Poultry Club – Meeting #2

Written by Club Reporters – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan

April 18th, 2017

  • Called on Vice President Ryan Heyboer to hold meeting
  • Recited 4H Pledge
  • Secretary was not present for meeting, Cameron Trepanier read notes from previous meeting
  • Asked if there were any errors, one of the last names were wrong, moved to accept notes, notes accepted
  • Role Call – state your name and favorite breed of chicken
  • Reminder of meetings to follow
  • Call on Kate Thompson from Uher Performance / Bonnie’s Chick Hatchery
  • We have the choice of 3 different birds this year
    • Plymouth Barred Rock
    • Black Sex link
    • Rhode Island Red
  • Because we are a 4H club, we are being exempt from many costs. We will not have to pay for the Form 300
  • We need to have the exact address of where our birds are being kept on the Form 300, when we are ready, we take our Form 300 to the Abattoir for processing.
  • Afterwards, we can also decide to keep the remainder of our chickens for laying eggs, note they lay brown eggs
  • We will be filling out our forms tonight to order our chickens, hoping for a June 30th delivery date
  • We will be contacted once they are in to come and pick them up and pay for them. They will be one day old and they will also have all of the supplies we need available for purchase.
  • We will be holding a future meeting regarding care and will have pamphlets available to us for additional information
  • Order forms went around, where everyone filled out their personal information and what type of chickens they will be receiving
  • Spoke about judging night, a social event where food will be provided as well.
  • There are many different things present for judging such as :
    • Poulty/chicken
    • Goats
    • Cucumbers/Maple Syrup
  • Things to remember when judging
    • be respectful – hats off
    • no fidgeting
    • make sure to write down all of your reasons for your decisions
  • We will practice a little bit every week
  • We then practised judging with pens
    • what was the best one for writing an exam with
  • Kate will be back May 9th with exact figures and date our chickens will be delivered
  • It was announced we would have a guest speaker and presentation next meeting
  • Spoke a little but about the Canada’s 150 parade
    • Ideas – glow sticks and leis
  • Ryan then adjourned the meeting.

Poultry Club – Meeting #1

Written by Club Reporters – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan

March 28th, 2017

  • 4-H Pledge recited
  • 4-H Motto recited
  • Roll Call consisted of your name and telling everyone your favourite part of a chicken
  • Divided into Groups
    • Once in groups, we needed to find out 4 things we all had in common
  • Divided into Groups of Girls and Boys
    • Once in groups, we needed to find out 4 things we all had in common
  • We then got into discussion of what this year’s 4H club was going to look like and the things we would be doing with our chickens.
    • We will be purchasing Rhode Island Red Birds, which had a dual purpose (laying or meat)
    • They will be roughly $3.32 a bird and if we want more than 4 we will need to let them know by the 1st week of June
    • This year, we will be picking one of our chickens to be auctioned off and slaughtered. Which means we will have to fill out a Form 300 as well as keep a detailed log of our chicken.
    • There will be a $7 fee for this form as well as administration fees that we will know more about at the next meeting
    • We will receive them at 2 weeks of age in July.
    • By the time of the Highgate Fair they should be 12-14 weeks
    • They will be sexed but not de-beaked
  • After some discussion within the group we then moved on to Elections.
  • Results are as follows:
    • Reporter – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan
    • Secretary – Lauren Sayers
    • Treasurer – Josh Heyboer
    • Vice President – Ryan Heyboer & Adria Holden
    • President – Andrew Vermey
  • We then discussed the Canada 150 parade being held in Ridgetown and if we wanted to participate as well as some ideas of what is participating looked like.
  • We also discussed the importance of the 4H website and all of the things it has to offer such as:
    • camps
    • conferences
    • competition
    • Discovery Days (6-12 in Ridgetown June 24, have to register by June 12th)
  • Youth Adventure Camp (Ages 12-15, Week of Aug 21-24 with a cost of $335)
  • We also discussed the rest of the meeting dates for the year
    • April 18th
    • May 9th
    • May 23rd
    • June 13th
    • July 11th
    • August 15th
    • September 12th
  • Judging will take place the 3rd week of July and we have to attend 7 out of 10 meetings
  • With that we adjourned the meeting.

Meet the Sayers, a 4-H Family!

