Clayton Pearce, Weston Brady, Samantha Pearce and Alexi Goodnow read stories during the Hamilton Community Soup Supper on Dec. 15 at the Hamilton Community Hall. Members of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club hosted the supper for current and former residents of Hamilton and the surrounding community.

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Clayton Pearce, Weston Brady, Samantha Pearce and Alexi Goodnow read stories during the Hamilton Community Soup Supper on Dec. 15 at the Hamilton Community Hall. Members of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club hosted the supper for current and former residents of Hamilton and the surrounding community.

'Tis the season to be jolly

Busy Beavers 4-H Club hosts Community Christmas Soup Supper for current and former Hamilton residents

— A yummy supper, lots of conversation, stories for the young children and more.

It was all part of the fourth annual Hamilton Community Christmas Soup Supper.

The event was Dec. 15 at the Hamilton Community Hall. The hosts were the members of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club.

Invitations for the supper were sent to members of the Hamilton and surrounding community and to people who used to live in the area.

Club leader Debbie Wellman says that the club members used to deliver cookie plates to area senior citizens and single persons, but as the club membership got smaller, it was difficult to get them all delivered.

Thus, the soup supper got its start.

On the 15th, club leaders Wellman and Jackie Goodnow were at the Hamilton Community Hall early in order to start the soups. Then the 4-H members arrived at 2:30 p.m. to decorate the hall.

As soups simmered, 4-H members put up a Christmas tree and some lights. Especially pretty were the table centerpieces made from glass bowls filled with water, cranberries, and tea lights.

Then the 4-H members changed into elf costumes, and when guests began arriving from 4 to 7 p.m., the members were on hand to greet them. The 4-Hers also took turns taking orders and serving the meal.

According to Goodnow, 35 to 40 community guests enjoyed chili, chicken noodle soup and rolls. Hot chocolate, coffee, cider, lemonade and plenty of desserts, which were provided by the members' parents, rounded out the menu. After a number of people had started arriving, door prizes donated by the 4-H members were given out every 15 minutes. The 4-H members sat around the Christmas tree, reading Christmas stories to the young children. Before going home, the children got treat bags that were filled with small items such as candy canes and little coloring books.

Members invited guests to stay and play board and card games, but Wellman said most chose to visit instead.

"It's always great to get the community together," said Wellman in summing up the supper. "Everybody has a good time visiting, and the club enjoys the activity. It's festive."

The Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club was chartered in 1952, making it one of the oldest chartered 4-H clubs in Moffat County. It's a community club.

Goodnow explains that a community club is open to all 4-H members, regardless of their 4-H projects. A community club meets monthly, all year round. The members elect officers, and the focus of the club is learning to run meetings, carrying out fundraising activities and doing community service.

Some of the Hamilton Busy Beavers' members also belong to county project clubs where they get help with specific project work. (These clubs do not meet all year.) The Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club is open to any 4-H member in Moffat County. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month. To get more information, call the Moffat County Extension Office.

Members of the Hamilton Busy Beavers are: Weston Brady, Lyndi and Emily Wellman, Makayla and Alexi Goodnow, Justin and Jessica Hogue and Clayton and Samantha Pearce.

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