October marks national 4-H month in America. Here in La Plata County, we are celebrating this occasion through our continued commitment to positive community development.
We are doing this through our process of providing youths with outstanding leadership and educational opportunities. In addition, we are proud to provide our families and volunteers with practical ways to make a difference in their communities and the lives of younger individuals.
October also is when new officers are elected for our county council and clubs. I would like to highlight our 2011-12 4-H County Council. President: Michael Semler, vice president: Dustrie Stock, secretary: Ashley Little, treasurer: Shawntell Stiner, parliamentarian: Chantell Campbell, and reporter: Tyller Campbell. We look forward to having these youth leaders represent La Plata County in our community and state.
One of the best ways for our youths to gain life skills is by taking on an officers role in their 4-H club. Through this, they develop increased team building, public speaking, leadership and overall self-esteem skills.
We are very excited to offer our county and club officers and adult leaders and volunteers with an assets training Oct. 29 at the Extension Building.
This training helps develop community partnerships and gives our members powerful tools for success. We will collaborate with the Celebrating Community Norms Coalition for this training to promote community organizations on obtaining proper developmental assets and youth-adult partnerships.
If you are interested in getting involved in 4-H, I would advise you to check out a 4-H council or club meeting. Our county council meets the first Thursday of every at 7:07 p.m. month at the Extension Building on the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
You can obtain a list of local 4-H clubs and their meeting times by coming into the Extension office or calling us. In addition, you can check out www.lpc4h.blogspot.com for updated information and links to 4-H related sites.
For people living in the Durango and Animas Valley areas, I would like to share with you some membership information from John and Julie Ott, our Animas Valley 4-H leaders, on upcoming events:
They have extended an invitation to let us introduce you to the wonderful world of 4-H at 2 p.m. this Sunday and Nov. 13.
On Sunday, they will be doing a community service project of winterizing the Animas Grange Flowerbeds and roasting hotdogs. On Nov. 13, they will have a harvest fest with activities for the kids, and serve homemade chili made from James Ranch beef. Both events will have completed 4-H projects on display in the grange, with 4-Hers and leaders available to share their experiences and answer questions.
Please contact me for directions and contact information about these events. And finally, thanks to everyone who supported our 4-H Livestock Judging team at last weekends Apple Days.
email@example.com or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.