The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 6, 1963 · Page 11
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Fun, Fellowship, Friends And A Future In 4- Rambling Ranchers 4-H Club in Model Meeting Contest. By CONNIE McCLURE Bcrca Boosters "What is 4-H? I've never heard of it." "Let me tell you about it." Four-H is an organization for youth from the ages of 8 to 21. It helps youth become better adults and leaders for the "w o r 1 d of tomorrow." In 1962 - 63, the 4- has increased in has increased Franklin County ty from 486 to 504. This proves that 4-H is growing and expanding its program. Four-H has local, county, state and nationwide opportunities. The green and white four leaf clover containing the four H's is the 4-H emblem. Green stands for nature's most abundant color and white for purity. The H's stand for Head, Heart. Hands and Health. The 4-H club pledge is: "I Pledge. . . . My Head to clearer thinking. My heart to greater loyality, My hands to larger service, My health to better living, for my club, my community, and my country. "To make the best better," is Connie the motto by which 4-H'ers live, work and play. "What do, they do in 4-H?" A 4-H'ers work is centei his projects and activities i are many different kindj ects and activities foi different interests, A few proj' foods, home crops, swine, graphy, autoi leadership. Thi ers. There weri ects carried last lin County. Health, safety, proi reation and citizei of the activities, activities, 4-H'i and methods adult leaden agents. Membi projects at counl and many other pi receive recognition fo! Once a month 4-H mei adult leaders have a clul ing. Elected officers condi business meeting, program al recreation. The business meeting is conducted with correct parliamentary procedure in or- der to teach 4-H members lead-1 responsibility of presenting »j,l crship and responsibility. correct image of America in < r es of people abroad. , - "V week 4-H'ers are obseW* |onal 4-H Week. They plan illing people about 4-tt •an help them Midi; rica. National 'eek when 4-fl' iCu. , attend county," 'camps. Round- lip, health, con* r Tusic camps, Na? __ inference, National igress and American Youtlfc are only i [ost 4-H'ers hope these events. • member?" mmunity lead- 'ell them how ould help and how you can be "4-H. Visit 4-H meet* what it is all about. ike* what you see, ask to ie a member. ___^^___^ 'our-H needs you and want* with each family. They leariTlo I you. There are fun, fellowship, adjust themselves to changing friends and a future for you in conditions abroad, and accept the 4-H. Early Poultry Club Was Real Peppy By PAT VINING The immense heritage of modern 4-H clubs could be written in volumes, and several exciting chapters could originate from the colorful Franklin County Capper Poultry Club vhich existed in the south part of the county in 1923 and .'24. Rainbow 4-H Club members were recently entertained with a review of the poultry club by Mrs. Louis Foltz at the parents' night program. Mrs. Foltz. the former Pearl Wittman, had obtained much of her information from Mrs. Fred Johnson of Richmond who more than any other single person can be credited with the instigation and continuation of this Capper Club. Mrs. Foltz, on Christmas Eve of 1924, received word from officials, called club managers, in Topeka, that the club had won first place in state competition, based mostly on a scrapbook prepared by the club under the direction of Mrs. Johnson. The award was $40 total and a silver trophy cup. Mrs. Foltz, although among the youngest members, was county "leader" or chairman and accepted the trophy. At that time a mother was just as active participant as the youngsters, thus Mrs. Johnson was also called a member. Mrs. Johnson and her children, Marguerite and Carl, had by way of correspondence with Capper officers, been members of the statewide poultry and pig clubs in 1920 and '21. Because of helping to organize local clubs, the girls' poultry club of this county and the boys' pig club of Anderson County, Mrs. Johnson was awarded a special "mother cup" in both 1922 and 1923. The girl's poultry club probably had its "peppiest" year hi 1923, but did not receive the trophy until 1924. Mrs. Johnson recalls now that the girls' club and boys' club were in direct competition with each other, probably a good reason for the trophy being awarded to neither one in 1923. The Anderson County Pig Club was in official existence only that one year, though several of its most promising members were outstanding 4-H clubbers a few years later. It was about 1905 when Arthur Capper made his first "loan" of money to purchase a pig to be cared for by a farm boy, the first of thousands of such arrangements which left a valuable impact on the development of both youth and agricluture in the state. A 4-H club department was created by the Kansas State College Extension Service in 1916, though even then youth clubs were called by various names and administration followed several