SonRays 4-H Club

Meeting Minutes - September, 2016:  The SonRays 4-H Club held their regular ,meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Family Bowling Center from 3:15-5:15 pm. The meeting was called to order by Club President Austin H. Pledge to the American Flag led by Israel C. and to the 4-H Flag led by Gabriel F. Attendance Secretary Charles C. reported fifteen present answering to the question "What talent or skill do you have?". Absent: Jonathan C. Club Secretary Chloe U. read the August meeting minutes. Club Treasurer Ruth C. noted the club's balance per the Aug. 31st statement was $641.64. Incoming: Webster County Ag Assn. for Fair Premiums $371.26 for new balance of $1,012.90. The club will pay for todays bowling/shoe rental and the pizza party was earned from Linda for prompt re-enrollments. Club Vice President Anna L. reviewed items from the green newsletter. New business: Election of Officers today, Record Books due today, and time to get re-enrolled and see if any new members will be joining our club. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 24th at the Chalstrom's home. This will be a family meeting/potluck/hayride starting at 5:30 pm. More information to follow.  Meeting was adjourned with a motion by Alan H. and second by Gabriel F. Following are the club officer election results: President: Ruth C., Vice President: Chloe U., Secretary: Anna L., Treasurer: Abby C., Recreation Leaders: Abraham, Anna, and Gabriel F. and Alan H., Photograpers: Anna, Brandon, and Gabriel F. and Charles C. Congratulations to the new officers who will be installed during the November meeting.

Meeting Minutes - August, 2016:  The SonRays held their regular club meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 4-6 pm at Community Orchards. All members were present except for Hermanson's and Jewel B., who were excused. The meeting was called to order by Club Vice President Anna L. We did not have the flags so we did not do the American and 4-H Pledges. Attendance Secretary Charles C. did the roll call answered to "What was your favorite part of the Webster County Fair?" The June Secretary's Report (no meeting in July due to the Webster County Fair) given by Luke L. and was approved by all members. Club Treasurer Ruth C. read report: Balance: $858.54. The following items were voted on and paid: $20.67 to reimburse Jan L. for Fair Booth items, $95.23 to Community Orchards for todays family fun day, and $101.00 to Smitty's for a gift card to Linda Cline for her retirement from CYC. New balance: $641.64 Luke L. reviewed items in the green county newsletter. Old Business: Discussed the many great opportunities at the Webster County Fair. New Business: Linda Cline retiring as CYC at the end of September. We will make a card and give her the Smitty's gift card from our club. Record books due at the next meeting. Meeting adjourned and then we stayed to play at the Orchards Back 40 area. Notes by Luke L.

Meeting Minutes - June 2016:  The SonRays 4-H Club members met at the Regional Recycling Center in Fort Dodge, IA on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 4 pm. As this meeting was a tour of the facility, no business meeting was held. All SonRays club members but Charles C. and Luke L. were present, along with co-leaders Jan L. and Kari H. and some parents.  The tour was led by Mr. Rob Anderson and information regarding recycling was given by Mr. Jeffrey Halter, who serves on the board. 4-H'ers learned the importance of recycling and how the process works.

Meeting Minutes - May 2016:  The SonRays 4-H Club held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Fort Dodge Public Library.  The meeting began at 4:00 pm with presentations given by the following:  Ruth C.-How NOT to give a presentation; Abraham F.-Heroes; Gabriel F.-Inventing; Alan H.-Nerf guns; and Luke L.-Financial Talk.  Charles C. will give his presentation at the next meeting.  The meeting was called to order by Club President Austin H. at 4:30 pm.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Anna F. and pledge to the 4-H Flag led by Abraham F.  Roll call by Attendance Secretary Charles C. was answered by all sixten club members to the question of "What is your favorite rainy weather activity?"  Two family members were also present and both club leaders.  Club Co-secretary Chloe U. read the minutes from the last meeting and they were approved.  Club Treasurer Ruth C. reported the balance as of bank statement 4-29-2016 of $248.61.  Incoming was payment from working the 2015 Father's Day dog show concession stand for $417.93 and a payment was made for $48.00 for the 2016 4-H'ers for 4-H Campaign (16 members@ $3/each) voted on at the March meeting.  New bank balance is:  $618.54.  Discussed working the Dog Show this year and will need to see if we have enough workers to help out at the event.  Vice President Anna L. reviewed the 4-H Family Newsletter.  A card was sent around to sign and send to post office postmaster for the tour we took there last month.  New business:  Fair packets were distributed and discussed.  Those who volunteered to be candidates for the Webster County Fair Queen/King contest are Ruth C., Austin H. and Luke L.  Luke and Ruth will be attending the CWF Trip June 3-12, 2016.  Anna L. earned a State Award for Poultry Project.  Anna L. will be atending the State Conference June 28-30.  Start thinking about ideas for the fair booth.  Them:  Around the World in Seven Fair Days-Our country:  Ireland.  The meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm with a montion by Anna H. and seconded by Anna F.  Refreshments provided by Hermanson's (beverages) and Fisher's (Snack).  A photo was taken of the club members to submit for the fair booklet.  Next meeting June 20th at 4 pm-tour of the Recycling Center.  More details as it gets closer.  Fair entries due no later than June 14th.  Submitted by Luke L. Co-Secretary

