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ALBERTA MAGAZINE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WHO CAN SUBMIT ARTICLES AND PHOTOS? Members, clubs, families, leaders, volunteers, and 4-H alumni. Articles MUST be 200 words or less (This includes headline, byline, and photo cutline) • Write about any 4-H thing you want! • Need a resource? Check out The Canadian Press Stylebook at your local library. IDEAS: • What was the highlight of your 4-H year/career?

TABLE OF CONTENTS 6....................... Provincial News 7-15.................. Regional News And Events 16-27................ Centennial Celebrations 28-29............... Travel 30 .................... 4-H Canada 31 ..................... Awards

• Share stories and photos of adventure with your 4-H friends

31-37................ The People Of 4-H Alberta

• How did you raise your animal the 4-H way?

38-40.............. 4-H Projects

• Why is your 4-H club the best in Alberta? • Where did your club volunteer, or raise funds this year?

41-42............... 4-H Camps

• Or simply tell a great story!

44-47.............. Fun, Food, Fashion & 4-H Alumni

Pictures MUST be at least 1MB in size -- Printing images on a page and viewing images on your phone/computer are two different things. Google “print resolution” for more information. • We want to see pictures of you and your 4-H friends learning, and having fun! • Submit 1-2 photos as an email attachment only, do not embed images in the body of the email. • Don’t forget to include the first and last names of everyone in the photo, where it was taken, and what they were doing. THINGS TO AVOID: • Writing a laundry list: such as results from competitions, or club activities. • Old news, such as club activities/ events featured in the previous 4-H magazine. • You spent a lot of time thinking, writing, revising, editing, writing some more and then editing it a few more times to make everything perfect, so we will do our best publish your article and photo. However, some articles and photos may be reduced in size or withheld for future publications. Still have questions? Do not hesitate to contact us. Email all submissions to: magazine@4h.ab.ca.

4-H ALBERTA MAGAZINE Editor: Mike Shiplack, Communications & Online Projects Specialist 4-H Section, Government of Alberta Content Contributor: Jolene Rudisuela, Program Assistant 4-H Section, Government of Alberta Quality Control Expert: Cameron Horner, Communications Specialist 4-H Section, Government of Alberta Design and Layout: Perpetual Notion Design Inc. www.perpetualnotion.ca Distribution to Public: Winter, Spring Advertising Inquirers Please direct all advertising inquiries, including submission deadlines, to the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, foundation@4hab.com or 1-877-682-2153.

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CONTACT US Do you have questions for 4-H Alberta? Find the right person in your region to help you. For a complete list of 4-H Section staff, 4-H Foundation of Alberta Staff, and 4-H Council of Alberta staff and directors please visit www.4h.ab.ca/contact.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHERE YOU COME FROM I’ve never been a farmer or lived the blessed country life. I’ve never been in 4-H, and I’m not even an Albertan. Nope. I am a city kid from Regina, Saskatchewan. So why is a guy who has never shoed a horse, shoveled a barn, or mended a fence editing a magazine for 4-H Alberta’s Centennial year? Because I am a storyteller. And, despite not being raised in the country, my agricultural roots grow deep. My grandparents were raised on the farm, and our century old homestead is still outside Montmartre. So I grew up understanding what rural hospitality means, the importance of family, and the value of a job well done. And this is why I want to tell your story– or, to be more precise, help you tell the 4-H Alberta story. In just 8 months I have met many of you in the barns and stables of your local agricultural centres, visited the heart of 4-H in Westerose at the 4-H Centre, and I was posting as 4-H Alberta on Facebook since May (that’s me in the first 2 seconds of the Facebook Live video during the Centennial Kick-off… d’oh!). And despite every 4-H story being a bit different, everyone I have interviewed knows how fortunate they are to have 4-H in their life. You will meet them all in the Faces of 4-H project. During my short time here, I was trying to understand just what it means to “Learn to Do By Doing”. And I’ve figured it out. It means taking responsibility, being accountable, and having confidence in yourself. Never forget that. Many city kids with no rural ties struggle to understand the simple values that are at the core of 4-H. This is your edge; your advantage in life. Take it from a city kid who knows. Congratulations on your century of achievement, and thank you for the life lesson.

Mike Shiplack 4-H Alberta Communications and Online Projects Specialist Government of Alberta

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Regional Specialist – Northwest: Stacy Murray P: 780-674-8250 E: stacy.murray@gov.ab.ca

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4-H Section Director: Diane McCann-Hiltz P: (780) 422 6081 E: Diane.McCann-Hiltz@gov.ab.ca

4-H Volunteer Development Specialist: Alesha Hill P: 780-644-8550 E: alesha.hill@gov.ab.ca Marketing and Learning Tools: Cindy Kremer P: 780-427-4309 E: cindy.kremer@gov.ab.ca Electronic Systems Coordinator: Corinne Skulmoski P: 780-427-4340 E: corinne.skulmoski@gov.ab.ca Club Supplies Distribution: Josanne Simonot P: 780-422-4444

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Regional Specialist – Peace: Penny Steffen P: 780-835-7537 E: penny.steffen@gov.ab.ca

LETHBRIDGE

South Region Office Agriculture Centre, 100, 5401 1 AVE S LETHBRIDGE, AB. T1J 4V6

Regional Specialist – South: Ginny Smith P: 403-381-5815 E: ginny.smith@gov.ab.ca

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Provincial Building, 4920 51 ST RED DEER, AB. T4N 6K8

Leadership Specialist: Shari Hanson P: 403-754-3105 E: shari.hanson@gov.ab.ca

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Communications Specialist: Cameron Horner P: 780-968-3519 E: cameron.horner@gov.ab.ca

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2016 CANADIAN YOUNG SPEAKERS FOR AGRICULTURE WINNER SPENCER GRALING, St. Paul 4-H Multi Club

It is an honor to be given the opportunity to represent 4-H Alberta at the CYSA competition and speak against competitors of profound calibre, present my own message and make connections with ambassadors of the agriculture industry.

I was fortunate enough to not only compete at the national level, but, with the support of my family and community, come home a CYSA champion!

a little politics in the future, my ability to verbally connect with others – an ability that I acquired through public speaking – is, and always will be, essential.

Looking back on my experience at the CYSA competition, and my whole 4-H public speaking experience in general, I am overcome with a feeling of gratitude. Over the past 8 years, 4-H has given me an outlet unlike any other to hone my speaking abilities and grow as a student, leader and citizen. Now, more than ever, I can appreciate my communication abilities as I explore my post-secondary options and arrange my future. Whether it be chairing 4-H meetings now or carrying out a job interview, managing a corporation and possibly even trying out

“To see someone as proud as the Canadian cattle producer provide such professional care and attention to their livestock and then be labelled as inhumane in practice and be economically punished through outsourcing is truly disheartening. That is, until I realized exactly what the problem plaguing our nation’s beef industry is, and it all comes down to one word: CERTIFIED.” Quote from Graling’s award winning speech, The Name of The Game.

MY 50 YEARS WITH 4-H MARGUERITE STARK, 4-H Ponoka Dairy Club 1966 - Section Head 4-H Alberta 2016

We need to look ahead, and focus on knowing and understanding each other’s strengths, and be comfortable with being dependent on other team members when they have the skills, ability, knowledge, experience, and capability to do the work in the best possible way…

Photo by Richard Wintle

Erinn Jones (Balzac 4-H Beef Club), is the recipient of the 2016 LEAD Scholarship in the Science & Technology pillar. The scholarship also includes mentorship with Brett Wilson, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former Dragon’s Den panelist. “Mentorship remains one of the most powerful tools to help young leaders discover their path, and this scholarship, with the support of our partner CN, has allowed for us to once again assist four outstanding 4-H’ers as they dedicate themselves to achieving greatness in their studies and beyond,” -- Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada.

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For me, my personal values and the values inherent in 4-H are the same. I thank the 4-H program for: • B eing the place where I could be myself, and learn about who I am • B eing the place where I could accept and appreciate others

• P roviding my kids with a place where they too could learn to do by doing in a safe challenging and rewarding environment • T he opportunity to make friends, serve my community, and observe the truly incredible experiences our youth have. Let’s continue to be reliable and responsive to ensure we each do our part in ensuring quality work, and continue to communicate with each other by supporting each other’s work, being transparent and open, share in each other successes and help each other when needed.

• B eing the place where I always had a friend, a confidant, a mentor and a guide • B eing the place where I was always valued for what I could contribute, the knowledge I could share, and the expertise that I could use • B eing the very best place to work, to grow and to learn • P roviding me and my family with unique opportunities, learning together and family involvement

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As a grandma, Marguerite Stark will have her hands full helping raise the next generation of 4-H Alberta.


1. South Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

57 66 958 88 256 79

2. Calgary Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

55 50 961 102 278 50

3A. West Central Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

54 34 824 154 267 51

3B. East Central Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

32 55 541 79 198 31

4. Northeast Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

45 48 724 152 258 26

5. Northwest Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

62 63 1019 108 376 68

6. Peace 4-H Alberta statistics are from the 4-H Alberta 2015-2016 Club Year: Statistics Report.

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Active Clubs Projects Available Members Cleaver Kids Leaders Volunteers

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LETHBRIDGE-COALDALE 4-H BEEF CLUB This year, the club has 16 members and 2 club leaders. The club includes a heifer, 2 year old and 3 year old beef breeding projects, and the pheasant project brings some diversity to the club as well. They are excited to have members in the market beef project compete in the provincial carcass competition. Last year, Coaldale 4-H Beef Club successfully raised a charity steer with funds going to the Jack Ady Cancer Center – the steer sold seven times, raising a grand total of $35,000!

SOUTH REGION NEWS Vauxhall, AB – For the first time 4-H members throughout the South gathered to compete in the Regional Consumer Decision Making Workshop and Competition. Junior to intermediate members tested their judging skills to determine the true value of everything from jeans, backpacks and even a family cruise vacation. For example, which pair of ladies jeans best fit the criteria of attending a branding all day, followed by a barbecue and then a dance? It was the perfect way to test those 4-H skills for members not involved with an animal project.

As the current general leader, Rebecca Tokariuk (pictured at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre) is only in her mid- 20’s, but she is making a major impact in her community. As a past successful member and a very solid 4-H supporter, she was recently elected as the Lethbridge 4-H District Council president -- following in her mother’s footsteps, Elizabeth Tokariuk. #4HABCLUB

Photo by Dorthea Mills. First place winners were: Lindsey Brower, Shortgrass Beef Club (junior class); Jessie Ferguson, Hays Beef Club (intermediate class); and Candace Halvorson, Shortgrass Beef Club (senior class).

SOUTH REGIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 4-H Cloverville JANUARY 7 Exhibition Park, Lethbridge, AB. Visitors will have the chance to watch presentations on the stage area, learn about South Regional 4-H history, watch demos, look at art displays, work on some crafts and much more. Make sure you stay for the banquet!

1st Annual S.M.I.L.E. (Senior Members Inspiring Leadership Event) JANUARY 27-29 Seven Person Hall in Seven Person, AB. Hosted by the South Region Ambassadors, senior members from the South Region are welcome to attend this three-day event filled with outdoor activities, a dance, lifeskills workshops and more!

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Registration and further event details to be announced. Questions? Contact Christine Suominen at csuom97@gmail.com or 587-679-5978

Regional Communications Competition

Green Certificate Testing Dates

There are four levels of competition (club, district, regional and provincial). The top two members at each competition advance to the next level. Advancing to regional or provincial competitions is a very big accomplishment as there are approximately 2,000 people competing in each age category (junior 9-11 intermediate 12-14, senior 15+).

