started bright and early. After breakfast, the competitors were given a welcome and orientation by Mary Ann Carson, the Chairperson of the committee. The first set of animals to be judged were the bulls and heifers. After a short break, they moved on to judging quilts, horses and goats. Lunch consisted of burgers and salad then the competitors were lead in a few get to know you games by Kadence Johnson, the 4-H Saskatchewan Summer Student. On Saturday afternoon, the members rounded out their classes by judging chickens and wheat grain. The members were then given time to prepare for their oral reasons, beginning with the beef classes. Once oral reasons were completed, the competitors were given the opportunity to head to their hotels to check in and grab dinner on their own. They all returned to the Agricultural Grounds at 6 pm for the evening’s social event, the CPCA Chuckwagon races. Sunday morning started with the remainder of the oral reason classes for goats, grains and horses. Once these were complete, the competitors were given the opportunity to hear the placings and reasons given by the official judges. The member then completed their quiz. Once all the marks had been tabulated and winners determined the Lunch Banquet was held to announce the winners. Congratulations are in order to the following competitors:

Top Placing per Category: • Beef Bulls – Dayne Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club • Beef Heifers – Kade Gavelin, Mankota 4-H Beef Club • Light Horses – Faith Stevens, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club • Goats – Brynn Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club • Grains – Dayne Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club • Overall Oral – Brynn Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club • Overall Placings – Codee Kopelchuk, Good Spirit 4-H Club • Overall Total – Faith Stevens, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club Page 14

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Overall Top 12 – Faith Stevens (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Brynn Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Heidi Fradette (Lomond 4-H Beef Club), Codee Kopelchuk (Good Spirit 4-H Club), Dayne Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Kelsy Weber (Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club), Shelby Robinson (Lomond 4-H Beef Club), Makaila Peutert (Rockglen Multiple 4-H Club), Emily Sebastian (Candiac 4-H Beef Club), Kade Gavelin (Mankota 4-H Beef Club), Grace Christensen (Alameda 4-H Beef Club) & Kelsy Schmitz (Ernfold 4-H Beef Club). Top 8 - moving on as 4-H Saskatchewan Agribition Team – Faith Stevens (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Brynn Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Codee Kopelchuk (Good Spirit 4-H Club), Dayne Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Kelsy Weber (Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club), Shelby Robinson (Lomond 4-H Beef Club), Makaila Peutert (Rockglen Multiple 4-H Club) & Emily Sebastian (Candiac 4-H Beef Club) Thank you to our Class Judges: Lance Leachman, Brynn Campbell, Marisa Schubel, Marilyn Napper, Karolyn Kirby and Steven Thorsen; our oral reasons judges Jonathan Lock, Kayleen Lock, Leah Allen, Connie Graham & Marilyn Napper.

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Another Large thank you goes out to Chairperson Mary Ann Carson, for all the hard work you and your team put into this event, Eloise Collinge, Kirk Graham, Daryl Hanley, Jon Lock, Becky Newman, Louise Sroka, Alison Weaver and Shelly Ann Dodgson.

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A special thank you to our title sponsor, Viterra for supporting 4-H Saskatchewan and this event. Thank you also to Steven Thorsen at the Lloydminster office for Supplying and Judging the Grains class for us. Thank you to SAASE for your partnership through the years on our Judging Committee and at our Judging events.

Lastly, thank you to all the member and families that attended the weekend event. Without your support and participation 4-H events and opportunities would not be what they are. Congratulations and good luck to our top eight finalists who moved on to Agribition in the fall.

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2021 Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition


he Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging Competition (CN4HYJ) was held on November 21-23, 2021 at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina Saskatchewan. 42 competitors from the prairie provinces participated, with ten of them on the 4-H Saskatchewan team. The following 4-H members made up our team: Faith Stevens (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club); Brynn Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club); Codee Kopelchuk (Good Spirit 4-H Club); Dayne Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club); Kelsey Weber (Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club); Shelby Robinson (Lomond 4-H Beef & Homecrafts Club); Makaila Peutert (Wood River 4-H Club); Emily Sebastian (Candiac 4-H Beef Club), Madeline Christensen (Alameda 4-H Beef), and Kade Gavelin (Mankota 4-H Beef Club). The competition began on Sunday November 21 at the Atlas Hotel in Regina. Competitors registered and took part in a supper and competition orientation. Past 4-H member and CN4HYJ committee member, Catherine Lang, was a guest speaker for the evening. Competitors then judged three classes for the competition: Forage, Water Quality and Grain. Monday’s events took place at the Chevy GMC arena in the International Trade Centre on the Agribition grounds. The morning consisted of the remaining judging classes, including: Light Horse, Alpaca, Prospect Steers, Texas Longhorns, Charolais Heifer Calves, Hereford Bull Calves, Dairy, Commercial Bulls and Speckle Park Bred Heifers. After lunch, oral reasons were given (on the eight above-mentioned classes marked with an asterisk) to a variety of judges in the Queensbury Building. Competitors explained their reasons for placing the class, being careful to use the proper terminology for each specific species, while paying close attention to the confirmation and characteristics of the individual classes. After the intense competition, competitors enjoyed some free time, and then took part in a 4-H Photo Shoot at Mosaic Stadium, home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders! The Stadium was lit up green and white as a belated #ShowYour4-HColours day, complete with the 4-H logo on the giant jumbotron! Members were then whisked away to enjoy an evening of swimming in the pool at the hotel.

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The following Tuesday morning, the Awards Banquet was held at the Atlas Hotel. After breakfast, competitors enjoyed words of wisdom (and humour!) from Guest Speaker and well-known Saskatchewan celebrity, Quick Dick McDick. The announcements of the final placings were then announced. Congratulations to:

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Grand Aggregate ($2,500 Scholarship, CWA belt buckle and banner, and First Lady Classic Judging Position): Megan Nicholas, University of Saskatchewan 2nd Place ($1,250 John Deere Limited Scholarship & CWA belt buckle & banner): Codee Kopelchuk, 4-H Saskatchewan 3rd Place ($750 Scholarship & CWA belt buckle): Wyatt Dyck, University of Saskatchewan 4th Place ($300 Cash Prize): Kailey Wirsta, Lakeland College 5th Place ($150 Cash Prize): Kylie Willms, Summer Synergy Team Award - Top 4 Scores per team: University of Saskatchewan

High point awards per class were listed as follows: Forage – Kylie Willms, Summer Synergy Water Quality – Faith Stevens, 4-H Saskatchewan Grain – Codee Kopelchuk, 4-H Saskatchewan Light Horse – Wyatt Dyck, University of Saskatchewan Alpaca – Sarah MacDonald, Lakeland College Prospect Steers – Kylie Vangen, 2020 Virtual Competition COVID Team Texas Longhorns – Justin Harcourt, University of Saskatchewan Charolais Heifer Calves – Kailey Wirst, Lakeland College Hereford Bull Calves – Riley Leeson, Summer Syngery Dairy – Kailey Brandl, Summer Synergy Commercial Bulls – Cassidi Elder, University of Saskatchewan Speckle Park Bred Heifers – Justin Harcourt, University of Saskatchewan Special thank you to the 4-H Saskatchewan Team Chaperone, Brittany Stepp, for accompanying the team throughout the event. Thank you to our event sponsors including TD Canada Trust.

Congratulations to 4-H Saskatchewan’s amazing judging team and Happy 50th Anniversary to Canadian Western Agribition!

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Congratulations 2021 Journey to the Future Grant Recipients! 4-H Saskatchewan was excited to announce the recipients of the Journey to the Future Grant, supported by Nutrien. Through this grant 4-H clubs around Saskatchewan are working towards sustainability for their club, community, province, country and world. For this grant clubs or districts have members complete the Journey 2050, Farmers 2050, Watershed Detective and/or Watershed Explorer games and then tell us how they could apply what they learned to better their club, community, country or the world. The grand prize of $2000.00 went to the Big River 4-H Multiple Club for their Greenhouse Project. With the funds they plan to construct a greenhouse in a community garden that they created a few years ago. This garden supplies fresh vegetable to a local seniors’ centre and school. Whispering Pines 4-H Multiple Club and Toon Town 4-H Explorers were this year’s runners-ups and were awarded $1500.00 each. Whispering Pine 4-H Multiple Club planned to host community trail ride scavenger hunt to learn about native plants and ecosystems, followed by tree planting using native trees to restore natural wildlife habitats. This activity was moved to 2022 due to COVID-19 concerns. Toon Town 4-H Explorers will be designing a chicken coop for a family in need, while supporting hands-onlearning and ag education for urban 4-H members. The Boreal Rangers Outdoor Adventure 4-H Club was finally able to host their canoe trip and ecology lesson trip from their 2020 Journey to the Future win. 4-H Saskatchewan would like to thank Nutrien for their support to the 4-H program, as this financial program helps give 4-H members a chance to make a difference.

