75 competitors from 10 different provincial 4-H, college or University teams gathered at The Atlas Hotel in Regina Saskatchewan on Sunday November 19 for the 2023 Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging Competition. Along with 11 team chaperones (thanks to Stacey Hawkins and Crystal Murphy), participants enjoyed a tasty supper, with words from event sponsor Corteva Agriscience. Participants received an informative orientation, followed by guest speaker Quick Dick McDick. The competitors then judged a Scenario Class (minerals), Milk Composition and Steaks. Competitors gave written reasons on these three classes.
Monday morning, competitors were bussed to the Agribition grounds where they judged: Speckle Park Heifer Calves, Dairy, Heavy Horses, Charolais Bred Heifers, Hereford Bull calves and Texas longhorns.
Throughout the afternoon, participants gave oral reasons to a variety of judges. Monday evening came to a close after an awards banquet with words from event sponsor, TD, and greetings from the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. David Marit. Awards were then presented, with the final placings being announced:
Team Award: University of Saskatchewan
Everyone who participated in this competition did a great job and we want to congratulations all the winners, especially our 4-H Saskatchewan alumni, Hillary and Justin!
It was a fantastic event!
2023 Provincial 4-H Judging was a success!
This event, held on August 18 & 19 in Weyburn SK, hosted 41 competitors from six Regional Teams: Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Whitewood, Weyburn, Swift Current, and a Multi-Regional Team made up of participants from all over the province. Competitors arrived on Friday night for registration and supper, followed by two judging classes: Feed Evaluation and Agility Dogs. The evening was wrapped up with a fun game of music trivia.
Saturday consisted of the remainder of the judging classes: Beef Heifers, Light Horse, Breeding Ewes, Meat Cuts, Mystery (Flower Arrangements), and a Grains (Wheat) class provided by title sponsor, Viterra. Thank you Viterra! Competitors then gave Oral Reasons on many of the classes, and the day was wrapped up with an Awards Banquet.
UPDATE: Results are in!
The final placings for 2023 Provincial 4-H Judging have been adjusted and can now be released. Due to one of the classes being removed from the Final Placings on account of a miscalculation in scoring, the final results look as such:
It should also be noted that Canadian Western Agribition has permitted 4-H Saskatchewan to send 12 competitors to the Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging Competition in November, so the above-mentioned competitors are all eligible to attend as members of the 4-H Saskatchewan Judging Team!
High Points for all classes remain as such:
Congratulations to all the members that placed, and thank you to everyone for attending, you did a great job!
Also, a huge thank you goes out to:
By: Alexandra O’Connor
A week of fun, new friends, curiosity, and science. Canada Wide Science Fair was hosted by Explore Edmonton from May 14th-19th. They hosted 500 finalists from all across Canada and some international projects as well from Thailand and Mexico.
On Saturday May 13th, I departed Regina to Edmonton where I arrived at 12:30am. I got some sleep, then was back at it again. Breakfast was served at the hotel, then we were off to the convention center for project display set up and opening ceremonies. That evening we did an escape room with other people from our ambassador group. After, we headed back to the hotel for the night.
Monday was a full day of excellence award judging. We were up early because judging started at 8am and didn’t finish until 2pm. I got to present my project to four different judges. The coolest thing happened when we came out of the judging hall, our delegates were lined up cheering and clapping for us, congratulating all of us on the hard work put into our projects. It was a moment I will never forget! I said to myself, this is why I do this because there is not a better feeling of accomplishment than when another congratulates you, whether you win or learn. For the evening we went to the West Edmonton mall. I have never been before so another big learning experience. I went shopping with a friend, had supper, and seen some very cool things in the mall.
On Tuesday, we were at the University of Alberta for the whole day. We took public transport to the university, where we went into the science building. There we were welcomed to U of A by many people, then we started our tours. The campus is an amazing place. It is not a super high-tech university; it is one that is passionate about their history and landscape. Many of their buildings (e.g., the library) are still the original buildings. I used the example of the library because there is preserved lamp posts and sidewalk in the new addition, which still looks like the original building from the outside. Post tours, we were shown to lunch, and after we got to do lab experiences. I got to do 2, where I learned how coffee is made: right from the planting to the point you pour it in your cup. My second lab experience was a microbiology lab. In this one all participants got to take part. In this lab we were exposing super concentrated yeast solutions to UV light, along with the same yeast solution covered by sunscreen. It was interesting to learn about the equipment used and the process. We then saw some presentations by students at the U of A about their adventures, experiences, and opportunities that are offered by the university. Next was supper, which was a great time. I got to meet someone who is a current undergrad at the university who is studying the exact same thing I want to when I go. It was great to hear about her experiences and advice she had. She was super funny and understood everything about my project. That was really important to me as it is really hard to find someone who understands the topic I study, other than my mentors. After supper we were escorted over to the main gym, where the annual talent show was held. Everybody did such a great job. There were some pretty impressive acts and some pretty interesting ones as well. It was a very full day, so I was relived to get back to the hotel!
On Wednesday, we were up and out the hotel by 8:30am. Another busy day ahead of us. I had special judging. Special judging awards you can self nominate for. As my project talks about climate change, I self nominated for a climate change award. I had seen two judges. During this time, there was public viewing. I also got a few opportunities to present my project to the public. Many schools had signed up to explore the fair as well as many other people came to check out the projects. In the evening, we got to go to the Telus World of Science center. That place is so interesting. I learned a lot from just being there as well as got to experience some pretty cool things. Many memories from there that I will never forget.
