Central Plains Area Council Executive – 2018/19
Local Participants in 4-H Area Communication Event
Eighteen 4-H members from five different 4-H Clubs gathered in MacGregor Collegiate on Sat. March 10, 2018 to compete in the Central Plains Communication Event. They were supported by about 25 parents, grandparents, other family and friends who listened and watched these very confidant and capable young people, who ranged in age from 8 through 17 years. The Central Plains first place winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories are eligible to compete at the Provincial Communication Extravaganza to be held April 21st at the Victoria Inn in Brandon. Second place winners may register as alternates for the Provincial Extravaganza.
The 4-H Clubs represented at the Central Plains Communication day were St. Claude Home Ec., Gainsborough Combined, Gladstone Handi-Workers, Happy Rock Horseshoes, and Sidney Beef.
Six volunteer judges from Gladstone, Portage la Prairie, and MacGregor commented on the confidence and enthusiasm of those who competed in the speeches and visual presentations. “It made judging a pleasure,” they said, “and difficult to choose a winner from among many very good speakers.” In their comments the judges also offered helpful and practical hints for public speakers. These young people demonstrated that they are indeed “learning to do by doing,” and are well on their way to being leaders who use their head, heart, health, and hands for better living in their clubs, their communities, and our country.
Dawn Krinke, MB 4-H Office Manager, presented certificates to all participants, and medals to the first and second place winners in eight different categories: Cloverbud Speeches: Mandy Anderson, Gladstone (1st) and Yuvan Ramachandran, Gainsborough (2nd); Junior Speeches: Colton Olafson, Gainsborough (1st) and Dawson Young, Sidney (2nd); Intermediate Speeches: Jessica Ramachandran, Gainsborough (1st) and Madison Teichroeb, Happy Rock (2nd); Senior Speeches: Adrienne Driedger, Sidney (1st); Junior One-Person Visual Presentation: James Yorke-Ashman,Gladstone (1st) and Abigail Parvais, St. Claude (2nd); Junior Two-Person Visual: Marie Claude & Alex Palmer, St. Claude (1st); Intermediate One-Person Visual: Darren Carruthers, Gladstone (1st). Ms Krinke also led the orientation for judges, time keepers, and room announcers.
Judges and volunteers enjoyed the noon hour assortment of buns, toppings, fruit and vegetables trays prepared by members of the Gladstone Handi-Workers Exploring Foods Project as part of their learning to do by doing.
A big thank you to local clubs, leaders, parents, and other volunteers for encouraging, supporting and assisting with this leadership-building activity; thank you to MB 4-H Council and Farm Credit Corporation for again giving financial support to the Central Plains Communication Event. It is an important part of the Manitoba 4-H program.
Submitted by Heather Lea
Gladstone Handiworkers 2017-2018 Curling Funspiel
On January 28th, 2018, the Gladstone Handiworkers 4-H Club hosted a Curling Funspiel at the Gladstone Curling Rink for ages 8 & up. We had seven teams register and attend for a fun day of learning, sportsmanship and enjoyment, including two teams from Neepawa Beef Club, one team from HappyRock Horseshoes and 4 teams from the Gladstone Handiworkers. The teams were a combination of 4-H members, parents, grandparents, friends, first-time curlers, experienced curlers and everything in between.
The teams played 3 games each with a break for lunch. The canteen served hot dogs, soup and taco in a bag, plus drinks and desserts. The funds raised from the canteen were donated back to the curling rink. We also had members of our community come and watch the curlers and the feedback from the event was fantastic!
Thank you to Jarvis Meats and Clarke’s of Gladstone for their donations and to everyone that donated soups and desserts for our event, as well as everyone who helped with planning and running the event. Our club looks forward to hosting a Curling Funspiel again next year.