Can you feel it? The excitement of a new season? The kids have started school and hopefully have settled into a routine. Friday night football games. Harvest has begun. And best of all . . . the new 4-H year is ready to start.
Some clubs have already had their first meeting of the new year; some are just getting ready for the first one. Here at the office, we have been getting ready for that new year, too. Plans are being made for recruitment, National 4-H Week, Science Field Day, enrollments, project day camps and more.
One thing that is being worked on by the Cherokee County Council is a joint effort with Cherokee County Naturalist, Laura Kohn and an evening of trick or treating, night hikes, and haunted trails at the Silver Sioux Park. We are working on some of the details, but be watching for more information in the next couple of weeks.
I am also excited to announce that with the leadership of Ginny Eskildsen, Cherokee County 4-H will be starting a new food and nutrition focused club. This club will be selecting a name at the first meeting. The introductory meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Middle School. This club will focus on food, nutrition and cooking. We will cover things like kitchen basics, kitchen safety, meal planning and prep, cookie making, pizza making, restaurant kitchen tours, making freezer meals, food preservation and more. Best of all we will make new friends and have fun!
A couple of our clubs are looking for that caring adult who wants to help young people learn life skills. No experience necessary. There is no monetary pay, but the end reward is priceless. If you are passionate about robotics and science, our Robotiacs are looking for someone to guide them problem-solving activities. This would include First Lego League and more.
This year the Country Pioneers of the Aurelia area are seeking a new leader. This is a small, rebuilding, well-rounded community club. They like to do all areas of 4-H from A to Z and not focus on one area. If you are from the Aurelia area and are willing to guide this club, let me know.
For more information on joining the Cherokee County 4-H Program, either as a volunteer or a participant, please contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 209 Centennial Dr., Ste. A, Cherokee, IA 51012 or phone 712-225-6196 and visit with Brenda Medick, County Youth Coordinator.