4-H cel­e­brates a cen­tury of ‘learn­ing by do­ing’

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For gen­er­a­tions, 4-H clubs have been a big part of ru­ral life.

For 100 years, 4-H On­tario vol­un­teers, mem­bers, and staff have worked to­gether to cre­ate one of the fore­most lead­er­ship pro­grams for youth.

Across Canada, the move­ment con­sists of 25,000 mem­bers and 7,700 vol­un­teers.

In 2015, 4-H On­tario marks its cen­tury year, cel­e­brat­ing the re­mark­able suc­cess of a pro­gram that re­mains as pop­u­lar to­day as it was back in its ear­li­est years.

A com­mit­tee of 4-H On­tario staff and vol­un­teers is work­ing on pro­vin­cial-level cel­e­bra­tions for the 100th an­niver­sary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Many 4-H As­so­ci­a­tions are also plan­ning lo­cal cel­e­bra­tions to mark this sig­nif­i­cant point in time. Pro­vin­cial cel­e­bra­tion plans in­clude:

A com­mem­o­ra­tive 2015 an­niver­sary cal­en­dar, Canada's Won­der­land cel­e­bra­tion day for mem­bers, vol­un­teers and alumni, a gala din­ner in con­junc­tion with the 2015 In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match in Finch, an his­tor­i­cal pub­li­ca­tion, with an an­tic­i­pated launch date of June.

A Cen­tury Of 4-H On­tario

A look back in time at some key points in the history of 4-H in On­tario: 1913 - 4-H is es­tab­lished in Canada 1915 - The birth of 4-H in On­tario 1952 - 4-H in Canada gets its name and iden­tity: the 4-H logo and name were adopted by 4-H Canada to re­flect the four H's in the pledge. 1988 & 1998 - For­ma­tion of On­tario 4-H Coun­cil

and On­tario 4-H Foun­da­tion 2000 - Ma­jor changes as 4-H On­tario goes “inde

pen­dent” 2005 - Im­prove­ments for a stronger 4-H On­tario

in­volve new gov­er­nance model 2015 - A mile­stone year for 4-H On­tario

5 Ques­tions With...

Are you a 4-H mem­ber, vol­un­teer or alumni with an in­ter­est­ing story to share? Have you been en­joy­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence as a mem­ber? Have you vol­un­teered with some amaz­ing clubs and ex­cit­ing events? Have you grad­u­ated from 4-H and gone on to do great things?

If so, this is your chance to share your 4-H mem­o­ries and sto­ries to the 4-H com­mu­nity by an­swer­ing a quick five ques­tions.

Down­load a form at 4hon­tario.ca Ques­tions: Why did you join 4-H? What clubs, camps, op­por­tu­ni­ties etc. have you par­tic­i­pated or vol­un­teered in? How has 4-H changed your life? What's your favourite 4-H mem­ory? What do you do out­side of 4-H? (hob­bies, school, ca­reer, etc.)

The Birth of 4-H Pro­grams

Since 4-H be­gan in Canada more than 100 years ago, it has be­come the na­tion’s largest youth de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion. The 4-H idea is sim­ple: help young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies gain the skills needed to be proac­tive forces in their com­mu­ni­ties and de­velop ideas for a more in­no­va­tive econ­omy.

4-H opened the door for young peo­ple to learn lead­er­ship skills and rev­o­lu­tion­ized how youth con­nected to prac­ti­cal, hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences out­side the class­room.

To­day, 4-H serves youth in ru­ral, ur­ban, and sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties across the na­tion. 4-H'ers are tack­ling the na­tion’s top is­sues, from global food se­cu­rity, cli­mate change and sus­tain­able energy to child­hood obe­sity and food safety. 4-H out-of-school pro­gram­ming, in-school en­rich­ment pro­grams, clubs and camps also of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of STEM op­por­tu­ni­ties – from agri­cul­tural and an­i­mal sciences to rock­etry, ro­bot­ics, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and com­puter science – to im­prove our abil­ity to com­pete in key sci­en­tific fields and take on the lead­ing chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tury.

The Pledge

I pledge my HEAD to clearer think­ing, My HEART to greater loy­alty, My HANDS to larger ser­vice, and my HEALTH to bet­ter liv­ing, for my club, my com­mu­nity, my coun­try, and my world.

FILE PHOTO

The Maxville Hol­stein Spring Show opens with the open 4-H show­man­ship calf show.

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