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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Wright Wonder Workers 4-H

  •      What eventually would become the Wright Wonder Workers 4-H Club actually began as the Wright Willing Workers in 1926. The club disbanded for a few years at one point and re-chartered in 1969 with the new name. No one is quite sure why the name change.


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  •      What eventually would become the Wright Wonder Workers 4-H Club actually began as the Wright Willing Workers in 1926. The club disbanded for a few years at one point and re-chartered in 1969 with the new name. No one is quite sure why the name change.
         "I like to tell people that we are the original 'www'," said Jolene Brauer, a community leader for the club.
         The current Wright Wonder Workers club has 14 members and a few Clover Buds. All of them are focusing on getting their projects ready for the fair. Popular projects for the Wright Wonder Workers are related to livestock.
         "For the past couple of years we have had more members working on indoor projects like rocketry, science and leadership," said Brauer. "But now we're moving back into more agriculture related projects again. It's a cyclical thing."
         Wright Wonder Workers are active in many 4-H activities in addition to “the fair”. Just a few weeks ago a member of their club took 3rd place in a national 4-H shooting sports competition.
         "This competition is a big deal," said Brauer. "You have to qualify at the county and state levels to be able to compete nationally."
         Every year members also participate in the Citizenship in Action (CIA) program. Members who attended the program had the opportunity to participate in mock legislative sessions where they would work on actual bills that Congress was debating.
         "My daughter attended a few years ago when they debated the texting while driving bill," said Brauer, "and the session was very powerful because the youths could personally relate to the issues being discussed."
        
    Family history
         Brauer herself was in 4-H for 12 years in Shawnee County. While she was in 4-H Brauer described herself as a "typical 4-H'er" doing a lot of agriculture related projects. But her favorite project was always sewing.
         "I learned a lot from my time in 4-H, and when I had children I knew I wanted to help instill those lessons in them too," said Brauer. "4-H just has such strong values and lessons."
         Brauer has seen not only herself and her children benefit from 4-H, but almost every child that has been in Wright Wonder Workers.
         "When a child first joins 4-H most of them are a little timid and shy, especially when they have to get up in front of the group and talk," said Brauer. "But slowly they begin walking up with more and more confidence, until eventually it's no big deal talking in front of any group about any topic. That confidence stays with them throughout their life."
         The Wright Wonder Workers meet the second Sunday of each month at the Wright Senior Center on Main Street in Wright, KS. For more information about the club contact Brauer at (620) 385-2358.
    Page 2 of 2 - Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com
     

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