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

9 decades of 4-H stories


  1. Issue a challenge to fellow club members to see who can bring the most friends to your re-organization meeting.
  2. Save your club design a timeline that is specific to your club's history. Make sure to include accomplishments and major Alberta 4‑H accomplishments (check out www.4h.ab.ca for more info on what 4‑H has been up to for the last 90 years).
  3. Set an "in-honour-of-the-90th-anniversary" goal for your club. Have it be a certain number of volunteer hours within the community (90 hours perhaps?) or a certain number of articles published by the local newspapers (90 articles doesn't sound too unreasonable, right?) or number of guests that members bring to meetings for the rest of the year (you guessed it, 90 guests).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Have your club members brainstorm about what the year 1917 would have looked like. Get them to do comparisons between then and now, and then present to fellow club members, e.g. did you know that in 1917 the NHL was first established in Montreal? Can you imagine? Hockey Night in Canada wasn't even on TV yet!
  7. Have a district-wide event - maybe 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.
  8. Break club members into groups and give each group the task of coming up with their best �How I would want to celebrate my 90th Birthday� idea. Collect the ideas, and try and employ the ones that are reasonable. This means no flying to Mexico for a holiday.
  9. Create game of Mad Libs or a crossword or fill-in-the-blanks puzzle that is based on 90th anniversary trivia, have club members work as teams and use the puzzle(s) as an ice-breaker game at your club�s re-organization meeting.
  10. Get your club�s contact information published in your community�s weekly newspaper.
  11. Create street banners to hang on the light standards in your town and arrange to have them put up around club re-organization time.
  12. Be aware of large-scale events that are coming to town (e.g. WPCA Chuckwagon Tour, EnCana BBQs) and will draw attendants who will have an interest in an organization like 4‑H. Get a hold of the event organizer and see if your club can set up a promotional booth for 4‑H. Be sure to call your 4‑H Specialist and book the 90th anniversary banner in advance!
  13. Have your club create a version of 4‑H-Opoly using town landmarks and member�s farms as properties. Use it as an ice-breaker or a way to spend time before club meetings get rolling.
  14. Create a club-specific time capsule and have members leave notes and memorabilia for the future members who will open the capsule in 10 or 20 years.
  15. Have members ask their grandparents about any 4‑H memories that they may have had, and if their grandparents were not in 4‑H, then just have members and grandparents talk about the differences between their upbringing and technology, trends and fashions.
  16. Collect as many vintage items as you can and use them for a consumer ju dging exercise at a club meeting. Get members to 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 would likely be in a museum, so go with what you can get your hands on.
  17. If you are a multi-club, have the various different project members present to the entire club what it is that they do for their project. Hopefully this will increase interest in what one another is doing, as well as get members involved in more than one project-area of interest.
  18. Plan to have a community BBQ or penny carnival. Not only will this bring the community together, it will also give people a chance to learn more about 4‑H, its benefits and objectives and will give 4‑H members interact with people of the community.
  19. Encourage members to use their public-speaking skills by staying current with community events. Organizations like the Rotary Club or the Kinsmen often hold events where an emcee or a tour guide is needed and our members would be great candidates for such a task.  
  20. Create an �Adopt-A-Member� initiative where a senior member is partnered with a new member. Have the two sit together during re-organization so that the new member does not get overwhelmed and lost in the shuffle and can ask the senior member any questions that they may have.
  21. Brainstorm with club members about projects that they would like to see implemented into the 4‑H program. Then contact the Branch to see what can be done! The more projects 4‑H has that are of interest to today�s youth = the more members joining and staying in Alberta 4‑H.
  22. Make a pact between club leaders and members that both groups will give their best effort to attending as many programs as possible. For leaders, this may mean going to SALTT and Leaders� Conference and for members, perhaps registering for Senior Members� Conference and Club Week. Remember�learn to do by doing!
  23. Resolve to make the number 90 your favorite. It doesn�t matter if it�s currently not, or if the jersey numbers for your team don�t go that high. Make it work. From here on in�90 it is.