On Thursday, was another great day. In the morning we were up and out of the hotel by 9am. In the morning, I presented to the public a few times and chatted with some new friends. The two guys beside me were the best, we had lots of laughs, and shared many farming experiences amongst each other. In the afternoon, I got to present to the public a little more. Then I got to meet my mentor in person. We talked for a while. I learned about projects they are doing this summer and more about my project. It was great to finally meet him, it was quite important as we have been working together for 17 months and we live 8 hours away from each other. In the evening was awards. I am sad that I didn’t get to come home with anything. Supper was a great meal, to be honest the meal actually rounded off the week for me. As a fourth-generation cattle producer, every event has roast beef for a meal. And to my surprise this one did as well! After supper (which was amazing), was the big dance. I went until my body said no more. Jumping and dancing for many hours is very tiring. I went back to hotel and had the best sleep in the world.
Friday, the last full day… I couldn’t believe it! We were off again at 9am. Lots of public viewing that day. Over the last 3 days we had 10,000 people walk past our projects, another thing that was unbelievable. I will admit I was very tired that day, and coffee become your best friend when you have no energy left. I spent the day at my project, talked to the people across from me and within the area. I had many laughs that day and made some great memories! After public viewing, we had to take down our project displays. This was hard, as you become very close to this because it like home for 5 days. Your knowledge and your space. That evening, my roommate and I spent the night in our room. It was great, we ordered in pizza, caught up on missed TV, and talked endlessly. At this time, I would like to thank her for being the person she is, and especially for being a great roommate. I had a lot of fun!
Saturday was the day we departed Edmonton. We left the hotel at 3am to catch our flight, and I arrived home just before lunch.
As I reflect on the past week, I wish I could repeat everything again and again. I miss everybody and everything. I learned so much, made so many new friends, and got an experience of a lifetime! Edmonton you have treated me well, you are greatly missed.
To those thinking, oh this is so cool. I encourage you to try for 4-H Science Fair (if you are an eligible member). I got to experience lots of amazing things as you just read. So why not? You can change the world, ask a question, or even follow you passion and find something you want to investigate. It all starts with ‘why?’. My advice for you is, dream your dream, follow your dream and maybe you may walk home with a gold medal or a great learning experience. A great saying I always refer to is, there are no losers in the world, there are only learners, so take something away, it could be life changing!
32 outstanding 4-H members competed in the 2023 4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Public Speaking competition at the Vic Juba Community Theatre at Lakeland College in Lloydminster. These 32 members delivered self-authored speeches on a variety of topics ranging from “Perseverance” to “Mutton Busting.” After the competition, participants and guests were treated to a banquet and prizes courtesy of the hosting District #35 4-H Council. The winning speakers for the 2023 Provincial Public Speaking Competition were:
1st Place- Addison Blind (Eagle Hills 4-H Club- NW) – “Cheetahs”
2nd Place- Lyla Glenn (Val Marie 4-H Light Horse Club- SW) – “No Way”
3rd Place – Kelly Jones (Reno Multiple 4-H Club- SW) – “Fun in the Funfinder”
1st Place- Jayce Stolhandske-Dale (Burnham 4-H Community Club- SW) – “My Crazy Mother”
2nd Place- Winston DeBruijn (Big River Multiple 4-H Club-NW) – “How to Take Over the World”
3rd Place- Gage Goetz (Outram-Madigan 4-H Beef Club-SE) – My Football Experience”
Honourable Mention- Jolene Friesen (Clavet Multiple 4-H Club- NW) – “O.I.”
1st Place- Ava Loveridge (Goodeve Multiple 4-H Club-SE) – “Canadian Stereotypes”
2nd Place- Morgan Debenham (Kennedy 4-H Beef Club- SE)- “Time”
3rd Place- Mia Mackie (Reno Multiple 4-H Club- SW) – “One Day At A Time”
1st Place- Olivia Keslick (Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club-SW) “Perseverance”
2nd Place- Janelle Stolhandske-Dale (Burnham 4-H Community Club-SW) “I am Malala”
3rd Place- Katherine Possberg (Viscount 4-H Beef Club- NE) “The Fear of the Unknown”
Congratulations to all the 4-H members that competed in the competition. Thank you to the District #35 4-H Council and the organizing committee for hosting this event, and thank you to the judges for your wisdom and hard work.
Thank you to the event sponsors Gold Horse Casino, 4-H Saskatchewan, Nutrien, Veikle Agro. Inc, District #35 4-H Clubs, Meridian Surveys, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., FCC, Axten Farms, Honey Bee Manufacturing Ltd., Degelman Industries, Vee Tee Feeders, Northern Livestock Sales, Neil & Gail Carruthers, Servus Credit Union, Synergy Credit Union, Redhead Equipment, T-Link Agro Ltd. RM of Hillsdale #440, RM of Manitou Lake #442, and Sobeys.
he 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 [will] have access to taking multiple beef projects. If a district or club wants to limit numbers at their show then it must be disclosed in their club/regional show rules at the start of the membership year."
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!
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