By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Fall season typically brings to mind colors such as orange, gold, red and brown, but for October, 4-H green will be the color of the month.
This month club members from across the state will observe Oklahoma 4-H Month, in conjunction with National 4-H Week, which runs from October 4 – 10. Because 4-H is such a strong youth development program, a one-week celebration was not enough for the nearly 118,000 members across the state. The National 4-H Week theme is 4-H Grows.
The event will celebrate the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and in their communities. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization with more than six million young people involved across the U.S.
Kristin Knight, marketing coordinator for the State 4-H Office at Oklahoma State University, felt the theme fit well because 4-H is an organization that provides its members with multiple opportunities to grow.
“4-H is known to help club members develop wonderful characteristics such as leadership and citizenship,” Knight said. “Oklahoma 4-H Month is the perfect time to spread awareness of how 4-H has made you into the person you are today.”
“Clubs all across the state have special events planned within their counties during October, as well as several opportunities open to all 4-H’ers,” Knight said.
Michelle O’Sullivan, Oklahoma County 4-H Youth Development Educator said, “Celebrating this exciting month Oklahoma County will be hosting several 4-H events. The National Youth Science Day activities will be held during the month of October at each of the 4-H clubs meetings.
“The Tractor Supply Paper Clover Fall campaign runs from October 7-18,” O’Sullivan said. “Oklahoma County will be displaying their 4-H promotional booths outside of the Edmond Tractor Supply Store on Saturday, October 17.”
The 4-H clubs will be accepting donations to support their local club activities. Also the store will be taking donations for 4-H during the Paper Clover campaign.
Later in the month 4-H members from across the southwest district will come together to attend the Youth Action Conference, which will be held in Oklahoma City.
From the beginning of 4-H more than a century ago, the fundamental idea has been to encourage youth to participate in learning by having experiences that encourage them to experiment, innovate and think independently.
“Although programming initially was geared toward agricultural programs, 4-H continues to adapt its efforts to continually meet the needs of today’s club members,” Knight said.
“While ag-related projects still play an important role, youth also can have learning experiences in robotics, science and technology, geology, nutrition, recreation and leisure, environmental science, safety, photography and so much more”.
The National 4-H Week Social Medial Challenge is a great time to share what 4-H has done for its member.
On Selfie Sunday, members can post a photo with their favorite 4-H t-shirt. Monday, they post about a favorite Role Model. For Transformative Tuesday participants are asked to post a photo from their cloverbud days to come. Next members are asked to post on Project Wednesday with information about something that they are doing.
On Throwback Thursday members can post their favorite 4-H memory and on Fair Friday share their favorite fair project. Lastly, on Service Saturday, share a community service project that is memorable.
Other events include the NW District 4-H Trap Shoot which will be held on October 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Enid. For details, call Jim Rhodes at 580-233-5295.
The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation’s 18th Annual Clover Classic golf tournament will be held on on Monday, October 19. The tournament supporting Oklahoma 4-H youth will be held at Stillwater Country Club.
Oklahoma 4-H is dedicated to helping Oklahoma youth, families and communities reach their full potential, by providing hands-on programming and events, such as working with animals, building robots, taking photographs, or collecting bugs. 4-H helps youth learn the life skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders.
For more information about local events and celebrations during Oklahoma 4-H Month, contact the OSU Extension Center Oklahoma County 4-H at 405-713-1125 or visit the website.