Chris Eflin
Club reporter
Johnson County 4-H Council has been keeping very busy this past 4-H year and will be keeping busy the rest of the year to make the best better. Within the council there are many committees working to keep events running smoothly. The committees organize and prepare for the main events of the year.
The 4-H Club Days Committee organizes the events for Club Days. Club Days is an annual event where 4-H’ers showcase their skills in acting, dancing, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and music. The Achievement Celebration Committee organizes the annual awards ceremony where they recognize 4-H’ers for their hard work and accomplishments in the Johnson County 4-H program.
The 4-H Fashion Revue Committee chooses the theme and decorates public fashion revue. This allows 4-H’ers to model the clothing they have constructed or purchased.
The Family Night and Officer Training Committee provides an opportunity for new 4-H families to learn more about the projects within 4-H. They also provide training for the various jobs 4-H’ers will have in the upcoming 4-H year.
The Promotions Committee has the job of promoting 4-H to the public. This year they set up a website where people can find out where 4-H clubs are located in Johnson County.
The Budget and Finance Committee is in charge of the council funds. Each year funds are used to offset travel costs to some 4-H camps, including Bunches of Fun Sewing Camp, Fantastic 4 Camp, Photo Adventure Camp, Discovery Days, and Campference.
Bunches of Fun Sewing camp is an opportunity for 4-H members to make projects, learn about fabrics, design a t-shirt, and plan a fashion show. Fantastic 4 Camp is where members enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, archery, swimming and crafts.
At Photo Adventure Camp, club members learn about photography and the latest editing technology.
The Kansas State University campus hosts Discovery Days, where club members build good leadership and communications skills.
Campference is for 12-14 year olds to experience workshops and camp activities. The council provides funds to assist qualifying Johnson County 4-H members traveling on trips they have earn, such as Citizenship Washington Focus and National 4-H Congress.
Citizenship Washington Focus is an opportunity to tour historic sites on the way to the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. While there club members attend mock legislative sessions and learn more about government. National 4-H Congress is an annual event with training, workshops, and tours in Atlanta.
The county council also runs the 4-H food stand at the Johnson County Fair. It is the council’s sole fundraising event.