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The 4-H Saskatchewan staff team attended Agribition in Regina and got to see so many of our 4-H’ers! A big thank you to everyone who stopped in to say hi, and those who participated in our passport race! This year we had 4-H Penants to be hung at stalls that were a huge hit! Walking through the barns there were many signs hung that said “Proud 4-H Family” or “Proud 4-H Alumni” at stalls. Many bucket hats and Harold’s were won when competitors in our passport race completed the hunt for our sponsor’s booths, and landmarks throughout Agribition. We had the Treads and Tracks 4-H Club stop by and complete the scavenger hunt, and then pose for a picture! The 4-H’ers showed up to compete in the show pen! (See results below.) And many other 4-H’ers, both members and alumni showed cattle during Agribition and did excellent! SHOWMANSHIP: Intermediate - First: Taylor Reid - Second: Kate Webb Junior - First: Zayne LaBatte Cloverbud - First: Jaime Davidson - Second: Flint Vogel

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TEAM GROOMING: Senior - Second: Team Smith, Lees, Kaufman (Eric Smith, Kyla Lees and Kamrie Kaufman) Intermediate - First: Team Wilbar (Owen Williams, Waylon Blacklock, and Tanner Lowe) - Second: The Blondies (Taylor Reid, Kasey Adams and Avery Bohrson Junior - First: Team Radville (Zayne LaBatte, Brayden Fladeland and Lane Robinson) - Second: Team Alida & Area 4-H Beef (Bronx Jorgensen, Spencer Hill and Kyler Kamp)

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4-H Ambassadors Share Knowledge, Tips and Fun! The 4-H ambassador team has been spreading 4-H cheer across the province! The Ambassador Instagram page ( @4hskambassadors ) has been a flurry of action with Achievement Days, Regional Shows, 4-H events, and cool club meetings. Make sure to give the page a follow for some great content! You might be inspired to try something new for your 4-H club. Ambassadors have also been busy helping at 4-H events. We had ambassadors help at 4-H Summer Day camps and the campers loved learning from these positive 4-H experts. No one makes a friendship bracelet quite like our ambassadors! The ambassadors are ready for a fun 4-H year, and they have a number of exciting ideas ready to share with everyone. If you know one of the ambassadors in your area, feel free to reach out to them for some tips on how to share some 4-H positivity this year. As well, we’d like to express our appreciation to BASF for your sponsorship of this program. Thank you to the 2021/2022 Ambassadors for all their hard work! Tips from Makenzie O’s takeover during their club’s practice Achievement Day.

And we’d like to welcome the 2022-2023 4-H Ambassadors! North West Leaders Niki Panter-Big River 4-H Multiple Club Kelly Kuziw-Durness 4-H Multi Club

NW Members Shelby Peacock-Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club Cheyanne Thiessen-Kerrobert Multiple 4-H Club Jaycee Wood-Crown Hill 4-H Beef Club

North East Leaders Larry Spratt-Beatty 4-H Beef Club Krystal Spray-Kelvington 4-H Beef Club Colette Schick-Bar West 4-H Beef Club

NE Members Kierra Hawreluik-Sheho 4-H Beef Club Robyn Spratt-Beatty 4-H Beef Club Austin Olson-Tisdale 4-H Beef Club

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South West Leaders Melanie Leppa-Clairbank Multiple 4-H Club

SW Members Emily McMillan-Val Marie 4-H Light Horse Club Brooklyn MacNeil-Missouri Coteau 4-H Multiple Club Emma Brost-Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club Sierra Condie-Val Marie 4-H Light Horse Club/Aneroid Multi Club Emily Hough-Eston 4-H Club

South East Leaders Glenn Gress-Browning Multiple Light Horse 4-H Club Paula Beattie-Melville Town’ N Country 4-H Club Amanda Nyuli-Elcapo Lighthorse 4-H Club

SE Members Madeline Christensen-Alameda 4-H Beef Club Amy Fradette-Lomond 4-H Beef & Homecrafts Club Kaleb Kelly-Moosomin Multiple 4-H Club

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Advisory Council Report September Training 2021 The 2021 Advisory Council (AC) met the last weekend of September (25-26th) for annual training and the first official meet and greet at the 4-H office. Everyone was present. Grace stepped down from the SE AC Member position due to increased schoolwork. The spot will remain vacant until AGM. Jodi (staff) is no longer with us as she moves on to a new career. No new reporting forms were submitted to Melodi as of October 7, 2021. Saturday was spent analyzing the AC training manual, reviewing our mandatory duties, reviewing the discussion questions sent from the BOD and learning how to deal with conflict. We divided up all our donors and major sponsors and wrote thank you Christmas cards to be sent out in November. We ended the day with a pizza supper and visited the corn maze on Valley Rd. Sunday, we reconvened at 9 am at the 4-H Office. Dylan joined via Zoom for table discussions. Brett discussed how to seize opportunities that involve networking and touched on the topic of 4-H burnout. Louise talked about working with the AC and what leaders look for when working for youth. Kennedy chatted about keeping a positive attitude in difficult situations. We completed our check-in questions and completed our personal goals for each quarter of the upcoming year – setting 2-5 goals per quarter. After goals were set, we all set our budgets to account for any costs that may occur in achieving our goals. Melodi photocopied all our goals to share with the correct staff member(s). We were visited by Cameron for a few minutes towards the end of training. Bits & Pieces

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Through the Lens with 2021 4-H Photo Contest Winners Thank you to everyone for entering the 2021 4-H Sask. Photography Contest. We saw an impressive range of entries from photographers of all ages!


For those who enjoy taking pictures of their friends or family! It doesn’t need to be a formal portrait, as long as it captures a human moment.

Sharon Hillier - LP Morning Chores Leader Sharon Hillier

Brynleigh Yewsuk - CBJR Hard Day

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Domestic or wild, it doesn’t matter! This is the category for photos of project animals or that special shot of a wild bird or deer!

Cassie Chubb - CBJR The Leaders

Kira Wignes - INTSR Cow Checking Buddy

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Intermediate/Senior Grace Christensen

Brittany Stepp - LP Curious Heifers

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Photo Contest winners ...


Photos of sports scenes, animals in motion, or a funny event about to happen are perfect for this category!

Stem It

Photos to showcase STEM - which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math. ​

Intermediate/Senior Bailey Pitre

Adult Aeowyn Kapitoler - CBJR Kylie Mackie Wheels

Mia Mackie - CBJR The Pivot

Intermediate/Senior Ellen Keys

Emma Cloverbud/Junior Brost - INTSR Battle Mia Mackie Royale

Leanne Warken - LP Winter Fun

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Stem It continued

Brittany Stepp - LP Sunset Along South Sask. River


Capture a naturally beautiful scene, whether it’s a Saskatchewan sunset, an ocean view, or prairie vegetation.

Pitre Bailey - INTSR Sunset Through Glass

Sierra Ensor - CBJR Puzzle Marcy Yewsuk - LP What’s Coming

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2021 Scholarships Awarded to Outstanding 4-H Members Every year, 4-H Saskatchewan has the opportunity to award senior members with scholarships to assist with their post-secondary education. Find full descriptions for all the scholarships at Congratulations to the following members! Entrepreneurial Scholarship for 4-H Members - $3,000 Three scholarships for students demonstrating enthusiasm and awareness of the entrepreneurial concept.

Rebecca Fitzsimmons (Viscount 4-H Beef Club) Rebecca is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and is taking Education. Holland Family Scholarship - $2,000 A student entering 2nd or subsequent year of agriculture-related program.

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Jolynn Amyotte (Wild Rose 4-H Beef Club) Jolynn is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and is taking Kinesiology

Reegan Frey (Alameda 4-H Beef Club) Reegan is enrolled at Assiniboine College and is taking AgriBusiness.

Cervus Equipment Scholarship - $1,500 Students entering their 1st or 2nd year of an agriculture-related degree, diploma, certificate or trade program.

Isobel Kinash (Wishart Multiple 4-H Club) Isobel is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan’s Horticulture programTechnology. Spring 2022

Courtney Hansen (Weldon 4-H Beef Club) Courtney is enrolled at Lakeland College in Animal Science. Bits & Pieces

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Colby Wignes (Viscount 4-H Beef Club) Colby is enrolled at Lakeland College and is taking Crop Technology.

Olivia Woytiuk (Wild Rose 4-H Beef Club) Colby is enrolled at Otero Junior College in AgriBusiness

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Award - $1,500 For a 4-H’er entering or continuing post-secondary education related to the beef industry.

