This week, let me introduce you to one of Cherokee County's 4-H clubs.
The club this month is the Tilden Tillers. They are from the Marcus area. The Tilden Tillers are led by Stephanie Spieler and Becky Whited. The club consists of 30 plus kids in a wide range of ages and varied interests. They like to meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon at the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian church that was moved to the Marcus fair grounds a few years ago. The Marcus Fair Board renovated the basement into a meeting room with kitchen facilities which allow them plenty of room to meet and do some activities. During "fair season" (July and August) they suspend meetings so that 4-H'ers can participate in the Cherokee County Fair, Marcus Community Fair, and the Iowa State Fair.
Some of the activities done by the club this year include their annual fundraiser of frozen soup which is done in November. They have taken a tour of Sands Seed. They have helped with the Barn Dance to raise money for the new Expo Center. They have gone sledding at the Plymouth County Conservation Hill in Hinton.
Several members are now participating in the new Livestock Judging team that has been formed. This team is being lead by Joe Brady, originally from Marcus and a Tilden Tiller/Cherokee County 4-H Alumni. Any and all Cherokee County 4-H'ers are welcome to join us. Our next session is to learn about hogs and breeding heifers on April 24th.
The Tilden Tillers were a banner club again last year at the Award's night and had a good number of members complete a record book.
There are several first year members in the Tilden Tillers which is great for growth of the club. They are always open to new members and will soon be honoring the 3 graduating seniors. The 3 young men have been extremely active in 4-H and currently serve on the County Council. All 3 have been great role models to the younger members. They will wish David Peters, Nathan Wendt, and Justin Cave farewell with a cake at their May meeting. The Tilden Tillers still sponsor a scholarship to a graduating senior from MMC School that will be attending college. It is always an honor to be able to do this.
In closing, the Tilden Tillers wish to say "Thank You' to all that have donated to the new building project, and especially to the County Supervisors for their jumpstart to the project. The Tilden Tillers also invite all Cherokee County citizens to come to the fair and experience all the hard work the kids have done throughout the year.