October 7-13 is National 4-H week, and the Ford County 4-H clubs will be promoting the organization in the community and encouraging friends to join all week.
"Each club is going to be doing a window display," said Molly Trausch, Ford County 4-H youth development extension agent. "And we're having a contest, asking 4-H members to wear their 4-H t-shirts to school or around town and post the photos on Facebook. We're also encouraging everyone to bring a friend to the next meeting."
Next week, all seven 4-H clubs will decorate a window to promote their club.
According to a press release from Trausch, the 4-H Youth Development Program is the largest youth organization in the nation, reaching over 6.3 million youth.
Recent findings from a Tufts Univerity study indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communitites, the press release goes on to say.
"We're really trying to get out there and let the community know what 4-H is," said Trausch. "And hopefully get more kids interested in joining the club."
Ford County 4-H clubs
Ford County has seven different clubs that youth ages seven to 18, and Clover Bud programs for five and six year olds.
DIY Juniors was first chartered in 1928. About 20 youth are in the club today and work on a variety of projects including rockets, sewing, geology, swine and more.
Lucky Clovers are the most recent 4-H club in Ford County. They have about 18 members who are busy doing community service projects throughout the year, as well as their own individual projects.
Since 1947 the Prairie Schooners 4-H club has been a staple in Ford County. They are a smaller club right now, but they are just as active as any of the others.
Richland Boosters began primarily as a club for farm kids around the Richland Valley School area, but today they welcome anyone in Ford County who would like to join.
Valley Boosters has been serving kids in Dodge City and several surrounding areas since 1965. Because they are still a rural club, livestock is one of their most popular projects.
Wright Wonder Workers club has 14 members and a few Clover Buds. Popular projects for the club's members are related to livestock.
Interested in joining?
For more information about any of the 4-H clubs in Ford County or to find out how to join contact Molly Trausch at the Ford County Extension office located at 100 Gunsmoke, or call (620) 227-4542.
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