Farm Toy Club – Achievement Day

The Chatham-Kent 4-H Farm Toy Club, along with the Essex-Kent Junior Farmers, presented a cheque for $2,800 to Brenda Leclair of Chatham Outreach for Hunger at the Toy Club’s Achievement Program held May 7th at the Chatham Retirement Resort. The funds were raised at the Chatham-Kent Toy Show held in January where members of the 4-H Farm Toy Club and Essex-Kent Junior Farmers provided their assistance. At the Achievement Program, visitors and residents of the resort were able to view the 1/64th scale farm dioramas created by the Farm Toy Club members.

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Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #2

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom, on May 2nd, 2018 at 7:00.  Hamna called the meeting to order, then we did the 4-H pledge.  The minutes from the last meeting were read.  The roll call question was have you ever done string art, only a few people had.  Then there was a press report update.  Next we did string art for mother’s day.  This is what we had to do, first we had to take our 2 foot long wood board, that had already been stained and cut for us and hammered nails into it in the shape of bubble letter mom.  When we were done that, we took all different colours of string and strung the outside and inside of the letters.  After that we took 4 clothes pins and hot glued them at the top for pictures.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday  May 9th at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom from 7:00 to 9:00.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Plow Club – Meeting #1

On April 25th the Chatham Kent Plow club met for the first time at Brandon Crow’s home, we began the meeting with introductions of the leaders, followed by each member introducing themselves and what they are expecting to be plowing with this year.

Elections for the 2018 year also took place:
Adam Smith- President
Matthew Jenner- Vice President
Randy Vandamme – Secretary
Aiden Carnegie- Press Reporter
Adam Reid- Treasurer

We discussed the dates of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, how we can participate and what it takes to plow at an IPM. We also talked about upcoming meetings.

Followed by talking about parts of the plow, what everything does, how to adjust plows and what to do if things are not going right how to modify the plow. With that we also spoke about safety around the plow and tractor.

Our next meeting will be emailed to the participants but key dates are:

  • Practice judging night and parade set up- June 21st ( date and location TBD)
  • Thamesville Threshing Festival parade- June 22nd 6:30 Furguson Park, Thamesville
  • Group practice night- ( Anyone with a Wheat Field we can practice in please let us know) August 6th, 2:00 pm, Dinner to follow
  • Staking night – 24217 Bear Line Road, Pain Court August 7th 6:00 pm
  • Practice night – 24217 Bear Line Road, Pain Court August 10th 6:00 pm
  • Achievement day – Chatham Kent Plowing Match- August 11th (Mandatory)

Wood Working Club – Meeting #4

Mitre Saw Bandits 2.0

The fourth and final meeting of the Mitre Saw Bandits 2.0 was held on Saturday April 21. We met at Home Depot in Chatham at 9:00am for a scavenger hunt. For the scavenger hunt we had to answer a number of questions related to wood working.  We found the answers throughout the store.  A couple of the questions were, name five brands of power hand tools and what lengths do 2×4’s come in?  It took us about an hour to do the scavenger hunt.

When we were done we headed to Doug’s workshop to finish up our projects.  Once there we said the 4H pledge and Spencer read the minutes from the previous meeting. We then started working on our various projects.  Some of us worked on our band saw boxes, while others worked on their squirrels and reindeer.  We all had to finish up our projects because this was our last meeting.  Before closing the meeting we discussed our achievement night.  It will be Tuesday April 24 at Lindsay Road United Church, where we will show off all that we have made to our family and friends. We are joining with the Breakfast Bonanza 4-H group. Thank you to our leaders Doug and Sue for sharing their time and shop with us to teach us about wood working.

Dylan DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Pictured: Rylan Hogg, Spencer Hopper, Dylan Debrouwer, Brody Vanroboys , Ian Perry. Absent: Katie Perry.


Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #1

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking Boardroom, on Mull Road at 7:00 pm on April 25th, 2018.  The first thing we did was open the meeting with the 4-H Pledge.  The Roll Call question was what is one of your favourite crafts that you have made.  Some of the answers were friendship bracelets, tissue paper flowers, an owl made up of clay and many more.

Since this was our first night we played some mixers.  Next we did Elections of Officers.  President – Hamna, Vice-President – Erin, Secretary – Lauren, Press Reporter – Amy, Photographer – Hanna.

After this, we chose a club name; we finally decided that our club name would be The Crazy Crafters.  Next we did some judging.  After we decided that we should write on a piece of paper, a craft we would like to make.  Next we made a small craft.

Here is what we did, first we cut wood into a square and repeated that, until we had the right amount of squares.  Next we took stencils and paint, and painted 1 letter on each square eventually we got a word.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm. The next meeting will be on Wednesday May 4th at Paul Campbell Trucking Boardroom at 7:00 pm.

