State 4-H turns 100

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This year, Colorado 4-H is 100 years old, and special events will take place during the year to celebrate.

A 100-year logo can be found on such items as shirts and stickers. A small white bear — a stuffed animal — commemorates the event, too. Logan, the Colorado 4-H Centennial Bear, holds a banner that reads, “100 Years of Colorado 4-H: Corn to Computers.” The bear’s name came from Logan County, reported to be the site of Colorado’s first 4-H club.

The theme for this year’s 17th Annual 4-H District Retreat was “100 Years of Colorado 4-H.”

The retreat, held March 26 through 28 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, was attended by Districts 11 and 12.

District 11 is made up of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Eagle counties and District 12 is Routt, Grand, Jackson, and Summit counties.

Twenty-seven Moffat County 4-Hers were in attendance. They were: Bailey Baker, Delaney Baker, Robert Baker, Emma Balstad, Wyatt Bellio, Mattie Jo Duzik, Taylor Duzik, Kearn Gerber, Tyler Gerber, Makayla Goodnow, Dakota Lee, Derek Maiolo, Andrea Maneotis, Karissa Maneotis, Jordan Meagher, Kobe Meagher, Savannah Meyring, Seth Morgan, Summer Ossen, Will Pilgrim, Bryanne Runnion, Brady Springer, Kaylee Springer, Emily Wellman, Brice White, Brittany Wiseman and Jessie Wiseman.

Also in attendance were Alisa Comstock, Moffat County youth development agent, and chaperones Nate Balstad, Sean and Stacie Durham, and Michelle Pilgrim.

Attendees arrived March 26 at Snow Mountain Ranch. Opening session remarks were given by Dr. Jeff Goodwin, state 4-H program director.

Dr. Goodwin talked about 100 years of 4-H. District officer candidates gave their speeches and general meetings for group leaders and chaperones took place.

The first DOT groups met.

Comstock explained that the letters in “DOT” really don’t stand for anything.

A few years ago, at another retreat, 4-Hers were divided into groups according to the color dots on their name tags. The name “DOT” stuck, and the DOT groups are just small groups of 4-H members, led by two or three older members.

Makayla Goodnow, Moffat County 4-H member and DOT leader, said the DOT groups got together to play games that the DOT leaders had planned. But the DOT leaders, all 14 years old or older, were responsible for more than that.

They saw to it that their members got to the workshops, answered questions, and made sure the members understood district retreat rules. Members absent from workshops and meetings were reported to the chaperones.

The workshops were held all day March 27. Using a rotation method, 4-H members moved from one workshop to another during the day. Traveling time was allowed as the workshops were held at various locations on the ranch. There were four different workshops in all, each named for one of the “Hs” in the 4-H pledge.

For example, one “H” workshop represented “head.” Attendees were introduced to new ideas, thoughts, and principles that asked members to use their heads to “make the best better.” Another workshop was for “heart,” celebrating the past, present and future of what members love the most about 4-H.

Another “H” workshop was for “hands.” This workshop was designed to get the creative juices going and “hands dancing” as members rotated from several arts and crafts stations. The supplies were provided as members explored ideas for making shirts, flip-flops and duct tape duds.

The final workshop focused on “health.” Attendees chose the sledding hill or Kiva area, where they could “get their blood pumping and calories burning” as they sledded, skated, swam or played courtside games.

After the busy day, attendees enjoyed dinner, followed by district officer elections, and a speech by keynote speaker Jack Krebs, 4-H youth development and family consumer science agent, from San Miguel and West Montrose counties. There was also pool time, an ice cream social, dance and games.

A busy day, indeed.

On March 28, attendees enjoyed breakfast and a closing program, and everyone left for home.

Goodnow summed up the weekend.

“It went really well,” she said. “It was a good experience.”

District 11 officers elected for 2010-2011 were: President Karissa Maneotis (Moffat County); Vice President Beth­anie Roof (Eagle County); Treas­urer Ben Coleman (Garfield County); and Secre­tary Makayla Goodnow (Mof­fat County).

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