FEB 1 -2, MAR 22-23, APR 12 Coaldale Community Centre The program includes Cow-calf, Feedlot, Swine Field Crop, Irrigated Crop, Dairy, Equine, Sheep, Beekeeping, Greenhouse. For more information contact: Becky Domoleswki, Phone: 403-320-3202 ext 5234, Fax: 1-888-435-4827, Email: becky.domolewski @lethbridgecollege.ca

Snow Fest 2017 FEBRUARY 15-17 Whispering Pines Bible Camp, Elkwater, AB.

MARCH 11 Lethbridge College, Lethbridge, AB.

Regional Multi-Species Judging Competition APRIL 20 Claresholm, AB. Mark it down on your calendar now, and don’t forget to check back often for more information as we get closer to the date.

Experience a fun-filled weekend with other members from your region including skiing or snowboarding and fun camp activities! Register by January 30, 2017.

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Aggie Days APRIL 25 Lethbridge Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB Mark it down on your calendar now, and don’t forget to check back often for more information as we get closer to the date. For more information on any of these 4-H Alberta events visit the website and click the calendar of events. Questions? Contact: Ginny Smith, 4-H Specialist for the South Region. Phone: 310-0000 then 403-381-5815, Fax: 310-0000 then 780-835-3600, Email: ginny.smith@gov.ab.ca


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4-H ON PARADE BRINGS RURAL ALBERTA TO CALGARY JOLENE RUDISUELA, Communications and Marketing Assistant

Walking through the Calgary Stampede grounds during 4-H on Parade, it can be easy to forget you’re in the city.

Livestock clubs had a strong presence with heifer, steer, sheep and horse shows filling the Agrium Western Events Centre, culminating in the steer and sheep sale on the last day.

Perfectly groomed horses with trimmed manes and braided tails clip-clop across the pavement; steers and heifers let out bellowing moos as they lumber through the barns; sheep stand in wash racks

But livestock weren’t the only animals on the grounds. The canine clubs showcased their dogs in obedience and agility

For many Calgary region 4-hers, 4-H on Parade is more than simply an opportunity to show off their projects. It is also a chance for members from all different disciplines to see more of what 4-H has to offer and to make connections with others throughout the region.

"THE CALGARY REGION TOOK OVER THE STAMPEDE GROUNDS." where their wool is soaped and cleaned, and dogs of all sizes run up ramps and jump over bars on the agility course. From June 3-5, 2016, the biggest 4-H Alberta event in the Calgary region took over the Stampede grounds, and though it was a very busy weekend for 4-Hers, it was also very rewarding. The months of work and preparation were evident as the high caliber of competition wowed judges and spectators alike. – not to mention potential buyers.

competitions. On Saturday, spectators were even treated to a very informative and entertaining demonstration from the two and four legged members of the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit. The annual life skills competition took place throughout the weekend as well, featuring different categories such as photography, cooking, sewing, and welding. Archery members put their skills to the test on the range on Saturday, and many multi-club members sold their projects in the life skills silent auction.

#4HABPROJECT There were several horse competitions throughout the day such as English Riding.

CALGARY REGIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 Winter Bonanza

Curling Event

Horse Committee Meeting

JANUARY 6 Kamp Kiwanis, Bragg Creek, AB.

FEBRUARY 20 Location: TBD

MARCH 8 Airdrie Ag Building, Airdrie, AB.

This junior and intermediate 4-H camp is a fantastic way to enjoy winter and have fun with other 4-H’ers from across the Calgary region.

Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates. For more information contact: Lexi Hoy, Phone: 403-948-8501, Email: alexia.hoy@gov.ab.ca

Regional Council Meeting

Senior Ski Trip

Horse clubs and leaders are welcome to attend this general meeting to help promote and enhance 4-H equine projects, programs, and opportunities while addressing the needs of the 4-H member.

FEBRUARY 1 Airdrie Ag Building, Airdrie, AB.

MARCH 3 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, FEBRUARY 1

Learn what’s planned for the Calgary Region. Club representatives play a vital role in the communication link through the 4-H Council system. All clubs, leaders and members are welcome to attend.

Panorama Mountain Resort, Invermere, BC.

Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates. The main contact for the event is Bevin Hamilton, Phone: 403-586-1676, Email: westcentral4halumni@gmail.com

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Multi-Judging Competition MARCH 25 Olds College, Olds, AB. Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates. For more information contact: Lexi Hoy, Phone: 310-0000 then 403-9488501, Fax: 403-948-2069, Email: alexia.hoy@gov.ab.ca

Communications Competition

4-H on Parade

MARCH 25 Strathmore, AB.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, APRIL 1

There are four levels of competition (club, district, regional and provincial). The top two members at each competition advance to the next level. Advancing to regional or provincial competitions is a very big accomplishment as there are approximately 2,000 people competing in each age category (junior 9-11 intermediate 12-14, senior 15+).

4-H on Parade showcases horse, steer and heifer shows, demonstrations of small engines, computer and other lifestyle projects, sheep trimming, showmanship, agility dog trials, and a Tug-o-War competition. The event concludes with the sheep and steer sales. Prospective buyers will not want to miss the opportunity to purchase quality products raised by Alberta youth.

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FEATURED 4-H FOR THE WEST CENTRAL REGION West Central Wranglers showing their colors, to support 4-H in Alberta. The photo was taken in the Innisfail United Church. They prepared 100 clovers, with their 100 favorite things about 4-H, to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Alberta.

ACHIEVEMENT DAY FOR THE TEES 4-H WRANGLERS AT THE TEES RODEO GROUNDS

#4HABCLUB Back row (left to right): Hannah Leischner, Amy Van aar, Leslee Leischner, Mandy Van aar, Joleen Van aar, Abby Jackson, Ashlee Schneider. Front row: Annika Vetterli, Madison Levangie, Ellie Newton, and Carlee Schneider.

Back row- Maria Meston, Jordynn Storey, Nikki Hiron, Brayden Jax Meston, Morgan Chodzicki, Sawyer Schmidt, Rylee Storey, Sam Schmidt. Front Row- Sydnie Schmidt, Clem Hewines, Braidy Meston, Chet Meston, Will Hewines, BreAnnah Henry, Haley Ell, Lucienne Henry, Lucas Moulton.

WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 Public Speaking Workshop JANUARY 8 Burman University, Lacombe, AB. Keynote Speaker for the workshop is Elizabeth George, an experienced professional public speaker. The program includes a presentation about public speaking, writing speeches, tips, and useful strategies. Note, registration deadline for this event was December 20, 2016.

Regional Light Horse Committee Meeting JAN 17, FEB 21, & APR 18 Kozy Korner, Lacombe, AB. Representatives from 4-H equine clubs across the West Central region meet to discuss the Light Horse Committee issues. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

Regional Council Meeting JANUARY 25 AND APRIL 5 Lacombe Memorial Centre, Lacombe, AB.

4-H Judging Seminar at the Canadian Bull Congress

4-H Night with the Red Deer Rebels

JANUARY 28 Camrose Regional Exhibition, Camrose, AB.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 6

A judging workshop consisting of three sessions running in three different rooms. Please see session descriptions for information to be covered in each session, and age restrictions. There are maximum numbers a club may register for session 1 and 2 .Open to all 4-H members. Note, registration was December 16, 2016.

Regional Multi Species Judging Competition FEBRUARY 11 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 1

Lakedell Ag Complex, Westerose, AB. Possible judging and identification classes include, Heifers, sheep, grains, feeds, and consumer goods. Volunteers are needed so please at least two volunteers per registered club.

FEBRUARY 11 Red Deer Centrium, Red Deer, AB. The Rebels face-off against the Regina Pats! This event is open to all 4-H Clubs in the West Central 4-H Region and East Central 4-H Region. Tickets are only $10 per person.

Junior Winter Camp MARCH 3 - 5 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 15

Alberta 4-H Centre, Battle Lake, AB. This year’s camp will include great sessions, games, group activities and lots of fun. All 4-H members in the region who are between the ages of 9 and 12 (as of January 1, 2017) are invited to register for Winter Camp. Maximum of 80 campers.

Learn what’s planned for the West Central Region. Club representatives play a vital role in the communication link through the 4-H Council system. All clubs, leaders and members are welcome to attend.

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4-H ALBERTA MAGAZINE // SECTION 2: REGIONAL NEWS & EVENTS

Regional Presentations MARCH 11 Red Deer, AB. Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates. A minimum of one presentation in each age category (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) from each of the six districts in the West Central 4-H Region (Camrose, Lacombe, Ponoka, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Wetaskiwin) will be invited to participate in the regional competition.

Regional Consumer Decision Making MARCH 22 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, MARCH 7

Location, TBD.

Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates. Every day we make decisions about what to eat, wear, listen to and many many more things. Consumer Decision making helps 4-H members learn about some of the points to consider when purchasing every day consumer items. After making the decisions members will be given the opportunity to defend them.


STETTLER — 4-H Alberta’s Colour Me Green made its debut on Aug. 28, 2016 in Stettler, at West Stettler Park, welcoming over 200 participants of all ages and capabilities. Organized by 4-H Alberta Ambassadors as a not-for-profit event, Colour Me Green is an inclusive colour run experience drawing participants from across the province. The coloured powder is vibrant, non-toxic cornstarch which is thrown at participants as they move by; the paint is diluted, non-toxic finger-paint that is shot out of water cannons. “This family and community orientated event invites people from all walks of life,” Executive Director of Colour Me Green, Aaryn Lynham, says. “Colour Me Green may get messy, but that’s what makes it an absolute blast!”

Colour stations were sponsored by UFA, County of Stettler, Eastland Transport and East Central Region 4-H Council. Costume contest prizes were supplied by ATB and Crooked Lakes Livestock & Grain Ltd. Water was provided by Sean’s No Frills and Peavey Mart, with Kubota sponsoring the side-by-side. The Town of Stettler graciously hosted this year’s event with use of West Stettler Park and their facilities. Colour Me Green is 4-H Alberta’s newest event and will be featured during the 4-H Centennial celebrations being hosted in Olds in August, 2017.

Established in 2016, 4-H Alberta’s Colour Me Green is a colour run experience that welcomes 4-Hers (members, family, friends, alumni) and local community participants alike. Colour Me Green is a not-for-profit event organized by 4-H Alberta Ambassadors that welcomes 200+ participants of all ages and capabilities to promote 4-H, fitness and fun! For information on upcoming events and more, please visit www.facebook.com/ colourmegreen4hab. Contact Aaryn Lynham for further information or with questions at colourmegreen4hab@gmail.com. Reprinted with permission from 4-H Alberta’s Colour Me Green executive.

East Central Region 4-H Alberta Ambassador, Austin Andrew, says, “The event mission statement truly captures what 4-H is about… Colour Me Green: helping to promote our health to better living, for our community and county.” T-shirt decoration stations allowed the customization of event t-shirts. A costume contest, with various categories, was judged by East Central Region 4-H Alberta Ambassadors, with prizes awarded. Colour Me Green was possible due to the generous support of many sponsors.

#4HABAMBASSADORS There was no shortage of colour at this fun run in Stettler.

EAST CENTRAL REGIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 Fun Day

4-H Night with the Red Deer Rebels

JANUARY 7 William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus, Stettler, AB.

FEBRUARY 11 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 6

Plan to join us for a great day of sessions that will be a combination of physical activities and hands-on sessions. Don’t forget your swim suit! The day is provided free of charge compliments of the Agricultural Societies in the East Central Region and a few other sponsors.

Regional Consumer Decision Making JANUARY 15 Drumheller District Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates.

Red Deer Centrium, Red Deer, AB. The Rebels face-off against the Regina Pats! This event is open to all 4-H Clubs in the West Central 4-H Region and East Central 4-H Region. Tickets are only $10 per person.

Multi Species Judging FEBRUARY 19 Location, TBD

Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates.

Junior Winter Camp

Multi Species Judging

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 15

FEBRUARY 20 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, FEBRUARY 9

Killam AgriPlex, Killam, AB.

