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JMG Wildlife Class Notes for March 2014

Wildlife Class Notes for March 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s March already! We only have 2 more meetings until we are out for the summer! I am so glad for the great attendance and participation we had for March! Go Wildlife!

Here is a short summary of what was covered last month at our March meeting. The first hour of class, we joined with all other JMG classes to hear two 4-H presentations. One was done by Elizabeth Blow in the Sunflowers class about Butterfly Gardening and the other was a joint presentation by Hira and Yasmin of the Wildweeds on Plant Propagation. All did a great job and in fact Elizabeth Blow went on to win 1st place at the State Level Competition! Congratulations Elizabeth!

By the time the presentations were over, we only had about 30 minutes in our own classes. We were honored to have a new student with us! His name is David Robinson. Welcome David! So we spent time introducing ourselves and then we allowed David to tell us a little about himself.

After introductions, I spent time teaching the class the 4-H Pledge, 4-H Creed, 4-H Motto, 4-H Colors, 4-H Emblem, 4-H Slogan and the 4-H Flags. I learned about these from the 4-H Leader’s Conference that I attended back January 31 – February 2, 2014. I didn’t even know that they existed until we were at the banquet and everyone had to stand and say the 4-H Pledge and I didn’t know it! So I thought I needed to teach the students these things so that when they attend 4-H events and are asked to say it they will know it. I printed off copies of the 4-H Pledge on line and laminated one for each student. I passed them out to all students and told them (for all who could) that learning it was their homework for the month. We will be saying the 4-H pledge each month when we come to class.

Here they are listed in the order that I taught them:

4-H Emblem: (The clover with a capital “H” in each leaf)

  1. Head – Mental development, deeper knowledge and reasoning

  2. Heart – Emotional development, developing interest, appreciation, and wholesome attitudes

  3. Hands – Skills Development, ability to do, skill in doing, and habit of doing

  4. Health – Physical Development, understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body

4-H Club Pledge: (Adopted at first National 4-H club camp, 1927)

I pledge:

  1. My HEAD to clearer thinking

  2. My HEART to greater loyalty

  3. My HANDS to larger service, and

  4. My HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world

4-H Club Motto:

“To make the best better”

4-H Slogan:

Learn by Doing

4-H Club Colors:

  1. The white in the 4-H flag symbolizes purity.

  2. The green, nature’s most common color, is symbolic of life, springtime, and youth.

The 4-H Creed:

  1. I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

  2. I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.

  3. I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.

  4. I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful and useful.

  5. I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, resist disease and to work efficiently.

  6. I believe in my country, my state and my community and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

We stood, and for those who could, we said the 4-H Club Pledge together and pledged allegiance to the United States Flag.

I taught them that 4-H is a lot more than just coming to JMG each month. It means so much more. As they learn the pledge, the creed, the motto, the slogan, etc. it will give them a sense of accomplishment in everything that they do. It can help bolster their self esteem and be a better help to their parents, teachers, community, friends, and country. 4-H touches so many parts of their young lives and if they utilize it well, it can follow them all the way through college and even carry into jobs they will occupy some day. J

That took up the entire 30 minutes of remaining class time. I asked for a show of hands for who did not have a T-shirt. For those who did not have a shirt, I sent them to Carol in order to obtain their JMG shirts which are to be worn each month for our JMG meeting and for any functions we attend such as the annual plant sale.

So that is it for our March meeting notes. See you next month for our April meeting at 6:30pm!

Evangeline

"Learning by Doing!"