channels. The Franklin County Poultry Club of 1923 and '24 set several "firsts." Programs at monthly meetings were styled primarily after the popular literary programs of earlier years and meetings were the top social event of the area, with often as ,many as 100 guests attending. Members published their own monthly magazine, had educational programs fay persons such as County Agent Joe Robbins and Richmond High School principal S. H. McConnell. Guests from Capper offices in Topeka included H. M. Flanagan, Mrs. Rachel Ann Neiswender, R. H. Gilkinson and others. John F. Case was director of club work then. Senator Capper was detained from attending a special picnic of the two clubs by the death of President Harding in 1923. He kept in close touch with the clubs, however, and sent personal messages occasionally. T. A. McNeal, editor of "Kansas Farmer" and "Mail and Breeze," spoke at the special picnic - meeting in Garnett in August, 1923. Such an event set the pace for those who the next month attended the Kansas Free Fair and "pep meeting" in Topeka. To attend the fair and rally was the dream of most members and was really an undertaking, with 37 persons from the Richmond area camping in five tents in 1923. Top .entertainment of the time was provided by Senator Capper and at the closing banquet this year, Mrs. Johnson talked on behalf of all mothers of club members. The Johnson family attended the "pep meeting" for five years, 1920-24. Both boys and girls took exhibits of livestock and handiwork to the Topeka fair and scrapbook clippings record them as consistently top winners. Greetings, From... John F. Kennedy, President Of The United States "In observance of National 4-H Club Week, March 2 to 9, I am pleased to extend greetings to all 4-H club members, their parents and their leaders in the state of Kansas. "An indication of the ever-widening scope of 4-H club work in Kansas is the fact that today 36 per cent of the 4-H'ers in the state are members of non-farm families. Originally, 4-H clubs included only farm youth. "National 4-H Club Week is an ideal time to recognize the value of club work and to congratulate the girls and boys who are club members and their volunteer adult leaders. "Loyalty to and interest in the 4-H club objectives continue for many club members while they attend Kansas State University. The more than 250 members of the KSU Collegiate 4-H Club find fellowship, inspiration and opportunities to serve their university and state in meetings, recreation and service projects. "Because of their excellent record of accomplishments in the past and outstanding promise of even finer achievements in the future, I am pleased to congratulate all of our Kansas 4-H'ers and wish them ever success." James A. McCain, President Of Kansas State University "My congratulations to you for your outstanding achievements of the past year, and for your ambitious plans in 1963." "Your theme for National 4-H Club Week, March 2 through 9, 'Young Citizens in Action', sets an excellent keynote. Surely today, a citizenry of all ages, informed and in action, is more important than ever to the strength and welfare of our nation. "In your unique 4-H 'learn by doing' program, you acquire new skills and find better ways of applying science to your endeavors wherever you live, in town or country. In this way you grow in maturity and soundness of judgment that builds true leadership. "America needs young people preparing mentally, morally, spiritually, and physically for the gigantic tasks that lie ahead. As you train through 4-H for your future, and explore careers for a significant role in tomorrow's world, I trust that you will continue to develop your head, heart, hands, and health. "My best wishes to you, and to all who guide you — your parents, leaders, and many 4-H friends. May other youth join you in your worthy goal of good citizenship in your communities and across our land." Much Work Precedes Big Week The 4-H Week committee, of the Franklin County 4-H Coun cil, has been busy for the lasi two months planning the events for the big week. After the planning sessions with the club agent, Ross Nelson, the work was divided among the members. Connie McClure, chair man, made the contacts for speakers at the service clubs in the county. Four-H'ers are speak ing at each of them sometime during the week. Loretta Alexander and Harry Peckham planned a coffee for the business men and women, something new for this year. Janice Milliken ordered special cards for restaurant tables and saw abou other means of publicity. Dennis Mclntyre made arrange ments for flying the 4-H flag on the courthouse lawn each day Mrs. George Santarpia planned the radio programs for the week Junior leaders were selected to do special talks for each day and others were selected to do spot announcements about gen eral club work. Mrs. Raymond Houston orga nized the newspaper work for the 19 club reporters and made ar rangements for the general sto ries Each reporter was given