December 2001. Matt, Tim and Kathy did the shopping for our family we adopted for Christmas, a clothing item and a toy was purchased for each of the two children and a video and set of towels were purchased for the family.
The club officers decorated the Christmas tree we had purchaed for the town hall on December 9. Members once again created some beautiful hand made Christmas cards before the club meeting, to be distributed to nursing home residents when the club members went Christmas carrolling.
A brief business meeting was held followed by bingo, a cookie walk and other games and our annual pizza party.
On December 15 club members went carrolling to three nursing homes in Evansville, one in Footville and an apartment building for the elderly in Footville. Members had a great time and the residents seemed to really enjoy the visits. We had just enough cards to hand out for all places.
Club programs for the year were handed out at the January meeting. Members also decided to go ice skating on January 26 at the Janesville Ice Arena.
Changing the date of the club Achievement night was discussed and tabled.
Before the meeting members made valentines for the veterans at the VA hospital in Madison. Families also brought food donations for the food pantry in Evansville. Project literature and record book materials were handed out. After a discussion members voted to move the annual achievement night up to the end of September so that enrollments can be done in October (this was done in anticipation of a possible change in the county enrollment deadline).
Sign-ups were done for volleyball (March 3 & 10) Basketball (April 14 & 21) and drama (May 4).
Our March meeting was preceded by a family pot luck dinner. The Junior volleyball tournament was canceled due to bad roads. Our Senior team played well and won about half of their games.
At the April meeting application forms for club royalty were available. Members were reminded to make their final decisions on what they were taking to the fair as fair entries will be filled out in early May.
Our basketball teams both played well, but did not finish in the top four.
Our hall grounds clean-up was scheduled to be done before the meeting, but since it had rained all day and was still raining, we postphoned it to two sessions in the next weeks time. In the end we had the grounds looking good once again. Our club does this every spring as a community service in appreciation for the free use of the Town Hall by the 4-H club.
We also finsihed up our fund raiser (our annual tree sale) with the distribution of 1000 Colorado Blue Spruce.
The last Saturday in April we once again held our bake sale during Footville Rummage Sale day.
Members also had a display at Evansville's Family Night during the week on the young child. Buck, Erin and Mallory brought some of their projects for other to see including Erin's rabbits which were a great hit. We also helped visitors make 4-H Friendship braclets which were also very popular.
Our club royalty was announced at the May meeting. Mallory was chosen as Dairy Princess, Jenny was chosen as club queen and Matt was choosen as club King.
Members completed their fair entries. The float committee decided to follow the county theme of "4-H - Head, Heart, Hands and Health for World Peace" for our float. The float was to be a pair of hands holding a clover with the symbols of head, heart, hands and health. We decided to get new petal paper for the float in the color of water on the globe and cut out the shape of continents to put on the sides so it looked somewhat like a globe to emphasize the world aspect. We also decided to get new t-shirt printed with the club name and the 4-H emblem to be owned by the club and just be worn for parades. Members riding the float would wave American flags and flags from other countries where the 4-H program exist.
We held our annual Dairy dish contest at the June meeting. Many nights were spent completing the float in time for the first parade on Father's Day in Orfordville. The float looked great.
July was a very busy month. First there was the 4th of July parade in Evansville. Next up were the Junior and Senior softball tournamentson July 6 and 7. Our seniors won the Sportsmanship award. Then on July 14 was the county parade where the floats were judged at the fair grounds, and our club won second place! July 23 -28 was the Rock County 4-H fair. This is where our members exhibit their project work. According to fair information it is the largest youth fair in the country. It is strictly a youth fair - no open classes. Our club members won many honors and awards. Our club king, Matt also court of honor for fair royalty. There were many special centennial activities at the fair as well as everything else going on. There were 4-H trivia contest and several appearances by"Chris Clover".
Record books were due at the August meeting. Members named their favorite thing about the fair for roll call, this varied from placings, to rides, to food!
The club picnic was held August 18.
Club elections were held at the September meeting. These are the new officers who will be installed at the Achievement night on September 21: President - Matt, Vice-president - Sarah, Secretary - Tim, Treasurer - Bobbi Jo, Historian - Angie, Reporter - Mallory, Parliamentarian - Melanie, Corresponding Secretary - Krista.
October was another busy month. Members re-enrolled for the next 4-H year. Matt, Melanie and Tim also put together our National 4-H week display window at Honeysetts in Footville. We had a club Halloween party the Saturday before Halloween. Bobbi Jo, Krista and Sarah did a great job decorating and planning the activities. Tyler's family donated pumpkins which were decorated as one of the activities and judged, then were donated to two area nursing homes for decorations. A fun time was had by all.
In November we finshed up enrollments. The County Acheivement night was held. Our club received second place on our National 4-H week window display. Matt served as one of the announcers as a member of the county court of honor. Mallory received a project award and a trip for filling out project award forms and the Junior Member award form. Seven of our eight officers and our club co-chairperson attended the county club officer/ club chairperson's training session. Our club chairperson took part by helping present programs as a member of the Rock County Executive Board. It was a great learning experience for all.