This year, instead of holding an in-person Leaderama event, a series of webinars was held during the first three weeks of December.
The change in the program allowed 4-H’ers to enjoy the webinars in the comfort of their own home. In total, 25 people attended the webinars, with many attending more than one throughout the three weeks. Here is a quick run down of all of the webinars:
Ag Awareness Champions - Dec. 1
Guest speaker Clinton Monchuk from Farm & Food Care - SK to the attendees about how to speak positively about agriculture, shared some statistics around what people think about ag, clarified what terms to use when talking to people who may not know much about agriculture, advised how to deal with difficult conversations and had some discussion around what they would do in certain situations. The 4-H’ers had some great conversations about how to speak positively about agriculture and were interested in hearing more from Monchuk in the future.
Connecting Communities Through COVID-19 - Dec. 3
This presentation was presented by Shelby Longworth, the North East Regional 4-H Specialist. Shelby spoke about current COVID restrictions, what clubs can do, leading by example, technology in your club, community service, and fun ideas for clubs. There were good conversations and people enjoyed the positive outlook for the 4-H year.
Mental Health In Rural Communities - Dec. 8
The Mental Health webinar, led by Kalynne Martin, the North West Regional 4-H Specialist, began with a bit of background in the differences of mental health and mental illness. The leaders learned a bit about the six major points of mental health and how to look for them in themselves and others. Then the session challenged participants with a list of trivia questions around the facts relating to mental health, prevalence of it in society, and the stigma that is still attached to it to this day. Lastly a list of resources was complied with a brief summary of what they offer and how to offer support to those around you.
4-H 101 - Dec. 9
This session was run by Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, the South East Regional 4-H Specialist. Participants learned the basics of running a 4-H club with Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, using 4-H’s Club Resource Guide as a reference tool. Topics in this session included: Motivating 4-H Factors; 4-H Club Personnel & Duties; Running the 4-H Club and Planning your Year; Event Planning; Finances; Club Autonomy; Risk Management; Successful Club Secrets; and Beyond the Club.
Peer Mentoring - Dec. 10
This session, led by Kaitlyn Keller, talked about how peer and traditional mentors could be established, how to set guidelines and make sure both parties involved feel heard and understood with their desired goals of the relationship. This is something naturally built into the 4-H program, as older members are usually helping younger members and our leaders are teaching both their peers and the members. We worked through scenarios showing how to help each other in a positive way and teaching members how to return to their goals if the relationship were to get off track in a negative way. Another topic was how to establish boundaries within each relationship and how to have multiple mentors or peer mentoring relationships at the same time. Overall the webinar went smooth with all in attendance.
Fundraising - Dec. 14
This session was hosted by Development Officer Shelby Corey. The webinar started off with a brainstorming exercise to help set goals and get clubs thinking about what they could accomplish through increased fundraising capacity. Next the group discussed different kinds of fundraisers and the different role fundraisers play in supporting clubs and communities. Lastly, the webinar talked about safe fundraising through COVID-19 and the different fundraising opportunities offered through the provincial office.
Saskatoon, Sask.- The 24th annual 4-H Saskatchewan draw was held on December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Provincial 4-H Office in Saskatoon.
“We appreciate all of our clubs who participated in selling tickets this year,” Executive Director Cera Youngson said. “There were a number of new challenges that were in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 4-H clubs embraced the changes to make sure they were selling the tickets in a safe manner."
The 4-H Lottery is an annual fundraiser for the 4-H program in Saskatchewan, with all the proceeds directly supporting the 4-H movement in our province. This year, there were 4,308 individual tickets sold and 3,329 50/50 add-on tickets sold.
The lottery raised $24,869, with $14,221.50 going directly back to the clubs and District 4-H Councils, which participated by selling the lottery tickets, and the remainder supporting the provincial organization. District #36 was the top seller with $4,661 in ticket sales. Our 50/50 winner took home $3,329.
“Thank you to everyone who bought lottery tickets this year,” Youngson said. “We appreciate your support of 4-H and the future of the program in the province.”
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner Graeme Mark of Saskatoon, who won the garden shed, built by the woodworking students at A.E. Peacock Collegiate, with building supplies donated by Yara Belle Plaine Inc.
Yara has been a proud supporter of 4-H Saskatchewan since the 4-H lottery was first started. Their generous support includes supplying all necessary building materials for the construction of the playhouse, as well as covering other associated lottery costs. Thank you to Yara for continuing to recognize the value and allowing A.E. students to "Learn to Do by Doing" while building the grand prize lottery items, which in the past have included gardening sheds, multiple playhouses and an ice-fishing shack. Thank you to Peavey Mart Moose Jaw for providing display space.
Congratulations to all of our prize winners:
The winner of the $3,329 50/50 pot was Cody Somers of Battleford.
4-H Saskatchewan is grateful to have the support of all of our prize donors including: Yara Belle Plaine Inc., A.E. Peacock Collegiate, The Western Producer, Staples, CAA Saskatchewan, Lowe’s, Co-operative Hail Insurance and VIA Rail.
Plans are already underway for the 25th Annual 4-H Saskatchewan Lottery. Tickets will be available in 2021. To support 4-H, contact your local 4-H club or the provincial office for tickets.
For more information, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
Correction: This article was first published with District #10 announced as the top seller - it is actually District #36.
Nineteen 4-H members and one leader took part in 4-H’s first-ever virtual Club Executive Training Webinar on November 28, 2020!
Participants started with a learning session, led by South East Regional 4-H Specialist Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, about: parliamentary procedure basics; creating an agenda; using proper terminology; exploring motions; addressing meeting problems and an executive position study.
We also had several “breakout room sessions” led by 4-H staff Kalynne Martin, Kaitlyn Keller, Shelby Longworth and Jodi Schellenberg, where members were divided into smaller groups and moved into a separate virtual “rooms” with other participants and two 4-H Specialists / Leaders.
These “breakout” session topics included:
Our participants enjoyed the afternoon and learned more about how to run their 4-H Clubs!
Thank you to Nora Schock for helping supervise a breakout room!