Apr 09, 2018
By Paula Beattie
Thirty-one 4-H members from across the province came together on April 7 for the 2018 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition at the Horizon Credit Union centre in Melville to compete for the top place honours in this prestigious competition.
Public Speaking is a very important component of the 4-H program, which helps young people to develop confidence and communication skills. All 4-H Saskatchewan members write and present a speech to their club during the 4-H year. Competitors earn their spot at the Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition after advancing through the club, district and regional tiers of the competition in their age category.
The opening brought about 150 people together in silence to honor and in support of those involved in the recent tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
The speeches began at 1 p.m. and proceeded throughout the afternoon with each speaker presenting their speech in turn. All of the youth were exemplary and poised while speaking on topics that were informative, entertaining, or close to their heart.
The competition was followed by a banquet and awards ceremony where special guests the Honorable Warren Kaeding; MLA of Melville-Saltcoats, Mayor Walter Streelasky; Mayor of Melville, Cera Youngson; Executive Director, Saskatchewan 4-H, Glenn Gress; President, 4-H Saskatchewan, Suzette Szumutku; Guest Speaker, sponsors: Mike Fisher; Painted Hand CDC, Patricia Taillon; SGEU working Together For Saskatchewan, Becky Niessen; F.C.C, Lorie Chambers, Bell, Krecklewich & Chambers Barristers & Solicitors.
In the Cloverbud category, for members aged six to eight, Sunny Cooper earned first place with her speech “The Time I Almost Lost My Marbles.” Sunny is from the South West region, and a member of the Eston Multiple 4-H Club. She spends her days playing the violin, dancing and creating crafts and spending time with her brother and sister. Sunny is in the Outdoor Adventure project, as she loves being outdoors and learning about animals and safety. Sunny’s favorite part of 4-H is Public Speaking. When she was six years old she watched her brother reluctantly deliver his speech and then informed her parents that next year she was joining 4-H so she could do a speech too. She loves talking and telling stories to anyone who will listen.
Tyson Code earned first place in the Junior category, for members nine to 12 years old, with his speech topic “Giraffe.” He is a member of the Eston Multiple 4-H Club also from the South West Region and likes rodeo, roping, playing guitar, biking, the outdoors and hunting. This year he is in the welding project, which he finds fun and will be a useful skill for his future. Tyson’s favorite part of 4-H is the friends he meets along the way and the experiences it offers.
Hunter Reid earned his first place with the Intermediate category, for ages 13 to 15, with his speech topic “Courage.” He is a member of the Crown Hill 4-H Beef Club, representing the North West Region. Hunter enjoys basketball, football, dance and cooking. He is in the Beef Project, this year he has a steer named “Victor” and a heifer named “Victoria”. Hunter’s favorite part of 4-H is the animals, showing, friends and speeches.
In the Senior category, Morgan Heidecker earned first place with her speech “Defining Success.” She is a member in the Three Lakes 4-H Beef Club, representing the North East 4-H region. Morgan’s hobbies include composing music, playing piano and singing in various Saskatoon choirs. Morgan likes to involve herself in groups and associations within the Agriculture Industry, on and off the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. She is in the Beef Project, this year taking Market Steer, Heifer and Cow Calf Projects. She feels the Beef project is important as it gives youth a better understanding of the industry and provides a financial return in which youth learn how to save money and budget. Her favorite part of 4-H is the unforgettable memories that were being made without even realizing it…The memories made while wasting time, and bringing peers, communities and members closer together.
Congratulations to all of the top placed competitors at the 2018 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition, listed below with their placing, 4-H Club and speech topic.
Thank you to the clubs of the District #13 4-H Council, which includes the Goodeve Multiple 4-H Club, Melville Town ‘N’ Country 4-H Club and Neudorf Beef 4-H Club, as well as those on the Public Speaking committee for their hard work preparing and hosting this event.
Thank you to all our judges who donated their time, including Janet Gulash, Stephanie Lockhart, Cassandra Betts, Shannon Hurley, Don Coleman, Brenda Zalys, Naomi Paley, Heidi Schofer, Carol Streelasky, Jean Dales, Joanne Sebastian and Racheal Yuristy.
Thank you to the sponsors and donors who made the 2018 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition a very special day. Your generosity is truly appreciated. Special thanks to Platinum Level Sponsors: 4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Program Partners and Painted Hand CDC, Gold Level Sponsor; SGEU Working Together For Saskatchewan, Silver Level Sponsors; FCC, Melville & District Community Foundation, Melville City & Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program, Bronze Level Sponsors; Bell, Kreklewich & Chambers Barristers & Solicitors, Bridgeview Manufacturing Ltd., Melville Chev, Prairie Co-Op, R.B.C., RM Stanley #215, Royal Drug Mart, SaskEnergy and SaskPower.
Mar 26, 2018
The weekend was filled with friendship, fun and business.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held the weekend of March 24-25 at the Saskatoon Inn. Throughout the weekend, the member and leader delegates were asked to vote on a number of decisions.