  24. Take a ton of pictures of your club�s 90th Anniversary-initiated events and then submit them to the 4‑H Magazine�who knows, maybe your club will appear on the cover of the December 2007 edition of the magazine!
  25. From the moment you read this magazine until the end of 2007 (and therefore Alberta 4‑H�s 90th anniversary) 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?
  26. Choose 90 days out of the calendar year, and on each of those days, tell someone about 4‑H.
  27. Give out 90 4‑H pins, stickers, Frisbees, tattoos over the course of the next year.
  28. Get your club to make up a "Memory List" of everyone's top 90 memories.
  29. As a club, think of 90 new ideas pertaining to projects, Achievement Days, meetings, etc. Try to use at least half of them.
  30. Send in 90 different stories, adventures, learning experiences and accomplishments to your local newspaper.
  31. Pick up 90 pieces of garbage at your next Highway Clean-up.
  32. As a club project, get members to create a web page for your club, and then have it linked to www.4h.ab.ca.
  33. 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.
  34. Create a fundraising effort within your club, or maybe even your district, and make your goal be a number with a 90 in it. e.g: $990, $990, $9090, etc.
  35. Pledge to stay involved with 4‑H until you're 90.
  36. Encourage your community to celebrate National 4‑H Week by putting up posters, placing "Event Notices" in your community flyer and spreading some information word-of-mouth.
  37. Issue a yearlong challenge to fellow club members to see who can bring the most friends throughout the year to club meetings or shows or Achievement Days, etc.
  38. Do a direct mail-out through Canada Post or Flyer Mail announcing your club or district�s Achievement Day or fundraiser.
  39. Find a successful 4‑H alumnus from your area and invite them to come to a meeting as a guest speaker, if they have gone on to accomplish huge feats�be sure to invite the local press.
  40. Set up a 4‑H display, with or without Cleaver being present, at a mall or a farmer's market.
  41. Make up a club "Get Published" incentive plan�set certain goals for the number of articles published and when each goal is met, have an Ice Cream Sundae night or an afternoon of tobogganing and cocoa.  
  42. 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.
  43. Get creative and as a club, design place mats and 4‑H trivia cards to give to local restaurants or gas stations.
  44. Create a MySpace or a Blog that all of your friends and family can visit�and be sure to keep it up-to-date!
  45. Get your club's contact information published in the weekly paper or in the community directory.
  46. Get creative as a club and come up with a new 4‑H t-shirt or poster design�go crazy with tie-dye, markers, paints and iron-ons.
  47. At your next public 4‑H event (Achievement Day, Sale day, etc) have a draw prize and on the entry ballot have participants jot down their email addresses so that you can keep them on top of the local 4‑H activities that are happening.
  48. Volunteer your club to work a shift at the local rink working in the kitchen or selling 50/50 tickets.
  49. Have an informal 4‑H presentation night in your community and ask a Key Member or Ambassador to come and help out with things. Put up notices around your town and send a letter home with students as a means of advertising the event.
  50. Partner with a local community group for the year. eg. the Food Bank
  51. Start a "4‑H Day" in your community (and be sure to call your Regional Specialist to book a Club Banner for it!)
  52. Invite Cleaver to as many public events as possible.
  53. Try to make sure that each club member submits a 9 Decades of Stories anecdote for the website and the chance to win a prize.
  54. 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.
  55. Nominate a "4‑Her of the Month," and be sure to send along the winner's name and picture to the local paper.
  56. Have your club create a monthly newsletter that goes out to the community and includes information written and supplied by members.
  57. Contact the Welcome Wheel and ask to include your 4‑H promotional material in the welcome basket.
  58. Have a 'Pay-it-Forward' day set aside 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 can it.
  59. For a club activity, take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and go to the local Senior's Centre 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.
  60. Have your club be active in Literacy tutor volunteering, parades and reading programs�basically in programming that enhances the community that your club is not currently involved in.