By Veronica Moreau Club Reporter
The Millarville Mutts, Mustangs and Marksmen 4-H Club is off to a wonderful start this year, with a total of thirty four members: twelve from the Mutts, twenty four from the Mustangs, and twelve from the Marksmen.
Early in September, the club’s first fundraiser, a tack cleaning event for the Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association, was held at the Millarville Racetrack. The weather was pleasant that day, and in all, the event provided a great opportunity for new and old members to get to know one another, as well as to complete mandatory volunteer-work. A week later, the club’s first executive meeting was held, during which the executive committee was elected as follows: President-Nicole Oliver, Vice President-Kailey Morrison, Secretary-Mckynna Furgala, Treasurer-Harry Rawn, Parliamentarian-Megan Rawn, Club Reporter-Veronica Moreau, Historian-Brooke Williamson
The club leaders this year are General leader-Jill Oliver, Mutts leader-Dan Glatt, Mustangs leader-Jackie Rawn, Marksmen Leader-Dave Oliver, Polocrosse leader-Kathy McAteer, Assistant leaders-Shelley Glatt and Karen Barnert
In October, participants in the Mutts project started to teach their dogs basic agility and obedience, while participants in the Mustangs project started to work on horsemanship. Thank you to Jackie Rawn, Dan Glatt and Shelley Glatt, who organized health clinics for the members in these two groups; on October 25, those in the Mustangs project trailered their livestock to the Millarville Racetrack arena for each horse to be weighed, measured, and have its vitals (pulse, respiration rate, etc.) taken; on the other hand, those in the Mutts project were presented with a power-point on canine nutrition and development.
Participants in the Marksmen project, meanwhile, have been working hard to get their bows sighted in and to learn how to shoot. First year members started by shooting at targets from a distance of fifteen yards, while more experienced members started by shooting at targets from a distance of twenty yards.
Everyone has begun their record books-mandatory aspects of 4-H that are completed and personalized throughout the year. Congratulations to the district record book winners from last year: Harry Rawn, Megan Rawn, Chloe McWhir, and Nicole Oliver.
The Millarville Mutts, Mustangs and Marksmen 4-H Club has various upcoming events, including a Christmas party on December 8, a district hamper-packing fundraiser on December 13, and a public speaking/curling workshop on January 3. Everyone is looking forward to these, to developing their skills regarding their projects, and to the remainder of the year.
Thank you goes out to The Millarville District and Recreation Board for their generous sponsorship of our program!