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By Eleanor Blazer
The King of the Cowboys was a member of one of the most prestigious clubs in the country.
Since 1898 4-H has been teaching leadership, community awareness, self-worth and sportsmanship to youth. At the same time members are learning about specific areas of interest. These topics could be photography, farming, computers, shooting sports, animals (rabbits, cattle, sheep, goats, horses, etc.)....the list is almost endless.
One of the most popular 4-H projects is the equine program. Joining a 4-H horse club offers members the opportunity to learn about horses through learning-by-doing, while being mentored by qualified volunteers. The program covers horsemanship, the management and care of horses and ethical treatment.
Equine events in which members can participate are vast. Horse shows, educational field trips, trail rides, clinics and judging contests are examples of activities that may be available.
4-H members learn how to run meetings. The opportunity to serve as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and media officer gives youth skills that will carry on for the rest of their lives. Many clubs use Robert's Rules of Order - an invaluable tool that will give 4-H alumni a "leg-up" in the corporate world.
There are age requirements to be a 4-H member. Cloverbuds are in Kindergarten through the second grade. Junior members are in grade three through five and must be at least eight years old on October first. Intermediate members are in grades six through eight. Seniors are in grades nine through 12. Some specific projects, such as shooting sports, may have other age requirements.
Life-long friendships are made. Having a common interest, learning about life and having fun establishes relationships that last a life time.
October is 4-H month and the beginning a the 4-H year. Now is the time to contact your local 4-H office and enroll your child in this prestigious club. Roy Rodgers and Trigger would be proud.
The 4-H Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
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