A big month for 4-H clubs

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MEEKER -- Rio Blanco County and 4-H members across the nation will be celebrating National 4-H Week from Sunday to Oct. 9.

To coincide with this year's theme of 4-H Online, the much-anticipated redesigned Web site www.4-HUSA.org will debut.

The site is the first national Web site for, by and about youths.

Jennifer Anderson, 4-H extension agent for Rio Blanco County, said a 2003 study by the Pew Institute on Internet uses suggests that 93 percent of youths ages 10 to 18 are using the Internet.

"Recognizing that trend, 4-H programs all over the nation support the effort for youth development using the Internet," she said.

Anderson said 4-H members in Rio Blanco County would be celebrating 4-H all month with special promotions as well as the annual Achievement Award.

"The Achievement Award is a kind of wrapping-up celebration of all the year's events and projects," she said. "It is also the time when we give special awards and recognize special individuals or businesses that might have helped us."

Meeker's 4-H awards will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and will include an ice cream social. Rangely's 4-H awards day is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26; there will be a dessert buffet.

Anderson said 4-H programs and club activities are expanding and evolving to meet the needs of today's youths. She said the program offers activities that promote life skill and citizenship, and foster leadership.

"Club members learn early about responsibility and duties," Anderson said.

She said the organization offers opportunities at the district and state level for those interested.

Cortney Cook of Meeker serves on the 4-H council and is president of District 11. She also is the state 4-H senate treasurer. Cook said 4-H is a great way to become involved.

"I didn't realize the opportunities available beyond my project. Now as I prepare for college, I found 4-H has provided me with public speaking, organization and skills to help me apply for college," she said. "Besides, I've made a lot of great friends all over Colorado."

The membership drive will start soon. If you have questions, call the Rio Blanco County Cooperative Extension Office at 675-2417.

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