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4-H Week and Beyond!

For millions of kids, the appreciation of farming and agriculture comes from 4-H. With National 4-H Week just completed, this is the time of year to recognize the more than six million members involved with the group. Thus our library’s window display is focused on highlighting our local 4-H Club, the Monroe Clever Clovers

Full eligibility as a 4-H member can begin in 4th grade but younger children, in grades Kindergarten – 3rd grade, called Little Clovers, may also participate.  4-H activities include workshops, field trips, and get togethers with other Butler County Clubs. But the highlight of the year occurs in the summer when members head for the Butler County Fair!

As you can see in the photo, David Eisentrager has won many awards with his poultry entries, but many members also participate in non-livestock projects such as photography, visual arts, sewing, and woodworking.  A common misconception is that families have to live on a farm to be a 4-H member.  This is not true. And members are not restricted to joining the club where they reside.  Currently the Monroe Clever Clovers includes a member with an Iowa Falls address. In addition to the Monroe Clever Clovers, who are led by Mavis Johnson, Kerri Mohwinkle, and Pam Sicard, there are approximately 12 other 4-H clubs in Butler county.    

The 4-H Pledge, which we can all appreciate, is as follows:  “I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”  We can be glad to have active 4-H Clubs in our community.  Currently the members began their annual cheese fundraiser.  If anyone would like to place an order for these assorted cheeses, please call Mavis Johnson at 347-6383 and a club member will contact you for your order.