Kelly Lafferty | 8/29/2014 8:38:06 PM
A total of 326 youth enrolled last year in the 4-H program. The benefits that these youth gained from being in the 4-H program were wide-ranged. Skills learned were leadership, decision-making, responsibility, accountability, generosity, and a sense of community to name just a few. Each club meets during the school day, once a month. Members have an opportunity to serve as a club officer. This is a great chance to learn how to conduct a club meeting and vote on club business and gain public speaking skills. Youth also have an opportunity to give a demonstration or project talk during the monthly meeting. In addition to club meetings, youth participate in monthly club contests, workshops, camps and special events throughout the year. Club dues are $5 to the 4-H office but some clubs may charge more to put in their accounts for the 4-H year. Check with your 4-H leader to see how much dues for your school will be.
For more information, contact Kelly Lafferty, 4-H agent, at 318-435-7551. Our office is located at 6562 Main Street, in the courthouse.
Livestock: Although Franklin Parish doesn’t have a parish livestock club, youth still have plenty of opportunities to show their animals including Louisiana State Fair, NE District Livestock Show, and other parish livestock shows. Youth may show beef & dairy cows, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, and poultry.
Horses: Youth may also participate in the Delhi Horse Show and the NE Regional Horse Show held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. Paper work is due on April 1st.
Shooting Sports: Our most popular project club is shooting sports. Youth in 4th-12th grades have the opportunity to participate in up to two disciplines. We have instructors for BB gun, Archery, Air Pistol, Air Rifle, and Shotgun. Our instructors focus on safety and responsibility as well as challenging youth to increase their skills. They attend the Northern Regional Match and if they place, they go on to the State match and then Nationals.
Projects: There are over 100 different projects for youth to choose from. 4th graders who are new to 4-H get “Discovering the World of 4-H”. 5th graders who are first time 4-H’ers will get “Exploring the World of 4-H”.
Jr. Leaders: This club is for 7th-12th grades, with a focus on community service. They also meet monthly here at the 4-H office. Jr. Leader meetings will be the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm at the 4-H Office. Dues for this club are $12.00. Our first meeting is September 17th, 2015.
Fashion, Food & Fitness: This club is open to 4th-12th grades. We will have our first meeting on September 22th, 2015 at 4:15 pm at the 4-H Office. Dues for this club are $12.00.
Explorer's Club: This is a new club that is being formed this year. It is for 4th-6th grades. Participants will be involved in nature-themed activities and learning. Dues are $10 and the first meeting will be September 21st at 4:30 pm at the 4-H office.