Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a warm, safe Christmas. If you haven't been able to be with family for the holiday yet, I'm sure you are not alone. I know my family hasn't gotten together yet.
Today I am busy making calls to postpone the beef weigh in that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 29. We will be having on the snow date of January 9th instead. That will give everyone a chance to get dug out of their local snow drift.
With the New Year comes new hopes and dreams. Some of my new dreams include ideas to start new 4-H clubs and to do some new and different workshops. In talking with other Youth Coordinators from around the state of Iowa, I have some ideas. Let me share them with you. They include:
A Gardening Club: This could start in the winter where you could talk about what things to put into your garden. Will it be a vegetable garden or a flower garden, or both? Where will it be? How big will it be? If you have never gardened before, don't bite off more than you can chew. You could explore container gardening. If it is a big garden, maybe you could sell the produce at the local farmers market or you could give some food to the local food pantry.
A Geocaching Club: What is "Geocaching"? you may be asking yourself. It is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational devices. Basically, it is a high tech version of hide & seek. This is a great whole family activity. It gets the kids out of the house and moving, away from those video games they just go for Christmas.
A Junior Chef Club: Wouldn't it be great if we could teach the next generation the art of cooking. Oh we all cook. It is surprising how many of our young people think cooking is making something that comes out of box. This club could talk about nutrition, table manners, setting a table, and so much more. We could even put out the "Iron Chef Challenge".
These are all great ideas for 4-H Clubs. Do you have a passion for any of these areas? Do you have a passion for working with young people? Would you like to share your time and talents with the young people of Cherokee County? If you said yes to any of these questions, please give me a call at the Extension Office, (712)225-6196 or drop by and let's visit. I'm always looking for volunteers who want to share.