“I pledge my head to clearer thinking…” Members of the Great Plains 4-H Club have enjoyed learning new things this year in preparation for Club Days and the Johnson County Fair. The Eflins taught the Electricity class, making generators and brushless motors. Zach Nason taught the Rocketry class. He taught them how to build certain parts of their rockets and they watched a video on how to paint their rockets. The Gunkel family taught the woodworking class where they made pinewood derby cars. Some of the other projects that people from our club were involved in were Foods, Geology, Rabbits, Goats, Arts and Crafts, Small Engines, Clothing, Ceramics, Public Speaking, Performing Arts and more.
“…my heart to greater loyalty…” Great Plains 4-Hers show their loyalty by working hard to represent 4-H at local, regional, state, and national levels. In October, members attended a Lenexa City Council meeting where a 4-H Week Proclamation was made. February brought Club Days with kids doing presentations and demonstrations, singing, acting, and playing instruments. Nine individuals and one group received Top Purples and continued on to Regional Club Days in March, where they also did well. Club president Lauren Gregory attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia in November of 2009. She also attended the Kansas City Global Summit in March of this year. In June she was recognized as a State Award Winner in Communications at the Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan.
“…my hands to larger service…” This year the Great Plains 4-H club has been doing its best to serve others. They planted a tree at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, sorted food at Harvesters, and entertained seniors at The Atriums Retirement Community in Overland Park by playing instruments, reading stories, and singing. In June, they set up a petting zoo for the kids attending Vacation Bible School at Hope Lutheran Church in Shawnee.
“…and my health to better living…” All of the members of the Great Plains 4-H Club are staying healthy and in shape. In the past year the club has had speakers and activities to help with better living. There was a special speaker in November who talked about healthy eating. The kids went ice skating at Crown Center last winter and roller skating at Skate World over spring break. The July meeting was held at Lake Quivira Beach followed by a fun time of swimming.
“…for my club, my community, my country, and my world. To make the best better!”