It was another great weekend of discussion and friendship.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held the weekend of March 23-24 at the Saskatoon Inn. During the weekend, member and leader voting delegates were asked to vote on a number of decisions. The theme of this year's meeting “For My Club, My Community and My Country”, under the communications and community engagement development pillar. There were 177 attendees, including a record-setting 109 youth delegates.
After welcome and introductions, the first item of business was voting for the 18-year-olf delegates to the board of directors. There was one two-year term available and Kati Culbertson was elected by the membership.
Following the election, the delegates dispersed into their regional meetings, where reports were given, regional and provincial event hosts were chosen and elections for the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Ambassadors were held.
The delegates participated in a lively Parade of Regions, before joining together for lunch. They then enjoyed a Community Service Panel, with four guests who are involved in their communities – Cst. Tamara Paulsen of the Saskatoon Police Service, Judy Harwood from SARM and the R.M. of Corman Park, Brady Figley from the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and Eli Kearley, who is an 11-year-old philanthropist. At the end of the panel, there was time for the 4-H members to ask their own questions.
There was then a short break before going back into the business meetings, where two resolutions were discussed and voted on, before recessing for the day.
The first resolution discussed was changing the age categories for 4-H members.
The annual Recognition Banquet was held on Saturday evening, where 4-H Saskatchewan’s sponsors and donors were honoured for their contributions to 4-H. Special guest, the Honourable David Marit, Minister of Agriculture brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Provincial first place public speakers, Morgan Heidecker and Hunter Reid presented their speeches. Two individuals and one couple, Wayne and Kim Jansen, Melanie Bashutski and Richard Moellenbeck, were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
All four of them have been heavily involved in the 4-H program, dedicated their time and commitment to helping develop the youth in the province. All four shared a few words with those gathered, showcasing their 4-H spirit and continuing to inspire youth.
Following the banquet, the members headed to their 4-H dance – supervised by North East Regional 4-H Specialist Shelby Longworth. They brought donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. The leaders joined North West Regional 4-H Specialist Kalynne Martin for bingo and other games, with more than $500 raised during the bingo going to STARS Air Ambulance.
Although it was a late night on Saturday, everyone was up early and ready for breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Before going into business meetings, the members and leaders participated in the Focus on 4-H Forum. This was an open discussion on topics, such as Communication of 4-H Programs, Selections Processes, 4-H Branding and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation Vital Community Conversations. 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.
After the auditor’s report, two resolutions were voted on by the delegation.
The program came to a close with a recognition program for members and leaders reaching special milestones in their 4-H careers, and thanking outgoing Board and Advisory Council members for their service. After a final loonie draw and four special announcements, the business meeting was adjourned and everyone was free to go home. Overall, it was a very successful weekend and AGM!
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
2018-19 Board of Directors
2018-19 Advisory Council
2018-19 4-H Ambassadors