BAILEY FEISTNER poses with her awards she earned at the Western National Roundup.

Bailey Feistner competed this past week in the 100th Western National Roundup Competition and received third place in the Individual Horse Presentation Category. The Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, focusing on the missions of 4-H.

Bailey competed in the Individual Horse Presentation where she delivered a nine to 12 minute illustrated talk about a topic within the horse industry.  Bailey’s presentation was titled, ‘Rodeo Queen 101.’  To be eligible to compete, Bailey first won this category at the South Dakota State Horse Show.

Bailey’s entry into the Western Roundup was sponsored by the South Dakota 4-H Livestock Industry Trust Board. Bailey is from Woonsocket. She is a member of the Town and Kountry Red Group 4-H club and the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Feistner.

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Blue Group met on Sunday Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Letcher Community Center. Prior to the meeting, the members were able to work on identifying livestock and horticulture species in an activity. Youth enjoyed a snack provided by the Zoss and Greenway families. 

The meeting was called to order by President Brady Larson. Thirty-one youth were in attendance. The pledges were led by Shay Bechen and Ramsey Fouberg. Roll call “What would be or is your favorite pet and name?” The secretary’s report was read by Hudson Fouberg. Payton Uecker gave the treasurer’s report with outstanding bills from Janet and Brooke. Delaney Zoss made a move to approve the treasurer’s report; Teagan Moody seconded the motion.  

The club health officer, Bryce Larson, was absent from the meeting, however he provided tips on “How to properly wash your hands” that Ellie Evans and Brady Larson provided to members. Safety officer Sophie Kelly provided tips on caring for and keeping an infant safe.

Committee reports: 

Community Center Christmas Tree decorating members Ellie Evans and Delaney Zoss reported that they were able to get the tree undecorated after Christmas, and reported that the tree is in tough shape. Motion was made by Janet Maeschen to purchase a new tree; Payton Uecker seconded the motion. 

Courthouse Tree Decorating Committee members Shay and Suri Bechen and Hudson and Ramsey Fouberg reported that they were able to get the tree taken down at the Courthouse in Woonsocket. Bechens purchased some ornaments and donated them for next year. 

Old Business:

YQCA training is required for all 4-Hers showing any animals. Upcoming training dates were reviewed. See the Dec. 26, 2019, email from the office for more details.

Shooting sports starts Jan. 5. 

Teen Leadership program deadline for applications is Jan. 8. This is a program for youth in seventh through 12th grade. Youth from Sanborn, Jerald/Buffalo, Aurora, Davison and Beadle counties are invited to attend. The goal is to get five students from each of the counties to participate.  Steve Zoss provided an update on the dates of the meetings and planned activities.  

Jan. 15 – “Capital for the Day” is an opportunity for 4-H members. Audra will work with youth to provide a letter for school administrations for an excused absence.  Several families reported that they were attending.   

New Business:

Brady Larson proposed several community service projects for the upcoming months.  Ramsey Fouberg made a motion to purchase hand sanitizer to provide to area schools to use during activities. Brooklyn Larson seconded the motion. Brady volunteered to be in charge of purchasing and getting the sanitizer to the schools.  

Teagan Moody made a motion to make Valentine’s Day cards at the next meeting to distribute to local community members. Kenzie Uecker seconded the motion. Members are asked to bring art supplies to the next meeting.  Janet Maeschen and Lacy Bechen will also be bringing extra supplies for this project. 

Stacy Zoss shared that the Central Electric Supper is Jan. 14 and that the 4-H Leaders are hosting this event. If older youth and families would like to help serve the meal, please connect with Stacy.  Families could also provide a pie for the meal. If able to donate pies, please connect with Velma, Janet or Stacy.  

Teens for Jeans – 2019 Teen Leadership Conference State 4-H Ambassadors came up with this project. The club will be collecting jeans for this project.  Members are asked to bring a pair of gently used or new jeans to the next meeting for donation.    