Possible judging and identification classes include, Heifers, sheep, grains, feeds, and consumer goods. For more information and to pre-register contact, Jess Rosiechuk: 780-386-3887 or email: lscp@xplornet.com.

FEBRUARY 24-26 Circle Square Ranch, near Halkirk This camp will include sessions, games, group activities and lots of fun! All 4-H members in the region who are between the ages of 9 and 12 (as of January 1, 2017) are invited to register for Winter Camp. Maximum 100 campers.

Workshop on Judging and Reasons - two sessions will be offered, one for beginners and one for more advanced judges.

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4-H ALBERTA “COLOUR ME GREEN” RUN DEBUTS IN STETTLER


4-H CLUBS FROM AROUND THE REGION COMPETE FOR BEST CAMPSITE.

NORTHWEST REGION ‘FOCUSES’ ON ALL KINDS OF 4-H JOLENE RUDISUELA, Communications and Marketing Assistant

Though rain and mud may have bogged down campers and horse trailers, it wasn’t enough to dampen the 4-H spirit at Focus on 4-H. From June 30 to July 3, the town of Mayerthorpe played host to the largest 4-H event in the northwest region. Not only was Focus on 4-H an opportunity for 4-Hers to compete against others in the region, it was a chance for them to catch a glimpse of the other projects 4-H has to offer. “Focus on 4-H is my absolute favourite 4-H event,” says Shawna McLaughlin, one of the northwest region’s newest Ambassadors. “Just seeing all the different projects at once is awesome. It’s great to have one event where you can see what the sheep kids are doing or the beef kids or the life skills kids.” A member of the R.Q.B. Rancheros 4-H Multi Club and the Gibbons 4-H Sew & Sos, Shawna says she started her 4-H career as a life skills member but after coming to Focus on 4-H and seeing the variety of opportunities, she decided to give the horse project a try.

“I wanted to experience a whole bunch of different projects,” says Shawna. “I had my own horse already and after seeing what they were doing, I thought, ‘hey, I really want to do that with my horse.’”

“It’s a great way for the kids to bring out and show off the projects that they worked on all year long,” he says. “As long as it’s a multi project show, it’s great for the kids.”

So how many different projects were there? The event schedule was jam packed, featuring heifer, horse, sheep, goat, and canine shows, as well as the life skills competition and silent auction. Livestock and canine members also had the chance to compete in the costume show, dressing themselves and their animals up like a piñata, taco, and even a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Though 4-Hers were kept very busy with their projects, there was also lots of time for fun throughout the weekend with drop in crafts, science fun, junk wars, and the annual lip sync competition. The entire weekend was wrapped up nicely with a traditional 4-H dinner and a dance combo. Sidney Livingstone has been the Chairman of the Focus on 4-H Committee for four years and says the event was a big success.

#4HABPROJECTS Horse competitions are always a huge part of Focus on 4-H.

Lisa Van Loon of the T&M 4-H Club wins the costume contest with her 100% beef taco outfit.

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Frosty Fun

JANUARY 4 Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 13

The Oil Kings face-off against the Vancouver Giants. Don’t forget to wear your 4-H colours to help turn Rogers Place green! Note, deadline for tickets was December 1st, 2016.

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Western Canadian Judging Competition MARCH 10

Camp Nakamun, Busby, AB.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, FEBRUARY 21

This 4-H winter camp is open to Northwest 4-H members 12-15 years of ages (as of January 1, 2017). Registration is limited to 60 campers. Don’t forget to pack your warm clothes!

Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta, would like to extend an invitation to you and your team to attend our 29th annual competition. The competition will again

Lakeland College, Vermillion, AB.

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include both intercollegiate teams and 4-H teams. The classes to be judged will include both livestock and crop classes.


Vermilion, Alberta – Over the weekend of August 5-7th, senior 4-H Alberta members from across the province, who qualitied at their regional judging competitions, competed to determine who has the most critical judging skills in the province. In total, 45 4-H Alberta members reviewed and judged swine, goat, sheep, horse, bull, dairy, beefheifers, crop, and even cuts of beef. The competition is designed to help senior 4-Hers become better, more efficient decision makers. They are first asked to observe, analyze and compare various animals and items in a class. After judging a variety of animals they must vocally provide reasons to a judge from memory, without the aid of written notes. This not only tests memory, but it cultivates communication skills and offers practice to organize thoughts while giving oral reasons. This year’s Top Overall Judge is Rebecca Hennig from Wembley, AB. Jared Couch from Sundre, AB, took second place; and Heather Taylor from Wembley, AB, won third.

Top recipients from a variety of classes are then awarded travel opportunities throughout Western Canada, and the U.S. For example, 8 members will travel to Agribition in Regina, SK (November 2016); four members will travel to Billings, Montana for the Northern International Livestock Exhibition (October 2016); and four members will attend the 93rd Annual Western 4-H Roundup in Denver, Colorado (January 2017).

The event wrapped on Saturday night with a banquet and award ceremony at Lakeland College. The 2016 Multi Species Judging Competition was presented by ATB Financial. Supporting sponsors included: Kubota, Viterra, and Lakeland College Canada.

Evaluation results from the 4-H Alberta Multi Species Judging Competition showed that 97.78% of attendees learned something new, and also gained or improved their communication and presentation skills. Over 80% of all who attended now understand more about the opportunities and issues in the beef, sheep, dairy, pig, goat, and horse industry. Not only is this event a great opportunity for 4-H Members to learn new skills, but it’s also a great event for 4-H Alberta leaders and alumni to share their expertise and training in their related industries. For example, Official Judge, Kevin Wirsta, owner of K-Cow Ranch and 4-H Alberta Elk Point Beef Club alumni, shared his decades of knowledge raising cattle in Alberta. Joe Folkerts, alumni from the Lacombe Dairy Club, is now a Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) Technician who tests the health of dairy cows from around the province.

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4-H’ers from across Alberta travelled to Vermilion for a chance to compete in judging competitions across Canada and the U.S.

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You Be the Judge / Adventure Day

Western Canadian Judging Competition

Spring Fling Camp

JANUARY 4 Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB.

FEBRUARY 4 Lakeland College, Vermilion

MARCH 10

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, MARCH 31

The Oil Kings face-off against the Vancouver Giants. Don’t forget to wear your 4-H colours to help turn Rogers Place green! Note, deadline for tickets was December 1st, 2016.

Remember to save the date for this exciting event! Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates.

Annual Council Meeting

Communications Competition MARCH 4 Lac La Biche District

JANUARY 21 St. Paul Ag Society, St. Paul, AB. Learn what’s planned for the North East Region in 2017. Club representatives play a vital role in the communication link through the 4-H Council system. All clubs, leaders and members are welcome to attend.

Make sure you save the date for this upcoming event. Please check the online 4-H Calendar for updates.

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Lakeland College, Vermillion, AB. Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta, would like to extend an invitation to you and your team to attend our 29th annual competition. The competition will again include both intercollegiate teams and 4-H teams. The classes to be judged will include both livestock and crop classes.

APRIL 7 - 8 Vermilion River, Beaver district, AB. This exciting camp opportunity is open for intermediate 4-H members (12-14 years old) in the North East Region. Don’t forget your warm clothes and swim suit! Senior 4-H members (15 years or older) interested in being a counselor need to apply by March 15th.

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AIDON GIRVAN Fairview 4-H Livestock Club 2 years, Beef Project How did you get involved in 4-H A few of my friends thought that I should join because it was really fun and they needed more people in that club. I thought it’d be fun because I’d just moved onto a cow farm and I really enjoyed working with the cows so I thought… hey let’s try it out – if I don’t like it, just won’t do it next year. Turns out I really enjoyed it.

Dixonville 4-H Multi Club has 8 Member's and 1 Cleaver in 4-H this year. Our Projects include Exploring 4-H with an emphasis on Go Karts, Horse, Photography, Visual Arts, Veterinary Sciences and Foods. The Community of Dixonville is a little Hamlet but has the biggest heart when it comes to supporting 4-H, for the last 40 years there has been everyone in the community involved in some way, as members, volunteers, spectators, judges and sponsors of this club. Our club is planning to do an event to recognize all these people this year, details are still in the works but it will be a fun event for all that have had something to do with 4-H to attend!

Lorna Scott Dixonville 4-H Multi Club, General Leader #4HABCLUB

How has 4-H had a positive impact on your life? Lots of really, really, really good friends. I’ll never take that for granted.

“I’M A STRONGER PERSON THAN I EVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED.” Describe 4-H to someone who has never heard of it before. 4-H isn’t just animals and it isn’t just multi club, it can be anything from archery to making shelves to showing a cow. It’s a wide, wide range of activities and it’s the best thing you’ll ever do.

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the communication link through the 4-H Council system. All clubs, leaders and members are welcome to attend.

JANUARY 6 -7 Lakota Centre, Dawson Creek, BC Open to 4-H’ers of all ages. Check the 4-H online calendar for updates. For more information contact: Penny Steffen, Phone: 310-0000 then 780-835-7537, Fax: 310-0000 then 780-835-3600, Email: penny.steffen@gov.ab.ca

Regional Council Meeting JANUARY 14 AND APRIL 29 GPRC, Fairview, AB

Winter Daze FEBRUARY 3-5 REGISTRATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 29

Camp Tamarack, Grande Prairie, AB Get ready for a few days of winter fun and excitement! This camp is open to both junior (9-11 year olds) and intermediate (12-14 year olds) 4-H members. Check the 4-H online calendar for updates.

Communications Competition MARCH 25 North Peace District, location TBD There are four levels of competition (club, district, regional and provincial). The top two members at each competition advance to the next level. Advancing to regional or provincial competitions is a very big accomplishment as there are approximately 2,000 people competing in each age category (junior 9-11 intermediate 12-14, senior 15+). Visit the 4-H online calendar for updates.

Spring Rally APRIL 8 Fairview, Alberta Open to 4-H members across the Peace Region. Visit the 4-H online calendar for updates.

Learn what’s planned for the Peace Region in 2017. Club representatives play a vital role in

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FACES OF 4-H It’s the people that make 4-H special. In honour of 4-H Alberta’s Centennial year, hear the stories and advice of 100 people that have made a real difference in their community. From Peace River to Lethbridge, Hinton to Lloydminister, Faces of 4-H includes the members, leaders, volunteers, and alumni that will continue to make 4-H Alberta grow for the next 100 years. The questions remain virtually the same — with a few tweaks here and there: What club do you belong to, and what’s your project(s)? How many years in 4-H? Why did you get involved? Explain how 4-H has positively impacted your life. Describe 4-H to someone who has never heard of it before. How do you think 4-H Alberta will continue to grow for another 100 years?

Feel free to use these questions to post a few stories of your own. This is your history. Enjoy! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. @4Halberta

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Not everyone was convinced of the need for scientific training for farmers, and Mr. Elliott spent a great deal of time traveling muddy roads meeting with farmers, young people, and teachers. There are even stories of Mr. Elliott pumping his way down the railroad on an old hand-car, stopping at towns along the way to talk about the college.

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ou may know that W. J. Elliott was the founder of 4-H in Alberta and that he was the first principal of Olds College. Aside from those two important facts, you probably know very little about the man who was.

education existed in the province. A quotation from a speech given by Mr. Elliott to a Creamery Convention in 1913 illustrates his ideas about the importance of education for farmers:

In 1916, the departments of agriculture and education initiated a program of “school fairs”. Boys and girls would produce a plot of potatoes, a garden, or raise an animal and display the end product with the goal being to interest school aged children in agriculture. The staff of the schools of agriculture organized and distributed the seed and eggs, visited the schools to instruct the children on their exhibits and inspected the gardens and plots. Mr. Elliott was keenly involved in this program. The development of 4-H clubs was a natural extension of the school fairs. In 1917, with the support of the Bank of Commerce, Mr. Elliott set up the first club in Olds. The bank loaned $30 to each boy and girl to purchase two small registered sows, which the young people fed and cared for. The hogs were exhibited at the Olds Boys and Girls Fall Fair. The bank returned the majority of the interest charged to the members by way of prizes at the fair. Boars were later purchased so that the members could raise piglets the next spring. In 1918, Mr. Elliott was put in charge of organizing pig clubs throughout the province. That year, clubs were organized in thirteen different locations, with a total membership of 255. These swine clubs were the vehicle through which modern hog breeds were introduced to Alberta farms.

