Vol­un­teer has served in two coun­ties

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

Maxville area res­i­dent Betty Mor­row is a long­time 4-H club vol­un­teer, hav­ing de­voted many years to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, both in Glen­garry and Stor­mont.

She has been lead­ing clubs for 20 years and has been a vol­un­teer for the past 10 years.

Ms. Mor­row said vol­un­teers go through a fairly rig­or­ous screen­ing process to qual­ify for the po­si­tion. Screen­ing in­cludes an in­ter­view and a crim­i­nal record check.

When she was a 4-H mem­ber for eight years in her youth, she com­pleted home­mak­ing clubs in Glen­garry and agri­cul­tural clubs in Stor­mont.

Be­cause she grew up a mile east of Maxville, she was ac­tu­ally liv­ing in Stor­mont, just on the fringe of the two coun­ties so she was able to be in­volved in clubs in both coun­ties.

Since she started with the 4-H club when she was young, she ap­pre­ci­ates what the pro­grams of­fer chil­dren and teens.

To par­ents think­ing of get­ting their chil­dren in­volved in 4-H, Ms. Mor­row wants to stress 4-H is not just about live­stock.

There is a huge va­ri­ety of po­ten­tial clubs youth can take part in, if there is enough in­ter­est.

“That is one of the mis­lead­ing im­pres­sions of 4H,” she said. “Peo­ple only think about calf clubs. There are some­thing like 40 dif­fer­ent projects that could be held in the county if there are lead­ers will­ing to lead. There is never too much of a prob­lem find­ing calf club lead­ers.”

Some of the var­i­ous clubs that could be avail­able in­clude: crafts, mar­ket­ing, out­doors, en­vi­ron­ment, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, plants, safety, sports, drama, horses and dance. Projects could also be made avail­able in French.

Ms. Mor­row em­pha­sized that mem­bers don’t need to be liv­ing on farms to get in­volved. She is aware of more peo­ple liv­ing in towns and cities who take part in 4-H clubs now.

Ms. Mor­row echoes the widely held sen­ti­ment that peo­ple in­volved in the 4-H or­ga­ni­za­tion gain so much from the pro­gram.

“They learn how to make a mo­tion and sec­ond a mo­tion, and pass a mo­tion, which even­tu­ally in­di­rectly is train­ing for many of your fu­ture town­ship coun­cil­lors,” Ms. Mor­row said.

These are also help­ful skills for peo­ple who in­tend to serve as mem­bers of com­mu­nity boards of di­rec­tors.

She added for the pro­ject-based club ac­tiv­i­ties, youth may also get a be­hind-the-scenes glimpse into a new pro­fes­sion they were con­sid­er­ing for their fu­ture ca­reers.

For ex­am­ple, mem­bers tak­ing part in a vet­eri­nary club may be fur­ther en­cour­aged to en­ter that field.

On the other hand, they may find out they are too squea­mish around sick or in­jured an­i­mals. 4H of­fers youth many op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn more about them­selves, and about what they en­joy and what in­ter­ests them.

Ms. Mor­row also pointed out there is a part­ner­ship be­tween Glen­garry and Stor­mont.

“The two coun­ties have al­ways had a strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship to­gether since there has been an an­nual judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion held ev­ery year since the early 1960s,” she said.

This year’s event will be held July 18 at the Wil­liamstown fair­grounds.

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