Grace Christensen (Alameda 4-H Beef Club) Grace is enrolled at Lakeland College in Animal Science. Bits & Pieces

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Hector Loveridge Memorial Scholarship - $1,294.92 Students entering the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture.

Makenzie Olson (Tisdale 4-H Beef Club) Makenzie is enrolled at Lakeland College in Animal Science. Spring 2022

Austin Weins (Moose Range 4-H Beef Club & Carrot River Light Horse Club) Austin is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in AgriBusiness.

Kennedy MacNeil (Missouri Coteau 4-H Multi Club) Kennedy is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Animal Science. Page 27

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AGI Scholarship – $1,000 For students enrolled in any program who explain how their post-secondary education will contribute to the agriculture industry.

Myles Wright (Vanscoy Multiple 4-H Club) Myles is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Engineering.

Kylee Dixon (Arcola-Kisbey 4-H Beef Club) Kylee is enrolled at Polytech in Veterinary Technology

Gordon & Eileen Bonner Scholarship - $1000 For 4-H members entering postsecondary education within the province of Saskatchewan.

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Shaylee Baglole (Carnduff & Area 4-H Beef Club) Shaylee is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in pre Vet Med. Page 28

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Wylee Thiessen (Kerrobert Multiple 4-H Club) Wylee is enrolled at Olds College in Ag Equipment Technology

Aspen Blake (Mankota 4-H Beef Club) Aspen is enrolled at the University of Regina in pre Vet Med Spring 2022

Ashlynn Lepp (Durness Multiple 4-H Club) Ashlynn is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and is taking Animal Science. Bits & Pieces

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Jessa Fox (Wishart Multiple 4-H Club) Jessa is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Kinesiology.

Palliser Insurance Scholarship – $500 Awarded to 4-H members entering any degree/ diploma/certificate program.

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Future Leader Scholarship - $1000 Student entering 1st/2nd year of degree or diploma, demonstrating knowledge & leadership skills from 4-H are key components of career choice.

Rochelle Wright (Vanscoy Multiple 4-H Club) Rochelle is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Music.

Shayla Preston (Whispering Pines 4-H Multiple Club) Shayla is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Arts & Science.

The McConaghy Award - $500 For a 4-H member entering a diploma or degree program related to agriculture, agribusiness, or the rural economy of Saskatchewan.

Bayer Crop Science Scholarship - $500 For a 4-H’er entering U of Sask College of Agriculture for degree or diploma.

Emma Lees (Arcola-Kisbey 4-H Beef Club) Emmais enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and is taking Commerce. Bits & Pieces

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Kolby Haynes (Monarch 4-H Multiple Club) Kolby is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in AgriBusiness. Spring 2022

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Patti Underwood Memorial Scholarship The Patti Underwood Memorial Scholarship for 2021 has been awarded to two very deserving young ladies. District 7 President Brittany Stepp made the presentations to Emma Lees (Arcola-Kisby 4-H Beef Club) and Kylie Berner (Weyburn 4-H Beef Club - Community) in July during the Weyburn Regional 4-H Show and Sale. Emma (pictured on the left below) has been a valuable member of the Arcola-Kisbey Beef Club for 11 years. Emma always brings amazing stock to the shows she attends and you can tell she takes pride in her hard work. She’s off to the U of S Bachelor of Commerce in the fall to earn a degree in agriculture or marketing. Good luck Emma! Kylie has been involved with 4-H for 13 years and is currently a member with the Weyburn 4-H Beef Community Club. This is a young lady who knows the meaning behind hard work as her application was very detailed and full. She’s off to the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources for a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience. Kylie has big dreams of obtaining a Doctor in Vet Medicine degree specializing in Bovine Reproduction and Embryology. Good luck Kylie!

Emma Lees - Arcola-Kisbey 4-H Beef Club

Kylie Berner - Weyburn 4-H Beef Club

Elgin Bracken 4-H Light Horse Memorial Award Congratulations to Shayla Preston - winner of the 2021 Elgin Bracken 4-H Light Horse Memorial Award. Shayla, a member of the Whispering

Pines 4-H Multiple Club, is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Arts & Science. In memory of Elgin Bracken, an avid horseman and 4-H light horse leader, judge, clinician and supporter, this award provides an annual financial benefit ($750) to a deserving 4-H light horse member from the North East region who best exemplifies a commitment to, and a passion for, horses as well as shows leadership in their 4-H club and community. To apply, you must be a current member of a 4-H light horse club located in the North East Region (as defined by Saskatchewan 4-H Council). You must have been a 4-H member for at least 2 consecutive years, and be a minimum of 13 years old (intermediate or senior member) in the year of application. Page 30

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Congratulations to 2021 Covid scholarship recipients Jacelyn Wintergerter and Alexis Ashworth who were awarded $3,000 each courtesy of Farm West Holdings Inc., an avid supporter of 4-H Saskatchewan. Farm West Holdings - which is owned by William (Bill) Cooper - provides two scholarships to deserving 4-H Sask. members or alumni who have demonstrated strong leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic either working on the front lines or supporting those who are. Applicants must be a 4-H member or alumni currently residing within the province of Saskatchewan, demonstrate leadership, in particular during the Covid-19 Pandemic; be a healthcare worker, entering a healthcare field, or have taken initiative to support front line worker and plan to attend post-secondary school.

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Farm West Holdings Covid-19 Scholarships

Alexis Ashworth (left photo), from the Lomond 4-H Beef Club, is a fourth-year nursing student currently attending the University of Saskatchewan in Regina. Alexis has exhibited empathy, resilience and perseverence during her journey as a nursing student, Saskatchewan Health Authority continuing care aid and through her work delivering Covid-19 vaccinations. As Alexis embarks on her nursing career, her skills and work ethic will serve her well. Jacelyn Wintergerter (pictured on the right), from the Spiritwood 4-H Club, recently graduated from the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science (SCBScN) program with her Nursing degree. She has demonstrated skill, flexibility, compassion and leadership through her work with patients, colleagues and supervisors as she navigated school and nursing responsibilities during the pandemic. Jacelyn takes every opportunity she can to share information and help educate people about the ever- changing information surrounding Covid-19. Best of luck as you begin your nursing career Jacelyn.

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Melfort, SK 4-H’er Named Junior Citizen of the Year Ashya Siemachesky, a now 13 year old, MeskanawEthelton Beef 4-H Club member has had more challenges this year than most youth her age. Ashya’s dad suffered from sudden cardiac arrest at work and Ashya’s mom, Alberta, ended up in Saskatoon for a month by his side, leaving Ashya to take care of things at the farm. “I didn’t have to worry one bit, Ashya is capable and insightful enough to know what needs to be done and to let me know when something was needed or to call a neighbour for help,” said Alberta. “Ashya’s grandma did stay at the farm with her and her siblings but she isn’t what you would call a ‘farm lady’, so most of the chores were left up to Ashya.” Alberta continued. The Siermachesky family are very familiar with chores. The girls are in 4-H and chores twice a day are part of their daily routine. Having horses, cattle and 3 4-H steers this year, Ashya doesn’t feel like she did anything out of the norm. When asked what the hardest part was Ashya didn’t complain about the work but instead said, “Not being able to see mom and dad, I missed them.”Alberta said, “I joked that Ashya was promoted to ‘Farm Boss’ but in all honesty it wasn’t a joke because that is exactly what happened.”

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Ashya and her horse, Tink

The neighbour had to put the bale over the fence and Ashya had to fork it into the feeder because the farm’s gates weren’t wide enough for his tractor. Spring 2022

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Jr Citizen of the Year cont... Crediting 4-H for helping prepare for her daughter’s new position of Farm Boss, Alberta said, “The whole ‘Learn to do by Doing’ motto, that’s what this was. The girls do their own chores, we don’t feed their steers for them. Ashya was doing what she is used to doing.” Ashya recently became a recipient of the Junior Citizen of the Year award because of her outstanding ability to take on a role that most 12 year olds are never faced with. When asked about how she felt after receiving the news Ashya simply said, “Surprised.” Mom and dad on the other hand were also surprised but extremely proud too. Alberta was able to find out that Ashya wasn’t nominated once but multiple times for the award, including once by Ashya’s former 4-H leader and another by her current 4-H leader. It is apparent when talking to both Ashya and Alberta that they are very humble people and really believe that this is just part of life. Any chance they have they mention how grateful they are for their neighbours helping with chores, their 4-H club helping with meals, and their community being there for them in general. It is apparent that they have a strong support group behind them. There is yet another high note to this story. Ashya’s dad (Keith) is on the mend and is back to work half time. He is even doing some chores around the farm again.

