On February 2, 4-H'ers from all seven clubs in Ford County will gather at Dodge City Middle School to present their talents to a panel of judges, and the community.
"This is a big event for our members," Molly Trausch, the 4-H youth development agent said. "They get to show off their talents you wouldn't necessarily see at the presentations at the fair."
Club Days is an event where clubs and individual 4-H members have the opportunity to be centerstage. Some of the things members will do includ; skits, solo or group instrumental and vocal performances, reciting poetry, presentations, demonstrations, impromptu speeches, where the speaker is given a topic, has about 15 minutes to prepare and then must give a speech, and more. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, so Trausch wasn't sure if more will be added yet or not.
"I'm still hoping that at least one club decides to hold a mock meeting, so that the public can see how they run, and what it's like," Trausch said, "but so far, no one has signed up for one."
Although Trausch doesn't have the final numbers yet on how many members will be participating, it's already becoming a popular event. Many members are signing up to have a chance to show off some of their talents they don't get to at the fair, and others are signing up to work towards receiving their Club Seal for 2013.
A Club Seal is something each club strives to earn each year. To do so they must participate in different events and programs throughout the year. Club Day is one event that clubs must participate in to earn the 'purple' seal, the highest ranking.
"The majority of club members must be present for the participation to count," Trausch said. "Which can be a little hard when we're competing with sports and other after school activities. So, that's why we think this come-and-go event will be successful."
4-H members can come to club day and stay as long as they would like, or may leave early if they have other activities that day as well.
While the talents 4-H'ers show off at the Club Day aren't necessarily related to their big fair project they work on throughout the year, they may fit in somehow.
"We do have a communications project that the public speaking could fall into," Trausch said, "and there is also a performing arts project that the skits could be related too as well. It really depends on what the member chooses to do."
4-H Club Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at Dodge City Middle School. Activities are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and should wrap up between 11 and 11:30 a.m. It's free for anyone in the community to come out and watch the performances.
Page 2 of 2 - "We'll have a lot of different things going on all morning," Trausch said. "Plenty of things for parents, family and friends of the 4-H'ers to see, and even a few things for them to participate in as well."
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