Meeting Minutes - April 2016:  The SonRays April meeting was a tour of the main post office on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Mr. Gregory Snow, Postmaster, led the eleven 4-H'ers and their family members present on a tour of the facility. Club members present: Abi, Israel, Jonathon, and Ruth C., Charles C., Alan, Anna, and Austin H., Anna and Luke L, and Chloe U. Jewel B. excused absence.  Because this meeting was a tour, we did not have a business meeting or refreshments. The tour was very informative and it was great to see how the mail is processed.

Meeting Minutes - March 2016:  The SonRays 4-H Club held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Fort Dodge Public Library.  The meeting was called to order by Club President Austin H. Pledge to American Flag led by Anna H. Pledge to 4-H Flag led by Alan H. Attendance was answered to: "What is your favorite type of cookie?" by twelve club members. Those absent were excused: Luke L.-work, Ruth C.-Driver's ed, Abraham and Gabriel F-illness.  Chloe U. read the February meeting secretary report and it was approved. Club treasurer was absent-Per bank statement 2-29-2016 balance: $148.61 with a deposit to be made of $100 for club working February's food stand. Vice President Anna L. reviewed items from the green Webster County 4-H Family Newsletter. Old business: Anna L. shared about archery, rabbit hopping and dog, Jewel B. shared more about dog project, Abi C. told club about rifle project. New business: Legislative Day Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Anna L. and Chloe U. will be attending this event. Voted to donate $3/per member for the 2016 4-H'ers for 4-H Campaign (16 members X $3.00/each=$48.00).Motion made by Abi C. and seconded by Jewel B. Meeting was adjourned with a motion by Israel C. and a second by Anna H. Presentations were then given by the following members: Abi C.-Mouse Deer; Israel C.-How my brother and my cat are similar; Jonathan C.-Six different types of dairy cows; Anna F.-Nail art; Brandon F.-Assistant Photography job/future career opportunity; Jewel B.-My dachshund, Mini; Anna H.-Beagle dogs, Austin H.-Civil Air Patrol; Chloe U.-Aronia Berries; Anna L.-Dwarf Hotot Rabbits. The remaining members will give their presentations at a future club meeting.

Meeting Minutes - February 2016:  The February meeting of the SonRays 4-H Club was held on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm at The Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas.  Parents and siblings were invited to this fun make and take tour.  Fifteen of the sixteen club members were present (Charles C. excused due to a basketball game). Everyone had the opportunity to make their own kaleidoscope for $10/ each-the club voted to pay half this fee. . Mr. Leonard Olson shared a wealth of knowledge about kaleidoscopes, the science behind how they work, and about the town of Pocahontas in general. It was a fun and educational evening. We had moved just this meeting to Tuesday evening due to many club members participating in Archery on Monday evenings.  Several families went to Pizza Ranch (just across the street) after the tour. Kids Night:  kids 10 and under eat free-1 free per paying adult.  Everyone paid for their own meals. This was a great evening for all ages.

Meeting Minutes - December 2015:  The SonRays had their monthly meeting at Bickford on December 7th, 2015 at 6:00pm. They started out by playing a lively game of bingo, then sang Christmas carols, and played piano. The meeting was called to order by President Austin H. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Luke L. and the 4-H Pledge was led by Anna H. The roll call was " What is your favorite thing about Christmas?" There were sixteen members present ( Austin H., Anna L., Chloe U., Ruth C., Luke L., Abigail C., Jonathan C., Israel C., Alan H., Anna H., Brandon F., Anna F., Gabriel F., Abraham F., Jewel B., and Charles C.) There was one leader present ( Cary H.) There was no Treasures report. The old business was, Anna L. went to rabbit hopping , and Luke L. talked about county interviews and the different trips you could go on. The meeting was adjourned at 7:37. The club had a wonderful time visiting Bickford and getting to know the residents. The next meeting will be on January 18th, 2016 at 6:00pm. More information will follow later. Merry Christmas!

