4-H leaders make the world a better place one child at a time

3/31/2014

April is the month when we take a moment and thank the many volunteers who give so much to the 4-H program. In celebration of the 100-plus leaders who help make the 4-H program what it is here in Finney County.

April is the month when we take a moment and thank the many volunteers who give so much to the 4-H program. In celebration of the 100-plus leaders who help make the 4-H program what it is here in Finney County.

Why do adults decide to be volunteer leaders, or 4-H members to become youth leaders? They care about young people and helping them learn life skills that will be used throughout their lives, careers and family.

The 4-H Leader's Creed tells us more about those beliefs, and it applies to all leaders:

I BELIEVE

The 4-H member is more important than the project.

Learning how to do the project is more important than the project itself.

4-H'ers should be their own best exhibits.

No award is worth sacrificing the reputation of a member or a leader.

Competition should be given no more emphasis than other fundamentals of 4-H work.

Enthusiasm is caught, not taught.

To learn by doing is fundamental in any sound educational program and is characteristic of the 4-H program.

Generally speaking, there is more than one good way to do most things.

Every 4-H member needs to be noticed, to feel important, to win and be praised (leaders, too).

Our job as leaders is to teach 4-H members HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

Why volunteer?

Volunteers are a very precious gift. Thank you for choosing to use your time as a volunteer in the Finney County 4-H program. The Kansas 4-H program wouldn't exist without its thousands of volunteers. In every part of the state, 4-H volunteers coordinate 4-H community clubs, lead 4-H projects, and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events.

People volunteer in many different ways depending on their interests, skills and the time they can devote to 4-H.

As a 4-H volunteer you might:

* Help 4-H'ers develop life skills by leading a 4-H project in a subject area that excites you, such as space tech, animal science, fiber arts, fishing, sewing, foods, large and small animals, and many more project specialties.

* Teach or organize workshops;

* Help with special events for youths and families;

* Share your favorite hobby or skill;

* Manage a 4-H club;

* Volunteer for the Finney County Fair.

Be the communication link between your club and Kansas State Research & Extension — Finney County office — schedule club meetings, train club officers, recruit parents to help out and more by becoming a volunteer today.

For more information, call Barbara Addison at 272-3670 or email baddison@ksu.edu.

Pig and Goat Sale

The 37th Annual Finney County Pig and Goat Sale will be Saturday at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

All animals will be in place for viewing at 10 a.m., and the sale will begin at noon in the Livestock Pavilion.

The local producers will once again consign excellent young animals. This will be a great opportunity for youth (4-H and FFA) to purchase some outstanding quality animals for this year's livestock shows.

Healthy hearing

The public is invited to attend the "Knowledge at Noon" presentation from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday at the Finney County Public Library, and sponsored by the K-State Research Extension, Finney County Extension Office.

Communication is absolutely crucial to any person's quality of life. Come to our Knowledge at Noon presentation and have some of your questions answered by Kim Hendricks, audiologist/health-care professional who performs diagnostic hearing tests. Learn how you can improve your ability to communicate and some options for a healthy hearing.

Bring a lunch if you wish; coffee and tea will be provided.

Stock vs. broth

Many recipes use stock or broth. Is there a difference?

By definition, stock is made from meat and bones. It may or may not have other ingredients such as vegetables and seasonings. The bones add "body" to the liquid from gelatin contained in them. When chilled, stock will become thick. Broth is made from meat, vegetables and seasonings and has a thinner consistency. The primary flavor is from the meat.

Making homemade broth or stock allows more control of sodium content as compared to commercially made products.

For more information, call Léhisa de Fornoza at 272-3670.

Growing flowers

Everyone with an interest in growing annual and perennial flowers effectively is invited to attend "Growing Annual and Perennial Flowers" at 7 p.m. April 8 in the Grandstands Meeting Room on the fairgrounds in Garden City.

David Coltrain, Finney County Extension agent, will present the program. Topics include: "When and What to Plant," "Advantages and Disadvantages for both Annuals and Perennials," "Planning," "Site Selection, Soil Preparation," "Planting, Fertilization, Watering" and "Pest Control."

The program is free. Pre-register by calling the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670. A minimum of 10 pre-registrations are required by Monday to facilitate meeting room setup and materials required.

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision or hearing disability, call David Coltrain at 272-3670.

Extension newsletter

Spring has finally arrived. If you like to work outside in your yard or have a garden, check out the monthly horticulture newsletter offered by Finney County Extension.

The Extension Connection Green Thumb Guidelines contains timely and educational information about all types of horticulture topics including announcements of upcoming educational meetings. Every newsletter has a monthly Garden Calendar and articles are selected to focus on topics listed in the Garden Calendar. Each monthly issue averages 10 to 12 in-depth articles.

The newsletter is distributed by email. If you are interested in receiving the Green Thumb Guidelines, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 or email coltrain@ksu.edu. Past copies of the newsletter are available on the Finney County website (www.finney.ksu.edu) and hard copies of the newsletter are available at the Extension office.

Community garden

The Finney County Master Gardeners Community Garden will be available this year for anyone interested in having a garden plot. The Master Gardeners received a grant sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. The primary focus of the Community Garden is to increase and expand access to healthy, fresh foods.

This Community Garden has some unique features to help people desiring a place to garden.

Master Gardeners and the Finney County Extension agent will be glad to provide assistance in answering questions about gardening. Garden tools and drip irrigation equipment are available for gardeners to use in their plots. The Community Garden is located next to the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

If you are interested in a plot, registration forms, rules and regulations are available at the Extension office. Registration ends on April 25 and only 20 10-feet-by-10-feet plots are available. Gardening season is here, so don't delay and sign up for a plot before they are all gone.

If you have any questions about the Master Gardeners Community Garden, Green Thumb Guidelines newsletter or any other concerns, call David Coltrain at 272-3670 or email coltrain@ksu.edu.

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