Over 40 4-H members and leaders from Pondera County and the area recently attended the annual Super Sunday in Conrad at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church Education Building.
Members had an opportunity to learn and participate in a variety of activities including Food Safety, Basics of Leatherwork, Fly Tying, Livestock Quality Assurance, and Scrapbooking. They also had the chance to learn how to recycle household items to make Stepping Stones for much less cost than buying a kit.
The special feature was a workshop on how to select, plan, prepare and present a demonstration. Developing public speaking skills in one of the attributes that 4-H alumni cite as a huge asset as they progress through school and into jobs.
The afternoon concluded with a demonstration given by Krystal McDougal judged by Maria Elings and Sheron Curry. McDougal plans to participate in the statewide speech and demonstration competition at Montana 4-H Congress in July, and this local event provided her with feedback to continue to polish her presentation.
The classes were taught by local 4-H leaders and special guests from the region, including Carrie Lerum, Galata; Dave York, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Choteau; Elisha Dempsey and Dennis Knickerbocker, Shelby; Kent Sheble, Valier; Thales Mullenax and Laurie Hopper, Conrad; and Pondera County Extension Agents Dan Picard and Adele Stenson. Trish Taule and Barb Judisch helped youth who wanted to work on their project books.
Several 4-H members helped throughout the day as well. Senior 4-H Ambassador Mariah Sheble and Ambassador Prospect Krystal McDougal helped throughout the day wherever needed.
Cameron Rodriguez, a 10-year 4-H member, delivered a portion of the Quality Assurance program.
Any 4-Her who takes a market livestock animal to the Fair is required to take QA to learn basic livestock management practices, like how to give vaccinations, and provide appropriate feed, shelter and water.
M. Sheble, Krista Judisch, and Skylar, Jessica and Amber Stenson performed a Food Safety skit for a group of about 30 4-Hers and adults. All 4-H members who participate in the Marias Fair Food Booth are required to take a class every other year on the safe handling of food, so they learn best practices for handling food and personal hygiene while serving the public.
There are about 90 members enrolled in 4-H in Pondera County in a wide variety of projects from Teen Leadership to Robotics. Members participate in project meetings to learn skills from adult or teen mentors in their areas of interest, when volunteers are available.
The program is always seeking adults willing to share their talents with youth. Volunteers in 4-H serve in a variety of capacities.
They may teach a one-time workshop like Super Sunday; they may instruct a series of after school classes, like Shooting Sports and Robotics; host a day-long session, like Sewing; or choose some other form of instruction throughout the year. Any adult or teen who would like to help youth develop new skills and interests, even if only through a one-hour workshop, is encouraged to contact the Extension Office.
The 4-H program is open to anyone in the county, from age of 5-19. Contact the MSU Pondera County Extension Office for details at 271-4054.
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