Members of the 4-H Club recognize the long service of beef leader John Johnson. From left: Bobby-Raye Farrow, Grace Farrow, Logan Jones, Evelyn Pilatzke, Jeff Fennell,  John Johnson, Owen Sim and Emily and Joy Rainer. (Photo submitted)

Yellowhead 4-H bids farewell to longtime beef leader

John Johnson retires from club after 25 years

By Caydence Ewert

Another 4-H year has begun!

Our Yellowhead 4-H Club started our new year with our first general meeting where we met up with our members and welcomed a lot of new kids into our club!

Our first meeting went smoothly and we met our new executive members. We discussed opportunities for our youth and went over our exciting plans for the year. Our club is currently getting ready for our speech day. We are having a speech workshop on Feb. 18 to help our new members understand what to expect when making a speech.

In our 4-H club, we have projects such as rabbit, horse, goat, beef, sheep, and photography to choose from. Currently, our project clubs are just getting started. Our goat club is waiting for projects to be born, and our beef club is working with their animals and will have its first meeting in March.

Our rabbit club recently had its first meeting, our horse club is hoping for lessons this year, and photography is already well on its way. All of our members are very excited for the new 4-H year!

This year, we have 21 new members, growing our club to 45 members in total! How exciting is that? We welcomed our new sheep leader, Lena Rainer, and our new rabbit leader Ginger McCurdy as well as our new assistant rabbit leader Cherie Beeds.

We also welcomed Angie Farrow, who is taking the place of our former beef leader, Mr. Johnson, who is retiring this year after a long career teaching and helping kids. Mr. Johnson started as an assistant leader in 1996 and 1997 before becoming the beef leader in 1998. He has been a leader for 25 years and has led over 100 people over a few generations. For some of his past members, he was also a leader for their children!

All of us from the Yellowhead 4-H Club wish Mr. Johnson all the best in his retirement and can’t thank him enough for his service!

All the members of Yellowhead 4-H Club are excited for a brand new year full of fun, laughter, and friends!

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