4-H News


The Plymouth Shamrocks 4H Club has been busy this year with several community service projects.

The club helped make Valentines at Project Angel Hugs for Children’s Hospital. Club members also made puppy cards for Valentine’s Day and Bunny cards for Easter for Children’s Hospital. Members also continued to write letters to two veterans that the club adopted several years ago.

Club member Timmy Levsen gave an informative speech about Nikola Tesla who was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Luke and Elwyn Levsen informed the club about why barns were painted red. Barns weren’t originally red - in fact, they weren’t painted at all.

The early farmers that settled in New England didn’t have much extra money to spend on paint, so most of their barns remained unpainted. By the late 1700s, farmers looking to shield their barns’ wood from the elements began experimenting with ways to make their own protective paint.

A recipe consisting of skimmed milk, lime and red iron oxide created a rusty-colored mixture that became popular among farmers because it was cheap to make and lasted for years. Farmers were able to easily obtain iron oxide the compound that lends natural red clay its coppery color from soil.

On March 23rd the Plymouth Shamrocks in conjunction with Camo Quilts, the Plymouth Woman’s Club and ALFF (American Legion Families Forward) chaperoned a mini lock in for elementary students in the Plymouth area. Those attending the lock in were greeted by the American Legion Josh Dog.

The evening provided swimming opportunities for attendees that were at least 53 inches tall, nail and face painting, dodge ball, basketball and movies.

Special thank yous go out to the following chaperones: Kathy Doebert,Stacey Hibbard, Victoria Collard, Ros Passehl, Linda Wieck, Lauren Seitz, Ahnika Seitz, Monika Koenig, Luke Levsen, Timmy Levsen, Tersa Levsen, Kathy Levsen, Amy Levsen, Deb Klock, Angela Kalsbeek, Kris Bowe, Rowie Bowe, Kristia Wilddflower,

Du Wayne Wieck, Michael Kalsbeek, Jim Wilhelnis, John Knorr, Scott Curtiss, Janiss Curtiss, Alex Hlinal, Smokey Kurton,Leah Zinkgraf, Lisa Wagner, and Amber Ribbens. Thirty two chaperones helped make the evening very successful.

Luke and Timmy both wrote an essay about how they could promote patriotism as individuals.

Luke stated in his essay, “If I see any of my friends or just someone I know not standing for the pledge, putting their hand over their heart, facing the flag, and saying the pledge, I can encourage them to do so. I have to show respect to our country and be a good role model to others, and also provide them with an explanation of why we should respect our country and be thankful for what we have that other countries don’t.”

Members of the Plymouth Shamrocks have helped to support our veterans and soldiers by helping at the Camo Quilt project, writing letters to veterans and soldiers and they have made cards for soldiers and veterans too.

Over the years the Plymouth Shamrocks have been very involved with community service.

On July 1, 2018, club members Teresa, Luke, Elwyn, and Timmy Levsen helped to clean the Camo Quilt building. Members vacuumed, cleaned toilets, washed windows, shampooed carpets and dusted. After this activity the club had a short meeting.

Members were reminded at the meeting that fair entries enrollments are due before July 15.

Timmy Levsen received a special recognition award in shooting sports this year. He was presented with the award by DuWayne Wieck at Camo Quilts on July 1.

Teresa Levsen gave her informative speech about Walt Disney at the meeting as well. Teresa gave some background information on Walt Disney including how he drove ambulance during WWI. She went to explain how he began to make movies.

The next meeting will be in July when the club goes to Hennings Cheese to see them make cheese.

Club members will not be doing a fair booth this year. Members will be working at the fair food stand on Sunday of the fair from 1 to 4.

The Plymouth Shamrocks Club is looking for new members. Anyone interested should contact KDoebert at jdkathy@hotmail.com

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