A few 4-H t-shirts were available at the meeting for members needing a different size. If someone is needing Club t-shirts, let Janet know so they can be ordered.  

Janet proposed some project ideas and pointed out project ideas in the State Fair Book.  Sign up sheets were passed around.  Janet will be connecting with those youth that are interested in sewing projects.  

For their next meeting each family was asked to bring a plate of three homemade muffins for an activity.  

Sydney Richardson gave a demonstration on “Paints & Finishes.”  Cannon Zoss presented on “Tack you need for a Successful Ride.” Alexis Kelly demonstrated “How to make Fruit Rollups.” 

Recreation officer Ellie Evans organized an activity for the 4-H members at the end of the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. at the Letcher Community Center.

Talks were given by: Parker, Cain, Cole, Teagan, Hudson and Ashlee.

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Blue Group met on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Letcher Community Center. The 4-H members and families Christmas caroled around Letcher for about one hour before returning to the Community Center for their meeting and Christmas party. Members provided cookies and treats to be made into “goodie trays” for area families. 

The meeting was called to order by President Brady Larson. There were thirty-four youth in attendance. The pledges were led by Ashlee and Brody.  Roll call was  “your favorite thing about Christmas,” starting with the letter ‘A’ and continuing through the alphabet. No secretary’s report was available for the meeting. Payton gave the treasurer’s report. Janet and Roxanne were paid for bills that they had for Fire Safety and Thanksgiving. Delaney Zoss moved to approve the treasurer’s report; Teagan seconded the motion. Club Health Officer Bryce Larson provided tips on “How to stay healthy over the holidays.”  The safety officer’s tip was unavailable.

Committee reports: 

American Education week committee members, Cole and Kelly Wilson, reported on the popcorn and water that was purchased and provided to the Sanborn Central school teachers. 

Thanksgiving meal committee members, Teagen and Memphis Moody, Brady, Bryce and Brooklyn Larson, reported that they put together five meals and placed them at the Courthouse for families in need. Stacy Zoss read a thank you that was received. 

Tree decorating committee members, Ellie and Delaney, reported that they were able to get the tree decorated at the Community Center.  Shay Bechen, Hudson and Ramsey Fouberg reported that they were able to get the tree up and decorated at the courthouse in Woonsocket.  

Old Business:

A reminder that online registration is open for the current 4-H year. If there are questions, please reach out to one of the leaders or call the office. Getting registered online helps the office get important information out to families in a timely manner.

New Business:

Leaders returned the record books to club members as well as premium monies. Club members finished up several thank you notes during the meeting. 

The upcoming shooting sports safety meeting was discussed. Youth interested in shooting sports must attend one of the trainings to participate.   

Steve Zoss shared information about the upcoming “Capital for the Day” opportunity that 4-H members have been invited to.  Brookings and SDSU have invited 4-H members throughout South Dakota to attend Jan. 15 in Pierre. Youth interested must RSVP by Dec. 15 to Audra at the office.  Audra will work with youth to provide a letter for your school administration for an excused absence.  A bus will be provided for transportation. Parent supervision will be requested for young members.  

Steve also shared information about the Teen Leadership program that will be starting for youth 12-18 years of age (seventh through 12th grade).  Youth from Sanborn, Jerald/Buffalo, Aurora, Davison and Beadle counties are invited to attend.  More information to come.  

Sidney gave a report on 4-H camp from this summer.

Delaney gave a demonstration on “Caring for Your Rabbit” and “Rabbit Showmanship.”

Caleb Kneen gave a demonstration on “How to make S’more Cookies.”

The meeting was adjourned.  Youth and families enjoyed a meal hosted by the Christmas Party committee which included Cole and Kelly Wilson, Payton and McKenzie Uecker, and Mason Moody. After finishing the meal, Ellie organized the gift exchange.

The next meeting is scheduled for  Jan. 4, 2020, at the Letcher Community center.

Conducting talks were: Alexis, Cooper, Dean, Sidney, Miley and Toby.

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

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