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2014-10-09

4-H members mark National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11

By Debbie Rasberry

Pictured: 4H Council members collecting Christmas gifts for the Bandera County Christmas Charity Ball

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Medina Clay Target/ Bandera 4H Shotgun team

By Debbie Rasberry
Bandera County 4-H/
Youth Program Educator

During National 4-H Week, Oct. 5-11, Bandera County 4-H clubs and projects have the opportunity to showcase what they have gained from their membership at the local and county level. Decorating the Courthouse is just one item on their agenda.
A fundamental purpose of the 4-H program is to highlight our program's success and especially the positive impact on youth involved in it.
The Bandera County 4-H program offers seven community clubs and 15 hands-on projects that youth and adult volunteers can take part in. The local 4-H clubs are Pioneer, Pipe Creek, Lakehills, Medina, Horse, Rifle and Shotgun. Projects include beef, dexter cattle, sheep, goat, swine, poultry, rabbit, horse, rifle, shotgun, sportfishing, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, photography and dogs.
Members can also participate in contests, workshops, camps and judging competitions.
Community service is always the focus for 4-H. Clubs decided what their community service will be early in the year. Decorating nursing homes, adopt-a-highway, food drives and volunteering time at the Medina Children's Home are just a few service projects done in recent years.
The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic organization that allows kids eight years old (3rd grade) through 19 years old to "learn by doing." All 4-H members develop citizenship and leadership skills by participating in project meetings tailored to the individual's interest. It is the largest youth serving program in the nation.
"We're proud of our Bandera County 4-H program and hope more young people will consider joining 4-H and participating in the many interesting and educational activities and programs it offers," said a spokesman. "Helping young people build life skills, expand their educational horizons, develop their character and learn to become good citizens are some of the primary objectives of the 4-H program."
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the Texas A&M University System, administers the program statewide.
To learn how to become a member or volunteer in 4-H, contact the Bandera County Extension Office at 830-796-7755 or visit their website at http://bandera.agrilife.org.