th opportunity to do a special fea ture story. The council reporter Junior Leaders' reporter and oth ers were asked to do specials. In addition to making a scrap- xx)k to be judged, points to try or the trophy were tabulated or: number of members and uests attending meetings, num- >er of miles traveled by those ttending, value of educational rograms, newspaper clippings, >osters and pennants made and ie club's own magazine. Officers for the Capper Poul- ry Club of 1923 were: (Using maiden names since it is impos- ible to learn all married names.) Dorothy Barnett, president; Male Mills, vice president; Irene Brockus, treasurer; Ina Mills, ecretary; Blanche Perkins, mag- zine editor; and Marguerite ohnson, county leader (chairman.) Other 'members: Pearl Wittman, Agnes Morris, Marie itorris and Veda Mori-is, with ILrs. Johnson as the only mother n membership records. In 1924 members not mentioned ie previous year were: Ruth Ivans, Dorothy Lickteig and Floence Lickteig. This year three joys called themselves associate members, Carl Johnson, Dwight 'erkins and Kenneth Cunningham, "hey also handled white Wyandotte chickens, although the club tself was for girls only. These hree later were charter members of Rainbow 4-H Club, oldest continuous club in the county, with charter dated 1929. Since Extension workers had by this time improved some of the theories of youth work that Arthur Capper had started several years before, 1924 was the last year before the Capper Clubs as such and the 4-H movement be- Good Record Re-enrollment in 4-H has bee good in Franklin County, 76.4 per cent in Franklin County as com pared with 72.5 per cent for Kan sas. Average tenure for 4-1 members is 3.3 years for Frank lin County, 3.2 years for Kansa and 2.7 for the nation. CAPPER CLUB MOTHER OF THE YEAR" - Mrs. Fred Johnson and daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Roberts, were members of Capper Poultry Club in early '20's. Mrs. Johnson received cup* for being "Capper Club Mother of the year" in both 1922 and 1923. gan its spread in this part of the state. There is now an effort across the state to record development of the Capper and 4-H Club programs, to be able in the future to correctly place them in history and to include membership lists whenever possible. Realizing that the basic ideas of the Capper Clubs are still the backbone of 4-H today — projects by individuals, community meetings, tours and fairs, parent cooperation, educational programs and plenty of fun — it is especially fitting that 4-H'ers pay tribute to the Capper Clubs of the Mid- 19208 during National 4-H Week. Scrapbooks and trophies of th* Franklin County Poultry Club of 1923 and '24 have been given Rain* bow 4-H Club by Mrs. Johnson and this week are displayed in the widow of Anchor Savings aj Loan. With this display as a start, Franklin County surely is ablt to write its own chapters in tha volumes of 4-H heritage. Finds Youth Work Rewarding By DON BURGESS Junior Jtidgers Having been a youthful member of the Farmer's Institute, Harold Staadt recognized the value of youth work. When asked in January, 1934, to act as a community leader he consented, and the Junior Jud- gers 4-H Club, with a membership of 28 boys and girls, ap- plied for and received its charter from the state office. During the 10 years Harold served as a community 4-H leader, a state - approved conservation demonstration area was es- YOUTH WORK AMUSING, SERIOUS - Harold Staadt tells Junior Judgers Club reporter, Don Burgess, about early day youth and county conservation work. He mentioned that time as one of his most rewarding and happy. (Herald Photo) tablished. Numerous countywida 4-H conservation meetings were held here. Educational talks ranged from "Conservation of Spiritual Resources" to "Previous Ages in the World's History," plus many interesting discussions of trees, flowers, birds, mammals and one which was especially interest ing and hair raising, concerning reptiles. A dozen species of Kansas snakes were carried inside the sneaker, shirt. Among the speakers were A, C. Carpenter, J. E. Harclerode, Mrs. Mary Bancroft, Lamar Phillips and Ruv. Charles Knight, all of Ottawa. Mr. Knight was at that time pastor of the Pomona* Richler Church. Rev. John Clu> ton, also a former pastor of tha charge; Lloyd Smith, extension forester, Dr. Dolf Jennings, zoologist, at Kansas University, and the district game warden, Gene Parks, who placed a shipment of quail on the conservation area, were among the others who spoke. Many prize-winning exhibit*, booths and demonstrations wera exhibited at county and state fairs. Numerous state award* were received by members, and there were two Chicago trip win* ners and one National Trip win* ner. i Harold says that he and Mn, Staadt, in looking over the yean, find their work with youth moaj rewarding, at times very anitlf* ing and other times very seriQUBj making in all some of their hap piest memories. * •T, 1 "-

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