By Betty Heath
Firestone resident, Ronald Martin recently announced the upstart of the Firestone Free Thinkers 4-H Club. This new club is a part of the greater Weld County 4-H Program and is open to all interested youths ages 8-18. There is also an optional program for youths ages 5-7 called, Clover Buds. The 4-H Motto is: ‘To Make the Best Better’ and the slogan is: ‘Learning by Doing’. The goal of 4-H Clubs is the help youth learn life skills, gain self-confidence and learn leadership skills.
Once the Club has selected a meeting place the youths will elect a president, secretary and treasurer and will hold monthly meetings which will be conducted by the youths with adult advisors present. The agenda for the monthly meetings include discussions for fun and educational club activities throughout the county.
Project meetings will be held separately and at the discretion of the project leader.
The members choose one or several projects from a list of 40 plus available projects. These projects include farm animals, dogs, cats, woodworking, gardening, photography, robots, plus many other interesting subjects. Selecting and completing projects include brainstorming, design, building, critiquing, explaining the process, and entering the completed project for judging at the county fair.
The members are given training materials for their chosen projects and then receive assistance from adult leaders. All interested leaders receive training and must pass a background check before they are accepted as volunteers. Only then are they able to share their expertise in assisting the youths during project meetings which are held separately from the monthly club meetings. Members are required to complete at least one project, give on demonstration, participate in one community project, complete a record book and exhibit their completed project.
Membership dues for the Firestone Free Thinkers 4-H Club are $35 per year. This covers the cost of insurance, monthly newsletters, mailing and all educational project manuals. The Firestone Free Thinkers 4-H Club is fortunate to have their initial start-up funding donated by a generous citizen who wishes to remain anonymous. Enrollment deadline for all members is March 1, 2019. Enrollment can be done by logging on-line at co.4honline.com and follow the step by step instructions. If you experience problems you can call Michelle Langston at the Weld County Office @ 970-400-2076.
For questions regarding the Firestone Free Thinkers 4-H Club please call Ronald Martin @720-878-7112 or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Betty Heath