Let’s Meet the Sayers Family!

Joining 4-H wasn’t something they had to think twice about.  It “looked and sounded like an amazing opportunity” for them to become more involved and learn more about topics that interested them. The Sayers Family, Paul, Amber, Molly (15), Lauren (11) and Carson (9), are very involved with the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association in various aspects as well as within their community on a large scale.  They are truly a great example of what it means to be a 4-H Family.

Molly has participated in countless different clubs from livestock to Lego Engineering, and has been to Discovery Days, Youth Adventure Camp and Career Mania, all of which she really enjoyed and recommends! Molly recently achieved the Gay Lea Award of Achievement for completing 24 clubs.   Lauren has been a member for 2 years and has completed close to 15 clubs now. She attended Discovery Days this past year and said “it was a really fun day” and that she “made lots of new friends”.  Lauren’s favourite club to date was the Poultry Club, where she most enjoyed learning how to show poultry and showing her rooster, Chester.  Carson made his 4-H debut this past year and joined Cloverbuds.  Carson said his favourite meeting was “going to meet Rob Reid at the Dairy Barn on the Ridgetown Campus and learning how to milk a cow and being shown how everything in the barn worked.” Carson has joined the Toy club this year as his first club as a true 4-Her.

When not at 4-H, Molly pursues piano, drama, guitar and choir among other activities. She can frequently be found playing the piano in church, much to the organist’s delight! Lauren also plays piano, guitar, sings in the Ridgetown girls’ choir and acts with Ridge Players.  She is passionate about animals and aspires to one day become a veterinarian or biologist. Carson enjoys collecting toy tractors of all shapes and colours and can always be found at the Chatham-Kent Toy Show (January 15th, 2017 at the J.D. Bradley Centre) with his ever growing display.  This year he is adding a campground feature, as a tribute to the family’s hobby of camping every summer.

Amber and Paul are not only proud 4-H parents, they have also taken on leadership roles within the association.  Amber participated in 4-H when she was in Girl Guides, completing the Pets and Healthy Living clubs.  She only returned to 4-H once they moved to Ridgetown and Molly became involved in the Chatham-Kent 4-H Program.  She now helps lead the Dairy club, Community Heritage club, Rabbit Showmanship and Rabbit Agility Clubs.  Their calendar is usually full of 4-H meetings once April hits!  Amber really enjoys helping the kids learn new skills and probably the best part is seeing the kids develop friendships and confidence and “learn to do by doing”.  Aside from 4-H,  Amber can be found working in the Dairy Barn at Ridgetown Campus and is actively involved in Sunday School at Turin Church (don’t miss the 3rd Annual Comedy night coming up this spring!), and chairing the parent council at Naahii Ridge Public School. Her best 4-H memory to date is taking pictures of the 4-H dairy kids outside of the barns at the Royal Winter Fair, with the CN Tower in the background: Growing up as a kid who went to the Royal on field trips, she never dreamed of being on the “inside” and being part of the show.

For Paul, the 4-H dad and C-K 4-H Board of Director, his first 4-H experience wasn’t long ago.  It began when he accepted a nomination as a director on the Chatham-Kent board in January of 2016. Throughout the past year, he could be seen at many local 4-H events always there willing to help a hand to ensure events ran smoothly.  As a 4-H parent, Paul is enjoying the knowledge he gains every time he joins one of the kids at a 4-H meeting. The “Annual” Ski Trip to London with Chatham-Kent 4-H, which began as a 100th Year Celebration, has come to be a highlight of his 4-H experience.  A great opportunity for a 4-H family outing! Outside of 4-H, Paul works for South West Ag Partners as the Inputs Manager and the rest of his time is filled with raising three 4-H kids!

Being a family of 4-Her’s leaves little time for other activities but the Sayers Family really enjoys the program and, although they might be slightly biased, “believe that C-K has the absolute best 4-H program out there.” 4-H has made them all more confident, improved public speakers and has allowed them to participate in camps, trips and conferences that they never would have dreamed of. They have created connections that span the country thanks to 4-H!

The Chatham-Kent 4-H Association appreciates everything the Sayers Family does to keep the 4-H program running in our county.  Congratulations to Molly, Lauren and Carson on their 4-H achievements and we wish them continued success in their personal 4-H journeys.