The weekend was filled with friendship, fun and business.
The 2023 Annual General Meeting was held the weekend of March 18-19 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Saskatoon Downtown. Throughout the weekend, the member and leader delegates were able to vote on policy changes, elect new board members, meet new people, and have fun!
The first item of business, after the welcome and introductions, was voting for the 18-year-old member delegate to the board of directors. Austin Olson was elected for the two-year term.
Next, delegates dispersed into their regional meetings, where several 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 2023-24 are:
Member Delegates: Danica Kiefer and Austin Olson
The 2023-24 Advisory Council members are:
In addition to the AC and Board of Directors, the new Members and Leader Ambassadors were chosen. The Ambassadors will showcase the spirit of 4-H Saskatchewan through their willingness to volunteer and share their knowledge of the 4-H program. Ambassadors will help in recruiting new members, representing 4-H at local events and sharing their 4-H story.
The new Ambassadors are:
The banquet was held on Saturday evening, where 4-H Saskatchewan’s sponsors and donors were honoured for their contributions to 4-H, Provincial Public Speaking winners showcased their winning speeches, and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place.
There was one individual inducted into the Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame:
There were two individuals inducted into the Saskatchewan 4-H Builders Honor Roll:
All three individuals have dedicated most of their lives to 4-H and 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 while the leaders played music bingo.
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 was the “Mentoring Minutes” sessions. This provided an opportunity for members and leaders to learn about the 4-H Canada Leadership Development Pillars in a fun and interactive way, and to engage with 4-H sponsors and supporters.
The 2023-24 Executive Officers and special positions were announced.
President: Jason Frey
Vice-President: Kristin Caldwell
Secretary: Robyn MacNeil
Representative to the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation: Mike Kirzinger
Representative to the Advisory Council: Louise Sroka
After the auditor report and the member and leader recognition, two resolutions were voted on by the delegation.
Resolution 1 resolving that all beef Cloverbud members that pay a full membership fee has access to taking multiple beef projects passed. Resolution 2 was withdrawn.
After several final loonie draws, the business meetings were adjourned, and everyone was free to go home. Overall, it was a very successful weekend and effective AGM!
Provincial curling was a huge success in Swift Current at Innovation Plex on February 17-19th. There were four teams from each region who were able to join in the bonspiel, and the hosting District #9 added in their teams for a total of 18 teams 9 Junior and 9 Senior playing in the bonspiel for the weekend.
The weekend started off Friday afternoon with the first draw taking place at 4pm. The banquet was held Saturday night, where all the teams were introduced. A grant total of 190 curlers, family and friends attended the banquet and dance! Members had a great time getting to know one another during the curling and dance!
The committee had a dress in your best Surf and Turf competition for Saturday, and there ended up being four winners, District #10 Junior, District #9 Juniors, District #26/27 Senior and District #9 Seniors! Congratulations to all who participated in the fun dress up event.
Two members were also spotlighted for the 4-H Spirit award, Jane Beierbach and Brayden Myers!
Thank you to the District #9 Curling Committee for hosting an exceptional event. They would like to thank the local Sponsors for the event:
Red Head Equipment, 4-H Saskatchewan, Syngenta, Sark and Marsh, Farm Credit Canada, Seed Solution Seed labs, Prairie Centre Credit Union, Innovation Credit Union, Wholesale club, Safeway, Giant Tiger, Cowtown, Peavey Mart, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, AgResource, Soils & Such Agronomy, Tourism Swift Current, Signs ‘n Such, Pharmasave, C5 Transport, Triple C Trucking, South Slope Stock Farm, Aero Farms Trucking, Hamm Transport.
The Bonspiel winners are below:
3rd place NE- District #18/19 Good Spirit 4-H Club
2nd place SE – District #12 Springside 4-H Beef Club
1st place SW- District #10
3rd place NW -District #38 Paradise Hill 4-H Multi Club
2nd place- SE – District #13 Goodeve Multiple 4-H Club
1st place- NE- District #26/27 Tisdale Beef/ Melfort Trail Blazer
2022 Provincial 4-H Judging
Provincial 4-H Judging was held this past weekend on August 5th and 6th, 2022. The event hosted by Prairieland Park was a huge success and saw 35 competitors compete throughout the 2 day event.
Friday started with registration and orientation and then went right into the Judging Competition and activities. Then, on Saturday, the day started with a breakfast before moving onto a quiz and more judging. After lunch participants continued to judge until it was time for their oral and written presentations, giving reasons for their choices.
