By BARBARA ADDISON and ALLI BURNS
Finney County Extension agents
Finney County 4-H is enrolling youth ages 5 to 19. Every year in October, 4-H starts its new year by celebrating National 4-H Week. Youth across the nation sign up to participate in 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the country.
4-H'ers respond to challenges every day in their communities and learn leadership skills by using practical, hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom. 4-H has so many outstanding volunteer leaders and wonderful projects to offer the youth of Finney County — from rocketry to GPS/GIS, from rifle in shooting sports to friendly pets, from preparing healthy foods to consumer clothing buymanship and modeling, to raising meat goats, plus many more, we have projects for everyone.
Finney County's 4-H program has eight different 4-H clubs and one Cloverbud club throughout the county for youth and families to choose from. 4-H clubs that meet in Garden City include Beacon Boosters, Finney Flyers, 4-H Challengers, Happy Hustlers and Kourageous Kids. The Holcomb area has the Sherlock Strivers Club, and Plymell has the Wide Awake 4-H Club. The Go Getters 4-H Club meets in Pierceville.
Each club has its own community club leaders and youth officers who run the club meetings using parliamentary procedures. Each club's youth members elect officers, participate in community events and community service and vote on key issues in their club meetings.
Not only do youth participate in monthly club meetings, they also have opportunities to pick various projects and attend club project meetings. Older youth, along with their adult leaders, teach the younger members the project skills and, in turn, as the younger members grow and develop their skills, they teach the new members.
The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work cooperatively, take the lead on their own projects, and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H'ers chart their own course, set goals, explore important issues and define their place in the world. Youth are encouraged to browse through 4-H project topics to learn about what they can do in 4-H.
It is very important to sit down as a family to select 4-H projects for the upcoming year. 4-H is a family affair, so time required, costs involved, parental help, etc., should all be carefully considered when selecting projects.
4-H stands for the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The program includes youth ages 5 through 19 from all ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds who live in towns, cities and rural communities.
For more information, including when and where each club meets, contact Barbara Addison, county Extension agent, 4-H Youth Development, or email email@example.com any questions you have. Additional information is online at www.finney.ksu.edu.
The Finney County 4-H Youth Development program is a nonprofit youth educational program administered through K-State Research & Extension.
K-State Research & Extension — Finney County is the front-door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. Every question is of value to you and us. Give us a call at 272-3670, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St., for information to help you make a better decision.
Barbara Jensen, executive director at the Senior Center of Finney County, will be presenting "SHICK — Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas" from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. on Thursday. The Knowledge at Noon programs are held at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St.
Are you turning 65 and wondering how to sign up for Medicare? Maybe you know how to sign up but need assistance figuring out what Medicare Supplement you need, or maybe you are wondering how to sign up or switch Medicare Part D Plans. If so, this session is for you!
Senior Health Insurance Counseling of Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your struggle through the Medicare maze. Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is the annual election period, or open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug plans.
Plan to attend to find out what's new with Medicare! The public is invited to attend this program. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
For more information about the Knowledge at Noon programs, please contact Alli Burns at the Finney County Extension Office, 272-3670.
Reminder: If you have any Medicare questions or would like to schedule an appointment to review your prescription drug coverage during Open Enrollment, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, please call Alli Burns at 272-3670.
Ag lenders conference
Kansas State University will hold its 2012 KSU Agricultural Lenders Conference on Oct. 9 in Garden City.
The program will be helpful to anyone in the Kansas financial community who is interested in learning about current agricultural topics. The conference will be held at the K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center at 4500 E. Mary St.
The conference begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and the program at 9 a.m. Program topics to be presented by K-State Research and Extension agricultural economists include: 2012 Grain Market Analysis and Outlook; Factors Affecting Lender Choice and Banking Strategies by Farmers; Impact of the 2012 Farm Bill on Kansas Farms; Land Prices During Periods of Rapid Change; Kansas Farm Management Association Update; Crop Insurance and the Farm Bill; and Beef Cattle Market for Outlook for 2012-13.
The fee to attend the KSU Agricultural Lenders Conference is $85 if paid by Thursday or $95 after that date or at the door. The fee includes conference materials and lunch.
Register by credit card at http://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUagecon or pay by check by mail with paper registration. A brochure is available at http://www.agmanager.info/events/ag_lenders/2012/AgLenders_Brochure-2012.pdf.
For more information, contact the Finney County Extension Office.