4-H News

The Plymouth Shamrock 4-H Club is working on completing the community service requirement for this year. Members made Christmas Cards, did bell ringing for the Salvation Arm , made Valentine’s, made cards for veterans and will be doing some activities for Angel Hugs. More community service activities will be planned in spring.

Members of the Plymouth Shamrock Club colored Valentine Day pictures to make into Valentine cards for an area nursing home. Members colored the pictures for an hour during the January meeting. Mrs. Doebert finished coloring some of the pictures and then cut the pictures out. The pictures were glued to a pink paper heart and candy was taped to the back of the card. One hundred cards were finished and given to Sunny Ridge Nursing Home in Sheboygan.

For another community service project club members made cards to give to US Veterans at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee. The cards are meant to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice to our country.

Making cards to thank the veterans makes club members aware of the sacrifice soldiers make to protect our freedom. Mrs. Doebert and her daughter, Ashley, helped make 250 cards for veterans and club members made another 50. The Plymouth Shamrocks are challenging all 4-H clubs to make cards thanking veterans for the sacrifices they and their families made to keep America free. Clubs should decorate the cards with colored and stamped pictures. Cards must look nice and have the wording typed or computer printed. Cards should be brought to the 4-H Office at the UW Extension.

Club members have been busy with demonstration speeches this year as well. This year the club chose to give speeches on state and National parks. Elwyn, Timmy and Luke gave a speech about Glacier national Park. They showed a map of this national park and talked about when and how the road through the park was made. They also showed the other club members pictures from the park including pictures of some of the wildlife that lives there including: the mountain goat and marmoset.

Emily and Sarah Levsen talked about Niagara Falls. Emily gave us some interesting facts about the falls including the fact that about 22.5 million people visit the falls every year. Travel and Leisure has ranked Niagara Falls as #5 when it comes to World’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions. Sarah explained that there are three falls there. Some other facts that Sarah gave were:

The word Niagara is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait”.

There is an international boundary between the United States and Canada. The flow of water was also halted over both falls on March 30th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river.

Ben and Jacob gave a speech on Alaska during the March meeting. Ben and Jacob pointed out some of the following facts about Alaska. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately half of Alaska’s 731,449 residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries, resources which it has in abundance. Tourism is also a signifi- cant part of the economy.

Along with demonstration speeches the club members had the opportunity to learn about how to do genealogy research from Alan Wambold. Mr. Wambold does genealogy research for other people and he explained how to begin researching your own family’s history.

Members also participated in a great snowshoeing experience under the direction of Clayton Moore. Members had the chance to try snowshoeing for 30 minutes. It was cold but a great time.

The Shamrocks also had a great mini lock-in at the high school. Plymouth District elementary students had a chance to go swimming, play dodgeball & basketball and watch movies. Lots of kids had their face painted by Jessica Levsen. Swimming was well supervised by 4 certified lifeguards and 4 other adults. There is a height requirement of 52 inches to use the pool at the lock in events as a reminder for future lock ins.

Other areas of the lock in were also supervised by adult volunteers and club members. The lock in was well attended and kids had a super time.

The club will continue to work on community service for the rest of this 4-H year. Several members still have a demonstration speech to do. Mrs. Doebert is planning some other community speakers including a visitor from Korea who will teach members a few Korean words.

Respectfully submitted by--- Reporter Emily Levsen/K. Doebert

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