Saturday, late afternoon, was the Awards Banquet held at Saskatoon Prairieland Park Terrace. We are proud of all the members who attended and would like to congratulate them all in their hard work over the weekend.
Below is the list of our 2022 Provincial 4-H Judging Top 12 competitors. Congratulations!
1 Faith Stevens- Catherwood Beef & Sheep Club
2 Heidi Fradette- Pangman-Ogema 4-H Beef Club
3 Hunter Reid – Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club
4 Jorja Beck – Milestone 4-H Variety Club
5 Kelsy Schmitz- Ernfold 4-H Beef Club
6 Emily Sebastian – Candiac 4-H Beef Club
7 Aiva Beiber – Fillmore-Francis 4-H Beef Club
8 Sarah Felskie – Fillmore-Francis 4-H Beef Club
9 Sydney McCormack – Whitewood 4-H Beef Club
10 Kristopher Morrison – Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club
11 Hillary Lacelle – Wymark Drylanders 4-H Club
12 Mason Thackeray – Lomond 4-H Beef & Homecrafts Club
Thank you to all the volunteers, judges, and the hosting committee for all your hard work in ensuring this event was a great success. Thank you to Prairieland Park for hosting this event, and thank you to SAASE and Viterra for your sponsorship.
We hope to see everyone back for the 2023 Provincial 4-H Judging event held in Weyburn.
The Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council has the following announcement:
WELCOME AUBREY EATON
2022 Provincial public Speaking
The 2022 4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Public Speaking Competition was held in Middle Lake, SK on April 9, 2022.
4-H Saskatchewan’s District 28 4-H Council hosted 32 members from throughout Saskatchewan in Middle Lake. This event was held in person for the first time in two years, and showcased the creativity and knowledge of 4-H’ers.
Whether it’s personal anecdotes about calving time, learning about honey bees, new words like “kerfuffle”, or getting tips and tricks from a senior about public speaking, the judges had their work cut out for them!
After much deliberation, the panel of judges determined the results to be:
1st Place- Josie Riou- Hanley Light Horse 4-H Club – “The Big Decision”
2nd Place- Kate Hougham – Hillmond 4-H Club – “Snow Forts”
3rd Place- Brooke Quinton – Springside 4-H Beef Club – “Important Things About Calving Time”
1st Place- Kamilah Pineda – Redvers Wranglers Light Horse 4-H Club – “EnCanto”
2nd Place- Addison Pain – Medstead Multiple 4-H Club – “The Best Trip Ever”
3rd Place- Maria Brons- West PA 4-H Beef Club – “Honey Bees”
1st Place- Amber Spray – Kelvington 4-H Beef Club – “The Rush”
2nd Place- Ava Loveridge – Goodeve Multiple 4-H Club – “Weird Words”
3rd Place- Kiersten Nienhus- Sask Valley Dairy 4-H Club – “Mental Health and You”
1st Place- Hunter Reid – Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club – “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking”
2nd Place- Megan Kelly- Moosomin Multiple 4-H Club – “The G-O-O Family”
3rd Place- Adrian Byman – Tisdale 4-H Beef Club – “Change”
Thank you to our judges Patti Durand, Cameron Choquette, Chad Paetsch, Elan Baun, Taryn Heidecker, Brendan Smith, Adrianna Wormworth, Dave Altrogge, Kim Hauber, Ann Ramler, Corrine Breker, and Valerie Kirsch for volunteering. It was greatly appreciated! Thank you to our Platinum sponsors 4-H Saskatchewan, Lake Lenore/Middle Lake Co-op, RM of Hoodoo #401, and our Gold sponsors Ledcor, FCC Saskatoon, A Horizon Ag Research, and RM of Three Lakes #401.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year for the 2023 Provincial Public Speaking Competition in District 35!
4-H Saskatchewan is seeking project book writers for the Beef and Light Horse project revisions.
We are currently searching for a writer to develop an eight-unit Light Horse Project resource for 4-H members as well as a functional leader resource guide. We are also looking for a write to develop a four-unit Beef Project resource as well as a functional leader resource guide.
Please contact Karrie Watson, Executive Administrative Assistant if you have any questions or concerns.
2022 Provincial 4-H Curling
Seventy-five 4-H’ers from across the province joined SE Regional Specialist, Melodi Hawksford-Lee, and this year's hosting committee, District #7, for the 2022 Provincial 4-H Curling event held February 18-20, 2022 in Weyburn, Sask. The eight senior teams and seven junior teams enjoyed an exciting weekend playing a sport near and dear to the hearts of Saskatchewan residents and 4-H members alike. Opening ceremonies included Ceremonial first rock thrown by Weyburn’s own, Marcel Roy, with the rock swept by 4-H Saskatchewan Ambassadors Madeline Christensen and Kierra Hawreluik.