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Ashya and her 4-H project steer, Harry “We truly count our blessings,” Alberta said at the end of the interview. Well Alberta, we think we can truly count ours for having such a remarkable young lady in 4-H Saskatchewan!

First family walk with his girls once Keith arrived home after his seven week hospital stay

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4-H Canada News 4-H Saskatchewan’s Jessica Davey Among 2021 L.E.A.D. Award Winners Congratulations to Jessica Davey - 2021 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Award of Distinction Recipient, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Jessica is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan; she hopes to realize a career in progressive livestock production, while also running a farm-to-table business and staying active as a 4-H leader. Jessica hopes to one day achieve a greater sense of transparency between producers, consumers and youth through agrcultural programs and food traceability. “I have demonstrated leadership through my 4-H career, in all aspects of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Pillar. I am willing to learn, ask questions, and I am dedicated to my continual growth to be the best leader that I can be. I have been involved in many different agricultural projects, events in 4-H and strive to be involved in as much as I can. I volunteer my knowledge, experience and time to help other 4-H clubs.” The most prestigious and highly sought scholarship offered by 4-H Canada, four outstanding 4-H members are selected as L.E.A.D. recipients each year in recognition of their personal development, community impact, and leadership excellence in one of 4-H Canada’s four Leadership Development Pillars.

I have been involved in many different agricultural projects, events in 4-H and strive to be involved in as much as I can. I volunteer my knowledge, experience and time to help other 4-H clubs.

Each L.E.A.D. recipient receives a $20,000 scholarship toward their four-year post-secondary studies. Recipients of a L.E.A.D. scholarship are also placed in an ongoing mentorship with an expert from within their field of study - a valuable opportunity to gather skills and insights directly from a skilled expert. The Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (presented by CN) recognizes outstanding youth members who show 4-H values in the way they live their lives. The awards honour youth who have become exceptional leaders through their 4-H experience, and who share the best of themselves with their community.

Other Award winners included two British Columbia 4-H’ers: Julie Pitsiaeli (Community Engagement and Communications) and Callie Sample (Environment and Healthy Living) along with Prince Edward Island’s Neleah Lavoie (Science and Technology). For more information:

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In August, 2021, 4-H Canada announced the recipients of the 2021 TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship. TD Bank Group generously provided $30,000 in scholarship funds for 2021, with a total of twelve 4-H members from across Canada selected to receive $2,500 toward their post-secondary education in agriculture, agricultural science, or agricultural business.

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4-H Canada Announces Recipients of 2021 TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

4-H Canada is committed to promoting positive youth development and providing youth with tools and guidance to lay the foundation for a life-long love of learning in the field of agriculture. Among the 2021 TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship recipients was Alameda, Saskatchewan 4-H Beef Club member Grace Christensen who is enrolled at Lakeland College in Animal Science Technology. Congratulations Grace!

RECIPIENT PROVINCE AREA OF STUDY INSTITUTION Jalen Thurgood Jessica Hadwin Jenna Simpson Grace Christensen Halee Piasta Emily Robb Kyla Lewis Ashley Miller Amanda St-Denis Kayleigh Brewer


Bachelor of Science Diploma Bachelor of Science Animal Science Technology Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science, Agroecology Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Diploma, Business Agriculture Bachelor of Science, Ag, Animal Science

University of British Columbia Agribusiness, Lakeland College Animal Health, Univ. of AB Lakeland College University of Manitoba University of Manitoba University of Guelph University of Guelph Algonquin College Dalhousie University

For more information on the TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship, visit

4-H’ers Gain Valuable Skills at 2021 Members Forum 4-H’ers from all across Canada met virtually at Members Forum which was held from November 5-7, 2021. This year’s conference theme was “Growing Strong Futures” so the workshops and activities were centered around how to set ourselves - and those around us - up for strong futures! The workshops we attended ranged from building teamwork skills/working with a team to learning about workplace skills to achieving life happiness. the conference also had a Mentorship Circle aspect where participants had the opportunity to connect with professionals in different career sectors. We also had the opportunity to ask our mentors questions about their field of work and talk about our future goals and how to achieve them. Throughout the weekend, Graphic Recorder Emma Richards sat in on discussions, workshops and Mentorship Circles. She then summarized what was discussed in graphic art form and we reviewed each sheet at the end of the day. Below is the sheet that summarized the Mentorship Circles. Overall, Members Forum was a great way to connect with 4-H’ers, Mentors and to learn a lot along the way. I know that I gained a lot of knowledge and made some great memories. I would highly recommend attending Members Forum if you ever get the chance! Submitted by Emily Sebastian SE Member Ambassador Bits & Pieces

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Clover Corner - The ‘How To’ By Picture! 1. What you need.

5. Picture 5 is an example of the finished trunk.

2. Cut/tear lunch bag into half inch strips. Start at the opening and cut/tear half way down the bag.

6. Twist two of the bag strips together to create branches.

3. Open bag and stand it up.

7. Tear/cut strips of colored paper into tiny pieces and glue them all over the branches of the tree.

4. Hold base of bag with one hand and twist the middle of bag to create the trunk of the tree.


Take a picture and send it to us at:

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Colour this picture of a “4-H farm” and return it to the 4-H office by March 10 to be entered into a draw! * Make sure to include your name, age, club, and phone number.

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Clover Corner - Let’s Colour!

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Spotlight on 4-H Alumnus Carla Borsa


arla Borsa grew up on a mixed family farming operation of cattle and grain near Carrot River, Saskatchewan. When she was a junior, she traveled to shows and events organized by junior beef breed associations across the prairie provinces and became a member of the Jordan River 4-H Beef Club at age 9. Over the 12 years of being a member Carla showed steer, heifer and cow-calf projects. However, her projects didn’t end there; Carla was also a member of the Jordan River 4-H Light Horse Club for 6 years. When asked to choose a highlight of her 4-H experience Carla didn’t take long to answer. “Going to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland and competing in the judging competition after winning the Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging Competition in 2018. “It was an honour to win and being surrounded by many of my closest 4-H friends and having them share that day was pretty special. Being awarded a trip to the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and judging in that competition was extraordinary and I am still grateful today for that experience,” There were lots of other fond memories to look back on for Carla, like the many 4-H shows, events and getting to spend time with people who became lifelong friends and share the same passion for agriculture. Carla’s dedication to 4-H has shown in so many more ways. She was part of the first Youth Advisory Counsel (YAC). Carla represented Saskatchewan and during that time she was able to meet like-minded people from across the country who helped broaden her views on 4-H and agriculture. “On one of my first YAC trips to Montreal for a training session I met a friend who today is still one of my best friends,” Carla said. As time moves on there are always changes and for Carla that meant moving on from a member to a 4-H leader. When asked about that transition she said, “It was an easy transition when you have some of the best leaders around you. I learned and watched my dad re-organize and then lead the beef club for many years and that made me want to be a leader.” Carla wants other potential new leaders to know that it is a good experience to see the program through a leader role. The role is different, but you are still surrounded by many mentors who will work with you. She was looking for a way to continue her leadership development and from a 4-H member, to leader, to in the community and her career, volunteering in 4-H created a very good foundation. “I think it is so valuable

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to always be looking for new ways to continue your leadership development and surround yourself with like-minded people,” Carla said. Carla didn’t only give back to 4-H by becoming a general leader for the club she was a member of, she also judged various beef shows and says that it was such a pleasure to give back to the program in various volunteer capacities once she was aged out. She also became a volunteer on the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition committee and went on to Chair the competition for several years. Carla noted, “Much of the committee was made up of past competitors and long-time volunteers. That combination made it an outstanding group.” Carla went on to receive a degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2012 she was elected to the Canadian Western Agribition Board of Directors and served on the board for 8 years. She was also a mentee in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in 2013 where she was paired with her mentor Johanne Ross, Executive Director of Agriculture in Classroom Canada. Carla currently resides near Waldheim, SK with her husband and two young daughters where they have a small herd of cattle and Carla operates Prairie Ag Business Management. There she works with various Spring 2022

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industry groups delivering project, event, and administration management services in the agriculture industry. Carla said, “4-H is where I learned the basics of running a meeting, agenda preparation and taking minutes; which is a lot of the foundation for much of my work today.” After being so inspired by Carla’s story, we asked her what some advice would be that she’d give members of today to make the most out of their

4-H experience and she chose to leave you with this response. “4-H contributes to so much of your personal development. You will thank your parents or leaders in years to come for having you say the speech, introduce the speaker, lead the pledge or do the demo. So, take each opportunity that comes your way because if you come away from it with one idea, skill or lesson it was worthwhile.” - Carla Borsa

Vibank, SK 4-H’er Among National Science Fair Winners Congratulations to 4-H Saskatchewan’s Alexandra O’Conner - one of three 2022 4-H Canada Science Fair winners! Alexandra, who is from Vibank, SK, earned the win based on her project, “Do Cattle Impact The Canadian Grasslands”. The 2022 4-H Canada Science Fair saw an impressive group of youth from grades 7 to 12 (or enrolled in CÉGEP) showcase their skills in STEM, while exploring their personal passions through experimentation, innovation and invention. Following an initial judging round in January 2022, finalists were invited to the second round which was held virtually from March 3-7, 2022. The talented young scientists not only received top honours in the 4-H competition, but won their way into the prestigious Canada-Wide Science Fair (scheduled for May 16-20, 2022).

