BY ALANA ROUTHIER
Sylvan Lake 4-H Multi Club had its first Achievement Day May 24.
Members received trophies for first and second place record books, medals for public speaking awards, aprons for completing a Foods Project and frames for completing a Photography Project. Each of the members displayed their photography and brought some delicious homemade treats to share with family and friends who came to see their achievements.
We will wrap up our year with one more volunteer day at Bethany and participating in the 1913 Days parade.
Our first meeting next year will be Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at H. J. Cody. Members who are 9 to 20 can join our club and Cleaver kids (ages 6-8) are welcome to come and participate in many of our activities, but are not required to complete a record book. Membership fees are $80 for members and $20 for Cleaver kids. We will have a display at the fall community sign up fair on Sept. 4.
4-H has many projects to offer from small animals to crafts to horticulture. Each project needs to have a project leader, so bring your parents or neighbours who have expertise that they would like to share. We can offer as many projects as we are able to find people to lead. The commitment is one Monday per month for each general meeting and one meeting per month for each project (generally on Mondays, but up to discretion of the project leader). In addition to a project book, we participate in fun activities such as swimming parties, movie nights, ski parties and Rebels night. We also do some community volunteering and host a public speaking competition.
Through 4-H, students are eligible to win scholarships and trips. There are also many opportunities to attend camps which focus on self-esteem building and communications skills. As students develop their leadership skills, they can attend leadership camps and get jobs with the 4-H Foundation as camp leaders for the younger members. 4-H is a family program and we encourage parents to come to meetings and learn about the many things that 4-H has to offer.