Amy DeBrouwer 
Press Reporter


Vet Club – Meeting #2

The second meeting of the 4-H Vet Club began at 7:10 p.m. at “Beyond the Trail” horse farm . We started the meeting by reciting the 4-H pledge and then the Youth Leader called the roll and asked us, “Have you ever taken a first aid or CPR course or, have you done first aid on a animal before? If so please tell about it.”

Then we split into two groups. Group One stayed in the office to talk about nutrition, while Group Two went to the outdoor arena and Theresa Buis talked about horse health. Some of the things that we touched on were respiration, heart rate, hydration, temperature, gut sounds and gum colour. After each group had finished we switched.  In the nutrition group we discussed that the first thing you need to do to pick the right nutrition for a horse is to talk to the owner and ask a couple questions such as, “Does the horse have any health conditions?” and “What is the activity level of your horse?” Then we talked a bit about the importance of hydration and what kind of hay to give to your horse.

The groups joined up again and thanked Theresa Buis for her time. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held at the Ridgetown College Dairy Barn on March 27th, 2018.

Caitlyn Giffin
Press Reporter

Vet Club – Meeting #1

The Chatham-Kent 4-H Vet Club held its first meeting February 22, 2018 at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. The leaders of the club are Maureen McKerrall, Katie Thompson and Marcia Vermey. Hannah Reid is the Youth Leader. The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge and Hannah led the members in an icebreaker activity.  Roll call was completed and then elections were held to determine the executive. Andrew Vermey was elected as President and Bridon Coulter as Vice-President. Molly Sayers will serve as Secretary, Caitlin Giffin as Press Reporter and William McKerrall is Treasurer. The members voted on the name of the club which is “The Mooraculous Vets”. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at “Beyond the Trails”.

Caitlyn Giffin
Press Reporter

Bike Club – Meeting #3

The Psycho Cyclers met on April 24, 2018 at Watson Park in Ridgetown, ON. It was a rainy and chilly evening for the cyclists. Despite the cold weather we managed to learn about mountain biking and how to control gears while peddling up hill. The lowest gear is the highest gear on the back. Gears help keep a comfortable bike speed going up and down hills. The first obstacle to overcome was logs. To go over small logs we learned how to pull up the front tire of the bike and do a “wheelie.” Then we leaned forward and peddled really fast so we could make it to the top of the hill. On the way down the hill we leaned back so we wouldn’t fall and break a bone, after all safety first when cycling. The members of the Psycho Cyclers signed a card for the guest speaker who taught us how to mountain bike. Last we went for a bike ride for a couple of minutes.

The next meeting of the Psycho Cyclers will be held on May 1st, 2018 in the parking lot between Agronomy & the Rudy Brown buildings on Ridgetown Campus.

By: Aidan Chihrin

Rabbit Club – Meetings #1&2

At the first meeting we discussed what would happen at the next few meetings, voted for our executive members and we also learned about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease.

The 2018 Chatham-Kent 4H Rabbit Club held their second meeting on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Ridgetown College. We talked about how to keep your rabbit cages clean. The two groups split into three. The groups debated on which picture showed the best place for the rabbits to live.

Later, we discussed what needed to be done daily, weekly and monthly to take care of rabbits and keep them healthy.

Thank you to our guest speakers Elizabeth Buck, talked about coccidiosis and the importance of proper ventilation in barns and the rabbitry. Margaret Gough reviewed bio security protocols regarding the RHD outbreak in BC and best practices for sanitation to reduce diseases in rabbits. Our next meeting will be held on April 30, 2018 from 7-9 at the Ridgetown 4H Barn.

By Ashley DeVries

Bike Club – Meeting #1

On April 10, 2018 a group of children came together to form the 4H “Psycho Cyclers“ Bike club. The Executive members were decided: Adam Van Maanen – President; Eric Van Maanen – Vice President; Mya Duffy – Secretary; and Aidan Chihrin – Press Reporter. A Constable came to discuss bicycle safety and informed the children of many ways to remain safe while riding bikes. In addition children were informed that children could register their bicycles

On April 17, 2018 the Psycho Cyclers met to inspect bicycles to make sure they were safe to ride and performed any minor repairs necessary. Participants divided into 3 groups based on their birth date and rotated between 3 stations. The first station was a very loud station as participants judged bicycle noise makers, the second station was for cyclists to perform repairs to their bicycles, and the third station was to ride the bicycles around to test them to ensure they were safe. The third station was the coldest as it was 0 degrees. Despite the unusual cold temperature for spring, participants had a lot of fun!

The next meeting of the Psycho Cyclers will be held on April 24, 2018

Aidan Chihrin
Press Reporter