ANZA – July 1 is the beginning of the 4-H Club year, and High Country 4-H Club is inviting all youth and adults who are interested in learning about 4-H Club to attend the club meeting, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall or to attend the year-end club party, July 22, at 1 p.m. at 4-H Club Headquarters at 38800 Bahrman Road in Anza. Each event will give visitors the opportunity to view 4-H Club members in action and show how the 4-H Club program is committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society.
High Country 4-H Club has worked hard and had a great deal of fun this year engaging in many activities. The radio broadcasting project met twice a month at Anza’s local KOYT-FM 97.1 radio station and created their own shows, recorded public service announcements and learned about programing. The rabbit project met once a month and learned all about feeding and caring for their rabbits. They also attended many rabbit shows and enjoying meeting other rabbit owners. The horse project helped at an Anza Lions Horse Show, competed at Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous in packing and some project members attended 4-H Club horse shows.
High Country 4-H Club met before Christmas and made stockings for seniors and distributed these stockings at local senior living homes. The High Country 4-H Club board members met monthly, creating a club budget, setting club goals, developing activities for club meetings and learning what it means to be an officer in a club.
One of High Country 4-H Club members enlisted the help of her fellow club members and started a service project aimed at finding a creative way to help those that may go hungry. She created a project called “Sprouts for Kids.” In this project she and other 4-H Club members planted vegetable seeds, cared for them until they sprouted and gave them out at the local weekly food give-a-way at the Community Hall. The plants came with planting instructions, in the hopes that Anza residents would plant them and receive the bounty of their own garden.
High Country 4-H Club has three youth who engage regularly in Riverside County 4-H Club activities. They consist of one youth as a county ambassador, another as a citizenship focus delegate and another as a camp counselor at Riverside County 4-H Club Summer Camp.
High Country 4-H Club will conclude the year by having a pie auction at Anza Days. Like last year, they will bake pies and auction them off with some of the proceeds going to the nonprofit organizations that have been instrumental in helping the club over the years. They will also auction pies off that will help fund High Country 4-H Club members and leaders in attending leadership activities.
When someone joins 4-H Club, they have the opportunity to try a lot of new things and gain experience in real world activities. High Country 4-H Club provides the pathway for youth to view learning as relevant to the world around them, to connect with their communities and become intentionally concerned and contributing citizens.
High Country 4-H Club does not only help grow youth it helps adults that volunteer to be leaders grow their skill set. As an adult volunteer, they can teach a project or skill they enjoy to members, help with paperwork, mentor youth, be a chaperone at an event or bring something new to the program.
High Country 4-H Club will offer these projects in the coming year: goats, reptiles, horses, outdoor adventure/hiking, rabbit, photography, fiber arts, recycled arts, gardening, STEM, radio broadcasting and first aid. High Country 4-H Club is open to youth ages 5-19, and the yearly fee is $75, although the club pays $10 of that fee. There are a few scholarships offered to those who qualify. For more information on High Country 4-H Club, see their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Highcountry4H or call Allison Renck at (951) 663-5452 or email Ali9591@aol.com. To learn more about 4-H Club in general, visit the California 4-H Club website at http://4h.ucanr.edu. After July 1, anyone who is interested in 4-H Club can enroll in High Country 4-H Club for the 2019-2020 year at www.4honline.com or attend the enrollment meeting July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Anza Community Hall.
Submitted by High Country 4-H Club.