“THESE SWINE CLUBS WERE THE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH MODERN HOG BREEDS WERE INTRODUCED TO ALBERTA FARMS.”

Mr. W. J. Elliott was born in Huron County, Ontario in 1875. He received his B.S.A. from the Agricultural College at Guelph in 1898. He had arrived at the college four years earlier with only $46 in cash and consequently had to work his way through college, mainly at neighbouring dairy farms. After graduation, he worked at a cheese factory and managed a large creamery in Minnesota.

In 1910, he moved to Alberta and became superintendent of Agriculture for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1913, the government of Alberta set up three Schools of Agriculture, at Olds, Claresholm, and Vermilion. Mr. Elliott was appointed principal of the School at Olds. Until that time, no facilities for agricultural

“Today there is a vast change coming along the lines of what constitutes an education, and thinking men are coming to believe that the best education possible is that which will train the young man or the young woman to intelligently earn their living. ... many young boys on our farms are set to feed cattle, and they have no idea whatever why a dairy cow should be fed a certain ration and a beef cow an entirely different ration. Here, then, is where the agricultural school may do a vast good for the boys on the farm. The courses as given will include stock judging, feeding and management, soils, their composition and cultivation; crops and their handling and a certain amount of blacksmith and carpenter work.

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The whole course will be designed to give the boy an intelligent idea of what real practical mixed farming means... “


Continued from previous page In 1919, Mr. Elliott left Olds College to become the superintendent of the Livestock Branch for the United Grain Growers (UGG). After five years with the UGG, he became Principal of the Vermilion School of Agriculture, where he remained until 1937. In 1937, Mr. Elliott was transferred to Edmonton to become Director of

Junior Activities for the Department of Agriculture. A major part of his work was supervising the 4-H clubs, or the Boys and Girls Clubs as they were known then. He served as President of the Canadian 4-H Council in 1938. He retired from the department in 1941. After moving to British Columbia, he worked on a volunteer basis helping wounded veterans locate agricultural positions. Mr. Elliott later returned to Edmonton, where he passed away in 1953.

Mr. Elliott was directly involved with the education of rural young people for 30 years. He has been described as a born teacher who had the ability to share his enthusiasm with his students. We owe to him the honour of founding the 4-H program in Alberta, which has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of young Albertans. W.J. Elliott was inducted into the 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame in 1992.

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UFA HELPS 4-H ALBERTA STAND OUT FROM THE HERD UFA and 4-H Alberta have been working together for more than 75 years towards a common goal: to support Alberta’s rural communities and cultivate the next generation of leaders. UFA is proud to have helped over 7,000 4-H members and leaders in over 360 clubs who, along with their families, are building sustainable rural communities. At its core, 4-H Alberta encourages youth to become leaders in their community by participating in projects that help them develop life skills and learn the value of hard work—and of course, have fun! UFA proudly supports this mandate with the following programs:

4-H CENTENNIAL CONTEST To celebrate 100 years of learning, leading, and growing in local communities, UFA is asking 4-H clubs to build a project that tells the world about the people and moments that make 4-H something they are proud to belong to. Show us what it means to “Stand Out from the Herd” and your 4-H club could win one of several cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $3,000! 18

HANDS-ON WITH UFA UFA is excited to offer 4-H clubs the opportunity to learn to do by doing with educational workshops at select UFA locations. Each workshop is unique and participants are guaranteed to develop life skills and new friendships, while having fun! Some of the things 4-H members can learn are: Farm Safety, Credit 101, Co-operative Basics, Tack Cleaning, Animal Care and Goal Setting.

4-H CREDIT PROGRAM It’s never too early for the leaders of tomorrow to learn about financial responsibility. In collaboration with ATB Financial, UFA is offering 4-H members the opportunity to apply for up to $3,000 in credit for feed and supplies for their yearly 4-H projects. For more information on our partnership and programs, please visit UFA.com. For over 75 years, UFA continues to support Alberta’s future through 4-H.

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CARSTAIRS 4-H BEEF CLUB CELEBRATES 75 YEARS 1942-2017 The Carstairs 4-H Beef Club began in 1942, and hosted their first ever “field day” on May 29, 1943 at a local farm yard, with 5 other clubs participating.

On June 10, 1992, the Carstairs 4-H Beef Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a unique event – a Steer Classic! There were 27 4-H Alumni that

Throughout the years, the club grew and the show became larger as well Not only did the members participate in 4-H activities, but they have always been active within the community as well. Members took part in the Highway Clean-up program, delivering telephone books, Christmas Carolling at the Manor, raising money for Stars, volunteering at various fundraising events, raising money for the Community Hall showcase, etc.

"TEACHING CHILDREN THE VALUE OF LEARNING TO DO BY DOING REMAINS THE SAME." participated in the 50th Steer Classic. We are planning on recreating the Steer Classic for the 75th Anniversary on May 23, 2017. We are hoping that we will have

some 3 generation alumni families that will be participating in our fun filled day! The past 75 years have been filled with so many wonderful memories, lasting friendships, numerous achievements, and multiple skills. We are super excited to be celebrating the Club’s 75th and look forward to visiting with alumni, as well as other 4-H supporters that we hope will come and enjoy the day with us. Mark your calendars and be sure to come to Carstairs and enjoy the festivities. Watch our facebook page “Carstairs 4-H Club 75th Anniversary” for further updates.

CENTENNIAL KICK-OFF WAS A SUCCESS! 4-H Alberta was excited to launch its centennial celebration in grand style on November 9 at Farmfair International in Edmonton. We plan to paint Alberta 4-H Green in 2017 to mark 100 years of 4-H in this province. The Centennial “Kick Off” is just us getting started. In addition to a multitude of dignitaries in attendance, the Kick Off showcased the provincial initiatives that will highlight our milestone – and there was enough birthday cake for everyone! The emcee for the afternoon was Christine Suominen, 2016 Premier’s award winner. She introduced delegates: Jamie Curran, Assistant Deputy Minister; Keith Luft, Vice Chair of 4-H Foundation of Alberta; Lyanne Almberg, President of 4-H Council of Alberta; Tim Bowman, 4-H alumni representative; and Stacy Murray, section staff for 4-H Alberta’s Northwest region.

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A highlight of the Kick-Off event included a live performance from Alberta’s own country music artist, Blake Reid. 4-H Alberta is beyond pleased to announce the release of our new 4-H song to celebrate 100 years. Titled, Room To Grow the song perfectly captures why 4-H is an integral part of Alberta’s rural and agriculture roots. Today, there are more than 335 clubs, over 5,500 members, and 750 leaders in Alberta. And each one continues to make a real difference in their hometown, throughout the province, and around the world by participating in the countless opportunities that 4-H Alberta program provides. Follow the official 4-H Centennial website, http://4hab100.ca/ for updates and list of events, and learn more about 4-H Alberta by visiting http://www.4h.ab.ca.

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Cleaver made sure there was enough birthday cake for everyone!

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HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF

4-H Alberta?

JOIN TEAM 4-H ALBERTA! GET YOUR LIMITED EDITION HOCKEY JERSEY Help us paint Alberta 4-H green for 2017 by purchasing your own unique, high quality, limited edition Centennial hockey jersey! Each jersey will be authentically signed by the Management Committee (Council, Foundation & Section) to make them one of a kind. Wear it with 4-H Pride or hang it in your home or office to show family, friends, and even co-workers that you are part of the 4-H Alberta Team!

CENTENNIAL CALENDARS The 4-H Centennial History Showcase is a 16 month calendar with 44 pages of pictures and stories, telling about the origins of projects, public speaking, the Alberta 4-H Centre, awards and 4-H through a century. Each registered 2016/17 4-H family receives a complimentary copy of this historic memento with their club supplies. Calendars are also available for purchase at $20 each. Proceeds will help pay for the 100th anniversary celebrations.

Only 100 jerseys will be printed, so order today to get your favourite number! No duplicate numbers will be available. The price includes the name or words of your choice at no extra charge on the back. (12 letters max)

CENTENNIAL BALE TARPS Nothing says “proud 4-H supporter” more than a bale wrapped with a tarp sporting 4-H Alberta’s centennial logo. The 4-H Centennial Celebrations Marketing Committee is challenging 4-H’ers to see how many of these bale tarps we can place throughout the province. 4-H clubs, districts, regions, families, alumni or sponsors should all consider adding one of these to their property until the end of 2017! Two size options available for purchase: • Single tarp wrap: 5’ x 18’ • Double tarp wrap: 10’ x 18’

Pictured here is the double tarp wrap.

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$100 FOR 100 YEARS CAMPAIGN Make 4-H Alberta is your charity of choice in 2017! Visit fundrazr.com/4-HAlberta100 to help support another 100 years of 4-H in Alberta or scan the QR code with your smart phone.

ORDER YOUR 4-H JERSEY, BALE TARP, OR CALENDAR AND SUPPORT ANOTHER 100 YEARS OF 4-H ALBERTA! Contact 4-H Alberta: 1-877-682-2153 or order online at 4hab100.ca/merchandise All proceeds will help pay for the 100th anniversary celebrations!

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4-H ALBERTA’S CENTENNIAL Check off the ways you have celebrated the Centennial, and write-in new ideas of your own. Then share it with your 4-H club!

23. Have a club, district, or regional Centennial reunion.

24. Have a Centennial colouring contest for the local area / Cleaver Kids.

25. Have an ice cream social and celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Alberta!

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Attend the Official Centennial Kick Off at Farmfair (Nov. 9, 2016) at Northlands, Edmonton.

Purchase Centennial clothing.

Proudly display a 4-H Centennial bale tarp on your property. Designed for a round bale and works great on a grain bin or as a banner, etc.

14. Join the celebration at 4-H Fever in Olds — August 2016.

13. Attend the Official Centennial Kick Off at Farmfair International (Nov. 9, 2016) at Northlands, Edmonton.

12. Talk about the Centennial on local radio talk shows.

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Enter a Centennial float in a community parade.

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42. Enter a Centennial float in a community parade.

41. Promote the 4-H Centennial on a local radio station.

40. Develop a 4-H display for your local library or museum.

39. Host a 4-H Centennial street dance.

38. Talk about the Centennial on local radio talk shows.

37. Set up a Centennial display at your local ATB or UFA location.

AS A COMMUNITY

26. Host a Centennial 4-H Alberta photo contest with pictures that are both new and old. 27. 28. 29. 30.

3. Join the celebration at 4-H Fever in Olds — August 2016.

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15. Organize a 100th birthday celebration, and invite 4-H and other youth from your community to attend.

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Locate how many 4-H centennial bales you have in your area as a club or individual.

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18. Hold a hula-hoop, yo-yo or other funny competition to see who can reach 100 turns or 100 seconds without making a mistake. Award prizes, take pictures, and submit to the local paper and on social media #4hab100. 19. Make your 4-H Club meeting activity warm-up or icebreaker an old-fashioned game. 20. Have a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to 4-H Alberta in honour of your 4-H Club. 21. As a 4-H project, create a history based on the 4-H history of your club, district, or in Alberta. 22. As a club, locate how many 4-H Centennial bales you have in your area.

