A Look Back on 2016

Did you miss the annual year end presentation? Take a couple minutes and check out what happened in Chatham-Kent this past year!



Ridgetown Awards Banquet

The 69th Ridgetown 4-H Awards Night was a success! Congratulations to all members.

The clubs recognized tonight:
Community Heritage Barn Quilt
Horse and Pony
Field Crop

County award winners:
Top 4-H Shelled Corn – Craig Scott
Top 4-H Soybeans – Amanda Craven

Ken Clark Memorial Award – Ryan McKerrall

Best Plowed Land by a 4-H Member at the Chatham-Kent Plowing Match:
Brendan Apers

Gay Lea Award of Achievement (24 4-H Clubs):
Amanda Craven
Molly Sayers
Hanna Reid
Rebecca Warwick
Ryan Heyboer
Morgan Anderson

Guest Speaker: Grace Jones, Dow Seeds

The Royal Agricultural Field Crop Awards (Ear Corn, Shelled Corn and Soybeans) were also presented.

My Experience as a 4-H Youth Leader

By Matthew Vermey (Vet Club)

Throughout my year as a Youth Leader for the Vet Club, I have gained confidence as a leader and assumed a variety of leadership roles. It has made a positive impact for me personally and in my 4-H clubs.

The Vet Club covers a lot of information and content. As the Youth Leader, I tried to live by the 4-H motto, “Learn To Do By Doing”, by incorporating many hands-on activities to support members’ learning and skill development. Examples of this were the hand washing and lung model demonstrations, and the judging activity that I organized.

Many of the younger members tend to look up to the senior members. By leading a number of activities, I made an effort to connect with each member and included all members in the activities.

I enjoyed my opportunity to attend the Future Leaders in Action (F.L.I.A.) Camp this spring. Not only did I have a lot of fun but I also grew as a leader. F.L.I.A. gave me ideas I can use in groups such as ice breakers and warm-ups. I learned how to work with others, and recognized that we all have different strengths and abilities. As a result of my training and leadership opportunities, I feel more comfortable speaking in front of people, and feel that I have developed good team building and time management skills.

As a Youth Leader I have learned that leaders provide opportunities for others to build their confidence and express themselves. To be a good leader you must also be a positive role model to others. In an effort to learn from my experiences, I reflected on the activities that I led in the club and identified things that I liked and things I would change.

Being a Youth Leader allowed me to help the leaders of the club and get to know the members better. It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone but in doing so has taught me many things about myself. I have learned to work well with others and have made many new friends along the way. I would like to thank 4-H for this opportunity.

Shur-Gain Kids & 4-H Animals Calendar Photo Contest

Enter for a chance to win an iPad and be featured in the 2017 Shur-Gain Calendar!

Photos can be submitted at: http://shurgaincalendaron.hscampaigns.com/#enter-now


Judging Night 2016

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out to Judging Night. Thanks to everyone who helped organize as well, it was a great night. The official results of the classes will come out in the next edition of the e-newsletter so be sure to stay tuned for those!