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From Alexandra O’Connor If you ask anyone what the most endangered place in the world is, they will probably say the oceans or the Amazon rain forest, but the most endangered place in the world is the Canadian grasslands. The cattle have a very large impact on helping the grasslands survive, being negative or positive effects. Some of the effects that they have on the lands are giving nutrients to the soil and keeping the Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stable in the ground. In addition to Alexandra, winners included: Mac Dykeman, Langley, BC Project: A Simple, Scalable Method for Reducing Stress in Chicks During the First Seven Days Post-Hatch Mark Norregaard, Balzac, AB Project: A Comparison of Natural Corrosion Inhibitors on Metals Thank you to 4-H Canada Science Fair supporters: Bayer Crop Science Canada, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - University of Manitoba and Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada.

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Volunteer Leaders: The Lifeforce of 4-H

We want to help our membership get to know some of the people who give their time and expertise to the organization. This is why the new “4-H Profiles” section of the Bits & Pieces will include profiles from some of our hardworking volunteers. If you know someone who you’d like to see featured, please contact the 4-H office.

Jennifer Lindgren Q. When did you become a leader? A. I started this club (Norquay Bin Busters) in 2019. Q. Why did you decide to get involved in 4-H as a leader? A. I grew up in 4-H. I was part of a 4-H Beef club for 14 years. As an adult I recognize that some of my skills today can be credited to being a 4-H member. I knew that I wanted my children to learn those skills and everything that being apart of 4-H has to offer. When I was told about the 4-H Field crops program by a friend I knew this was something that I had to offer in our community. Q. What is the most rewarding part about being a leader? A. A big part is seeing what they (members) learn and take away from what you are teaching them. Watching the kids grow from year to year with their project and in public speaking. Public speaking is one of the most important skills that I took away from 4-H, and watching our members get better year after year is amazing. Q. Do you have any support and why is that support important? A. Our club has a great group of parents, who are all apart of the Ag industry in some form. They all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club. Ag in the Classroom has been a big support in supporting me in my passion for educating the youth about agriculture and where their food comes from. They have amazing resources available to anyone wanting to learn or teach others about agriculture. My husband is very supportive as he also wants to share our farm and knowledge about farming to our youth. He is always willing to go along with all my ideas. Q. What do you think makes a good leader? A. I think a good leader is someone who is passionate about what they are teaching, leading and sharing. By looking for new ways to make the project interesting, interactive and fun keeps the members engaged. A good leader wants to see the members excel year after year. Q. What types of challenges have you faced as a 4-H leader and how have you overcome them? A. For me starting a new club and trying to figure out what is going to work best for us. The first year we had to figure out what we wanted the kids to take away from the year and how to provide them that. With a few years under our belt I think that we have a good program. Covid was also a hard challenge, with trying to navigate through the regulations and guidelines. This meant we had to think out of the box. We decided to go virtual for most of the year. We had each member do a video presentation on their farm, we also had guest speakers virtually with interactive activities that they could do along at home. Trying to find ways to keep it interactive without being together was a big challenge and the members were all excited when we were able to get together again in person. Q. What projects do you lead? Field Crop Project

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A. 4-H can be intimidating, record books and public speaking for example. The goal is to make it fun and hands on. We try and do a few field trips, hold a “crop tour” day and bring in new Ag experts to share their love of agriculture with the kids. We even have kids that don’t have a farm but are interested in agriculture, they are able to “use” 5 acres of ours to give them the opportunity to learn. It’s a great way to get kids interested in the Ag industry. Q. Do you have any tips on how to run a field crops project?

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Q. How do you get youth interested in field crops?

A. I think I will just tell you what our club does. Our club runs from February to November. Most of our project meetings are held before spring seeding. Some examples of what our project meetings include are learning about equipment, the soil, how a plant grows, plant identification, insects, and field scouting. The kids then pick their field and mark out their 5-10 acres. This year we created a Field Scouting Book. This book is taken to the field to record all of their data through the growing season. In June we head to the field with the club and scout for weeds, stage the crop and look for insects. The members are asked to be in their field every couple of weeks scouting and taking pictures of their crop. In August we do a field tour day. We try to make it fun by taking busses and travelling together. Each member will present their field with a 2-4 min presentation, they also have a field sign posted at their field. They are judged on their sign and presentation by 3 judges, the results are sealed until achievement day. It is an all day tour and ends at our farm where we have a BBQ. Our Achievement Day is in November or after harvest. Each member sets up a table presentation where they will include a sample of their crop, information on their crop season, what food is made from their crop and what they have learned this year. They are awarded on their field tour, sign, achievement day presentation, questionnaire and record book. Every year we see the kids get better at all these aspects and are proud of our young farmers. Q. What is one piece of advice you would give other leaders? A. Be patient but also encouraging! Encourage members to be creative, don’t focus on the hard parts. Show how these are all great life skills that they are learning. Q. Is there anything else you’d like to mention? A. Join 4-H it’s a great program, it raises leaders!

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Volunteer Leader - Robyn MacNeil Q. When did you become a leader? A. My husband Thomas had taken over the beef project in 2017. He needed some help and since I was already doing things in the background, I decided to officially become a leader in 2018. Q. Why did you decide to get involved in 4-H as a leader? A. Our daughters have been in 4-H for a while now and I love what 4-H has to offer. Skill building, public speaking and teamwork, just to name a few. I just wanted to be more involved within the club. I was living in a big city in Alberta before I moved to Saskatchewan and I didn’t know anything about 4-H until my girls asked to join. The more I learned and saw what the organization had to offer these young people, the more I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I really wanted to share my love for cows and apparently I’m too old to be a member. Q. What is the most rewarding part about being a leader? A. I think that I can honestly say, like most leaders, seeing the confidence levels that grow from the tiniest of cloverbuds to a senior full of knowledge that wants to give that knowledge is tremendous. It’s an honour to know that you may have been involved in a small part of that. Q. Do you have any mentors you have looked up to in your leader role? Why is support important? A. I am privileged to know two wonderful women who have been a part of 4-H for what seems like forever. Lisa Nestman and Linda Senchuk are two hardworking, caring and strong women who have giving so much time and effort to this organization. Their support is so important because, and not to sound too cheesy, it has taught me the true meaning and reasoning behind what 4-H is really about. They are always willing to answer a question or help with an idea. Their energy and giving nature makes our extended community a better place. When they talk to the younger generation about their 4-H stories, it is inspiring. Q. What do you think makes a good leader? A. A good leader is someone who is willing to listen and ask questions. Communication is also key, especially between members, parents and leaders. Being a good leader is knowing it’s okay to ask for help and that no matter what age you are, learning never stops. Q. What projects do you lead? A. I am a Beef and Veterinary leader. Q. What types of challenges have you faced as a 4-H leader and how have you overcome them? A. The challenges for me are planning meetings, figuring out dates and times that work for most of the families to attend, scheduling guest speakers and field trips and having the members stay focussed throughout the meetings. The members in our Beef and Veterinary projects are so smart, enthusiastic, passionate and caring. They are just an all-around great group of kids. We are fortunate that they don’t complain if the meeting was too boring, which we very much appreciate (Robyn laughs). I just want the meetings to be fun and enjoyable and sometimes they don’t always end up that way. We’ve learned to ask the members what they want to learn and focus on those ideas through the year. We roll with the punches and try not to stress too much. Q. What is it like leading a multi project club? A. Our club is a multiple club with projects such as Beef, Light Horse, Animal tracking, Animal Trapping, Welding, Poultry and Veterinary. With the amount of members, parents and leaders, things can get frazzled at times.

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Q. What is it like leading your projects?