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Seniors and leaders can register to attend Western Regional Leaders Forum in March, 2016. (This is the first time this event will be held in Canada!)

16. Create a giant cake featuring the 4-H Centennial logo: invite the community and the media!

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With your parent’s permission, paint something green and then share it with us on social media #4hab100.

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43. Hold a Centennial breakfast at a community event.

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83. Have a 4-H Centennial scavenger hunt.

84. At a local fair, sponsor a 4-H treasure / history hunt through the barns and buildings on the fairgrounds where 4-H projects are exhibited with activity / information stations. Design a ‘treasure map’ to direct people around the grounds. Participants can turn in the completed map for a prize!

85. Have a 4-H birthday party at the local seniors centre or long-term care facility. Create games, decorate, and provide refreshments with a 4-H theme. Then share stories with seniors about what life was like when they were ages 9 – 19 years old.

86. Have a Centennial colouring contest for the local area / Cleaver Kids

87. Have an ice cream social and celebrate 4-H.

88. Host a Centennial 4-H photo contest featuring old and new pictures. Award prizes like 4-H Alberta Centennial Anniversary Calendar!

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74. Feature a 4-H Centennial booth at local fairs that shows photos and share stories of 4-H in the area.

73. Need a gift for judges or a thank you — think about a 4-H Centennial Calendar.

72. Set up an Interclub Exchange: discover a new part of Alberta while meeting new friends!

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58. Put the centennial logo on EVERYTHING! Programs, letterhead, posters, websites, email, brochures, etc.

79. Host a Centennial concert featuring the talents of current 4-H’ers and alumni -- and maybe ask Blake Reid to perform the Centennial song, “Room to Grow”. 80. Collect 100 items (ex. 100 food items, school supplies, gloves, hats, etc.) and present them at a Centennial event.

59. Take a club picture with your 4-H Centennial banner and submit it with an article to your local paper describing how your club (or district) is celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Alberta. 60. Theme your Club or District Speak Offs for the 4-H Centennial.

81. Have a 4-H Centennial scavenger hunt. 82. Hold a hula-hoop, yo-yo or other funny competition to see who can reach 100 turns or 100 seconds without making a mistake. Award prizes, take pictures, and submit to the local paper and on social media #4hab100.

61. Have members create Centennial posters, and feature them in prominent locations. 62. Set up a Centennial display at your local ATB or UFA location. 63. Purchase Centennial clothing.

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Adult Leaders

Register now for WRLF 2017 MARCH 16-18, 2017 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Early Bird: December 31, 2016 Regular: January 20, 2017 Late: February 15, 2017

The Western Regional Leaders’ Forum (WRLF) conference was started in California in 1966 as a staff and volunteer joint effort and years later it is still going strong! Since 1975, 4-H Alberta has been sending individuals to participate in

The conference will packed with tours, sessions, key note speakers, entertainment, and tons of networking with 4-Hers. Educational components and large group sessions range from project skill development, team building, personal development, communication, program management, and positive youth development. Don’t forget that you will get to mix and mingle with 4-H leaders from across Canada and the United States!

Teen Track The Teen Track portion of WRLF invites 4-H members age 15-20 to explore “4-H Around the World” and “Inspiring Rural Development”. Teens will have

the opportunity to participate in regular WRLF sessions, along with Teen Track-exclusive sessions. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to speakers who are change-makers in their own communities, and the opportunity to work with fellow 4-H members to develop an action plan for improving rural communities. In addition to the educational portion of this conference, you’ll be able to network, attend an optional trip to the West Edmonton Mall, and participate in a banquet and a dance. Not to mention, come a day early and take in the Alberta country on one of the pre-forum tours! Register Online: www.cvent.com/d/fvq2w7 For updates visit: www.4hab100.ca/WRLF Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WRLF2017/ On social media follow: #WRLF2017

4-H ALBERTA CENTENNIAL EVENTS 4-H ALBERTA CENTENNIAL FEVER AUGUST 3-7 Olds Regional Exhibition, Olds, AB. This signature event is the opportunity for 4-H’ers – past, present and future – to come together and celebrate 100 years of community, friendship and opportunity.

Project Showcases and Workshop Demonstrations Core to 4-H Fever is to elevate the project experience of ‘Learning to Do by Doing’ through this once-in-a-lifetime competition that will build both camaraderie and new skills. This includes showcasing Beef, Sheep, Dairy, Equine, Pheasants, Life Skills Projects. An area will also be set aside to for workshop demonstrations that will include examples of 4-H’s most popular projects.

Kids’ Corner Hands-on, self-driven activities age appropriate for ages 8 and under involving activities and large games planned at scheduled times that could be signed up for and facilitated by Alberta 4-H Council Directors.

The Meeting Place (Alumni showcase) 4-H Fever is THE multi-generational opportunity for 4-H Alumni to come together again “after all these years.” Hundreds of past and current 4-H members will organize reunions to take place during 4-H Fever by saying “Everyone gather at The Meeting Place and let’s catch up!”

Talent Show and Dance It is constantly amazing to learn of the varied and inspired non-project talents and abilities of our 4-H youth, both presently and through our 100 year history. Upon completion of the Talent Show, 4-H Fever will evolve into an Alberta 4-H community family dance.

Provincial Communications and Multi-Species Judging Competition Prepare to be inspired by the top 4-H speakers and presenters from across the province as they show poise and ability well beyond their years. It has often been said that Alberta 4-H’s communications requirement is its crown jewel.

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Multi-species judging brings together a 4-H member’s evaluation technique, critical thinking and analysis and verbal communication influence and persuasion. Once the competition is complete, winners are announced and trip recipients are awarded to further American and Canadian contests.

Colour Me Green Fun Run Currently being planned for August 6th, this year’s run would include maximum of 1,000 participants. Tickets could go on sale as early as April 25.

Concert & Fireworks To provide everyone in attendance at 4-H Fever a penultimate event bringing together the Alberta 4-H family of 100 years to enjoy a performance by a recording artist. Blake Reid will open the show for a headliner that will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more details.

… AND THERE WILL BE MORE TO COME! Check out the latest event updates online, 4hab100.ca. #4HAB100

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this conference which brings together 4-H leaders and staff from 13 of the Western United States. This will be the first time WRLF will be held outside the United States, and we intend to show all attendees what 4-H Alberta hospitality is all about!


CANADIAN HERITAGE SPONSORS TRIP OF A LIFETIME QUINN AND MELANIE NELSON, Morrin 4-H Multi Club course, you can’t visit Alberta without going to Banff and the Calgary Stampede. Ten days flew by and on July 16 Ontario headed home.

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The experience of a lifetime! These are the words we use to describe the 4-H Canada Club to Club Exchange of the Drumheller District, Alberta and Oxford County, Ontario (the dairy capital of Canada).

It all began on July 7 when twelve Ontario delegates landed at the Calgary airport and were greeted with a traditional White Hat Ceremony. We toured the group around the Drumheller area… and, of

This trip allowed delegates to explore history, diversify their agricultural knowledge, show the need to be involved in the community and make life-long friends. The long tearful goodbye at the London airport on August 3 is proof that this exchange had a huge impact on every delegate who participated. Thanks to 4-H Canada, our local sponsors and Canadian Heritage. We all give the experience two thumbs up!

FROM C TO C-CITY TO COUNTRY

WONDERS OF CANADA

MCQUINA PETERS, Calgary 4-H Southpaws

WILMA HALVORSON, Leader of Stainsleigh 4-H Club

The Calgary 4-H Southpaws decided we should meet up with another club, a rural club. Being part of the Southpaws, an urban club, we wanted to learn more about life in the country. Because the general leader of the Maple Creek Multi Club in Saskatchewan was a good friend of our general leader we decided they were a perfect club to get to know. Before the exchange, we were assigned “exchange buddies” to email, phone, or text. It was nice to get to know a member of a rural club.

On September 16-18, 2016, we finally met the Maple Creek Multi Club at The Great Canadian Barn Dance. It was about a 2-hour drive for the Southpaws and a 5-hour drive for the Maple Creek kids as they were coming from Saskatchewan. It was a long drive but it was worth it. Over the weekend, I noticed some similarities and some differences between our two clubs. Even though there was a few we put our differences aside. Out of all the similarities, the most important were that we are all 4-H kids and we all love our club, our communities, and our country.

PHOTOGRAPHY Photo: Rowley, Alberta. Pictured are the 4-H Exchangers on an old rail car caboose. Opposite Page Top: Casey Morey (third in from the left) and the Canadian delegation with their Ghanaian siblings at Farm Radio. Opposite Page Bottom: Delegates stand in front of the sign that marks 60 degrees latitude north of the earth’s equator.

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The exchange continued on July 25 when the Alberta delegates landed at the London, Ontario airport and were greeted with a huge welcome sign. We toured cattle diaries, a goat diary, a hops farm, a fruit orchard, Gunn’s Hill Cheese and a bee farm. However it didn’t end there, we enjoyed a Blue Jays game, toured the CN Tower, and had a blast at the Boler

Zipline/Treetop Trek park. We were also fortunate enough to visit Niagara Falls.

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The Stainsleigh 4-H Club of Provost, Alberta was involved with a Club to Club Exchange with Clifton 4-H Club of the Old Barns area of Truro, Nova Scotia.

on the Shubenacadie River on the coming in of the tide. What an experience for the members and then they went mud sliding into the river, boy did they have fun!

Ten 4-H members and two leaders came to Provost on July 7, to meet their twins for the next 10 days. The members got to see… many miles of straight roads and yellow canola field. They even spent the day at the Metiskow Horse Show doing their community service by helping in the kitchen serving food and working in the show ring.

The area has lots of dairy farms so we toured different farms and some members where on a diary farm so got to help with the daily chores of a dairy farm. Clifton also had their Achievement Day while we were there, and we got to see the different ways that the two provinces handle their 4-H programs.

FRIENDSHIPS FOR LIFE WERE MADE.

Stainsleigh 4-H members flew to Halifax on July 25 and traveled an hour north to Truro along the Salmon River off the Cobequid Bay, which is part of the Bay of Fundy. They even got to go river rafting

Before we knew, it was time to return to Alberta. Thank you Club to Club Exchange Canada for providing us with this great opportunity to experience another part of Canada! Friendships for life where made.


CASEY MOREY, University of Alberta Collegiate 4-H Club learning to 4-H Clubs and schools across the Eastern Region of Ghana. Our experience was like no other!

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On West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea coast sits a country like no other. With its diverse wildlife, old forts, and secluded beaches, Ghana houses a population of 25.9 million people. For the month of July, we spent time in Ghana living with a family and working with 4-H members from across the country. Representing 4-H Canada for this time, we had the opportunity to provide service

As a group of twelve 4-H members from across Canada, we traveled to the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Our first week in Ghana was spent getting to know the country, language, and people. Each Canadian delegate was paired with a Ghanaian host family that they would live with. During this first week we took part in a welcoming ceremony at a 4-H club, engaged in language lessons, learned traditional Ghanaian dances, and, my favourite, visited a Cocoa Research Institute. We also had the opportunity to visit the Canadian High Commission and learn about the work that the Canadian

FIRST STOP, THE 60TH PARALLEL CASSIE KLAAS, Claresholm 4-H Multi Club

On July 19th, 2016, 21 4-H members from 19 different clubs all over Alberta gathered in Edmonton for a 10-day journey going all the way up to Yellowknife. After loading up the bus, the group started north. We spent the first day getting reacquainted on the bus and spent our first night together in Grimshaw, Alberta. On our second day, we finally made it. Hello, Northwest Territories! Our first stop was the 60th Parallel Information Centre to learn about some of the wildlife we may encounter in our travels. We arrived in Yellowknife on our third day, but not before a stop at

the Northern Farm Training Institute. Turns out it is not easy being a farmer up north, because the soil is scarce. We spent three days touring around Yellowknife. This included a stop at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, where we got to practice how to throw spears using an atlatl; a tour of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, and even a stop at a diamond store. They showed us how to cut diamonds and even let us wear a diamond ring worth over $50,000! We then toured Buffalo Air and got to have lunch at the famous Wildcat Café.

