Members from the Go-ATS club, the Alton Comets club and the Thayer Bobcats club gathered together in Alton's Multi-Purpose building for an evening of potluck dishes and speeches from several of the students.
Ruth Dorton, who went on a trip to Greece, credited 4-H with preparing her with the skills she needed to make the most of her trip.
"Thanks to 4-H, I was able to reach out and talk to people I didn't know, and it made the whole experience more enjoyable for me," said Dorton.
Students Tony Cup and William Brown were able to attend Aerospace Camp at Missouri S & T, and credited the lessons learned in 4-H with helping them to succeed at camp.
"Without 4-H, I wouldn't have been able to attend Aerospace Camp, and I really enjoyed it," said Tony Cup.
The 4-H'ers took part in several events over the past year, including both the Spring and Fall Sessions of the Oregon County Youth Summit, where the students organized a canned food drive; the Youth Civic Leaders Summit in March; Achievement Day in May; White Oak Camp in June in which 30 Oregon County youth participated with 60 other youth from a five county region; the Heart of the Ozarks Regional Fair; and the youth also received a USDA grant for a community project for which they facilitated two town hall meetings and took part in regional trainings.
Among the students recognized for their achievements, were the project leaders from the many projects the 4-H club participated in this year, including: Frugal Fashions -- Dawn Holman and Stephanie Bridges; Sewing -- Cassandra Richardson; Shooting Sports -- Nancy Little; Cooking -- Ruth Ann Wright; Cross Stitching -- Ruth Ann Wright; Scrapbooking -- Angela Brown; Health and Fitness -- Dawn Jotz; Chick Hatching -- Jerry Richardson; Square Dancing-- Daisy Simmons; Rag Rug Making -- Colleen Snethern; Cake Decorating -- Elizabeth Snethern; Robotics -- Vicki McConnell; Pet Therapy -- Amy Kimbrough; Rabbits -- Tammy Dorton; Goats -- Darrell Strain and Colleen Snethern; Sheep -- Tammy Dorton and Colleen Snethern; and Steer -- Carrie Tucker.
Oregon County 4-H Council President and leader of the Go-ATS 4-H club, Darrell Strain, put it best when he said, "These kids are our future, and to me, the future looks mighty bright tonight."
4-H is a community of more than seven million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H welcomes all youth. Fifty-three percent of 4-H youth are girls and 47 percent are boys. Thirty-one percent of 4-H youth are from minority/racial ethnic groups.
4-H members live throughout America and beyond. 4-H programs are conducted in 3,051 counties in the U.S., plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Typically, 4-H participants range in age from 5-19. Most are kindergarteners and primary school, middle school and high school students.