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You not only manage your project but you help other leaders manage the club as a whole as well. We have an amazing group of leaders that work hard to keep things running as smoothly as possible. At times I don’t know how our general leaders, Sara, Jolyn and Houston, as well as all the other leaders, do it but as long as we respect each other, learn to compromise and keep things calm, issues seem to resolve themselves. You have to know that in the end you can’t make everyone happy and at times, hard decisions have to be made. Always remember that if things are too hard to handle, that’s what your Regional Specialist is for! In our club, I think we are lucky because we are more than a club, we are a 4-H family.

A. We try to keep things light and easy. We have come to understand quickly that members like to learn to do by doing. Interactive meetings are the most fun. I like to make the members laugh and watch them help each other. I find that field trips and guest speakers help a lot too. Their new ideas and information are great tools when regular meetings get a little mundane. Q. Do you have any advice you would give other leaders? A. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s from parents, other leaders from within your club, leaders from other clubs, neighbours, friends and other resources. I have a very hard time asking for help because I think it makes me seem weak. I’ve learned over time that there are so many great people around me that want to help. Over the years we have had so many parents volunteer like Barney, Michelle and Brandon who help us out a lot. They are such great people and help whatever we ask of them. Asking is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength and that’s something else I want our members to learn. Q. Do you have any tips on leading projects that you aren’t necessarily an expert on? A. I think this has to be my favourite question because it pertains to me to a tee. I love cattle! I love talking and asking questions about cows and one of my favourite seasons has to be calving time. Wait, is that a season because it should be! I’ve been around cattle for many years. Now with that being said, I learn something new all the time. My knowledge comes from working with cattle every day, great neighbours, friends, veterinarians and going to bull sales with a guy that should learn to keep his hand down. I am nowhere near an expert and our beef members know that. I made a ‘Cow Jeopardy’ game one year and to my surprise the members answered all of the hard questions with ease while I was still looking up the answers. Being the leader of a project, you are not an expert in is scary but fun. As long as you have a passion for a project and remember that those members signed up for that project because you have that same interest, you teach but also learn together. Trust me, it makes things very interesting. I think I have ended up in one of the member’s record books each year in an embarrassing photo of something I was trying to teach. Q. Can you tell us a bit about what your field trips and interesting experiences mean to your members? A. Hopefully that they’ve had fun and have learned at least one cool new thing. Field trips and experiences give the members the opportunity to see and try new things as well as meet new people. Q. Are there any interesting stories from being a leader you’d like to share? A. A neighbour had a cow pass away and it happened to be around the time we were having a beef meeting. We have a great leader and parent in our club that is also a butcher and he agreed to open up the animal and show the members what the inside of a cow looks like. It was awesome, fascinating, gross and smelled a little but to see the actual cow parts in real life, instead of looking in a book, was truly amazing. Or at least that’s what the members told me. I was outside getting air. (Robyn laughs) Q. How do you promote 4-H in your community? A. I became a 4-H South West Leader Ambassador in 2020 and have taken on the role again this coming 4-H year. Due to Covid, it was very hard to get out and promote 4-H in 2020. With the help of the wonderful staff Bits & Pieces

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Volunteer Leader Robyn MacNeil continued... at 4-H Saskatchewan and our great Regional Specialist Kaitlyn, I hope to do some presentations at schools in Southern Saskatchewan. More importantly, the city schools if possible. Our world is changing and being a part of a beef producing family, knowledge of where our food comes from is extremely important. Getting out the proper information to young children, which comes from a real producer, is crucial in sustaining our industry. Q. Anything else you’d like to mention? A. If you can, go to Leaderama, AGM or other 4-H events. These events are a lot of fun and the amount of information you get is so helpful. The people you meet are wonderful and they are just as excited to share and learn new ideas as much as you are. My older daughter went to AGM. She enjoyed it so much she put her name for election and is now a member of the 4-H Advisory council. Promoting these events within your club can open up a whole new avenue for members like travelling, scholarships and so much more.

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Join us for the 2022 Senior Bus Trip When: Where: Cost:

July 28 - 30, 2022 Central Saskatchewan tour! - Saskatoon to Regina/Moose Jaw $150

Join us for an adventure across Saskatchewan! Senior members will learn about careers and the 4-H pillars while enjoying the wonderful sights of our beautiful province! •

For more information, please email or call Shelby at 306-933-6961.

Summer Camp is Back!

4-H Events and Opportunities

4-H Saskatchewan Events & Opportunities

We are looking forward to having two week long summer camps for 2022! 4-H Summer Camp is a fun filled event planned around the 4-H Canada Leadership pillars. Each day has new activities and camp classics such as wide games, a talent show and a dance.

North Summer Camp

Sun, Aug 14 - Fri, Aug 19 Big River Bible Camp

South Summer Camp

Wed., Aug 24 - Tue, Aug 30 Katepwa Lake Camp • • • •

Open to all 4-H members ages 9 and up! Campers are ages 9-14, CITs are 15, and counsellors are 16 and up. Cost- $300 early bird registration (deadline April 5) $350 after April 5 For more details, please email or call Shelby at 306-933-6961.

Thank you to Nutrien for sponsoring 4-H Summer Camp!

We are also looking for camp counsellors, CITs, and leader/volunteer chaperones! Bits & Pieces

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Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation

Saskatchewan 4-H Foundations News The Trustees

The Advisors

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Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn, Dean, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan and Chairperson of the Foundation Taylor Wildeman, Treasurer William Cooper, Trustee and Donor Patti Durand, Trustee Sarah Hein, Representative, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Mike Kirzinger, Representative, Saskatchewan 4-H Council

Corporate Donors

Cameron Choquette, President, Saskatchewan 4-H Council • Becky Huber, Vice President, Saskatchewan 4-H Council • Shelby Corey, Executive Director, Saskatchewan 4-H Council Many thanks to our outgoing Trustees: • Les Ferguson • Dr. Mary Buhr • Duane Bristow • Shelley Jones

The generous donations received from a variety of businesses and other interested organizations form the bulk of the Foundation’s annual contributions. Corporate donors are honoured for achieving established recognition categories.



Bronze Clover Club $5,000 to $9,999

Blue Clover Club $3,000 to $4,999

What is the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation? The Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation was incorporated in 1960, and has played a significant role in the success of the 4-H Saskatchewan program throughout the years. The Foundation solicits and receives donations from a wide variety of sources, and invests the funds under the direction of a volunteer Board of Trustees and a Financial Advisor. The growth of the Foundation is essential for the long-term security of the 4-H program. The Foundation is run from the same offices as the Saskatchewan 4-H Council. The most encouraging aspect of supporting the Foundation is that the money you give today will not only support current 4-H members, leaders, and programs, but will continue to work for the benefit of future generations of 4-H members. The Foundation is a Registered Charity and can issue receipts for income tax purposes. Page 46

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May 5, 2021 to May 5, 2022 The generous donations received from a variety of businesses and other interested organizations form the bulk of the Foundation’s annual contributions. Corporate donors are honoured for achieving established recognition categories.

Green Clover Club $1,000 to $2,999

Eagle Creek Watershed Group Inc.

Riverview Riders 4-H Club

Rural Municipality Of Dundurn No. 314

White Clover Club $50 to $999

Browning 4-H Light Horse Club Canyon Rigging Inc. City Of Estevan District #10 4-H Council District #28 4-H Council District #3/4 4-H Council District #33 4-H Council District #35 4-H Council District #41 4-H Council District #41 4-H Council District #5 4-H Council District #5 4-H Council District #5 4-H Council District #9 4-H Council District 40 4-H Council District 40 4-H Council Early’s Farm and Garden Centre Lane Realty Corp. R.M. Of Browning No. 34 R.M. Of Browning No. 34 R.M. Of Cupar No. 218

R.M. Of Hillsdale No. 440 R.M. Of Lost River No. 313 R.M. Of Lumsden No 189 R.M. Of Mariposa No. 350 R.M. Of Moosomin No. 121 R.M. Of Pleasant Valley No. 288 R.M. Of Terrell No. 101 R.M. Of Usborne No. 310 R.M. Of Willowdale No. 153 R.M. Of Winslow No. 319 RM Of Beaver River No. 622 Rural Municipality Of Calder No. 241 Rural Municipality Of Emerald No. 277 Rural Municipality Of Glen McPherson No. 46 Rural Municipality Of Snipe Lake No. 259 Rural Municipality Of White Valley No. 49 Village Of Briercrest Village Of Hodgeville Village Of Meacham Village Of Pelly

Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation

Corporate Donors

$1 to $49 Lashburn & District Combined Appeal

For more information about the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation, please contact: Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation 3830 Thatcher Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7R 1A5 Phone: 306-933-7727 Fax: 306-933-7730 Email: Bits & Pieces

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Individual Donors

May 5, 2021 - May 5, 2022

The individuals below made an investment in 4-H Saskatchewan in 2021. Individual investments are cumulative as of January 1, 1991. Therefore, investors move from category to category throughout their lifetime(s).