Meeting Minutes - November 2015:  The SonRays held their annual Potluck, Awards Night and Installation of Officers/New Members meeting on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Webster County Fairgrounds Auditorium. The theme for this years event was American. Opening prayer for the meeting/meal led by Luke L. After a tasty feast, Austin H. introduced the County Council members present for the installation of officers/new members: Joel Anderson and Matthew Ross. The two county council members selected best dressed in theme: Brandon F. as a currency bill and Anna F. as the Statue of Liberty. They were each given a $5 WalMart gift card. The county council members led the pledges to the American and 4-H flags. The new club leaders for the year were installed and new members (Jewel B., Abraham F., and Alan H.) were recognized and given their project boxes and green folder covers. The council members were excused after the installation ceremony. Jan L. gave a leader report regarding the year in review and about upcoming events. Membership year and 100% Attendance certificates were given as well as individual awards were presented to 4-H'ers. County fair premium checks were distributed and record books were returned. Next meeting will be on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at Bickford at 6 pm. Business meeting and $1/gift exchange first. Each family is asked to bring a plate of cookies to share with the residents and a few Christmas cards to give as we play Bingo with the residents. We will finish by singing with the residents and playing piano for them. The meeting will be over at about 7:30 pm. Parents/families are encouraged to stay to enjoy/help. County Interviews will be on January 31 and February 1st for 4-H'ers 6th grade and above-attend either day. Be sure to review the green county newsletter for more information and regarding all the upcoming events. Happy Thanksgiving!

Meeting Minutes - October 2015:  The SonRay 4-H club started their October meeting at the Fort Dodge Public Library in the meeting room. The meeting room was called to order by the club President Luke L. at 6:10pm. The pledge of allegiance was led by Abby C, and the 4-H pledge was led by Charles. The roll call was called by the club secretary Ruth C, there were 13 member present with two new members making a grand total of 15 members (Jewel B, Abby C, Israel C, Jonathan C, Ruth C, Charles C, Anna F, Brandon F, Gabriel F, Anna H, Austin H, Allen H, Anna L, Luke L, and Chloe U). The last meeting notes were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Anna H gave the treasurer’s report saying the the club has a total of $845.61. The club leader Jan L, brought forth a bill the club needed to pay, buying 4-H  boxes for the new members and some of last years members.  The vice president Austin H read from the green newsletter, talking about the air and space meeting,   and other meeting coming up in the green newsletter. New Business is that the club is applying for a grate of $250 to buy supplies for newborns to give to a local shelter for new moms. The club talked about what they  should do with the money that we would get from the grant. It was said by some, that the money would go to a better use if the club made the baby things instead of buying. After that, the meeting end and the club elected new officers for the year. The new club’s President is Austin H, the club’s vice president Anna L, the club’s new co-Secretaries are Chloe U and Luke L, with Charles C. as the attendance secretary, the club’s Treasurer is Ruth C, the new club’s Rec leaders Jonathan C, Anna F, and Gabriel F and the Abby C, and Brandon F. are the club’s new photographer’s. Congratulations to the new officers and have a great year.

Meeting Minutes - September 2015:  We had an amazing tour of the ICCC Culinary Arts Department with Executive Chef Michael Hirst and Chef Jeff today from 2:45-3:45. We saw the cooking labs and gained a plethora of information about hospitality, food preparation and culinary arts, along with nutrition, food safety and sanitation, and food service management-plus were each were given a sample of real chocolate!  Following the tour we met at the Lewandowski's home for our regular monthly club meeting. The meeting was called to order at 4:05 pm by club President Luke L. Pledges to the American flag and 4-H flags were given. Roll call was answered by nine club members (Luke L., Austin H., Brandon F., Anna L., Chloe U., Charles C., Anna H., Gabriel F., and Anna F.) and two leaders (Kari H. and Jan L.) Several visitors-siblings-were present. Secretary's report was read by Vice President Austin H. in the absence of the Secretary. Club Treasurer Anna H. reported that the club now has a balance of $448.61 per the August 31, 2015 bank statement. The check book was recently given to Webster County Extension's Linda Cline for annual audit and all is good. Old business: Anna L. reported on the first County Council meeting that she had attended last Sunday afternoon. New business: Record books are now due. 4-H Find Out event will be held this Sunday, September 27 at the Webster County Extension Office from 5-6 pm. The club discussed and voted to submit a grant and do the work to provide new diaper bags filled with newborn items to donate to Informed Choices of Iowa Medical Clinic. More information to follow regarding the process. This will give the club members the opportunity to write a grant and offer a community service.  We discussed the upcoming November annual potluck and voted on a theme for the event-American food and decorations. More will be discussed and a sign up list will be at the October meeting. The leaders and parents discussed switching to early evening meetings and that should work out. It may be that we will have the meeting on the evening as scheduled and may have to make other arrangements for field trips. The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm, followed by a time of refreshments hosted by the Lewandowski's.  NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 12th at 6:00-7:30 pm at the Fort Dodge Public Library-Large meeting room: Enrollment of new members, election of officers, firm up plans for November's potluck.  Record books are now due. If you have any questions on record keeping, just ask!





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