Palestine Peppy Pushers

Clover Kids: The Palestine Peppy Pushers Clover Kids club meets the third Sunday of each month at Nord Kalsem in Huxley. We start at approximately 5 p.m. and meetings last 45 minutes. Each month, we talk about a 4-H project area and then do some craft or service project related to that project area. Contact Christa Hartsook for more information at 515-795-2727 or hartc@iastate.edu.

4-H: The Palestine Peppy Pushers 4-H club was organized in 1938 and has been an active 4-H club in Southwest Story County each year since its inception.  It is a coed club, with a membership in 2008 of about fifty-four members, including about fifteen Clover Kids.  Membership is made up primarily of young boys and girls from the Ballard School District which is Huxley, Slater, Kelley and Cambridge.

The club has been active in a variety of projects and members actively exhibit at the Story County Fair, the Iowa State Fair and several national competitions.  Goal setting, responsibility, communication and decision making are all learned through the completion of one or more individual projects each year. Many of our past and present members have competed successfully at the county communications contest and have been chosen to go on to compete at state competition at the Iowa State Fair.  These communication skills have also helped a number of our members earn National 4-H recognition.

The club meets the third Sunday evening of each month, from 5:00 to about 7:00 pm at Nord-Kalsem Park in Huxley. The club's large membership has created an opportunity to elect two complete sets of officers. The senior officers conduct about seventy percent of the meetings and the assistant officers conduct the remaining meetings. While the membership has always been active in both their projects and their many other related 4-H activities, our club has been fortunate to have a strong parent participation group.  The leaders have involved about a dozen parents as adult project leaders each year in various project areas they may have special expertise in.  The strong parental support has long been a key to the continued success of the club.  Several parents of our Clover Kids are responsible for the activities of this special group of future 4-H members. They do special projects as a group; however, they are encouraged to attend regular meetings and all other activities so they feel they are a part of the club's activities.

Members are encouraged to volunteer and participate in a variety of community activities.  The large membership of our club makes it possible to conduct numerous fund raising activities. To help in fund raising, the club owns and rents out a large pancake grill.  Community pancake breakfasts are held three or four times each winter.  The club also owns a twenty-six foot concession trailer, selling such items as sno-cones, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and cheese, pop and water.  Proceeds from our fund raising activities help pay for members’ attendance at the Washington Focus trips, summer 4-H camps, club members’ participation in 4-H conferences, and club special fun and holiday activities.  A large percent of the proceeds have allowed us to contribute to establishment of the Kelly Sports Park, renovation of the Slater Pool and the Slater Community Club’s stage shelter, procurement of a permanent sign for the Cambridge annual June Jubilee Days, building of an outdoor amphitheater for Railroad Park in Huxley, and purchase of automated external defibrillators for the Slater, Cambridge and Huxley communities.

Each year our club sponsors one Scholarship for a graduating member through the Ballard Dollars For Scholars program.  The scholarships are given in the name of Dr. Shannon C. Whipp, a long time donor of firewood to our previous firewood sales.The 4-H program is very strong in the Ballard School District area.  A large number of area youth are involved and they do a wonderful job of promoting 4-H in our communities.  The 4-H club is extremely visible in our communities and the residents of our communities support our club and its activities in everything we do. Contact Pam Kahler at 515-383-2250 for more information.

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