Combine parliamentary procedure with fun activities and you have an exciting day for 4-H members.
4-H Citizenship Day was held on April 18 in Regina at the Lakeview United Church and Saskatchewan Legislative Building. Close to 20 members and leaders gathered together to learn about parliamentary procedure and the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
The day started with a presentation about how Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) make decisions and a little bit about what happens in the Legislature. The attendees then hopped onto a bus to head to the Legislative Building to attend Question Period.
During Question Period, the members were able to see the MLAs in action, and witnessed how they discuss topics. They also had a fun quiz to help them learn about the MLAs and the building. After watching the politicians, the members were joined by MLA Mr. Warren Steinley. He explained he was a 4-H member in his youth and credited the organization with teaching him valuable skills he now uses as a MLA. The members asked him many questions about his career and experience in 4-H.
After heading back to the church, the members participated in a Parliamentary Procedure workshop with Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, complete with some fun games.
There was a short break for lunch before the members learned about what a debate is and how to debate. Then MLA Mr. Yens Pederson joined the 4-H’ers, discussing with them his 4-H experience and some tips for debating. The members were then broken into small groups to prepare their debate topics, around social media and cell phone use. Some of the members had to take on the role of their parents and teachers, while the others debated on behalf of youth. Both sides made excellent points defending their arguments.
It was a fun event and 4-H Saskatchewan hopes to continue to host every year, rotating between Regina and Saskatoon. While in Saskatoon, 4-H hopes to discuss municipal politics with the members. Thank-you to volunteers, Warren Steinley, Yens Pederson and the staff at both the Legislative Building and Lakeview United Church for all their help in making the day a success!
Thank you to our Title Sponsor: Mosaic
Thirty-two 4-H members from across the province came together on April 13 for the 2019 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition at the Lancer Community Hall in Lancer to compete for the top place honours in this prestigious competition.
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 were in attendance, including the Honorable Doug Steele, MLA of Cypress Hills;, Honourable Yens Peterson, MLA Regina Northeast & Opposition Critic for Agriculture; Cera Youngson, executive director of 4-H Saskatchewan; Glenn Gress, president of the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors; and Stan Figley, Alvin Pawlitza, and Nora Schock, delegates to the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors.
In the Cloverbud category, for members aged six to eight, Addison Pain earned first place with her speech “Winter Activates.” In the Junior Category, for members nine to 12 years old, Hannah Hoberg earned first place with her speech topic “How to be a loser.” Martine Bosse earned her first place with the Intermediate category, for ages 13 to 15, with her speech topic “Lights Camera Action.” In the Senior category, Makenna Heidecker earned first place with her speech “Rejection.” Congratulations to all of the top placed competitors at the 2019 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition.
Thank you to the clubs of the District #11 4-H Council, which includes the Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club and PALS Multiple 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 Don Connick, Joan Jackson, Darren Smid, Sarah Anderson, Karlah Rudolf, David Hagel, David Anderson, Tami Wall, John Wagner, Page Newton, Jessica Smith and Arthur Ward.
Thank you to the sponsors and donors who made the 2019 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 RBC. Bronze Level Sponsors; South West Terminal Ltd, Masterfeeds, Ponderosa Ag Sales Ltd, Lime Zero Mechanical ltd, Robertson Implements.
Top Placed Speakers
1) Addison Pain, Medstead Multiple 4-H Club (NW), “Winter Activities”
2) Chase Dyrland, Nomad’s 4-H Beef Club (SW). “My First Job”
3) Gage Goetz, Outram-Madigan Beef 4-H Club (SE), “My Heart Surgery”
1) Hannah Hoberg, Sheho 4-H Beef Club (NE), “How To Be A Loser”
2) Hunter Allen, Northminster 4-H Beef Club (NW), “Why I Would Make a Great Police Officer”
3) Nadelle Murphy, Moosomin Multiple 4-H Club (SE), “My Week at Summer Camp”
1) Martine Bosse, Herds of Thunder 4-H Club (NW), “Lights Camera Action"
2) Georgia Pawlitza, Abbey- Lancer 4-H Beef Club (SW), “8 Seconds”
3) Kaleigh McLaughlin, Moosomin 4-H Multiple Club (SE), “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”
1) Makenna Heidecker, Three Lakes Beef 4-H Club (NE), “Rejection”
2) Thea Valstar, Springside 4-H Beef Club (SE), “I am… Are You?”
3) Rayna Yasieniuk, Reigning Riders 4-H Club (NW), “Our Journey”
photo by Mary Kate Robertson