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 at:www.ckpolice.com/bicycle-registry/

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

C-K Dairy Club – RAWF Classic Team Fundraiser

CK Dairy Club – RAWF Classic team Fundraiser.

Organizer – Molly Sayers, Dairy Club Youth Leader (sayersfive@xplornet.ca or 519-674-2762)

Our team is trying to raise funds to help cover the cost of our trip to the RAWF to compete in the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic in November. This is our first fundraiser (stay tuned for details on others!).

We earn 50% profit on anything we sell through this catalogue. All items are priced true (no extra taxes or delivery). We will arrangement delivery to you once the order arrives. (usually mid-end of May depending on weather)

All money and orders are due back by April 28th at midnight. Cheques made payable to C-K 4H Dairy club (memo Royal Team) or if you wish to make an e-transfer please contact sayersfive@xplornet.ca for details.

Link to full colour brochure:


Link to order form:


Thank you for helping us represent C-K at the Royal!

Molly Sayers

Merlin Community Club – Meeting #1

The Merlin 4-H Field Crop Club Holds First Meeting
By: Abby Pepper

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00 am the Merlin 4-H Field Crop Club met for their first meeting of 2018. The meeting was held at the Sullivan’s house.

The meeting was started off with a mixer activity in which all members and leaders had to share something that about themselves and then the group had to guess if it was true or false.

After the mixer activity, the group was asked a roll call question “Name a crop that you see farmers growing?” Answers included sugar beets, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes. After roll call was completed, we reviewed the guideline of being a 4-H member.

Gerry Sullivan, one of the group leaders, introduced the special project for the 4-H group this year. We will be setting traps to see if we have any Western Bean Cutworms in our area. Gerry discussed how the traps work and how much damage the Western Bean Cutworm does to our fields. The group will be testing traps and seeing if their fields have any Western Bean Cutworms, on the 3rd or 4th week of July and will stay in the ground for 2 to 3 weeks. Bob Thurwell from Glencoe supports the Western Bean Cutworm traps.

Shaun Sullivan gave the 4-H group some tips about judging. We then judged facecloths. Some things that the group had to look for were the size, smell, cleanliness and the condition of the cloth.  A few of the members gave their reasoning’s to Shaun.

The group then discussed possible educational tours and our “Me Pages.”  The group members voted on a club name “Thee Merlin Amazing Aggie’s”.

After the club name was voted on, the nominations were then open for the executive positions. The positions were voted on and the results were:

·         President – Ben Rhodes

·         Vice President – Abby Pepper

·         Press Reporter – Abby Pepper

·         Secretary –  Oliver Brady

The meeting was adjourned and Abby Pepper thanked the Sullivan’s for hosting the meeting.

Merlin Community 4-H Press Reporter
Abby Pepper

4-H first meeting 2018