Boot Scootin’ Barn Quilters

The Boot Scootin’ Barn Quilters displayed their 1 ft X 1 ft  barn quilts everyone designed and made at their Achievement Day, International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) 2018 and Highgate Fair. Thank you to Harold Stirling for building the display board. Further involved in the IPM, the Boot Scootin’ Barn Quilters presented the Laprise family (host farmers) with a 4 ft X 4 ft barn quilt that the club made at the closing ceremonies.

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Eberts Woodworking Club – Meeting #5

4-H Muskoka Table Makers Complete Projects

The fifth meeting of the 4-H Eberts Woodworking Club was held on Saturday, November 10th  at the workshop of Doug and Sue Cameron. The meeting started with the 4-H Pledge.

Members immediately started working on their Muskoka tables. Everyone started by sanding the previously stained parts of their table top. Then members did a rough assembly of the whole base. It was decided that members were going to use the pocket joint to hold the base to the top. Using the pocket jig, angled holes were drilled to properly start the screws and to countersink the screw heads so that they wouldn’t be seen. After that, special screws were used for the pocket joints to attach the base to the top. After some small adjustments, the table was standing evenly. Members cut a piece of wood so that it would fit in the slot on the base that had been cut at the second meeting. It was fastened into place using the air nailer and some short nails. To finish off the project, members varathaned the top of the table.

The Achievement Program will be held on Monday, November 12th at 6 p.m. at the same location. Members were requested to complete their project manuals for the club. The meeting was adjourned.

Matthew Sterling
Press Reporter

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Eberts Woodworking Club – Meeting #3

4-H Muskoka Table Makers Hard at Work

On October 29th, 2018, the Chatham-Kent 4-H Eberts Woodworking Club met for their third meeting at Doug and Sue Cameron’s workshop. The meeting started with the 4-H Pledge, followed by the secretary’s reports from the past two meetings. Then roll call took place, the question being; How could you color a piece of wood? Some answers were staining, varnishing, and painting.

Members participated in a judging activity to help prepare for the annual judging competition. Members judged a class of coffee cups for takeout. Things members looked for were; non-spill lids, sturdy cups, insulated sides, and materials.

The leaders briefly discussed the steps to be completed during the meeting on the Muskoka folding tables that members are building. Members were to create the checkerboard top using pieces that they had already cut with the bandsaw or pieces cut during the meeting. They would be finding the center of the top boards and gluing the squares that they had cut onto the board in a checkerboard style. Members would then stain the base of their project. Members were instructed to begin work, going through the steps of cutting, gluing and staining.

Construction of the tables will continue at the next meeting which will be on Saturday, November 3rdat 9 a.m. at Doug and Sue Cameron’s workshop. Members were to have their meeting summaries completed for the next meeting. The meeting was then adjourned.

Matthew Sterling
Press Reporter

Eberts Woodworking Club – Meeting #1

On October 20th, 2018, the Chatham-Kent 4-H Eberts Woodworking Club met for their first meeting at Doug and Sue Cameron’s workshop. The meeting started with the 4-H Pledge and was followed by a short introduction by each of the members so they could get to know one another. The roll call was; name a tool in the shop.

Members participated in a judging activity to help prepare for the annual judging competition held by the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association in July. A class of gloves for winter wear was judged. Members learned the importance of knowing the specific named purpose of the objects to be judged.

The leaders discussed details on the project that members would be completing for the club. Members will build a foldable Muskoka table that will have a checkerboard top, complete with checkers. The objective was to use a table that was already built as a template and modify the measurements to raise the original height and make a square top. Members began work on their projects by measuring the table provided and calculating the lengths that they would be able to cut from each length of wood provided to them. Members then used the tools, starting with the thickness planer, to bring the thickness of the wood down to the correct measurement. With one dimension done, members ripped the wood, which means to cut with the grain, with a table saw so that they had the correct width of pieces for the base. Members used the calculations they made to cut the planed and ripped wood to the correct lengths to construct a base. After completing the cuts, members marked and cut an end of each of the base parts so that they were round enough to finish with the sander. Two joint parts were taken to the router to make them aesthetically pleasing.

Construction of the tables will continue at the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6 p.m. at the same location. Members were requested to complete a summary of meeting one for the next meeting. The meeting was then adjourned.

Matthew Sterling
Press Reporter

Lego Engineering Club – Meetings #3 & 4

3rd Meeting – Lego Engineering 4-H Club
The 3rd meeting of “The People Who Build Lego & Stuff” Lego Engineering 4-H club was held on October 20th at Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph. The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge then the secretary read the minutes. We handed the meeting over to our leaders. We were making bottle rockets. We built them with plastic pop bottles and added wings made of cardboard. We went outside and launched them off of a launcher. One person pushed a button while the other person pulled a string. This sent the bottle flying several feet before falling to the ground. Our meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

4th Meeting – Lego Engineering 4-H Club
The 4th meeting of “The People Who Build Lego & Stuff” Lego Engineering 4-H club was held on October 25 at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph. We started the meeting with the 4-h pledge then the secretary read the minutes. We divided into two groups. One group programmed our robots to go up a certain height with only tires. The next group did some activities out in the hall like making a code with dances in a certain order. After that we played Wink Murder. Our meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Liam Duffy
Press Reporter

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Merlin Community Club – Achievement Night

On Monday, October 22, 2018, The Merlin Amazing Aggies and The Blenheim Field Crop Club met at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at the Agronomy Building at 7:00 PM. Each member had the option to grow soybeans, ear corn, shell corn or hay. For each crop, the members had to follow various criteria such as a specific weight and uniformity and color and size. While the various samples were being judged, the guest speaker, Natasha Lugtigheid, spoke to the large group of people about 4 different aspects of her life: her Family Farm, her Agriculture Education, her Job, and her Future Plans.

