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12B Wednesday, 0ct. 3,2001 Ulletin, I Bulletin, Progressive, Record, I I 4-H youth development in Plumas-Sierra Counties is kicking off its celebration of the national 4-H centennial year during National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13. The 4-H movement did not start at any one place or time. 4-H is a combination of the efforts of people con- cerned about young people, and its characteristics are unique, said Lucia Biunno, 4- H program representative. From its inception, it tied both public and private re- sources together for the pur- pose of helping young people. At the turn of the century, public schools led efforts in many areas of the country to help rural youths and en- courage a greater interest in farming and rural life. Throughout the 19th century, rural America had set the so- cial tone for the country, but as the century turned, young people were moving to cities, drawn by the potential for jobs. Rural America began to lose its young people. The concern for education in rural areas was an impor- tant force that generated the idea of 4-H work. The begin- nings of the 4-H idea of prac- tical or applied educational principles resulted from con- cern regarding the relevance of public schools to country life. The Morrill Act of 1862 cre- ated the land-grant universi- ty system, dedicated to gener- the farming community did not readily accept new ideas and techniques, young peo- ple were eager to try new ways. The date selected to mark the centennial of 4-H is 1902, when a school superinten- dent in Ohio formed clubs of boys and girls with officers, projects, meetings, and record requirements (al- though 4-H identification wasn't yet used with these clubs). Club work for rural youths was organized many years before the term "4-H" or the four-leaf clover emblem was used. The idea for the four-leaf clover as an emblem came from a group of Iowa school children that presented four-leaf clovers to their vis- iting superintendent, O.H. Benson, in 1906. For Benson, the clovers represented a four-square education (repre- senting educational, fellow- ship, physical, and moral de- velopment). The first emblem used na- tionally was designed by Benson as a three-leaf clover, which used head, heart, and hands as the three H's. In 1911, the design with four H's was adopted, and the fourth H became "hustle". Later hustle was replaced with 4 Photos by Victoria Metcalf Emily Vukich, a member of the Four Feathers 4-H club, trimmed away the thick wool on her lamb this year at the annual county fair. Helping her were her sister, Tracy Vu- kich, and a Sierraville princess and Echo 4-H member, Jillian Caudle "health" as the fourth H. In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act provided federal funding to cooperative extension at the land-grant colleges, and by 1915, over 300,000 youths were enrolled in clubs in 47 states. In 1918, the first use of the term "4-H Club" appeared in a federal bulletin, and in 1927, the 4-H pledge and mot- to were adopted. During World War I more than 1,000,000 club members were enrolled, and devoted themselves to raising food, using the motto "food will win the war." During World War II, food production again gained up- permost importance in 4-H club work, with Victory Gar- den programs that included nearly 1,500,000 4-H nationwide The war efforts a tradition of leadership service that carries on as a primar~ program. 4-H goals lished at the be World War II were marily at helping young ple deffme their responsi ties to the community. Reviews of 4-H Club following the first 50 4-H noted the of cooperative fort for the common opportunity for work with young people, the implanting of the of citizenship in minds as key of 4-H. 4-H Clubs and other yo are now active in urban, urban, and rural New York state and still emphasize their communities as a element of 4-H ment. Leadership and still emphasized today programs throughout fornia as 4-H enters ond century, For more informal about 4-H in Plumas- Sierra Counties, call or 1-800-298-6334. al education and the im- Last year, 4-H program ments: "I joined 4-H because Club, said, "I learned that 4- as we moved to Portola I brown bag demonstrati~ provement of agriculture and representative Lucia Biunno I thought it would be fun and H not only helps you learn joined our local 4-H group. I wasn't as scary as I tho~[ I~ the mechanical arts, which asked various 4-Hers what make me more responsible, things, it helps you interact really enjoy and am continu- I have gotten better in was a principle not then be- they liked about the pro- "This is now my fourth with other people, ally enjoying 4-H and I actu- dling all of my respon~ hag used in public schools, gram year in 4-H and so far I've "I liked doing the group ac- ally like the County Fair bet- ties because of my 4-~ Another concern that gen- "Poultry was probably my had lots of fun. I've made lots tivities and our club meet- ter than Christmas," said ties," said Rachel Go' erated the idea of 4-H work favorite project. I think I'm of new friends and met lugs. I also enjoyed working Chelsey Chapman, of the Las the Feather River 4-H CI[ was the interest in advancing going to be in 4-H for a long more people, on committees. Plumas 4-H Club "4-H is my first step ihe p: agricultural technology time. I like being in 4-H," "By being in 4-H I've "I felt very good about my "I did not know that there coming a famous biol~mis Agricultural production said Danielle Lackenbauer, learned to help younger 4-H year because it made me was so much responsibility for wildlife I plan to ~ the technology was being re- oftheLasPlumas4-HClub, membersand work withalot get a rabbit. I met new in 4-H. I thought it was all the world studyingthe~is a searched at experiment sta- Kayla Drybread, of the more people." friends, and I learned some fun and games. But when I teaching people about tnsua tions established as part iof Feather RiVer~ 4-H Club, Arthur Woods, of the pretty cool stu~.'I'- ~'~ joined4-H, ifOundthattfie/'~ ~ am looking forward ~l oUj the land-grant system: While :rn'ade the ~llowing com- Chester/Lake Almanor 4-H Sara T~radeau. of the Las was a lot of responsibility er years in 4-H. EverYlWill Plumas 4-H Club said, ".Any- and it was a lot of fun," said should be in 4-H becaulic O I ~( ~ * "/ ~ :g -~ ~ I way, before I write a book, I Shaina Belot, of the Feather all the things it teacheSawa] ~. better tell you that 4-H is the River 4-H Club. and its fun." Ual l alL_ ..