Wright Wonder Workers

    Oct. 12, 2008 was the monthly meeting of the Wright Wonder Workers 4-H Club.  President Erin Morton called the meeting to order and secretary Jessica Brauer called roll which was answered by "What is you favorite Halloween Candy."  The Wetzel and Brown families were guests at the meeting.

    Reegan Wright, council member reported that ages for Cloverbuds was being moved up to 5 and 6 year olds, a teen fun night is being looked into, and Tuesday, Oct. 28 is officer training.


Wright Wonder Workers
    Oct. 12, 2008 was the monthly meeting of the Wright Wonder Workers 4-H Club.  President Erin Morton called the meeting to order and secretary Jessica Brauer called roll which was answered by "What is you favorite Halloween Candy."  The Wetzel and Brown families were guests at the meeting.
    Reegan Wright, council member reported that ages for Cloverbuds was being moved up to 5 and 6 year olds, a teen fun night is being looked into, and Tuesday, Oct. 28 is officer training.
    Leader Jolene Brauer congratulated members on their awards received at the Achievement Banquet the night before and reminded adults that everyone needs to be certified or recertified as V.I.P. if planning to work with 4-H members.
    Leader Dixie Kliesen handed out Relay for life T-shirts to members who were on our club’s team.
    Jake Fulton moved that the club pay the subscription rate for each family to receive the 4-H Journal.  Our club will be putting up flags at Fort Dodge for Veterans Day and will find out when.  The Barnett family volunteered to provide a dessert for the Extension Council Elections on Oct. 30.
    Deb Rodda explained Make a Difference Day to the club and said it is being held Oct. 25.  She will research what kind of things need to be done in the Wright area and get back to the club, the assistance does not have to be done on that day.  Ruth Morton reminded the members that we need help with keeping the grounds around the Senior Center looking nice.  Families need to sign up for when they will be responsible for mowing during the growing season.
    Emily Durler led Initiation of Officers.  Last year’s officers told the new officers what their responsibility would be as a particular officer.
    Jake Fulton and Travis Barnett, song leaders,  led the club in singing, "God Bless My Underwear."  Emily Durler demonstrated how to tape an ankle.  Caleb Rodda talked about his dog project.  Logan Lix talked about the Exploring 4-H project.  Recreation Leader, Taige Kleisen and Desitiny Barnett led members in a balloon relay.
    The Dale and Barbara Durler family provided refreshments.

Happy Hour FCE
    Happy Hour FCE met Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Dodge City Public Library.  Twenty-two members were present. 
    After a short business meeting, librarian Cathy Reeves began our tour by noting the high-definition video conferencing equipment set up in the Lois Flanagan room that was in use that week for various statewide patriotic programs.  It is also used for training sessions and can be used by the public.  The fees charged are used to pay for the equipment and the service contracts.
    DCPL celebrated 100 years of service in February 2007.  It began in the Carnegie building downtown, spent a short time in the old Montgomery Ward building on Military Avenue and has been housed in its present location for 26 years.  Its main floor meeting room is named for longtime librarian Lois Flanagan Bryson.
    DCPL has collections of magazines, books on tape, playaway devices, 1,338 movies on DVD and 437 on VHS,  Spanish language materials, access to the online Tell Me More site for learning languages, music CDs and books.  There are 7,120 items in the adult book collection and nearly 4,000 items for children and teens.  There are several reading areas.  Most adult books are shelved around the outer edges of the main room, while paperbacks other than westerns and oversize books are shelved on counter height shelves in the center of the room.
    The library served an average of 499 persons per day in September.  The computer lab averages 91 people per day on the 60+ computers and there is free Wi-Fi internet access for those who bring in their own computers.   Computer time is limited to 30 minutes.  A DCPL card, an individual code and no outstanding books, DVDs, videos or fines are required for computer use.  Basic computer training is available. 
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided funds for computer upgrades on a 75 percent-25 percent matching grant last year, the first year of a two-year program.  The library is in the process of raising $7,800 in 50-50 matching funds for the second year of the grant. The goal needs to be met in February 2009.
    Twenty-three persons are on the staff, including five high school students who work after school and two technology people.  John and Cathy do a monthly TV show from which segments are frequently aired on channel 8.  There is a newsletter and a schedule of activities on the Web page, http://www.dcpl.info/. 
    Hostesses Janice Unruh and Emma Albers served drinks and cookies.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Casey's Cowtown at 11 a.m. with Joan Indiek and Eleanora Glenn as hostesses.  The speaker will be from the Crisis Center.  Members are asked to bring individual personal items such as toothpastes, soaps and shampoos to replenish the Crisis Center's supplies.