Emily Gipson
Club Reporter
Pioneer has had an active year with club events and community events. The Pioneer 4-H club is composed of – families and meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the DeSoto United Methodist Church. Pioneer 4-H members are involved in many projects such as Shooting Sports, Foods and Nutrition, Visual Arts, Poultry, Clothing Construction, Leather Craft, Dogs and many others
Community service is a major focus for Pioneer. During the holiday season, Pioneer adopted families and shopped for clothing, toys and food for the holiday season. Pioneer also rang Salvation Army Bells and sang Christmas carols at Hillside nursing home. Members volunteered at Harvesters and Heart to Heart International, collected food for the Desoto food pantry, and sponsored the tuition for two youth in the Cabins for Kids program.
Pioneer has also developed a partnership with the Desoto Rotary Club. Members have attended the Rotary club meetings and given project talks as well as enjoying a wonderful breakfast with Rotary members. This has been a great opportunity for 4-H’ers to practice public speaking. Pioneer has invited the Rotary Club to a 4-H meeting and pot luck dinner. Pioneer and the Rotary Club plan to continue to work together complete community service projects. Pioneer is extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Desoto as they have given Pioneer several generous donations from their greater Kansas City Day newspaper sales.
Pioneer has lots of fun at meeting as well as attending to 4-H business. This year our Exchange Meeting was with Hands of Hope from Shawnee. In February, Pioneer enjoys a dessert night where each member brings a dessert of their choice to share with the whole group. Pioneer has also has a Family Fun night we played games, ate some food, and had a meeting. Our end of the year celebration was held at The Barn at Kill Creek where we ate some yummy hot dogs, played games, and had a bonfire complete with smores.
Pioneer 4-H’ers are looking forward to entering projects in the fair. At the fair, Pioneer will participate in a Project Tour where members walk around as a group to view everyone’s projects. It is a great way that everyone can admire all the hard work that has gone into projects during the 4-H year. Pioneer will be constructing a float with the “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams” theme for the parade on Saturday of fair week.