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Government is doing in Ghana. Some of the main differences we found during our week stay with our families included limited and inconsistent electricity, no running water, and no refrigeration. The power goes out sporadically and can stay off for extended periods of time. In order to save electricity, the country turns the power off without notice. This causes food storage options to be a constant problem that results in a large amount of food wastage. Another major difference from Canada is running water. Our family collected water from a well every morning and carried the water in pails balanced on their heads -- we struggled with this task at first. During our stay, we also learned how to make several traditional Ghanaian foods

Although home was on the horizon, the way back was packed with fun, exciting, and interesting tours. We went for many hikes and got to see some spectacular waterfalls. We stayed overnight at the Last Lake Guesthouse, and zip-lined over one of Alberta’s largest wetlands. This trip was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

including Ground Nut Soup, Bancoo, and Fufu. The service-learning component of the trip included visiting various schools that administered the 4-H program. We worked with the students in their enterprise gardens where they were taught that agriculture can become a successful career, rather than only a personal means of sustainability. Spending 3 weeks in Ghana was definitely an eye opening experience. It is extremely difficult to explain our experience in so few words. We highly encourage any individual to take the opportunity to experience a community service based trip at one point in their life because it provides individuals to engage in a different lifestyle and culture.

Although it only lasted 10 days, we all shared many memories that will last a lifetime. For some of us, it might be setting up a tent every night for 10 nights, or cooking all our meals over a campfire. Although the trip included many valuable tours, it also provided us all with some survival skills and helped to enforce the 4-H motto: Learn to do by doing.

February 23 - 25, 2017 Calgary, Alberta This event is open to youth ages 16 - 25 years as of January 1, 2017. You do not need to be a YCSA member to attend! fEATURES OF THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE INCLUDES SPEAKERS mARTY SEYMOUR FROM FCC AND jILL hARVIE FROM CCA, FEEDLOT TOURS, TRUE COLOURS PERSONALITY WORKSHOP, TOUR OF THE BEEF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AND MUCH MORE!

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BE A PART OF CANADA’S BIG YEAR WITH 4-H CANADA AND CANADA 150 youth-led community celebrations across Canada. The focus of celebrations should include Canada’s rich agricultural history, environmental sustainability and connecting 4-H with new rural and urban communities.

In 2017, 4-H will be a part of Canada’s big year as a Canada 150 Signature Partner. Together, we will engage youth and connect communities, by bringing Canadians together to celebrate, participate in events and share experiences! 4-H’ers, you can host a Canada 150 celebration in your community by applying for the 4-H Canada Connecting Canadians Fund launching December 01, 2016! Over $200,000 is available for funding of up to 150 4-H

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Join in on conversations, and help us showcase 4-H in Canada, as we get ready to welcome 4-H from around the world to Canada. Together, we will explore best practices in empowering youth leaders,

share ideas to strengthen 4-H in your community, and, in turn, grow the global 4-H movement. Join the momentum – visit global-4-h-network.com to learn more, follow our social channels and find out how you be part of the excitement in 2017!

Events can take place anytime in 2017, and can build on existing celebrations or create new ones. Selections will be made based on set criteria and proposal eligibility, as outlined in fund guidelines. • A pplications open December 01, 2016 – March 01, 2017 • Successful applicants notified in April 2017 • F unds distributed in May 2017 Be a part of Canada’s big year and show the rest of the country what it means to be a 4-H’er! Visit 4-h-canada.ca to learn more.

WELCOMING THE WORLD OF 4-H TO CANADA!

4-H leaders are changing the world, and with millions of 4-H members, alumni and leaders in communities around the globe, that’s a world of difference!

for 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit, happening in Ottawa, Canada from July 11-14, 2017.

The 4-H movement is gaining momentum and your ideas, your energy and your passion are all needed to propel us further and faster. That’s why we want you to follow along and get engaged in the excitement

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#4HCANADA All four recipients of the L.E.A.D Scholarship (left: Eveline Juce, Decker Country Riders 4-H Club, MB; Joshua Power, I. Sullivan Memorial 4-H Club, NL; Erinn Jones, Balzac Beef Club, AB; Jessica Mayes, Pierson Pathfinders 4-H Club, MB) Photo by Richard Wintle.

GROWING YOUR FUTURE WITH 4-H CANADA SCHOLARSHIPS Applying for scholarships is an awesome way to start your post-secondary career, because it gets you to think about what you want to achieve at university and in your future career. It also gives you a great opportunity to use those communications skills 4-H’ers are known for and tell the story of how your experiences with 4-H Canada have shaped your future aspirations. 4-H Canada offers several scholarships, including the

prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.), a four-year scholarship of $20,000 that also includes an incredible mentor relationship with a leader in your field of interest. Visit 4-h-canada.ca to find out what national scholarships are available thanks to our generous partners and how YOU can apply. Applications for 4-H Canada’s national scholarships will open March 1, 2017.


SECTION 6: AWARDS

ANNUAL SELECTIONS PROGRAM HONOURS ALBERTA’S BEST JOLENE RUDISUELA, Communications and Marketing Assistant group setting, as well as their individual answers to a question about terrorism and refugees. Amidst cheers and a standing ovation, Christine Suominen was announced as the winner. As the 2016 Premier’s Award recipient, Christine will represent 4-H on a provincial level and will have the opportunity to meet with the Premier of Alberta to discuss issues that affect the program, as well as today’s youth. On the last day of the annual Selections program, 4-H members filed into the Student Alumni Centre at Olds College, dressed to the nines but looking nervous.

Territories Tour, the CFR Behind the Chutes Tour, the California Leadership Conference, and the USA National 4-H Members Conference in Washington, D.C.

The atmosphere was tense with anticipation as delegates hoped to win a trip, be selected as an ambassador or even be presented with the prestigious Premier’s Award.

The breakfast banquet on the last day kicked off with some delicious food, a speech by Rod Carlyon with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and then an address by the 2015 Premier’s Award Recipient, Brennan Munro.

From May 6-9, 2016, 95 4-Hers from across the province gathered on the campus for Selections where they discussed important issues, developed teamwork and leadership skills, participated in a variety of activities, and, of course, had a ton of fun. To receive a trip or be selected as an ambassador, the delegates were judged on their interpersonal skills, participation in a group, the number of diary points they had amassed in the last four years, and their knowledge of agriculture, currents events, and the 4-H program itself. A total of 40 spots were available on six different trips including the 4-H Canada Members Forum in Toronto, the Citizenship Congress in Ottawa, the Northwest

FOR THE 60TH ANNUAL 4-H ALBERTA SELECTIONS IN 2017

Finally, it was time to announce the winners. Delegates waited with baited breath, hoping that their name would be on the list. The trips went first, followed by the exciting ambassador announcement. Two new ambassadors from each region were selected for a two-year term. After the ambassadors were announced, there remained just one last award: the prestigious and highly sought after Premier’s Award. The Premier’s Award Group, made up of nine delegates, had been announced the night before, followed by a rigorous interview process. The decision was made based on their interaction in a

Join other 4-H senior members from across Alberta and you’ll experience a ton of fun, share lots of laughs and meet amazing people. There is opportunity to represent 4-H Alberta at a national or international trip or conference. There is also a chance to be chosen as an Ambassador for your region.

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Christine hails from Lethbridge in the Southern region and says she is honoured to receive this recognition and is very excited to work with the other ambassadors. “I’m excited to see the potential of 4-H, and where it can go from here,” she says. “It was really exciting for me to look at the minds of all these amazing young people and see what potential they have, and how we can attack different issues that are facing our world today. She says the topic of refugees is something she is very passionate about personally and she hopes to see how 4-H can play a role in supporting refugees. The trip winners, Alberta Ambassadors and Premier’s Award recipient chosen at Selections all play a very large role in the success of the 4-H program through engaging with other members, getting involved in their communities, and demonstrating the benefits of 4-H. Though not every delegate did walk away with a new position or trip, every attendee parted with new knowledge and many life-long friends.

How to Apply? Complete one Yearly 4-H Diary Form for each official year of 4-H membership up to September 30. Submit your diaries to your region’s 4-H Specialist by February 15th.

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YOUTH ACTION COUNCIL REPORT CASEY MOREY, 4-H Alberta YAC Representative The summer was a very busy time for me with 4-H activities. Following attending the 4-H Canada AGM in Calgary I have been busy with conference calls for both the 4-H Alberta Centennial Steering Committee and the 4-H Canada Going Global Networking Summit Program Committee. For the month of July I travelled to Ghana, Africa with 4-H Canada on the Going Global Service Learning Trip. This experience was completely eye-opening and has drastically changed my perspective on how we live and how the globe functions in different cultures and landscapes.

I experienced a drastic culture stocking experience. I expanded my knowledge of not only 4-H in Canada but also 4-H in Ghana and how they are both similar and different. An article about the experience will be in the next 4-H Alberta Magazine and I have also attached a more extensive explanation of my experience for your reading. Since July I have been on a YAC conference call, of which I was the chair where we discussed what everyone is doing in their province and where we would like to see YAC go in the future. I have also helped promote the YAC position in Alberta since we released applications in September and are

currently in the interview process for the position. I am excited to be mentoring the next YAC representative but also upset to be leaving the position in the near future. I attended the joint in-person Board of Directors and Trustee meetings in Toronto the first week of November. During this time I had the opportunity to learn a lot more about the program and how it is run. We will be having another in-person meeting in February in Calgary. I also have been the lead on submitted a YAC video to the #ProudToBee4H contest hosted by 4-H Canada. After serving two-terms, this is Casey’s final year as the YAC representative for Alberta.

TOP TEN ATTRIBUTES OF SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITIES 1. EVIDENCE OF AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY CULTURE… Often show places of care, attention, history, and heritage. They celebrate their success and have a strong and positive local attitude, and support a culture of risk taking and innovation. Diversity is often celebrated and people are welcomed.

2. INVEST IN THE FUTURE— BUILT TO LAST!: People believe that something worth doing is worth doing right. In addition to the brick-and-mortar investments, all decisions are made with an outlook on the future. Expenditures are considered investments in the future, including investments in people.

3. PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO COMMUNITY DECISION MAKING Even the most powerful of opinion leaders seem to work toward building consensus. The stress is on working together toward a common goal and the focus is on positive results. People collaborate and share resources.

4. CREATIVELY BUILD NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES Successful communities build on existing economic strengths in a realistic way; and explore new economic opportunities provided by the ‘new economy’. They actively seek out new opportunities and ideas for new businesses.

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5. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES Local loyalty is emphasized, but thriving communities know who their competitors are and position themselves accordingly.

6. DELIBERATE TRANSITION OF POWER TO NEW LEADERS People under 40 regularly hold key positions in civic and business affairs. Women (and people from ‘minority groups’) often hold positions as elected officials, plant managers, and entrepreneurial developers.

7. STRONG BELIEF IN AND SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION Good schools are the norm and centers of community activity.

8. STRONG PRESENCE OF TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE INTEGRAL TO COMMUNITY LIFE Churches, schools and service clubs are strong influences on community development and social activities.

9. WILLINGNESS TO SEEK HELP FROM THE OUTSIDE People seek outside help for community needs, and many compete for government grants and contracts for economic and social programs. They seek out the best ideas and new people to help build their community strengths

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10. COMMUNITIES ARE SELF-RELIANT: There is a widely held conviction that, in the long run, ‘You Have To Do It Yourself’. Thriving rural communities believe their destiny is in their own hands. Making their communities good places is a pro-active assignment, and they willingly accept it. Prepared by David Beurle & Juliet Fox, Innovative Leadership 2010. Adapted from ‘Heartland Centre for Leadership Development’;’20 Clues to Rural Survival’


It’s like being an office assistant. except you’re filing away unforgettable memories.