Circle of Friends



Bill & Gail Cooper Betty Lang

$5,000 to $9,999 Arthur and Shirley and Froehlich Glenn & Cherilyn Gress Thlema Howard William LaClare

Lorne McConaghy Clinton & Niki Panter Valerie and Jamie Pearson Marlene Tymiak


$2,000 to $4,999 Marc and Tania Bellanger Rob and Julie Black Duane& Ella Bristow Stan and Shelly Figley Colin Haggart

Lina Klein Tara Holland Timothy McNulty Vi Protz Nora & Cody Schock Wayne and Jean Sibley

Brenda and Jim Stone B.W. Whatley Faye and T.D. Woodworth

Friend of 4-H $1,000 to $1,999

Dennis and Elizabeth Baragar Hazel Blake Kati Culbertson Bert and Joy de Gooijer Dwight Doering Doering David Brian Fowler Edgar and Ruby Harder Calder Hawkesford Susan and Bruce Hipkin Myrla and Kent Holland Rebecca Huber

Wayne and Dorothy Johnstone Mike and Nancy Kirzinger Ronald and Ruth Morningstar William and Gail Nell Carol and Corey Nordal Gladys Raymond Pam and Brent Sattler Brittany Stepp Rob Stone Trevis Ventures Ltd./Trevis McConaghy Cera Youngson


$500 to $999 Helen Bangura Heidi Beierbach Richard and Karen and Briggs Blair and LeeAnn Brost David (Herb) Ford Mabel Hobbs Bobby and Elaine Jones Page 48

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$250 to $499 Helen Adamko Terry and Penny Adamson Cameron Choquette Sharyl Erickson

Jason Frey Joan Kapeller Eulalia Klein-Rutten Dayle and Dixie Martinson

Maureen McIsaac David Wassell Glenn Wiseman

Contributor $100 to $249

Brenda Brown Debra Cowan Lorne and Maureen Ferguson Karen Filipowich Houston and Sara Forman Leonard and Mandie Foster Claude Georget

Sheila Gerbig Michell Heidecker Bob Keep Emily Letendre Brandy Magnus Tiffany Peters Makaila Peutert

Jackie Raddatz Norma Jean and Ronald Robb Julian and Sharon Slywka Eric and Myrna Sorenson Larry Spratt Emily Wignes

Supporter $1 to $99

Susan Avramenko Bar-N Ranch & Cattle Co. Paula Beattie Ray & Gaye Beechy Tabatha Buhler Leah Clark Harold and Kathleen Crowhurst Florence Denton Sandra Dorosz Rebecca Fitzsimmons Julia Forman Donna Friesen

In Memoriam

Jerry and Beryle Harrick Don & Joyce Humbert Kaitlyn Kitzan Ursula Kovacs Angela Letendre Christine MacDonald Kennedy MacNeil Robyn MacNeil Jessica McLeod Terry and Wendy Melvin Amanda Morland Doreen Myers

Donations were made on behalf of: John Rayner Bee Drayton Julia Wahl Lionel Beer Mark Smith Pamela Hawreluik

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Omar’s Welding Jesse Procyk Erin Romanuik Lorraine Serhienko Faith Stevens Allie Thiemann Bev and Blaine Tollefson Triple S Cattle Co. Jeanelle Warner Meryl Wood Doug Yaremko

In Tribute

In Tribute donations were made on behalf of: Tom Travis The 4-H Staff Team Pamela Hawreluik

Alfred Sattler Lyle Fox Sr. Bernie Payne

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Support 4-H Saskatchewan More than 100 years of building youth leadership through our motto “Learn To Do By Doing”

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Thank you for your generous gift! Your financial assistance is an important contribution to fulfill our commitment to Saskatchewan’s youth. Contributions made today will not only support current 4-H members, but will also support 4-H’ers and their activities for years to come. Through your gift, 4-H Saskatchewan will be able to continue to provide opportunities for youth to reach their full potential.

The Value of the 4-H Program Members of 4-H Saskatchewan and their families help preserve the values and sense of responsibility that enrich the social fabric of our communities. 4-H provides opportunities for young citizens to reach their full potential. 4-H members set goals and develop leadership skills (public speaking, decision making, parliamentary procedure, record keeping and meeting management). Through provincial, national and international programs, 4-H members can expand their knowledge and horizons. 4-H members are self-starters, entrepreneurial and adaptable. The future of Saskatchewan is in the hands of our young people. Your gift will help meet the ever-changing needs of 4-H in Saskatchewan, its programs, opportunities and resources. Page 50

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hen asked to choose a highlight of her 4-H experience, Marlene Tymiak explained that her 4-H journey started at the age of 14 in the Kelliher 4-H Homecraft Club. Her siblings, Maureen, Brian and Rob were also 4-H members, making it a real family affair and allowing them all to follow in their dad’s footsteps, as he was a 4-H member growing up and a 4-H leader for 5 years. Marlene was a member for 5 years and would go on to be a leader of the same club for 32 years! In those 32 years, her 2 daughters were each a member for 8 years. So, you could say that the Kelliher 4-H Homecraft Club is dear to her heart. Marlene remembers back to her member years and gives a little giggle, “In 1967 I was part of the first group of campers selected to attend Camp Rayner (Rayner Center), and in 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, I know exactly where I was--back at Camp Rayner!” Another highlight was being asked to be one of the guest speakers at the Rayner Centre Bash in 1997. Over the years Marlene attended many AGM’s, chaperoned an exchange and even attended a few 4-H National Conferences. She has given back to 4-H with many volunteer hours, not only as a leader but by also being on the District 39 board, the East Central board and even 10 years on the Provincial board. Marlene was part of the 4-H Centennial committee and has been involved in public speaking over the years by being on committees and judging locally, regionally and provincially. She was on the 4-H Provincial Curling Committee twice - with one of the events held right in her hometown of Kelliher.

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A great honour was bestowed on Marlene, when District 39 nominated her to be inducted into the Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame. She was inducted on March 24, 2007. “I’m thankful for having a supportive husband, Jim and daughters, Tarilynn & Corilynn, because without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do as much as I’ve done,” Marlene said when listing everything she has done.

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Marlene Tymiak - Featured Donor

It does not end there. With Marlene’s giving nature, she also donates to 4-H Saskatchewan yearly. When asked why she chooses to give back to 4-H Marlene said, “It’s the top of my list. 4-H gave me lots, including friendships, some that have lasted for more than 50 years, and I want to help give the youth of our province the opportunities to grow from the youth of today into the phenomenal leaders of tomorrow.” Marlene credits Mrs. Eileen Dunlop, her first General Leader, for instilling within her, the love of 4-H and says that her favourite part of 4-H back then was sewing. She still uses those sewing skills and says that she probably wouldn’t have those skills if it wasn’t for 4-H. She also thanks her parents for the opportunity to join when she was 14 because without them, she wouldn’t have had a chance to do any of what she has done with 4-H. Well Marlene, we at 4-H Saskatchewan would also like to thank your parents for giving us an amazing member, leader, volunteer, donor and friend!

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News from 4-H Clubs and Districts

Club and District News Wild Rose 4-H Beef Club Raises $150,000 with Charity Steer Submitted by Olivia Woytiuk The charity steer has been a highlight of the Prince Albert Regional 4-H Show and Sale for many years. Each year one club is responsible for raising and auctioning off a steer with all proceeds going to a charity of that club’s choice. This year was the Wild Rose 4-H Clubs’ turn and they chose the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan as their charity. The club has two parents that were diagnosed this past year with cancer, so this was an easy choice. Malcolm Jenkins of Prince Albert Canadian Tire was approached for a donation, but he did better than that - he pledged to match all donations the club received. With that offer the excitement began. Members of the club canvassed their friends, family and local businesses to sell tickets prior to the sale. The steer was also then auctioned off at the sale on June 14 by Dutch Auction where every $20 you bid earned you a ticket and a chance to win the steer. The bids came in fast and furious from people and businesses in the stands during the sale. When the smoke cleared the club raised $49,390. Combined with Malcolm Jenkin’s generous match the club announced that the Cancer Foundation would be receiving $98,780. But it didn’t stop there. A Facebook post by a community member got the attention of another business in Alberta that contacted the club to make another donation to reach the $100,000 mark!! Later that week, Olivia Woytiuk, President of the Wild Rose 4-H Club was interviewed on the popular John Gormley radio show. That interview got the attention the attention of the CFO of the JGL group of businesses, and they were so inspired by the club’s hard work, the charity of choice, and by Malcolm Jenkins’ generosity that they decided to match the club’s funds raised as well. Therefore, after raising and auctioning a single steer, the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan will be presented with a grand total of $150,000.

