This year the Pioneer 4-H Club of De Soto celebrated 70 years of fun.
The group has grown in the past seven decades and, in fact, membership has doubled over the past three years.
Throughout the year Pioneer 4-H joined several community service efforts. In the fall, kids and adults did some apple gleaning at Cider Hill Orchard in Kansas City, Kan. During the holidays members rang bells in Bonner Springs to raise money for the Salvation Army and went Christmas caroling at a De Soto nursing home. Later in the winter, members helped serve meals at Johnson County Food Ministry in Olathe, Kan. For the club’s spring volunteer service, members and parents repacked potatoes at Harvesters in Kansas City, Mo.
In February, about half of the club participated in Johnson County Club Day. Pioneer’s group dance team took top purple with 18 members dancing their feet off. Twelve members took part in individual events like project talks and instrumental solos.
Several members of the club where very involved in shooting sports. Three members of Pioneer were among the 7-person team selected to shoot at Nationals with the Johnson County Shooting Club, which was undefeated in the regular season.
In the spring, Pioneer 4-H held a pancake fundraiser at an Applebee’s for Cabins 4 Kids. The club raised $500, which was enough to send one inner city child to Rock Springs Camp.
In May the club took at fun trip to Shatto Farm in Osborne, Mo., as an educational tour. Members got to see how the farmers milked the cows and how the milk was bottled. The best part of the tour was tasting their products. Some of the favorite milk flavors were cotton candy, root beer and banana. People also got to sample cheeses and butter.
In June the club celebrated by holding a Family Fun Night with games, food and a senior celebration for graduating members.
Pioneer’s 2014 project tour will be during the fair at the fairgrounds. Many members will exhibit projects including livestock, chickens, dogs, foods, clothing and textiles, plant science, art, leather crafting and more.
Pioneer 4-H Club is looks forward to another 70 years of fun!