Meadowbrook Bring color to your community with beautiful plants and raise funds for your club at the same time. Our Alberta grown hanging baskets have beautiful foliage and flowers, they are just what you need to welcome spring! Excellent profits can be generated by selling these locally grown hanging baskets, earning potentially $10 or more per basket.

Where are you working this summer?

4-H Alberta’s Camp program is offering you a chance to work with kids all summer long on a two or four-month term summer position. Send your cover letter and resume to Katelyn Strang: katelyn.strang@gov.ab.ca. Application deadline: March 26, 2017.

Survey your area, neighbors, family, and businesses to see if there are orders to make this fundraiser feasible for your club.

Contact Meadowbrook to register or request your information package and order forms today.

1-888-886-GROW sales@mbrook.ca

It’s more than hands-on, it’s Student-Managed That’s what makes a Lakeland College education different. You apply what you learn in class to real life projects. • Run a profitable agribusiness on the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland

• Exceed your clients’ expectations with manicures and more in the student-run spa

• Design an award-winning kitchen

• Teach local elementary students how to add and subtract in a math fair you host

• Tackle environmental projects through the Student-Environmental Consulting Office (S-ECO)

• Start your own play program for children

For details on how Lakeland College can help you take the lead, visit lakelandcollege.ca


THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADER SCREENING

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4-H Alberta Leaders are the lifeblood of the 4-H program. For more than 100 years, 4-H Leaders have been part of a collaborative group that creates Alberta's dynamic 4-H program, a program often touted as the most effective, existing program for developing leadership skills, and creating bright futures for Alberta youth. The continued success of 4-H depends on our volunteers and, especially, on our screened 4-H Leaders. Screening helps us all to ensure the safety of our 4-H members, clubs and the program as a whole. Any leaders who have not completed screening by December 15, 2016, will be moved to volunteer status. Any exceptions to this deadline require that the leader contacts 4-H Council of Alberta. For more information contact: 4-H Council of Alberta c/o Leader Screening Committee RR 1 Site 7 Box 1 Westerose AB TOC 2VO Phone: 780.682-2648 Toll Free: 1.877.682.2244 Cell: 780.898.3037 or 780.898.4223 Fax: 780.682.3784 Email: leaderscreening@4hab.com or council@4hab.com

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VELMA COLLINS 5 years Key Leader, Drayton Valley District (NW Region) 25 years Leader for Big West Cruizers 4-H Club

Why did you get involved in 4-H? I have never been a member, my daughter started in 4-H with a horse project. At that time, there wasn’t anyone willing to step forward so I thought I might as well go ahead. I became a leader knowing nothing about the program. How 4-H has had a positive impact on your life? I was one of those quiet people that wouldn’t really talk much, but now I don’t have a problem going up to strangers or talking with kids. I’ve learned to be a stronger person, to go out and take on challenges, and to help encourage kids.

"I BECAME A LEADER KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT THE PROGRAM." What does it take to be a 4-H leader? They have to be dedicated to the program and have to want to work with those kids. You have to be there as a role model. If you’re the leader of our future you really have to be there to guide them. You’re there no matter what. Good or bad, you have to be there to encourage them to go on.

ARE YOU KEY LEADER MATERIAL? Each 4-H District Council selects a Key Leader who is committed to the aims of the 4-H program, to supporting 4-H in the local district, and to sharing their knowledge about 4-H.

KEY LEADER CONFERENCE 2016

Key Leaders are: • Experienced 4-H volunteers • Advisors to local 4-H clubs and 4-H Leaders • Resource to 4-H District Councils and its committees • Mentors to new and existing 4-H Leaders • Guides for new 4-H Clubs • Trainers at 4-H workshops • Communication links • District contacts for 4-H programs • Know goals and programs of Alberta 4-H Helen Andrews, Key Leader for Strathcona County accepts her Key Leader Package at the annual Key Leader Training at the 4-H Centre from AFSC representative, Meghan Taylor and Shari Hanson, Leadership Specialist of 4-H Alberta. The new leader package includes business cards and a single memory stick -- instead of a bulk binder.

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SHARED LEADERSHIP Here are a few roles that different leaders can serve to help share club responsibilities. However, it’s always best to tailor them specifically to your club. GENERAL LEADER: Their duties may include ensuring that the other leaders have the information that they need to do their jobs, book facilities for meetings and other activities, complete club registration form and order club supplies, chair leader meetings, coordinate the program planning committee, and recruit additional leaders.

Leading the Way TIPS ON LEADERSHIP FROM 4-H ALBERTA’S LEADING THE WAY SERIES

SHOWING RECOGNITION HOW CAN YOU ENSURE THAT EACH MEMBER OF YOUR CLUB GETS ADEQUATE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR WORK? Offer praise immediately when a member shows initiative, completes a project, participates in a meeting, helps another member and so on. Timing is everything. If you wait to recognize a member, the impact is reduced. Use different recognition techniques for different members. Sometimes a small note is appropriate, sometimes recognition in front of the whole group is what is needed. Your technique will depend on your style and the particular member involved. And be on the lookout for positive things that are happening in your club and reward them. Encourage members to thank and reward each other. Remind them to look for success.

CLUB CONTACT: The club contact will receive all of the mail from the regional office and distribute it. During the course of the club year, there are many opportunities for 4-H members, leaders, and parents to participate in district, regional and provincial events. PROJECT LEADER(S): Outline project requirements to the members and assist members to choose a suitable project, coordinate the teaching of project material, inform the general leader which project supplies are needed, inform members and parents of project expectations, coordinate project awards, and help plan achievement days. COMMUNICATION LEADER: The communication leader is responsible for the communication program throughout the club year and includes: ensuring that a communication activity takes place at every club meeting, provide opportunities for members to practice various types of communication according to their interests and capabilities, and coordinate the club’s public speaking competition (if you have one).

DEALING WITH CONFLICT Conflict is usually caused by misunderstandings, personality clashes, differences in values or goals, unclear responsibilities and lack of resources or change. To help resolve conflicts you will need to: • Stay calm and try to keep the group calm. • Clearly define the problem. • Try to draw out feelings and meanings. • G ive specific non-judgemental feedback when requested. Stay neutral. • B e creative in seeking solutions. Propose a joint problemsolving approach.

The proper way to fold a flag. First fold the flag in half lengthwise, then in half again. Fold 1/3 of the narrow strip you’ve created towards the hoist end. Roll from the fold to the hoist. The flag may be tied with a lightweight string.

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• H elp the group look for a solution where everyone wins. • D on’t try to save the group. Allow them to work out their conflicts themselves as much as possible.


JUNE 2-4, 2017 l STAMPEDE PARK, CALGARY, AB


Pheasant Poultry

Beef (8) Dairy (3) Field crops (2) Goats (4)

Leadership Small engine Veterinary Science

Engineering Entomology

Sheep (6) AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

Horse (23) Horticulture (4) Judging (Multi species)

Sustainable Living SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & TRADE

Swine (5) Welding Woodworking

FOR THE ARTS PROJECTS

Digital Photography Performing Arts Visual Arts Written Communications

IN AND AROUND THE HOME

Crafts Entertaining in the Home Foods

Interior Decorating Quilting Scrapbooking Sewing

SMALL ANIMAL PROJECTS TAKE THE LEAD PROJECTS

Canine (4) Cat Pets Rabbit

Creative Options Entrepreneur Exchange Exploring 4-H Leadership

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ACTIVE LIVING PROJECTS

Bicycling Health and Fitness Mountain Biking

Nestboxes (bird watching)

Outdoor Living Snowmobiling

for you online, WWW.4H.AB.CA/PROJECTS


The success of any 4-H club isn’t found in its members alone, nor is it found in the myriad of resources available at everyone’s finger tips. No, the success of any 4-H club is found in these things plus the leader. Leaders such as Amanda McGregor, who since 2009, has been the equine leader of Thunderin’ Hooves 4-H Club – however, the right resources certainly do help.

#4HABPROJECTS

BASHAW MULTI 4-H CLUB The Bashaw Multi 4-H Club has 10 different projects for the 2016-2017 year. The Woodworking Group started off the year with a 100 Year Centennial Project. The members had several work bees in October and early November. They made 40 boot jacks and are taking orders. They cut the wood, sanded, routered the 4-H symbol and 100 years, painted the routered area, cut and applied leather, and then applied Varathane. It’s a beautiful useful wood project that they were very proud of. Bashaw Multi 4-H Club Woodworking Group during a work bee for making Centennial Boot Jacks on November 2, 2016. Back Row: David Smith, Catharina Brosinsky & Wyatt Brown. Middle Row: Woodworking Leader: Peter Brosinsky & Adam Healing. Front Row: Danny Healing & Dylan Harris.

TEAM BUSKING PROJECT For the last 10 years, the Golden Prairie 4-H Club have embraced their creative side. “We are performing artist. We are versatile and are found to perform many different skill like: poi, juggling, trix stix, stilt walking, unicycling, hoop, balloon animals, face paint, feather balancing, rolo bola etc. The true magic of this project is not in the statistics but rather the learning model it emanates. This project is driven by the 4-H members. When they want to learn something, we make it happen, when they want to get better, it is possible. They are only limited by their imagination,” explains Caroline Boddy, project leader of Team Busking.

“I quickly learned that trying to teach kids what was in my head wasn’t that easy to teach,” says McGregor, who is also chair of 4-H Alberta’s Equine Advisory Committee. “I ran into a lot of walls trying to keep kids on horses that were spoiled or not trained right. I found that the horsemanship videos from level 1 to 6, and the horse reference manual is a wealth of information. And the horsemanship DVD along with the assessment booklets helped too. Everything is in there, it’s all step-by-step, and it all corresponds with the video.”

"WHAT WAS IN MY HEAD WASN’T THAT EASY TO TEACH" Without key resources such as: the Horsemanship DVD; flow chart for Mounted Assessments; and the Horse Leader Guide it can often be difficult to monitor and track the success of 4-H’ers. Objectives of the Horse project requires members to acquire an understanding of horse management through the experience of owning; caring for, and maintaining records on a horse project; develop the skills, patience and understanding of safe handling practices essential in working with horses; Develop an appreciation of the horse industry and its importance in the local community, the province and the country. “It’s very fulfilling. To even see my daughter go from lead line with a soother when she was just 18 months old, to where she is now with the North Country Circuit is overwhelming to see. It’s the same with my kids from 4-H. They come with horses that are green, and my goal is to move them up a level every year,” explains McGregor.

Is there an interest you want to pursue, a problem you’d like to solve, or a sport you’d like to play? Work directly with a 4-H leader and chart your own course with 4-H Alberta’s Creative Option project. Create your own project like snowboarding, geo-caching, busking, and even cowboy poetry. You can even add a creative spin to an existing project. There are no limits to what you can accomplish with 4-H. 4-H’ers create beautiful circles of light with their glow hula-hoops.

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TEACHING TO DO BY DOING


#4HABCAMP

4-H SUMMER FUN JOLENE RUDISUELA, Communications and Marketing Assistant Every summer, hundreds of 4-Hers of all ages travel the well-worn Highway 13 to the Alberta 4-H Centre. The only thing on their mind is summer camp.

of these camps catered to a different age group, every single one had a good mixture of fun activities and learning sessions.

No matter if it’s a first time camper or veteran Gaga Ball players, everyone leaves with a healthy smile on their face, learning hands-on skills, new friends in their hearts, and a head full of memories that will last a lifetime.

