In the midst of National 4-H month, Prince Albert’s 4-H clubs are seeking members to join them for the 2012/13 season, which begins on Nov. 15.
There are many misconceptions that come with 4-H clubs, Silver Spurs Multiple 4-H Club general leader Carlie Smith said during a membership drive on Sunday.
The club’s aren’t necessarily centred on raising animals, as has traditionally been the case.
“All 4-H clubs are member-driven, so focus depends on the members,” Smith explained.
Saskatchewan 4-H has a long list of projects clubs can take on, including babysitting, clothing, car care, field crops, welding, beadwork, computer, dancing, poetry and woodworking, only to scrape the surface.
Prince Albert has a number of 4-H clubs, which represent the varied interests of their members. Previously a light horse club, the Silver Spurs switched gears this year to become a multiple club.
“Only so many people have horses, which is why we’ve moved to a multiple club,” smith said, explaining that their “multiple” status allows them to focus on members’ interests.
“We have some ideas as to what we want to do, so we’re setting up pet therapy and some other volunteer ideas within our club based on the members we have, but that will change with enrolment.
“Every member brings who they are and what their interests are to the table, and to try to work around each other.”
Membership is for people between the ages of six and 25, with those aged 21 to 25 taking more of an entrepreneurial, community-focused leadership role.
An underlying focus of the group is to create better citizens, Smith said, with participants taught the basics of leadership and meeting one’s goals.
“The youth get to take control, and learn how to do things and that’s really important for when you grow up, to take control and get things done,” she said.
Before the season starts on Nov. 15, Smith hopes to see the Silver Spurs Multiple 4-H Club grow closer to its peak membership total of 14. Currently, the club has four members.
Those interested in the Silver Spurs Multiple 4-H Club can contact Smith at 981-6511.
If the Silver Spurs’ focus doesn’t end up meeting the interests of the participant, information on other area clubs and their focus can be found by visiting the Saskatchewan 4-H website, at www.4-h.sk.ca .