Local clubs and organizations carrying out community missions

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The holiday season finds agriculture organizations, 4-H clubs and the Moffat County FFA Chapter busy planning Christmas parties and carrying out community service activities.

Consider what just a few of the organizations are up to.

For the Moffat County Cowbelles, for example, there’s the annual Christmas party. It marks not only the end of 2009 activities, but, with the installation of officers, the beginning of those for 2010.

New Cowbelle officers to be installed are: president Betty Ann Duzik, vice president Kacey Green, secretary Lacy Sexton and treasurer Arloa Gerber.

The Cowbelle members and their families will enjoy a potluck dinner, complete with ham and turkey, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in the newly-remodeled Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. As a special treat, the Sweet Adelines will perform at 7 p.m.

The Moffat County FFA Chapter and the Moffat County High School Student Council has a canned food drive.

FFA member Nate Moon said the goal was to fill a horse trailer with canned goods and toys. The rest of the high school student body got involved, too, as a competition took place among all second-hour classes to see which class could collect the most goods.

The winning class gets a pancake breakfast served up by the FFA members.

Moon said that the canned goods and toys will be taken to the KRAI Holiday Drive.

While the FFA members have been busy with their drive, the Moffat County FFA Alumni have been planning a Christmas party for the FFA Chapter, scheduled for Dec. 8 at the high school ag shop. FFA alumni member Marilyn Rieser explained that the party will have a 1950s theme.

Dance music, dinner menu, games (such as “The Dating Game”), and even the costumes will follow the theme.

Several 4-H organizations are wrapping gifts at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply on the weekends before Christmas.

The donations they receive will be used for club and community projects.

For example, the Elkhead Wranglers will be wrapping gifts there today. The donations will be given to the Humane Society of Moffat County. And this isn’t the only community service project for the Elkhead Wranglers.

Club leader Lorrae Moon said the club just donated material to the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

The K-9 Kids will have a day of gift wrapping at Murdoch’s, too, but that’s only a part of their fundraising activity. “Santa Paws” is the name for the club’s annual photo event for dogs.

Dog owners can take their animals to Murdoch’s today and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they can choose from a variety of photo packages, including Christmas cards. Pictures can be taken of the dogs alone, with their owners, or even sitting on Santa’s lap. (Santa is Butch Bogdin.)

Kirk and Robert Libbee will take and develop the photos. In addition, they will donate their time and labor for the club’s money-making project.

Club leader Julie Hall said the money made will be used to make a dog agility course, with fun equipment such as jumps and an A-frame.

The Hamilton Busy Beavers host an annual Christmas party at the Hamilton Hall for community people. Usually the club makes it a Soup Supper, but leader Jackie Goodnow said this year they’re going to try a Dessert Social.

During the Moffat County Fair, the Double Trouble 4-H Club, led by Nick and Karen Maneotis, received the Sheep and Goat Herdsman Award. The contest, with a cash award, is sponsored annually by the 4-H Foundation. The club plans to give the cash received to Toys for Tots.

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