After a hard fought round robin, the Sunset Rangers Multiple 4-H Club emerged as Champion Senior team. From the North West region, team members included (in no particular order) Harper Doige, Tyler Norman, Ryder Boyenko, Kaydence Lalonde and coach Ryan Norman. Due to double knockout rules, the final game was repeated to determine the winner with Sunset Rangers coming out on top. Committee chair, Brittany Stepp, presented the team trophy and certificates on the final day of the event.
Second place Senior team was the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club from the South East Region: Ryan Grabarczyk, Karla Friesen, Brett Rumpel, Jana Rumpel with coach Sean Friesen.
The Champion Junior team - from the North East region - was District 18/19. Undefeated throughout the weekend, this team included Bristol Lindgren, Paisley Wolkowski, Westin Lindgren, Presley Vogel and coach Jennifer Lindgren. Committee chair Brittany Stepp, once again, hand out the prize, trophy and certificates.
Second place in the Junior category was awarded to District 10 from the South West Region. Team curlers included Makenna Robertson, Jane Beierbach, Luke Moorhead, Paden Robertson with coach Emmy Robertson.
Curlers and organizers gathered for a celebratory banquet at Weyburn McKenna Hall where Jenae Nixon presented an inspirational speech for all members in attendance. His Worship, Marcel Roy, Mayor of Weyburn, Saskatchewan 4-H President, Cameron Choquette, and Kurtis Schwindt of MNP also brought greetings and congratulations to the members.
Thank you to event sponsors: 4-H Saskatchewan, MNP, Barber Motors, Young’s Equipment, PAHC, South Country Equipment, Nelson Motors and Equipment, Schuck Law Firm, E. Bourassa & Sons, Prairie Sky Co-op, Weyburn Security, Weyburn Credit Union, SaskPower, Souris Valley Industries, Vortex Plumbing & Heating, Megadry Disaster Restoration Inc. Appreciation goes as well, to the door prize sponsors including Weyburn Credit Union, Affinity Credit Union, Radius Credit Union, FCC, SaskTel, Deep South Animal Clinic, Pangman-Ogema 4-H Beef Club, District 7 4-H Council, Brittany Stepp, SGI, SS306, Prairie Creations, Louise Sroka, Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Storle Production Testing, BMO, and CAA.
Congratulations to all the 4-H members and leaders for making it to Provincials! We can't wait to see everyone again next year for the 2023 Provincial 4-H Curling Competition in the South West region.
Executive Director Transition
The Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council have the following announcements:
WELCOME SHELBY COREY
Interim Executive Director
FAREWELL, CERA YOUNGSON
Our outgoing Executive Director is leaving the organization to begin a new chapter in her career. Since joining 4-H Saskatchewan in 2012, Cera has been instrumental in shepherding the organization through major events and initiatives such as our centennial anniversary, growing our programs and fundraising, achieving 4-H Canada accreditation, and launching a new online membership platform.
Cera has accepted the Executive Director position at the Saskatoon Zoo Society and will be beginning this role in the new year. The Board wishes Cera the best of luck and thanks her for nearly ten years of dedicated service to our members, leaders, and volunteers.
The Board of Directors have already begun the process of recruiting and hiring the new, permanent Executive Director to take on leadership of our organization as we move forward in to the future. You'll see postings and application information soon.
Our clubs will continue to be informed as we have new developments and announcements to share.
It was a fantastic weekend in Lloydminster at the Provincial 4-H Judging Competition held August 21 & 22, 2021. The event had 38 competitors representing five teams from across the province. For many, it was their first time as Provincial Judging competitors. There were seven classes judged throughout the day consisting of Grains, Beef Bulls, Beef Heifers, Light Horses, Goats, Chicken and Quilts.
Saturday started bright and early. After breakfast, the competitors were given a welcome and orientation by Mary Ann Carson, the Chairperson of the committee. The first set of animals to be judged were the bulls and heifers. After a short break, they moved on to judging quilts, horses and goats. Lunch consisted of burgers and salad then the competitors were lead in a few get to know you games by Kaydence Johnson, the 4-H Saskatchewan Summer Student.
On Saturday afternoon, the members rounded out their classes by judging chickens and wheat grain. The members were then given time to prepare for their oral reasons, beginning with the beef classes. Once oral reasons were completed, the competitors were given the opportunity to head to their hotels to check in and grab dinner on their own. They all returned to the Agricultural Grounds at 6 pm for the evening’s social event, the CPCA Chuckwagon races.
