90th Anniversary of 4-H in Alberta - An All Year Celebration

9 Decades of 4-H Stories

 

  1. Here are some exciting ideas for activities celebrating 4-H Alberta’s 90th anniversary!

    • Issue a challenge to fellow club members to see who can bring the most friends to your re-organization meeting.
    • Design a timeline that is specific to your club’s history; make sure to include accomplishments and major 4-H Alberta accomplishments (check out www.4h.ab.ca for more information on what 4-H has been up to for the past 90 years).
    • Set an ‘in-honour-of-the-90th-anniversary’ goal for your club. Have it be a certain number of community volunteer hours (90 hours, perhaps?), or a certain number of articles published by the local newspapers (90 articles doesn’t sound too unreasonable, right?), or a number of guests that members bring to meetings for the rest of the year (you guessed it – perhaps 90 guests!).
    • Have your club come up with a 90th anniversary song or cheer (feel free to use the tune from ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’ or perhaps one of Tim McGraw’s new numbers) and be sure to sing it at the start of each meeting.
    • Volunteer to put a 4-H float into the parade for your community’s Fall Fair. Remember to call your 4-H Specialist in order to book the 90th Anniversary banners for the event.
    • Have your club members brainstorm about what the year 1917 would have looked like. Have them do comparisons between then and now, and present this to fellow club members (e.g. did you know that the NHL was first established in 1917 in Montreal? Can you imagine? Hockey Night in Canada wasn’t even on TV yet!)
    • Have a district-wide event, such as a chili cook-off, a sock-hop or an all-out game of Capture the Flag. As long as fun is had and friends are made, it doesn’t matter who wins!
    • Break club members into groups and give each group the task of coming up with their best ‘how would I want to celebrate my 90th birthday?’ idea. Collect the ideas, and try to employ the ones that are reasonable (this means no flying to Mexico for a holiday!)
    • Create a game of Mad Libs (or a crossword, or fill-in-the-blanks puzzle) that is based on the 90th anniversary trivia; have your club members work as teams and use the puzzle(s) as an ice-breaker game at your club’s re-organization meeting.
    • Get your club’s contact information published in your community’s weekly newspaper.
    • Create street banners to hang on the light standards in your town, and arrange to have them put up around club re-organization time.
    • Be aware of large-scale events that are coming to town (e.g. WPCA Chuckwagon Tour, EnCana BBQs) and will attract attendants that are potentially interested in an organization like 4-H. Contact the event organizer requesting to set up a promotional booth for 4-H. Be sure to call your 4-H Specialist and book the 90th anniversary banner in advance!
    • Have your club create a version of 4-H-Opoly using town landmarks and members’ farms as properties. Use it as an ice-breaker, or a way to spend time before club meetings get rolling.
    • Create a club-specific time capsule and have members leave notes and memorabilia for future members to open in 10 or 20 years.
    • Have members ask their grandparents about any 4-H memories that they may have had; if their grandparents were not in 4-H, then just have members and grandparents speak to the differences between their upbringing and technology, trends, and fashions.
    • Collect as many vintage items as you can, and use them for a consumer judging exercise at a club meeting. Have members think about the pros and cons of an old-school washboard or bathing suit, and rate the items appropriately. Try to get items from as close to 1917 as possible; however, many of those items will likely be in a museum, so go with what you can get your hands on.
    • If you are in a multi-club, have different project groups present what it is they do to the entire club. This will hopefully increase interest in what each project group is doing, and encourage members to get involved in more than one project-area of interest.
    • Plan to have a community BBQ, or a penny carnival. This will bring the community together, and also give people a chance to learn more about 4-H as well as the program’s benefits and objectives.
    • Encourage members to use their public speaking skills by staying updated with community events. Organizations like the Rotary Club or the Kinsmen often hold events where an emcee or tour guide is needed; our members would be great candidates for such a task.
    • Create an ‘Adopt-a-Member’ initiative whereby senior members are partnered with new members. Have each pair sit together during re-organization so that the new member does not get overwhelmed and lost in the shuffle. This will allow the new member to ask the senior member any questions that they may have.
    • Brainstorm with club members about projects that they would like to see implemented into the 4-H program. Following this discussion, contact the Branch to see what can be done! The more projects 4-H has that are of interest to today’s use, the more members join the 4-H Alberta family.
    • Make a pact between club leaders and members that both groups will give their best effort to attend as many programs as possible. For leaders this may mean going to SALTT and Leaders’ Conference; for members, this could mean registering for Senior Members’ Conference and Club Week. Remember – learn to do by doing!
