Mere words cannot express the joy of finally having an in-person 4-H meeting in seven months. Happy Hart had its first club meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people are able to do just about anything. Members have many guidelines to follow in order to have a meeting, but that didn’t stop them from taking advantage of an outdoor meeting. Members are unable to interact with the community in-person, but that hasn’t deterred them from continuing to help the community from a distance.
The club got together on October 3 at Creekside Park, Rushford, to elect club officers, balance the budget, and complete the paperwork needed to charter the club for the current 4-H year. Additionally, they worked on several community pride projects.
What is a community pride project? It is a way to serve neighbors and learn something at the same time! Members help make the community better for everyone in it by discovering what it means to be an active citizen and to act on the things they believe in. It is service learning. They identify community needs, plan a service project and execute it.
New this year, they colored fall and Halloween pictures for several nursing homes. Pictures will be distributed to Speltz Assisted Living and Lewiston Senior Living in Lewiston, Lake Winona Manor in Winona as well as Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Ladysmith, Wis. Along with this new activity they also participated in a yearly activity called Cards for Christmas. Cards for Christmas is an activity of creating Christmas cards which Winona Health hands out during patients’ stay over Christmas. Both of these activities were completed by youth of various ages and enjoyed by everyone.
#Opportunity4All is the theme for National 4-H week 2020. All youth are welcome to join and participate in 4-H! You may contact Winona County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kim Stehr, 225 West Second Street, Winona, or call 507-457-6440 to find a club in your area.