The first item of business, after the welcome and introductions, was voting for the 18-year-old member delegates to the board of directors. There were two positions available – one one-year term and one two-year term. Emily Letendre was voting in for the two-year term and Brett Rumpel was voted in for the one-year term.
After the vote was held, the delegates dispersed into their regional meetings, where a number of reports were given, hosts for regional and provincial events were determined, and the elections for AC member and Board of Directors were held.
The Board of Directors for 2018-19 are:
The new Member and Leader Ambassadors are:
There were three individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame:
· Wes Olynyk
· Donna Cunningham
· Lisa Nestman
All three individuals have dedicated most of their lives to 4-H, helping develop the youth in the province. They were all happy to say a few words following their inductions, where they continued to show their 4-H spirit by encouraging the youth in the room to go on to do great things.
Following the banquet, the members headed to their 4-H dance – supervised by North East Regional 4-H Specialist Shelby Longworth – complete with a piñata and a unique dance developed by the members of 4-H Korea and the leaders joined South West Regional 4-H Specialist Kaitlyn Keller for fun and games.
Although it was a late night on Saturday, everyone was up early and ready for the business meetings to continue at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
New to AGM this year, members and leaders participated in the Focus on 4-H Forum. This was an open discussion on suggested policy changes related to Livestock Show Rules, the new pilot General Record Book, and any other topic of interest to our membership. There were many lively discussions and great suggestions were brought forward! The notes from the discussions were captured for the Board of Directors and staff to use for future meetings.
The 2018-19 Executive Officer and special positions were announced.
· President: Glenn Gress
· Vice-President: Clint Panter
· Secretary: Cameron Choquette
· Representative to the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation: Alvin Pawlitza
· Representative to the Advisory Council: Tara Malinowski
After the auditor report and the member and leader recognition, two resolutions were voted on by the delegation.
The first resolution was regarding Bylaw #7.16 – Removing a member or leader form the 4-H program, with an amendment on the wording of the bylaw as displayed below. The resolution passed.
· Board’s Power to terminate or suspend a 4-H Member’s Membership or a 4-H Leader’s Membership in the 4-H program.
· The Board of Directors has the authority to remove a 4-H volunteer, member, or leader subject to the removal policy of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.
The second resolution was to remove the executive committee of the Board of Directors, which was also passed.
After a final loonie draw and four special announcements, the business meetings was adjourned and everyone was free to go home. Overall, it was a very successful weekend and effective AGM!
Feb 06, 2018
4-H Canada created the Hands to Larger Service program through a new youth program called Canada Service Corps, which encourages young Canadians to get involved in service to their communities and gain valuable skills and experience that will benefit them in every aspect of life. It will also provide young Canadians with the opportunity to build service opportunities that currently do not exist.
Through Hands To Larger Service, 4-H Canada will select 30 Youth Service Leaders, between the ages of 16-25, who will be trained to support and lead community-based service projects in summer 2018. They will travel across Canada co-creating community-focused service projects in partnership with other youth as part of the 4-H Club to Club exchange program, showcasing Canada’s diverse heritage, regional landscapes and a shared commitment to youth leadership and community engagement.
This is an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth across Canada to demonstrate their leadership skills and commitment to community engagement!
Youth service leaders will grow new skills, such as:
· Learn project management skills
· Develop leadership skills
· Build networks within communities
· Gain volunteer experience
· Meet other 4-H’ers from across Canada
· Deliver meaningful service projects with a lasting impact
· Help create a culture of service for youth across Canada
Applications to be a Youth Service Leader are open from February 1 to March 16, 2018.
To learn more, visit https://4-h-canada.ca/handstolargerservicehttps://4-h-canada.ca/handstolargerservice
Jan 25, 2018
Are you a 4-H member, 15 or older, who is excited about the program and would like to utilize your leadership skills in a new and exciting way?
Apply to be a 4-H camp counsellor or counsellor-in-training! Counsellors need to be 16 or older as of July 1. Counsellors-in-training must be 15 as of July 1.
As a Saskatchewan 4-H Camp Counsellor, you will be responsible for a cabin of 4-H members from nine to 14 years old. Not only will you be in charge of a cabin, but also will provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for 4-H members, while acting as a proud ambassador for 4-H.
CITs will be helpers in the cabins, taking direction from the their counsellor. They will be responsible for helping with activities and other tasks given to them by the 4-H staff.
The role of camp counsellor and CIT is challenging and rewarding, with new experiences every day. Not only will you be a leader for other 4-H members, you will also enjoy amazing camp experiences, too!
A positive attitude and enthusiastic personality are assets in this position, as well as experience working with nine to 14 year olds.
A phone or in person interview will be required for applicants chosen to be CITs and counsellors.
Those selected for the positions will be required to attend a counsellor training weekend before camp begins, be required to be at camp the Saturday before campers arrive and may be included in some conference calls leading up to camp. Counsellor training will be in May or June.
Please note: You have the option apply for one or both summer camps
Application Deadline is May 4.