    • Resolve to make the number 90 your favourite. It does not matter if this isn’t currently the case, or if the jersey numbers for your team do not go that high. Make it work – from here on in, 90 it is!
    • Take a ton of pictures of your club’s 90th-Anniversary-initiated events, and submit them to the 4-H Magazine; who knows, maybe your club will appear on the cover!
    • From the moment you read this magazine until the end of this year, make a promise to yourself to do the very best that you can in all aspects of 4-H. Realistically, that’s going to be 3 months tops – that doesn’t seem like so much to commit, does it?
    • Choose 90 days out of the calendar year; on each of those days, tell someone about 4-H.
    • Give out 90 4-H stickers, pins, Frisbees, tattoos, etc. over the course of next year.
    • Get your club to make up a ‘memory list’ of everyone’s top 90 memories.
    • As a club, think of 90 new ideas pertaining to projects, Achievement Days, meetings, etc. Try to use at least half of them.
    • Send in 90 different stories, adventures, learning experiences, and accomplishments to your local newspaper.
    • Pick up 90 pieces of garbage at your next Highway Clean-up.
    • As a club project, have members create a webpage for your club, and have it linked to www.4h.ab.ca.
    • Do 90 jumping jacks every morning (or maybe only on the mornings of your club meetings … or maybe only once in the entire year – whatever you think you’re up for!)
    • Create a fundraising effort within your club or district, and make your goal a number with a 90 in it (e.g. $990, $9090, etc.)
    • Pledge to stay involved with 4-H until you’re 90.
    • Encourage your community to celebrate National 4-H Week by putting up posters, placing ‘Event Notices’ in your community flyer, and spreading the news through word-of-mouth.
    • Issue a yearlong challenge to fellow club members to see who can bring the most friends throughout the year to club meetings, shows, Achievement Days, etc.
    • Do a direct mail-out through Canada Post or Flyer Mail announcing your club or district’s Achievement Day (or fundraiser).
    • Find a successful 4-H alumnus in your area and invite them to come to a meeting as a guest speaker; if they have gone on to accomplish significant feats, be sure to invite the local press!
    • Set up a 4-H display, with or without Cleaver being present, at a mall or a farmer’s market.
    • Make up a club ‘get published’ incentive pan; set certain goals for the number of articles published. Have an Ice Cream Sundae night or an afternoon of tobogganing and cocoa when each goal is met.
    • Have all club members wear their 4-H t-shirts to school on the same day (perhaps your 4-H Day, or during National 4-H Week) and, if the school is willing, have a student-run display set-up as well.
    • Get creative – as a club, design placemats and 4-H trivia cards to give to local restaurants or gas stations.
    • Create a blog that all of your friends and family can visit, and be sure to keep it up-to-date!
    • Get creative – as a club, come up with a new 4-H t-shirt or poster design; go crazy with tie-dye, markers, paints, and iron-ons.
    • At your next public 4-H event (Achievement Day, Sale Day, etc.), have a draw prize and have participants jot down their email addresses on the entry ballots; then, you can keep them on top of any upcoming local 4-H activities.
    • Volunteer your club to work a shift at the local rink, working in the kitchen or selling 50/50 tickets.
    • Have an informal 4-H presentation night in your community, and ask a Key Member or Ambassador to come and help out. Put up notices around your town and send a letter home with students as a means of advertising the event.
    • Partner with a local community group for the year, e.g. The Food Bank.
    • Start a ‘4-H Day’ in your community (be sure to call your Regional Specialist to book a Club Banner for it!).
    • Invite Cleaver to as many public events as possible.
    • Try to make sure that each club member submits a ‘9 Decades of Stories’ anecdote for the website for the chance to win a prize.
    • Partner with another club, or unite all clubs within the district. Once you have recruited your ‘team,’ challenge another district or club conglomerate for who can raise the most money for the ‘$90 for 90 Years’ initiative.
    • Nominate a ‘4-Her of the Month,’ and be sure to send along the winner’s name and picture to the local paper.
    • Have your club create a monthly newsletter that goes out to the community; include information written and supplied by members.
    • Contact the Welcome Wheel and ask to include your 4-H promotional material in the welcome basket.
    • Have a ‘pay-it-forward’ day where everyone in the club goes out and does something altruistic for someone else in the community. Tell that someone to do the same for someone else, and see how far your community carries this initiative forward!
    • As a club activity, take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and go to the local Senior’s Center equipped with a checkerboard and a deck of cards. Try to get the residents to tell you a story from their childhood – it will shock you how much has changed.
    • Have your club be active in literacy tutor volunteering, parades, and reading programs; alternatively, have your club participate in programming that enhances the community in aspects that the club is not currently involved in.