She told us all about her journey through life and how she had to work up to where she is now.  She explained very well about each topic that she was sharing about. Natasha told the group some history about her family farm, and then her journey on her family farm. Next, she talked about her education and that she is currently a student at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and about all of her classes. Then she talked about her job at Tomecek Agronomy Services and what she is currently doing there. Lastly she talked about her future plans and that she wants to work on her family’s farm when she finishes school.

When Natasha was finished her presentation, Ben Rhodes thanked Natasha for coming out to do her presentation and gave her a fruit basket. Then refreshments were provided. Once the judges were finished judging all of the samples, they came into the Agri-Hall and announced all of the night’s winners. Top winners for the Merlin 4-H club were: Top corn sample, 1stplace went to Shaun Sullivan, 1stplace for 2ndcut hay sample went to Ben Rhodes, 1stplace wheat sheath sample went to Oliver Brady, 3rdplace for soybeans went to Cael Brady, 2ndplace soybean sample went to Jordan Pepper and 1stplace soybean sample went to Abby Pepper. Overall sample winners from the Merlin 4-H club were: Oliver Brady and Abby Pepper. Top overall sample of the night went to Abby Pepper.

After announcing the winners for the evening, Ben Rhodes, Abby Pepper, and 2 other 4-H members from the Blenheim Crop Clubthanked the judges. All samples were packed and shipped to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Abby Pepper
Press Reporter

4-H Achievement Night 2018

Lego Engineering Club – Meetings #1 & 2

1st Meeting – Lego Engineering 4-H Club

“The People Who Build Lego & Stuff” Lego Engineering 4-H club held their 1st meeting on October 4th at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph at 6:30 pm.  Our leaders are Lynn, Sophie and Chris. We first played a game to get to know each other. We next had elections for each role such as President (Eric), Vice President (Spencer), Secretary (Ian), and Press Reporter (Liam). We got to learn about our upcoming project making bottle rockets. We will need to bring in 2 L pop bottles to our next meeting.  After that we divided into 2 groups- one made bracelets with coding while one started working on our robot projects. Our meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Liam Duffy
Press Reporter

2nd meeting – Lego Engineering 4-H Club

“The People Who Build Lego & Stuff” Lego Engineering 4-H club held their second meeting on October 11th at Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph at 6:30 pm. We started the meeting with the 4-H pledge then the secretary read the minutes from the last meeting. We had a special guest. Angela, who is a professional Engineer spoke to us and brought a 3-D printer. She showed us it. She had printed a couple of items such as a chess piece. We divided into 3 groups. One worked on our robots, one played with connecter circuits that Angela brought and one went outside to do games. At the end of our meeting we thanked Angela and our meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Liam Duffy
Press Reporter

Kubota Cup Challenge 2018

Congratulations to all who competed in this year’s Kubota Cup!

Grand Champion – Maurice Verstraete
Reserve Champion – Clair Parney

Merlin Community Club – Meeting #6

THE MERLIN AMAGZING AGGIES HARVEST MEETING

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 The Merlin Amazing Aggies met of their sixth meeting of 2018. The meeting was held at the Rhodes’ Farm.

We started the meeting off with the 4-H pledge; we then headed to the soybean field next door. All of the 4-H members took their pictures for the SeCan project.

While the food was being cooked, Oliver Brady recited the minutes from the last meeting. After that Ben Rhodes said the roll call “Confirm your commodities for Achievement Night”. The food was ready after everyone had said what crop they were going to do for their project. After everyone one was done eating we sang “Happy Birthday” to Abby Pepper.

We moved on to “harvest techniques”. Shaun Sullivan talked to the group about Shelled Corn, Ben Rhodes talked about Hay, Oliver Brady talked to the group about Soybeans, Cael Brady talked about Ear Corn and Ben Rhodes talked to the group about Wheat. The most important things to remember when preparing a sample are that you want a clean, healthy sample with uniformity and maturity. After the group was done writing down all of the important points that they needed, we then discussed what we were going to do on the International Plowing Match display board.

We discussed important dates, and our Western Bean Cutworm projects.

Oliver Brady then thanked Mrs. Rhodes for hosting the meeting at her home and for supper. The meeting was then adjourned.

Abby Pepper
Press Reporter

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Kit Club and Komoka Rabbit Education Day

The Kit Club went to Rabbit Clinic and Education day on August 4th 2018 at the Fletcher farm/Gold Creek Rabbitry. This was a joint meeting with the Middlesex 4-H Rabbit Club.  We were invited by the Ontario Council of Rabbit Clubs.

There were some very informative  sessions for us to listen to.  Dr. Sara Malone from Kentucky who breeds English Lops taught us about healthcare for rabbits.  We learned how to give penicillin and other medicines to a rabbit and the correct dose based on body weight. We learned about genetics and colours of a rabbit from Beth Collins a long time Mini Rex breeder.  We also learned about how to tattoo a rabbit correctly and the best method to use. There were many other classes offered including how to run a rabbit show and the Bunnies in Basket program where therapy rabbits go to visit people.

The Ontario Council of Rabbit Clubs asked the 4H clubs to set up the food booth for lunch.  The funds raised were split with both 4H clubs.

There was a youth show following the clinics. The categories were showmanship, pure breed and best pet. In the novice division Peyton Donais placed 1st in showmanship and 2nd for best pet. In the pure breed category Ashley DeVries placed 1st in the novice division. Our judge Shannon Carter provided feedback to improve our rabbits and handling skills.  Club member Lauren Gough practiced clerking for the judge.  The clerk records the judge’s placings and comments on the rabbits.

By: Ashley DeVries
Press Reporter