Saskatoon, Sask.- The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held in July through the GoToMeeting platform. The event is typically a two-day conference and business meeting with nearly 200 attendees and guests held the third weekend in March in Saskatoon. This year it needed to be postponed due to COVID and was then transitioned to virtual events throughout July.
First, the four administrative regional council meetings were held between July 6-9. During these meetings, the regional delegates from each area elected their regional director nominees and advisory council representatives. They also discussed regional business and selected hosts for 2021 curling and public speaking events.
The business from the regional meetings was then brought forward during the Provincial Council Meeting on July 18. The theme of this year's meeting “4-H in Focus.” During this meeting, the 4-H Council planned a few fun digital games, from icebreakers using a drawing feature and trivia questions to break up the business meeting.
During the meeting, member and leader voting delegates discussed and voted on a number of decisions. The auditors’ report gave the membership a chance to ask questions to the board of directors and the auditor. Then the delegates voted on six resolutions this year – including three bylaw and three policy resolutions. The bylaw resolutions made housekeeping changes to when balloted votes are required, and extended the board of directors terms of service from two years to three years. The policy resolutions were around how many animals Cloverbud members in the beef project should raise, digital record books being used in record book competitions and where funds from dissolved clubs should be donated.
The membership also provided input for the revised strategic plan for 4-H Saskatchewan. Using mentimeter.com, delegates shared their thoughts on “What does the future of 4-H look like?” and “What does 4-H need to thrive in the future?”
The 2020-21 Board of Directors were welcomed. They are: Cameron Choquette, Becky Huber, Louise Sroka, Mike Kirzinger, Michell Heidecker, Trena Hoffus-Preston, Alvin Pawlitza, Nora Schock, Stan Figley, Glenn Gress, Brittany Stepp, Jason Frey, Kati Culbertson, Dylan Watt and Leah Clark. Our 2019-20 Advisory Council members are Summer Norman, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Kennedy MacNeil and Grace Christensen.
A heartfelt thanks was also given to our outgoing directors and advisory council members: Tara Malinowski, Clint Panter, Leslie Penner, Annaleigh LeBruno, Tammy Rumpel, Emily Letendre, and Adrianna Simpson.
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Saskatoon – Each year, 4-H Saskatchewan awards scholarships to outstanding senior 4-H members from across the province, to assist them in their post-secondary education.
“Every year, we receive numerous application and we are always impressed with the quality of applications,” Executive Director Cera Youngson said. “The 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship Selection Committee had difficulties narrowing it down. These 4-H members are both leaders in their communities and excel academically. We are excited to see what the future holds for each of them.”
The scholarships provide an incredible opportunity for 4-H members and Youngson is thankful for the support the organization receives.
“There are many amazing sponsors and individual supporters, who we are extremely grateful for,” she said. “Through their support, we were able to award close to $30,000 to our deserving members because of our supporters.”
Congratulations to the following members, who were awarded a 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship in 2020:
Entrepreneurial Scholarship for 4-H Members ($3,000)
Cervus Equipment Scholarship ($1,500)
AGI Scholarship ($1,000)
Hector Loveridge Memorial Fund Scholarship ($1,000)
Gordon & Eileen Bonnor Scholarship ($1,000)
The Western Producer Scholarship ($1,000)
Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Award ($1,000)
Future Leader Scholarship ($1,000)
Palliser Insurance 4-H Scholarship ($500)
The McConaghy Award ($500)
Bayer Cropscience 4-H Scholarship ($500)
FBC Scholarship ($500)
In addition to awarding scholarships, the committee also awarded the Elgin Bracken Memorial 4-H Light Horse Award to Austin Wiens of the Carrot River Light Horse 4-H Club.
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