Sunday morning started with the remainder of the oral reason classes for goats, grains and horses. Once these were complete, the competitors were given the opportunity to hear the placings and reasons given by the official judges. The member then completed their quiz.
Once all the marks had been tabulated and winners determined the Lunch Banquet was held to announce the winners. Congratulations are in order for the following competitors:
Top Placing per Category:
• Beef Bulls – Dayne Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
• Beef Heifers – Kade Gavelin, Mankota 4-H Beef Club
• Light Horses – Faith Stevens, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
• Goats – Brynn Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
• Grains – Dayne Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
• Overall Oral – Brynn Whelan, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
• Overall Placings – Codee Kopelchuk, Good Spirit 4-H Club
• Overall Total – Faith Stevens, Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club
Top 8 - moving on as 4-H Saskatchewan Agribition Team
Overall Top 12 – Faith Stevens (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Brynn Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Heidi Fradette (Lomond 4-H Beef Club), Codee Kopelchuk (Good Spirit 4-H Club), Dayne Whelan (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club), Kelsy Weber (Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club), Shelby Robinson (Lomond 4-H Beef Club), Makaila Peutert (Rockglen Multiple 4-H Club), Emily Sebastian (Candiac 4-H Beef Club), Kade Gavelin (Mankota 4-H Beef Club), Grace Christensen (Alameda 4-H Beef Club) & Kelsy Schmitz (Ernfold 4-H Beef Club).
Thank you to our Class Judges, Lance Leachman, Brynn Campbell, Marisa Schubel, Marilyn Napper, Karolyn Kirby and Steven Thorsen; our oral reasons judges Jonathan Lock, Kayleen Lock, Leah Allen, Connie Graham & Marilyn Napper. Another Large thank you goes out to Chairperson Mary Ann Carson, for all the hard work you and your team put into this event, Eloise Collinge, Kirk Graham, Daryl Hanley, Jon Lock, Becky Newman, Louise Sroka, Alison Weaver and Shelly Ann Dodgson.
A special thank you to our title sponsor, Viterra for supporting 4-H Saskatchewan and this event. Thank you also to Steven Thorsen at the Lloydminster office for Supplying and Judging the Grains class for us. Thank you to SAASE for your partnership through the years on our Judging Committee and at our Judging events.
Lastly, thank you to all the member and families that attended the weekend event. Without your support and participation 4-H events and opportunities would not be what they are. Congratulations and good luck to our top 8 finalists that will be moving on to Agribition in the fall.
FortyCloverbud, Junior, Intermediate and Senior 4-H members took part in the virtual Regional 4-H Judging Competition on Saturday May 29, 2021! This year, the six qualifying Regional 4-H Judging competitions were combined into one large-scale virtual event, hosted by 4-H Saskatchewan, with the assistance of the regional organizing committees.
Classes for the virtual event included: Market Steers, Breeding Heifers, Breeding Ewes, Tame Pasture Health, Dairy Cows, and a Mystery Class consisting of Bull Sale Photography. Competitors attended an orientation session with facilitators Kalynne Martin (North West Regional 4-H Specialist) and Melodi Hawkesford-Lee (South East Regional 4-H Specialist), where they learned how to use the programs required to view the classes online and enter their scores in a virtual scoresheet.
Throughout the day, members judged the seven classes, paying careful attention to the characteristics and preferences shared by the following expert judges: Alicia Sopatyk – Market Steers; Erika Easton – Breeding Heifers; Jo Walker – Breeding Ewes; Etienne Shupena-Soulodre – Tame Pasture Health; Michael Flaman – Dairy Cows; and Sadie Anwender – Mystery Class (Bull Sale Photography).
Thank you to our expert judges, many of whom were past 4-H members who have been through the judging program. Another thank you goes out to the original Regional Judging committees from the six qualifying locations for each finding a judge.
Thank you to the Christensen family for sending in photos they took during the day!
Overall High Point per Age Category
Provincial Judging Teams
Below is a list of the Regional Teams that will be advancing to Provincial 4-H Judging, which is an in-person event, held August 21 & 22, 2021 in Lloydminster.
Due to a shortage of participants at the virtual Regional 4-H Judging Competition, there are several spots available on the Regional 4-H Judging Teams.
Therefore the Competitive 4-H Judging Committee is allowing any eligible 4-H member to advance to the Provincial 4-H Judging Competition on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please visit www.4-h.sk.ca/livestock for more information.
To request an interview with a 4-H member or leader, please contact: