Elizabeth Lang
Club Reporter
The Stanley Buccaneers 4-H Club is made up of many active members and dedicated families.  One of our many strengths as a club is encouraging each other and promoting a team spirit.  In this past year, our members hosted many project meetings along with sharing “top tips” on our projects at monthly meetings.  Members shared their talents and knowledge on:  foods, ceramics, rocketry, public speaking, fiber arts, visual arts, crafts, table settings, sewing, flowers, cake decorating, dog, and goats.  We look forward to seeing each other’s completed work at the Johnson County Fair.
Our club experienced a few changes this year.  In October, Jeannie New retired as our Community Leader after 13 years of faithful service.  Jeannie and her husband, Tim have mentored many 4-H’ers in our club and in the county.  Their children, Jake, Natalie, and Sophia were all Stanley Buccaneers members and very active in the 4-H program.  To honor Jeannie’s service to our club, a brick was purchased at the JoCo Fair Heritage Plaza.  At the same time, we also welcomed Stephanie Marksz as our new Community Leader.  She has a long 4-H history and serves with her husband, David, and children, Alyssa & Taylor (both club members).
We also had two graduating seniors this year: Molly Hodges (12 year member) and Mackenzie Riscoe (11 year member), both girls were 2014 Key Award members.  They will be missed a bunch!
Over the past year our members participated in several county events including Club Days, Food Fare, 4-H Camps, Junior Leaders, Style Revue, Dog Shows, Spring Swine Show, and Spring Goat Show.  We also had members participating in Regional Club Days, Regional Leadership Training, Regional Dog Shows, and State Camps.  In addition, many of our members qualify each year to participate in the State Fair and hope to do so this year too.
Our Club showed appreciation for our community in several ways.  In December, our members made trays filled with homemade cookies and gave them to local fire stations.  We also wanted to honor the work of the JoCo Fair Board so we had fun preparing and serving treats at their April meeting— thanks again for your work in making our fair a success!   In August, our club will be working with “feed the hungry” as we prepare and serve a meal to families in need.
For Club fun, we enjoyed time together at Cosmic Jump in Olathe, KS in April.  We look forward to getting together again in August for a BBQ and outdoor fun at the Russell farm (member, Leah Russell).
If you are interested in joining 4-H, please consider visiting our club.  We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:45 pm at Olathe Bible Church; 151st and BlackBob; Olathe, KS.