Monday, May 9, 2011

Letter from our Club President!

Chasen Young - Club President
Sandy Valley 4-H Club
Clark County Fair & Rodeo 2011
What a great Fair! As the president of SV 4-H Club I would like to say, on behalf of us all, Thank You! Our club leader and project leaders deserve all the credit. It is their diligence and commitment that path the way for our success. For most of you, you probably don’t realize what it takes for us, as a club, to achieve at this level and accomplish what we have.
Our club leader, Kelly Wadley, sits on the fair council and helps to plan and organize events and activities. This requires endless meetings and trips into town as she meets with other leaders and cooperative extension council. She also advises us on demonstration preparations, and provides resources for our project books and educational displays, and overseas the operations of our club.
Our livestock leader, Eric Wadley, helps us to secure our animal projects, works as banker to front the required money, works with us daily on showing techniques, helps us figure our feed and weight gain ratios and grooming & clipping our animals for the show ring. He was right there with us for the miles we put on our show hogs both in the desert and our practice pen.
Our Navajo Wool Leaders, Gregg and Sheryl Neff, raise the sheep, that provide the wool for our projects. We assist in sheering and preparations of the wool, but they provide everything else, from the hundreds of felting needles we must have gone through, to the patterns and dyes we used to craft our projects. We met at their home every week for months to get everything finished, often times working through dinner and into the late night hours.
 Our poultry leader, Pam Smith, came to our homes to help us with showing styles and techniques. Having a difficult time getting everyone together at the same time, she decided it would work out better for us all if she did the traveling.
Our parents were present at these meetings and drove us to get every task completed on time (probably the most challenging of all).
Our horsemanship Leader, Gina Timberlake, plans all the equine events and arranges travel for our club members and their horses. It is unfortunate that horsemanship events are not available at the county fair (4-H equine events are not available due to the PRCA Rodeo taking place in the arena). However, that does not stop her from getting involved. With the help of Angie Davidson, She has held fundraisers to support our livestock projects. Gina has been personally responsible for getting buyers to come out to the auction, securing financial investors and project sponsorship (thank you Mr. Giles). Most importantly, she helps to keep our parents sane by keeping us all in line.
The community has also been an unbelievable source of support. The trails End General Store for their relentless contributions (too many to list one by one), The Hitchin Post Pizza Parlor for the club meals and support of our snack shack at arena events, The Post Office for donating business services and gifts for our various events. Mr. and Mrs. Auer for donating our livestock scale, Wanda Van Dyke for her photography, Todd and Becky Goodwin for the use of their arena and for their donations from the proceeds of Diamond L events, The Vetter Ranch, Sandy Valley Ranch, Keystone Community Center and Judge Dawn Havilland. There are many, many more businesses and individuals that have been generous and supportive to our club and its members and we thank you all.
This will be the last year that I participate as a 4-H member. I will be heading off to serve in the National Guard Reserves and then to UNR. But my experiences with this club and its sponsors have impacted my life. I am sure I too will be a sponsor of 4-H in the near future and I look forward to serving with the same eagerness and enthusiasm that all of you have shown to me.
Preparing for Fair!
 Chasen completing community service hours during
Sandy Valley Clean Up!

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