~ best thing I've ever done. Of Max Egloff, of the Feather Heather Hochrein, , tJhow ~1~ ~g/~~~ ~~ ~ ~[ course, l'm going to tell you River 4-H Club, commented, FeatherRiver4-HClub,llas( why the last four years, and "It helped me be a better "I think 4-H has been a~air I~~Bbl]~AT k~ Pli~~l in my future, comesfrom speaker from presentations experience and will co~t~dar knowing how to attain goals, and talks, 4-H has made me a to be. It has taught m~att: be successful and even how better citizen by teaching me good qualities lixe terns( to fail. 4-H is all about life." to respect people." and responsibility, ~v~ - -~- ollle ca "We moved to Portola sev- "This was the first year I will help me throug. en years ago, Jan. 1. As soon had the courage to do a lifetime." ed b~ Ilty , Just a little I I "----'" On November 14, 2001, Feather Publishing Co., Inc. will pub- l_ l'flr %] y, , I fish a special supplement entitled 'Home-- For The Holidays.--;I e 1 I* This special section is designed for retailers and their clients. It ] Through the years, the possible the promiseof Club Work wasen x [ overall objective of 4-H has youths who are confident, ca- which coordinated p CSer includes holiday recipes, crafts, traditional and non-traditional~-i remained the same: the de- pable, caring citizens, support on behalf of 4-~ny~ I ot th I holiday activities.., just about everything to make your holiday [ velopment of youths as indi- - programs. . [ /one to remember. , viduals and as responsible Early Beginnings of 4-H This decade also exl ] and productive citizens. 4-H In the late 1890s and into World War I and its ~ere I serves youths through a vari- the early 1900s, 4-H programs on the lives of all Ame i Make sure your customers see your message in this beautiful ] g seasonal publication designed and written especially for Plumas [ ety of methods, such as orga- began throughout the court- Young people in club nized clubs, special interest try in response to young peo- ~ontributed to the warP'm,g [ and Lassen County people. .~,] or short-term groups, school pie's need for a better agri- hrough food productiO( . ~een~ . uer, I Meet our friends, neighbors and make new acquaintances enrichment programs, in- cultural education, conservation, ca,,.L structional TV, camping ac- Boys and girls clubs were demonstrations and I inside this spedal issue" . ,Itivities and schOOl'age child established tO meet this need" fOrts" , :~ate 'c care programs This community club mod- The decade s most .~u " In 1911.4-H clubleaders up- el engaged youths through tant 4-H events wer~ e proved the present 4-H em- "learning by doing. ' Smith-Lever Act of 1~. 5 l I .A, Don't m~ss this opportunity to ~ I blem design. O.B. Martin is Most states organized system of volunteer ~ . l~g]e a advertise your holiday specials! credited with suggesting that clubs outside of schools, with ship, which meam, m. .... the H's signify head, heart, parents serving as volunteer tionin add tiOnof" clubst forthe I* . D handsandhealth--universal-leaders, andeducatorspro-girls'thesystemfv:f u eadlines: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 ly used since then. The 4-H riding appropriate educa- emblem was patented in 1924, tional materials, leadership evolved ~ t and Congress passed a law No one individual is credit-came well establish eri protecting the use of the 4-H ed with originating the 4-H first use of the ter [ ...... ....... | name and emblem in 1939, program; rather, the pro- Club" appeared in 19t~ ] which was slightly revised in gram was founded through federalbulletinwri 1948. the collective efforts of sever- Gertrude L. Warren. _ I al individuals over the Sherd, Rh0nda, Michelle Building on the 4-H course of a few years. Organizing 4-H --"-- After a century of inclu- Creation of uniform cused on organizing, 101?Oil IIDI1 l sion and collaboration, the 4- reporting form ing requirements for H movement, with 6.8 milli_on By 1912, 73,000 boys and dard club, roles of " I / Jill, Jenni, Laura, FJleen / Denise I / Eileen t / participants, is our nation s 23,000 girls were enrolled in leaders, project exper I [| 256-2277 only youth development re- club work. At a meeting in and growth of coun ........ 257-5321 832-4646 ,-- '"1 source capable of reaching 1912, participants urged the bureaus andother I / I , % [ and including all our youth, development of a uniform re- tension organizatio , said Lucia Biunno, 4-H pro- porting form to show what tributing to the m Vit ..... gram representative, each member was learningof club work. . 4-H members are still well and doing. This consistent re- The use of the 4-I4 ' ttl rooted in the historic base of porting method provided a and clover gave ind' rural America, but--to the common base for club work members a sense ofi " surprise ofmany--more than across the country, ing to an organizati ,, 35 percent of today's mem- reached beyond the! bership is urban youths.Organizing 4-H community. As cou/lff , 4-H will continue to build There were several major bureaus and other co i on its long-standing relation- developments affecting 4-H tension organizati i- ship with land-grant univer- between 1913-1922. panded, their role " sities and colleges to bring Passage of the Smith-Lever well. ! academic excellence to youth Act of 1914, which estab- Volunteer leade_[ I't development as strategies lished the Cooperative Exten- considered to be eSS k,L are created for the coming sion Service, of which 4-H is the success of 4-H, century. The unique capacity a part. The act provides pub- ing of these leaders a ority. The work of 4-H to embrace both youth lic financial support for ex- leadership, beguO" development experts and tension programs." hundreds of thousands ofIn 1921, the National Corn- 1920s, continues to : American youths makes itmittee on Boys' and Girls' present day.