Everyone had the chance to participate in camp favourites such as the colour war, Gaga Ball, slip and slide, and there was plenty of dancing. But it wasn’t all water fights and two-stepping, campers also attended discovery and TLC (Teamwork, Leadership and Communications) sessions to help make them stronger 4-H members in their community.

The camp season kicked off in July with Counsellors In Training (CIT), a five day training camp for senior 4-H members who want to take their camp experience to the next level by stepping into the role of a counsellor. CIT was followed by Junior, Combined and Intermediate camps with AIM wrapping up the summer. Though each

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“At camps, you do a lot of things that help you with life skills,” says AIM delegate and experienced camper, Caleb Stone. “They may seem like fun and games but they teach you cooperation, organization, and a lot of team building.”

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Summer camps teach 4-Hers important skills, help them make friends, and allow them to be themselves. 4-H Alberta Summer Staff, Alex Vaughan describes 4-H camps as a safe environment for kids to escape the real world. “While you’re [at camp] you’re really part of the outside world. You’re here with your friends, your family, and you just get to have fun.”

Let the paint and the good times fly during the Colour War competition.


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#4HABCAMP

LEARN TO WEATHER ANY STORM AT CLUB WEEK JOLENE RUDISUELA, Communications and Marketing Assistant “I’m not going to live the whole of my life indoors; I’m going to step out, and face the next storm.” Fifty-nine delegates lay spread out in the darkened gym at the Hinton Training Centre, eyes closed and calm as the last lines of Frank Turner’s “The Next Storm” fade away. Laying on the floor and listening to a song in the dark may have seemed like a silly exercise at the beginning of the six-day camp, but by the last day more than one delegate had tears in their eyes when the lights flicked back on. “It’s impossible to summarize Club Week in a sentence,” says 4-H Alberta Summer Staff, Alex Mitchel. “Everyone leaves here trying to tell other people to go to Club Week and all they can say is that it’s life changing and that you absolutely have to go.” The six-day camp is jam packed with activities from sessions to games, including leisure activities, the talent show, and country fair. And while no 4-H camp would be complete without a dance, Club Week has two! The switch from the usual Olds College campus to the Hinton Training Centre also gave delegates the opportunity to get outside and explore the beautiful scenery

on hikes through the local wetland system and beaver habitat. But what makes Club Week unique is the in-depth learning sessions focused on self-development. Hence, the Club Week theme: weathering storms. “I think 4-H focuses a lot on how you can help the community but when you go to Club Week, you almost take a step back and realize that you need to help yourself first before you can help the community,” says Alex. “You leave Club Week stronger, more in touch with who you are and what you can do and therefore able to do more of the great work you’re already doing. 4-Hers are the best kids ever, and I think Club Week makes you the best of the best.” The Celebration of Overcoming Adversity on the third day was one of the most impactful sessions. Delegates had the chance to listen to three different speakers talk about how they overcame obstacles in their own lives and found success. One of the speakers was 4-H alumni, Julia McCrae who spoke about the challenges of living with a condition that nobody can see. Her mother, Joanne McCrae was a first-time facilitator at Club Week and explains that Julia has a benign brain tumour and epilepsy.

“She spoke about some of the struggles and the unknowns when it first started and what it took to come to the point that she has now. She wanted to be an inspirational speaker, and this was her first time speaking about it to a group. The kids were really really good to her.” This was second year 4-Her, Aidon Girvan’s first provincial 4-H camp and he says he was very nervous at the start but quickly made friends and connected with his small group. “I learned that I’m a stronger person than I ever would have imagined in the fact that I’ve never shared my story with a group of people. But this week, I felt so comfortable with my small group that I shared more than my story. It felt right to do and it was really good. I felt awesome afterward.” He says he loved listening to the speakers because their stories motivated him to work harder to push past his own obstacles. Or as Frank Turner sings it, “face the next storm.” “It’s not just a camp,” says Alex Mitchel. “It’s something that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life and will set you up for success tomorrow, next year and in 20 years.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Top Left: Among the Alberta delegates, seven California 4-Hers also partook in Club Week, learning about Alberta 4-H and making great friends along the way. Back: Riley Arbuckle, Kalee Cummings, Jordan Miner, Alberto Lizarraga; Front: Kyle Geringer, Devany Kelly; Missing: Bret Wilkins. Top Right: It wouldn’t be a 4-H camp without a little bit of two-stepping.

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Sylvia Trautman and Wylie Pietsch wowed delegates at the Country Fair with their incredible fortune telling abilities.

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DID YOU KNOW… #4HABCAMP

WEAR YOUR 4-H CAMP T-SHIRT DAY

Ga-ga Ball in Hebrew literally means, touch-touch. The game originated in Israel during the 1960s. Its popularity has grown so much in North America that even ABC New labeled it the “kinder, gentler version” of dodgeball.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, don’t forget to wear your 4-H Camp t-shirt to school – just make sure you wash it first. Lol. Share your favourite camp stories with friends at school, and you might even meets kids at your school who also went to 4-H camp that you have never met before! Now how cool is that? Share your photos and stories on social media #4HABcamp

MY 2016 SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE AT

4-h Alberta Camp OF A 4-H CAMPER SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

A skill I learned at camp this year was...

SUNGLASSES SLEEPING BAG

my favourite campfire song is:

(finish the sentence) next year at camp I can’t wait to...

GUITAR FOR TALENT SHOW (OPTIONAL_)

NAMETAG

Water Bottle Flip-Flops

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4-H ALUMNI Samantha Stokes travelled the world, and it was all thanks to her time at 4-H. (Photo by Ian Neill Photography)

4-H ALUMNI Eric Gustafsson on CBC’s Heartland playing rodeo rider, Clay McMurtry. (Photo by Andrew Bako)

IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR THIS ALBERTA 4-H’ER

ERIC GUSTAFFSON ON 4-H AND PLAYING CLAY MCMURTRY

High Prairie District 4-H Club & Coyote Acres 4-H Club Member for 5 years, President of Coyote Acres for 2 years

Clive Multi- Club, 6 years.

Projects: Light Horse, Steer, Heifer, Market Lamb and Yew.

Projects: Sheep, photography, woodwork, welding, and visual arts. Favourite Club Week song: “Days Go By”, Keith Urban.

How did 4-H Alberta help you accomplish your goal of becoming Miss Rodeo Canada? When I first started out in 4-H back in 2010, I was such a nervous child. I really didn’t like public speaking. So I stress this to 4-H members, that even though at the time public speaking was unenjoyable it was what set me up for all my future endeavors.

What were the highlights of your 4-H career? I went through all the regional and provincial programs, but I didn’t do any trips in selections. Besides that, I made it to provincials in public speaking, and I was a district camp director for 4-H Alberta. At Club Week I was the delegate, as well as camp counselor for the junior staff.

And when I started volunteering with 4-H I really enjoyed it… That really set me up too because this year I did close to 700 appearances as Miss Rodeo Canada, which was all volunteer work.

Why is 4-H important, and what was your favourite part about camp? It’s a very open and very caring community. It was a very accepting place. You could be who want to be, do what you wanted to do, and there was always someone who has your back. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for taking those few steps in 4-H.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, I was just a small town girl that had a dream, so I just want to encourage everyone to never give up on whatever that dream may be. What were your top three Miss Rodeo Canada moments? One of my major highlights was riding in the grand entry every night of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. I learned a lot of my horse skills through my 4-H projects. Second highlight was returning to the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo, my hometown rodeo, as Miss Rodeo Canada. The town support was phenomenal. They actually named last year, November 27th Samantha Stokes Day. Lastly, Australia was the third highlight… They treated us like absolute royalty. They took us out to the Great Barrier Reef on a yacht so we got to go snorkeling and fishing. As small town farm girl, I never traveled at all before I was crowned.

"I WAS JUST A SMALL TOWN GIRL THAT HAD A DREAM" What are your next steps, and how will 4-H help you get there? I am going to be an elementary school teach, preferably kindergarten. I know that the public speaking skills have helped with all of my school visits as Miss Rodeo Canada… And I definitely plan to be highly involved with 4-H as a volunteer, and hopefully as a leader one day.

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The provincial programs takes people out of their comfort zone. For me, I noticed that a lot of kids aren’t willing to travel outside of that. Everyone always talks about the talent show. Talent show night at any provincial event is huge because it takes somebody and

"THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO HAS YOUR BACK" parades their biggest fear right in front of people… I used to do a bit of touring with music before I found my way into acting, so for me it was always about guitar and singing. Would Clay fit into the 4-H world, and which projects would he choose? Mechanics and likely baking, just so he can be around the girls… He is the type of guy who has lots to prove and the more he feels comfortable the less he will try to use his mouth to get his way. My character is in the rodeo circuit, and Clay is the type of guy that would have turned his nose-up at the 4-H program, but he would be curious about it… One of the fun aspects about being an actor is being able to pack on traits and layers that aren’t you.


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FACES OF FACES OF

#4HABFACES

CLEAVER BEAVER Provincial 4-H Alberta mascot since 1986 Why did you get involved in 4-H? It wasn’t really a choice for me. Like several other 4-H’ers, I was literally born into the program. How 4-H has positively impacted your life? Number one is it helped me make new friends. It also gives me a sense of belonging to all my clubs and communities. Third, it definitely helped my listening skills and it helped me express myself – which is great cause my mouth doesn’t really move. Most importantly, I know how to set life goals and track my progress so I can party down when I achieve my goals! Describe 4-H to someone who has never heard of it before. That’s silly, everyone knows about 4-H. What’s your next question?

"LIKE SEVERAL OTHER 4-H’ERS, I WAS LITERALLY BORN INTO THE PROGRAM." How do you think 4-H Alberta will continue to grow for another 100 years? The same way it made it the first 100 years, by learning to do by doing. Every year there seems to be brand new cool and fun projects that challenge kids. And when the going gets tough there is always a leader nearby to lend a hand.

KEVIN WIRSTA Elk Point Beef Club (Northeast Region)

Member for 9 years, 20+ years as a leader Why did you get involved in 4-H? I was a member for 9 years, and then a leader for 3 years. Now, all my daughters are part of the Elk Point Beef Club as well. How 4-H has positively impacted your life? Marketing cattle and public speaking. We’re presently a 100 year ranch and it’s been pretty much cattle all that time… Public speaking is a key point in marketing so both of them do coincide. If you can’t market them it’s hard to sell them.

"YOU HAVE TO GIVE BACK TO THE PROGRAM." Describe 4-H to someone who has never heard of it before. It’s an educational component that teaches your kids and your family the fundamentals of learn to do by doing, but at the same token it teaches common sense. How would you encourage people to become leaders to help 4-H grow for another 100 years? You have to give back to the program or give something that you can share that we don’t have that experience in. It brings a lot of leadership to a program that is diverse in every field just about possible.

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1-1/2 lb. ground beef 2 medium onions, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 14 oz. can tomato sauce 14 oz. can water 1/2 c. uncooked long grain rice 4c. shredded cabbage Sour cream

In honour of Mary Henderson,

Brown beef with onions. Add garlic, salt, pepper, tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil and stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

1 c. margarine

Place 1/2 of the cabbage in a greased baked dish; cover with 1/2 the rice mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and bake in 350˚F (180˚C) oven for 1 hour. Serve with sour cream. May be refrigerated before baking. Serves 6.

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. white sugar 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Makes a good large recipe. For variety, add chocolate or butterscotch chips.

2 c. Rice Krispies 1 c. quick oats 1 c. coconut

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Mix margarine and sugars together. Add salt and beaten eggs. Mix in dry ingredients, then add remaining ingredients. Drop into cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350˚F.

Support the West Central Regional fundraiser with a 4-H Centennial Cookbook, only $20 each. Contact Joyce Winter P: 403-783-1325 E: jwinter2968@hotmail.com

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