Millarville-Stockland 4-H Club March News

Submitted by Jackson Collard, Club Reporter

The Millarville-Stockland 4-H Club’s public speaking competition was on February 7th at the Millarville Racetrack Hall. We wish to send a great big thank you to our judges, Danna Ormstrup, Kathleen Arkes, David Cranswick, Myrtle Siebert, Janette Macmillan, Jill Stephenson, Donna Kendall, Barb Castell and Anne Marie Mullane. All of the 4-Hers had great speeches, and it was a tough call as to who would go on to the Area Public Speaking in Millarville on February 28. Chosen to represent our club at Areas were Juniors, Sage Runge and Jesse Blatz; Intermediates, Finn Blatz and Jackson Collard; and Senior, Megan Rawn. The Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef Club was the host this year for an Area Public Speaking. Once again we send a great big thank you to the Judges; Fran and Andy Porter, Heather Phiel, Norma Dawson, Erin Ashbacher, Jill Ross, Jill Dakers, Lynn Gerard and Kelly Dinning. As usually they did a fabulous job.

Ryan Copithorne, a 4th generation rancher and the creator of Cows in Control, a networking consortium of cow/calf producers, gave a presentation on marketing to our club on March 9. Ryan gave us lots of pointers on marketing, and now the Club is currently working on a website to assist in marketing the member’s steers and the charity steer. The website will include a picture of each kid with their steer and information on the charity steer.

This year the Millarville-Stockland 4-H Club is raising a the 4-H On Parade Charity steer, a beautiful red Angus, to be auctioned off at 4-H on Parade at the Calgary Stampede grounds on Sunday June 05, 2016, along with our clubs 19 steers. The Club voted for the sale proceeds to be donated to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The Shriner’s Hospital provides free medical care for children in need. To further assist with this great cause, the companies “Paint it up Pottery Studio” and “JCAC Contracting Inc.” graciously donated the purchase cost of this steer, and the Blatz family is generously keeping the steer on their family farm. All members are expected to help in its care throughout the year. For more information on the charity steer, please contact Susan Jeffery at (403) 931-3132.

We have been working with the Shriner’s to promote the sale of the charity steer. We had pictures taken with the steer, our club members and select Shriner’s. As well, the Shriner’s donated tickets to the Calgary Hitmen hockey game on March 12 to all members. We had a lot of fun at this event, and we really appreciate everything the Shriner’s are doing for our club this year.