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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Tuesday, April 17, 1973 9 health, heart and hands '4-H Club ideals are still applicable to most areas of life' By GARRY ALLISON of The Herald The Lethbridge-Coaldale Beef Club is celebrating its 50th consecutive year as a member of one of the largest and most respected youth movements in the world. The group is the oldest 4-H club in Alberta. The 4-H movement (Head, Heart, Health, Hands) in Al- berta, dating back to 1917, is under the guiding reign cf the Provincial Department of Cul- ture, Youth and Recreation. In Southern Alberta (a dis- trict from the Crowsnest to the Saskatchewan border and from the Montana border north to a line that runs through High River and past Brooks) the 4-H clubs are under the direc- tion of Milo Barfuss. The district includes nine counties and municipal dis- tricts, 91 clubs and approxi- mately young men and Milo says. "We have 22 different types of clubs, ranging from horse, wine and beef to leatherwork and home design and from dothing to tractors and cars. "The greatest thing we have ever come up with though, is our self-determined he said. "With this innovation a youth can choose his own project, lay It out and develop it. "We've had projects on music and the arts. One boy even took up golf. He toured Europe last winter just playing golf, then reported back to his Edmon- ton club, complete with a min- iature golf course he had con- structed." The age range for 4-H is from 10 to 21. A club member must attend a minimum of six meetings a year, be active in all activities of the club, and if possible, pre- sent a project on achievement day. Meetings are held once a month and with home oriented clubs meetings are often twice monthly. Club rooms, usually in schools, are situated, under ideal conditions, so that no member is more than 20 miles Overseeeing the operation of the clubs in his district is far more than a 40-hour-a-week task for Milo. During peak periods of ac- tivity in the summer he spends SPRING THAW TUNE-UP 6 cylinder (Includes Labor) Gulf SPECIAL 8 cylinder SERVICO CENTRE 3316 1st Ave. S. (Across from the Stockyards) OPEN 8 AM. TO 5 P.M. Offer expires April 19, 1973 (Includes Labor) HERE'S WHAT WE DO (new) Champion spark plugs (new) condenser (new) points test cooling system, check rod and hoses I'Top up power steering, transmission and master cylinder battery K'Check windshield wipers V'Clean all windows inside and out. mot and ash trays VExamine exhaust system V'Cheek front end suspension steering and linkage VXheck all lights and signals PHONE FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY 328-9228 as much as 75 hours a week at work. Between air and automobile travel he puts on to 000 miles a year. Despite this great amount of time spent working with the various clubs, Milo still finds time 'for his family. He and his wife, Nadine, have three boys, Darren, Jeffrey and Bradley, and one daughter, Laura. While there may seem to be a limited future for young peo- ple on the farm today, 4-H work is also applicable to most as- pects of everyday life, "The clubs meet the needs of the people, Milo says. "Their social wants are seen to. In most small towns 4-H is the only social activity they have. Besides the social angle, 4-H also teaches its members how to work." "Many of the programs are adaptable to off-farm jobs and situations. For example they teach the members to keep re- cords of various projects. This record keeping is something that can be used in most jobs and in many home situations." But 4-H is not all work. Bonspiels, tours and camps are just a few of the "fun things" that the members do besides their work projects. The summer camps, lasting five or six days aree not project oriented. "The camp is set up with a theme as its base. 'You're okay' was one theme we used. The thought for the day, the speak- er, the discussion groups all centred around this theme." Besides a two-hour period a day where the youth develop the thoughts behind the theme, the camp, like any ofter sum- mer camp, includes arts, crafts, swimming, hiking and cooking. An exchaLge program is also in operation. This year 47 Southern Alberta 4-H Club director Milo Barfuss supervises the Southern Alberta region 4-H activities. young people will go to Colorado for a 10 to 12 day orientation with the 4-H work in that area. Next year the Colorado young people will ryjrn the visit. Summer is the busiest time for the clubs with shows, sales, camps, trips and the like. The largest 4-H beef show and sale in Alberta, and per- haps in Canada, is held dur- ing the summer at Lethbridge. The Lethbridge and Dis- trict 4-H Beef Show is slated for July 9, 10 and 11 and the Lethbridge Exhibition grounds will be hosting about 425 South- ern Alberta 4-Hers. The Exhibition Board donates a person to the show, and provides the Pavilion and the 4-H building. The show culminates year's project in the beef clubs. Shanine Christensen, from the Magrath Beef Club, was the proud owner of the grand cham- pion steer at last ear's show. SOUTHERN ALBERTA SAMPLER _ The head for your herd THIS IS THE BULL TO DO THE JOB Profits are made by easy calving Angus cows. Use to improve your blood lines as well as range cows for future breeding with exotic types. These bulls and heifers will pay for themselves many times over in the next 3 years. Sons and Daughters of SOUTHOLM MARSHALL 21V Buy BURTON'S BULLS Located 3 miles North of Chin Phone 345-4177 ;