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Wild Rose 4-H Beef Club cont... The Wild Rose Club is overwhelmed by the response and grateful to each and everyone that donated. These funds will be put towards an important Saskatchewan charity that helps so many families in our province that are affected by cancer. The donation will be directed to the purchase of a 4D CT Scan Simulator for use at the cancer centre in Saskatoon. The club would like to give special thanks to their fellow clubs – Weldon, West P.A.and Canwood for their support, JGL Livestock for donating the steer, Provanto for donating the feed, the Oleksyn family for caring and raising the steer and to Malcolm Jenkins and JGL for their generosity and inspiration to the next generation of the agriculture industry. The 4-H program has always emphasized community service and giving back to the community. The support received from the people and businesses of our communities is always appreciated. All of our 4-H members are proud to be a part of the 4H program and to have taken part in the special charity steer fundraiser. To top off the excitement both of our club parents battling cancer have won their hard fought battles!!!

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Club and District News

Pool Noodle Horses and Fundraisers with the Browning Multiple 4-H Club Glenn (Gress) finally got his blue roan to ride! Lots of fun was had by all at the Browning Multiple 4-H Club fundraiser in August, 2021. Held at Prairie Crocus Equestrian Center at the Grand Reopening celebration in honour of the reopening of Saskatchewan, attendees enjoyed a fun-filled day with games, petting zoo, crafts, pony rides, bouncy castles and some yummy treats and food to support the Family Centre and the 4-H Club! The club sold ice cream and organized games.

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South-East Saskatchewan 4-H Clubs Raise Funds For Ukraine Throughout the month of April, three 4-H clubs in the south-east area of Saskatchewan sold plants to fundraise for the Ukraine. The Fairmede 4-H Beef Club, Riders and Wranglers 4-H Club and Moosomin 4-H Multi-Club participated in the ‘Growing Smiles’ fundraiser. “We specifically did this fundraiser for Ukraine efforts; we haven’t done a fundraiser in a few years now so we thought it was time to do one,” said Rory Greenback, president of Fairmede 4-H Beef Club. “We’re selling plants. Once they are shipped from Alberta, we’ll be giving flowers to people on May 18.” The clubs offered different choices for plant purchases including patio pots, flats of petunias, hanging pots, strawberries, succulents, herbs and various vegetable packages. Rory said that one of the reasons for organizing the fundraiser is because individuals who are part of 4-H clubs, take a pledge to give back to the community. “The last part of the pledge is ‘health for better living, for my club, for my community, for my country and my world’ so it’s saying that we would like to help out when we can.” The clubs went door-to-door with order forms, posted on their Facebook pages and made phone calls to reach out to community members. Rory said she was excited about finally being able to help out. “I think that will be the best part - to finally help in the community and actually give back. It will help get the club back out there and help people see that we’re still here, and that we’re willing to help.” Rory added that she is happy to be the president and a member of the Fairmede 4-H Beef Club. “It’s a great group of people to be in included in and it’s great to be part of the club.” Story excerpt by Sierra D’Souza Butts. Petunia photo (lower left) by Lacey Day/

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4-H Events & Opportunities

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4-H Saskatchewan Pumpkin Growing Contest 4-H Events & Opportunities

We hope you have your pumpkins planted because the 4-H Saskatchewan Pumpkin Growing Contest is back for 2022! The Pumpkin Growing Contest falls under the “Agriculture and Food Security” pillar, and is closely aligned with 4-H Saskatchewan’s Field Crops, Gardening and Foods projects. Through the Pumpkin Growing Contest, you will incorporate measurement concepts, preparation skills, research abilities and patience... in addition to learning basic fundamentals of growing and caring for your pumpkins.

DEADLINE: Sign up by July 1, 2022 ... further details at Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 4-H Saskatchewan Pumpkin Growing Contest! The judges had a tough time choosing the winning pumpkins, as you all grew HUGE pumpkins and were very creative along the way. After much deliberation, the judges decided the following: • • • • • •

Heaviest Pumpkin - Ryley McKenzie, Kerrobert Multiple 4-H Club Prettiest Pumpkin - Cale Charko, Moose Range 4-H Beef Club Ugliest Pumpkin - Vanessa Charko, Carrot River Light Horse 4-H Club Most Creative - Vanessa Charko, Carrot River Light Horse 4-H Club Best Carving - Colton Thomas, Senlac Multiple 4-H Club Best Pumpkin Recipe - Blake Thomas, Senlac Multiple 4-H Club We hope to see you enter again this year! Thank you to OSC for donating the pumpkin seed for this event.

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Provincial Program Sponsors

Premiere $100,000+

The Ministry of Agriculture supports 4-H in providing leadership development and agriculture education opportunities through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a cost-shared initiative between the federal and provincial governments. The Ministry of Agricultures’ commitment includes an annual grant, as well as significant in-kind contributions of office space, supplies and services. They also provide a representative to sit on our Board of Directors.


$25,000 - 100,000 The Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust provides funding through the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association grant program to help fund our 4-H programs. The Western Producer is a long-time supporter of 4-H Saskatchewan. They provide us with in-kind advertising in their publications, as well as lottery prizes and a scholarship for members. Nutrien has a focus on moving the agriculture industry and the world forward. They provide annual funding to help with 4-H programming and are the title sponsor of 4-H Saskatchewan camp programs.

Outstanding $10,000 - 24,999

Developing and promoting the beef industry in Sask.

Providing youth development programs through Agri-Competitiveness Program.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

Working to help farmers grow food more sustainably.



$5,000 - 9,999

$1,000 - 4,999

Canadian Association of Farm Advisors

Saputo SeCan



Ritchie Bros.


Saskatchewan Horse Federation


Mart 100% Canadian Owned

$250 - 999

Northland Livestock Tradex Commodity Group Inc.

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Calendar of 4-H Events 76th Annual Regional 4-H Show & Sale

May 31-June 1


SAAE 75th Regional 4-H Show & Sale

June 5-6


4-H Saskatchewan Golf Tournament

June 24


Prairieland Junior Ag Showcase

June 28-July 4


Regional Judging

July 1

Swift Current

Regional Judging

July 2


Regional Judging

July 4


Interclub 4-H Show & Sale

July 4-6


Regional Show

July 5-7


Regional Beef Show & Sale

July 6-7


Regional 4-H Beef Show & Sale

July 10-11


4-H at Ag in Motion

July 19-21


Senior Bus Trip

July 28-30


4-H Summer Camp North

Aug 14-19

Big River

4-H Summer Camp South

Aug 24-30

Katepwa Lake

Deadlines Camp Registration

Jun. 15

4-H Golf Tournament sign-up (must be 19+)

June 19

Pumpkin Growing Contest sign-up

July 1

Leader Screening

Oct 15

Club Registration

Nov 15

Hall of Fame Nomination

Dec 31


Dec 31

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A 4-H ‘all families email’ will be sent out the middle of each month which will include need-to-know information about upcoming 4-H opportunities and deadlines. You will also find updates on the 4-H website and social media channels!

Follow your Regional 4-H Specialist on Facebook! Want to stay in contact with your Regional 4-H Specialist? Follow them on Facebook! Use the search bar to type in their page name! • For Kalynne Martin, search “North West Regional 4-H Specialist” • For Raeanne Pettifer, search “North East Regional 4-H Specialist” • For Kaitlyn Keller, search “South West Regional 4-H Specialist” • For Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, search “South East Regional 4-H Specialist” Bits & Pieces

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ts i K e m o H t A H Exploring 4PLANTING ON THE PRAIRIES • •

Six activities; three hands-on and three paper-based Focused on native Saskatchewan wildflowers, giving participants a chance to get their hands dirty and learn something new about our province’s natural ecosystems.

4-H families will get to plant many different types of native foliage, as well as watching their plants grow indoors throughout the winter until spring comes in 2022.


4-H Science Kit that will lead members down an electrifying learning journey! Hands on learning activities around circuits, robots & small engines.

We hope you order this shockingly exciting kit as it is fun for the whole family!

CROP LAND • • • •

Fast-paced card-game that is fun and educational (ages 9+) Learn about Saskatchewan staples: wheat, barley, mustard, canola, lentils & peas) as you work to bring your crop from seed to silo. Face farming challenges head-on and help your fellow farmers bring in their yields to win.

* The development of these kits was possible thanks to the support of Cargill (Crop Land and Planting on the Prairies) and Finning (Circuit Central)

Preorder these and other 4-H kits today while supplies last at:

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