Janet Matz of rural Lincolnville conducted her last meeting Sept. 12 as a community leader of the Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H Club. She has been a leader for 22 years.
“I have really enjoyed being a 4-H leader,” she told the members, “but it is time to move on.”
She thanked them for being good members and told them to stay in 4-H.
Community leader Karen Carlson presented Matz with an artificial flower arrangement in a flour sifter — she was the foods leader — as a gift from her and the club.
The club met at the Lincolnville Community Center. Carrie Carlson opened the meeting, leading the group in reciting the pledge.
There were eight 4-H members and two leaders present for the meeting. Roll call was, “Name your grandpa or grandma’s first name.”
Members brought either flowers or plants for horticulture identification. The items were numbered and each member wrote down what they thought they were. The group tried to decide what the plants were, and each member got to tell what they brought.
Grace Peterson read the minutes, and they were approved. The treasurer’s report was given by Hannah Peterson.
Matz reminded everyone that Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H week. The club usually meets on a Sunday to celebrate it as a family meeting to start the year. They sometimes have a potluck dinner before the meeting.
Matz said they need to choose a church to go to this year. She also reminded members record books are due and the achievement banquet is at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.
Community leader Karen Carlson handed out enrollment cards and set a date to have them returned. She mentioned the sign-up sheet for carrying banners in the parade at Lincolnville’s Octoberfest on Oct. 1. The checks from the Marion County Fair for ribbons members received at the fair were handed out. The club also received a check for getting a purple on the hay bale they did.
A motion was made by Tyson Chizek to go to the Burdick United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, seconded by Hannah Peterson. A potluck will be before the meeting. The parents of the new officers will lead the meeting and provide the program.
Officers elected for the year 2011-2012 are as follows: president, Carrie Carlson; vice president, Taylor Peterson; treasurer, Hannah Peterson; secretary, Rebecca Casey; reporter, Tanner Williams; and 4-H Council representatives, Carrie Carlson and Grace Peterson. Hannah Peterson will be the alternate representative.
Using a tri-fold poster, Tanner Williams gave a project talk about his “rats”. Taylor Peterson moved to adjourn the meeting, and Tanner Williams seconded it.
Tyson Chizek and Hannah Peterson provided recreation, and the Chizek family provided refreshments.