Submitted by Jackson Collard, Club Reporter
The Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef and Sheep Club ended 2015 with a farm tour on December 20, 2015, organized by Martie Blatz. After visiting several farms we had a lovely lunch thanks to Dawn Jardie and Paul Rishaug. The Club then had a busy start to the new year.
On January 1, we weighed the charity steer, “Cooper”. He’s been gaining weight quickly and now weighs close to 1000 lbs. He’s looking really good and is on track for a nice finish weight. Sage and Wyatt Runge and Justin Watkins attended the Foothills 4-H District Public Speaking and Curling Workshop in High River on January 2. They had to get up super early to attend this workshop where they practiced public speaking skills and had fun curling.
On January 3, we had our annual tire recycling fundraiser. We started in Millarville and picked up tires at several locations. We received over 1000 tires ranging in size from ATV to large truck. It was a lot of heavy lifting but also a lot of fun. Thank you to the community for supporting our fundraiser and to all family members who helped collect tires and/or supplied trailers. Also a large thank you to the Runge family for organizing this event.
A big thank you goes to the Government of Canada and their “Growing Forward 2” program for accepting our request for funding for Achievement Day Ribbons. We received a greatly appreciated cheque from them in the amount of $400.
We held our regular monthly meeting on January 13th. After dealing with new and old business, we had a very informative and fun talk from two members of the Foothills Shrine Club, Barry Davey and Ernie Hilland. Our club decided that all proceeds from our charity steer “Cooper” will go to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Canada. The sale will take place at 4-H on Parade (at the Stampede Grounds) on June 5th. For more information, call Susan Jeffery 403-931-3132.
The Club is now looking forward to Public Speaking on February 7, 2016 at the Millarville Race Track Hall.