4-H Club: Stateliners
Submitted by Maddy and Ross Mosteller
The families in the Stateliners 4-H Club were on the move on July 23, as we traveled to each other’s homes on club tour. We started our tour at the Renyer farm were we looked at many of Leah and Luke Renyer’s fair entries by the house, in the goat barn and in the welding shop. The playful goats were fun to watch! We then went to the Edelman farm where Thomas, Jenny and Susannah Edelman shared many projects with us. They had many animals, including a horse, dogs, sheep and a heifer. The Edelmans showed many of their creative projects at the house as well.
The club then ventured west of Bern to the Knapp home. A horse and mule were a highlight shown by Jonathan and Haven Knapp. Just a few hills over was a stop at Mostellers. Lane and Maddy Mosteller showed projects by the house and pigs, rabbits and cows outside. From there, we gathered back in Bern at the park. Collin and Anna Jost showed us projects at the shelter house, as did Helen, Rachel and Amanda Krehbiel. Everyone brought food for supper at the park, which was enjoyed by all.
Following the meal, we had a short July meeting, called to order by H. Krehbiel. Committee reports where given by H. Krehbiel reminding us about decorating the club hay bale at the fair on July 24. C. Jost informed us about showing our fair projects to elderly residents of Country Place Living in Seneca. During the business part of the meeting, H. Krehbiel discussed the community service project of keeping flower planters nice in Bern for future years. For announcements, we were reminded about the Nemaha County Fair and wished good luck!
Ten members and one Cloverbud from the Stateliners 4-H club visited the residents of Country Place Living in Seneca on Aug. 7. The members all shared examples of things they had been doing throughout the year and a sample of entries from fair. A dog, photos, crafts, snacks, posters, jewelry and a rabbit were some of the project exhibits shared. Members in attendance were Thomas, Jenny and Susie Edelman; Anna, Haven, Jonathan and Nathan Knapp; Anna and Colin Jost; and Lane and Maddy Mosteller. The residents enjoyed our company, and we loved sharing our 4-H projects!
The August meeting of the Stateliners 4-H club is our Parent’s night meeting, during which parents took charge of their child’s office. The meeting was called to order by the vice president’s mom, Mary Renyer, at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Bern Community Building.
Ross Mosteller and Teresa Edelman led us in the flag salute, 4-H pledge and motto. Catherine Knapp told us the history of the song Home on the Range, which was originally a poem written about a home on the prairie near Smith Center.
C. Knapp led us in singing some familiar and not so familiar verses of our state song. Yvonne Krehbiel called roll, asking members to tell where their parents first met. Leah Deckinger introduced Karina, a foreign exchange student from Spain who will be staying with her family this year.
M. Renyer gave the treasurer’s report as Luke Renyer passed out fair premium checks. R. Mosteller sadly informed the club that the report from the Club Tour had yet to be submitted, but would be with the August meeting report. Since club elections will be coming in September, C. Knapp explained the importance of elections and representation. She then explained the process for nominations and voting in new club officers.
During committee reports, M. Mosteller gave an update on the Best Choice labels and presented Luke with a check from the last 1,000 labels sent in. Leah Renyer reported that she did a thank you note and plate of cookies for the Fair Board that was presented at their last meeting. We were all encouraged to get thank you notes sent out to those who helped make the fair such a success.
A. Krehbiel gave the Educational Tour committee report, stating that a visit to the elk farm by Sabetha is in the works. T. Edelman reported on Records Judging happening Oct. 8, encouraged us to do activities during National 4-H week and asked for input on Officer Training and 4-H Club Day.
There was a bill presented for the hay bale decorations and the flower planting project was again discussed in business. For the program, Y. Krehbiel gave us an encouraging talk on ways to use our finger to help each other. Mary and Luke Renyer talked about cookies versus a cake recipe and showed us ways to prepare the recipes. L. Deckinger gave us a talk about hosting an exchange student from another country and the things she has learned about Spain already.
John Jost suggested that the parents could play cards for recreation and the kids stand around and talk, like the parents normally do, but C. Jost then led the members in a game of color tag. Refreshments were provided by the Deckinger family.
Nathan Knapp shared his wildlife educational exhibit on pigeons before and after the meeting as well.
The next meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 24, when record books are due and officer elections will happen. Members participating in the Kansas State Fair were wished good luck with their exhibits.