The most recent 4-H club in Dodge City, the Lucky Clovers, have wasted no time in making an impression in the community.
"We were founded in the mid-90's," said Amy Gerdes, one of the community leaders for the club. "So, we're a pretty new club."
The Lucky Clovers, along with all the other 4-H clubs in Ford County, have members who range in age from seven to 18. And for those not quite old enough to join they have a Clover Buds program to help get their feet wet. Right now Lucky Clovers has about 18 members with three or four Clover Buds.
All the 4-H clubs in Ford County are getting ready for their busiest season of the year. Now that school is out, it's time for club members to focus on their individual projects. The projects will be presented in less than a month at the Ford County fair, which takes place June 26-30.
"The fair is a chance for the kids to show off what they've been working on all year," said Gerdes, "and also to see what other 4-Hers are working on."
If the projects win at the county fair level then they will also have a chance to be presented at the state fair later in the season.
June is also a busy time for the Lucky Clovers, and other 4-H clubs, because it is camping month. There are camps all over Kansas that 4-H members can sign up for. A few of the camps coming up in the Dodge City area include; Gunsmoke 4-H Day Camp and 4 Clover Camp. For more information about these or any other 4-H camps contact the Ford County Extension Office at (620) 227-4542.
Community service is an important part of being a Lucky Clover, according to Gerdes. Throughout the year the Lucky Clovers also help with window displays in many local businesses, work at the nursing home, make Easter baskets for Sterling House, and much more.
"The community service we do depends on what opportunities are available at that time," said Gerdes. "Sometimes we participate in local Relay for Life events, or adopt a needy family at Christmas."
The Lucky Clovers meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Ford County Fair building at 7 p.m.
"We don't require members to attend the meetings, but it is highly encouraged," said Gerdes. "It's a chance for them to get to know the other members of the club and to share what they are working on and what they need help with."
Meetings are chance for club members to learn how to present themselves and their ideas well. The Lucky Clovers members run the meetings themselves, although adults help when needed. Members are also encouraged to give demonstrations related to their projects, so the leaders can see what they are doing well and what they may need help with.
Page 2 of 2 - "We feel that it's important for the kids to learn these things," said Gerdes, "then they can use them for the rest of their lives."
For more information about the Lucky Clovers contact Gerdes at (620) 225-6771.
Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org