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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 1, 1974 An eye toward achievement day Mike, 13, Deanna, 14, Lori, 11 and Donna Jarokosky, 14 of McNally4-H Beef Club view cattle. Clover club helps to build head, heart, hands and health The Lethbridge Coaldale 4-H Beef Club, Southern Alberta's oldest continuing organization for thousands of young people, kicked off its 52nd year of operation last month, heading a list of 51 similar clubs south of Calgary. Milo Barfuss, regional representative for the Alberta department of culture, youth and recrea- tion responsible for 4-H ac- tivities in the South, says the 4-H year runs from September to September, corresponding with the school year to a degree. His territory encom- passes the entire width of Southern Alberta on a line from the British Columbia border east to Nanton, north to Gleichen, east to Bassano, north to Trefoil and southeast tc Empress on the Saskatchewan border. There are six different classifications of clubs in the South. They include beef, clothing, sugar beet, dairy, multi and light horse clubs. Members There are full fledg- ed 4-H members in area, including 377 from Brooks, 217 from Cardston, 139 from Pincher Creek, 139 from the County of 40 Mile, 128 from the Municipal District of Willow Creek, 435 from the County of Lethbridge, 89 from Medicine Hat, 189 from Taber and 173 from Vulcan. The beef clubs are Bassano, Hoping, Bow Island, Manyberries, Pronghorn, Bar Vee, Claresholm, Stavely Parkland, Fort Macleod, Nanton, Warner, Parklake, Lethbridge Northern, McNally, Raymond, Milk River, Barons, Turin, Medicine Hat, Schuler, Seven Persons, Arrowwood, Burywater, Vulvan West Ensign. Lomond. Champion. Mossleigh. Hays, Big Banner Charolais. V-Cross. Vauxhall Mixed, Taber, Grassy Lake. Bon Ayr, Readymade, Lethbridge Coaldale. Burdett, Timber Trail. Foothills. Jefferson. Magrath. Cardston, Del Bonita. Jenner, Brooks, Gem. Rolling Hills. Happy Jack. South Slope. Tilley and John Ware. Clothing clubs include Patricia, Duchess, Cessford, Snip and Tuck, Sew What, Sewette, Brant Little Stitchers, Whisper- ing Pine, Whistling Willows, Hoping Nimble Needles, McNally Tailor Tacks, Nifty Needles, Vauxhall and Mossleigh. The only sugar beet club in Taber. Dairy clubs include Green Acres and Hillspring Chinook. Multi clubs include Wrentham (beef and Barons (garden and field Bow Island (field crops and sugar Timber Trail (photography and Glenwood (dairy and Brooks (clothing and Tilley (clothing and foods) and Rosemary (beef and Light horse clubs include Silver Sage, Rocky Ridge Riders, Silver Springs, Glenwood Trail Trotters, Southern Saddle, Medicine Hat. Reining and Training, Midnight Riders. Lethbridge. Foothills, Ray- mond Range Riders and International. Any person 10 to 21 years of age can become a 4-H member. Traditionally, in Southern Alberta, most members have been rural young people. Mr. Barfuss said the program stresses in- dividual development and attempts to develop responsible citizens. It provides an opportunity to gain confidence, develop poise and practice self- expression. Under the motto learn to do by doing, all 4-H members are involved in their own project and club activities during the year, said Mr. Barfuss. The name 4-H is derived from the first four letters head, heart, hands and health. There are 18 recognized projects 4-H clubs can un- dertake and others can be incorporated in a club pro- ject year if approved. The projects offered by Southern Alberta clubs include beef, clothing, dairy, field crops, food, garden horticulture, leathercraft. light horse, photography and sugar beets. Eight members within the required age group are needed to form a club. Each member is required to complete a project dur- ing the vear and exhibit that project work at an achievement day. All the clubs in the South have at least two leaders who are helped by five ad- visers. Mr. Barfuss said the 4-H movement has changed over the years, stressing the participation of the in- dividual more now than the actual project. Organized The clubs must be fully organized by Nov. 15 each year. This includes ap- pointment of officers and leaders and establishment of a program for the year. Agricultural clubs generally meet once per month with home economics clubs meeting twice monthly. Activities throughout the year range from leadership workshops and public speaking competitions to color nights, debating meets and learning parliamentary procedure. Looking to the future, with Jefferson newly incor- porated in 1973. Mr. Bar- fuss hopes three more clubs will come into the fold this year. It means more work but "its for the young people." ;