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Published October 28, 2009, 08:24 AM

North Dakota 4-H season is in full swing

The new 4-H year is in full swing. Youth are looking into the new projects that became available this year and striving to perfect old ones.

By: Deb Hatlewick, NDSU Extension Service, The Jamestown Sun

The new 4-H year is in full swing. Youth are looking into the new projects that became available this year and striving to perfect old ones.

On Nov. 1, Stutsman County 4-H members and leaders will be recognized for their achievements this past year. The event will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church beginning at 3 p.m. Achievement awards will be given in the areas of project medals, I Dare You, Key Club, Leaders Years in Service and Alumni. The event is sponsored by several local businesses.

For volunteers, three North Dakota 4-H Volunteer Project Trainings sessions are available in Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. 4-H volunteers are welcome to attend any location. Dates for these trainings are: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Forman (N.D.) School; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16, Sharon Lutheran Church, 1720 S. 20 St., Grand Forks; and 5-8 p.m. Nov. 17, Beulah (N.D.) Community Center.

Each location will have different 4-H project-related workshops based on feedback from the host county’s 4-H leaders input. Some of these workshops include horticulture and floral arranging, 4-H animal projects, outdoor skills, photography, 4-H leadership opportunities, citizenship and service learning, communication arts, etc. The registration cost for the training is $3 per person. This training is sponsored by a grant from Monsanto and National 4-H Council. Visit www.ndsu.edu/4h/volunteers/ to download the promotional brochures that contain registration forms for each location.

Congratulations to Sophie Miller, Montpelier Pioneers 4-H Club, on being selected as a delegate to the 2010 National 4-H Conference held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., from March 20-25, 2009. This is just one of the many trips available to 4-H youth — for more information on these opportunities give me a call.

Several volunteers are working towards certification to work with youth in the areas of archery and shotgun. A shooting sports day camp is in the planning stages for the summer of 2010.

A recent study by Tufts University shows that 4-H successfully strengthens young people, their families and their communities. Results of the study show that young people who participate in 4-H usually attain higher grades, continue their education by attending college, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking. Isn’t that a good reason to be in 4-H?

Anyone interested in joining 4-H may contact the Stutsman County NDSU Extension Office located at 116 1/2 East First Street or call 701-252-9030. Check out our Web site at: http:// miv.ext.nodak.edu:8000/Plone/stutsmanextension

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