Chicken project a nod to centenary

Boundary "C" reporter Marijka van Kuik gives an update on plans for what will be a big year in BC 4-H.

As seen in this group photo 2014 membership numbers are good in the Boundary “C” 4-H Club.

On Feb. 6, 2014, the Boundary “C” 4-H Club held its second meeting of the year.

As part of this year’s celebrations of 100 years of 4-H in B.C., our club is launching a chicken project. The first 4-H project in B.C. in 1914 was chickens, so what better way to celebrate 100 years! Spearheaded by Nathan Harpur, who will be overseeing this project, the idea has been met with enthusiasm. Fertilized eggs from local flocks and heritage breeds have been put into incubators and we are busy building brooders and coops. You’ll be able to visit our birds at the Rock Creek Fall Fair in the poultry barn. We’ll keep you posted as the project develops.

The sewing members met on Feb. 15 to work on their quilt for the Cattle Baron’s Ball in April. It will once again be a rag quilt, this year done in autumn tones. They also worked on baby receiving blankets, which will be sent to the Philippines through a relief organization. This was a great project to practice seam-finishing and hemming. We have more workshops planned for the future where we will be working on pajama pants and sweaters. The girls are also starting their projects.

Some of the horse members went on a winter trail ride at Doug and Erika Fossen’s house and helped Doug herd the cattle. With all this ice, it can’t be easy to be doing much riding!

The biggest concern on club members’ minds right now is speeches. Due to increased numbers, and to keep people from dozing off at speech night, the club is making it a double header. Members ages 11 and up will be giving their speeches on March 5; and March 6 will be the nine- and 10-year-olds. A big thank-you to Mr. Wayne Wickens who gave a workshop on how to prepare a speech.

The 20th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball is coming up on April 5. There will be dinner and dancing, as well as a live and silent auction. Kevin Rothwell, the provincial general manager, will be coming to celebrate the 100 years of 4-H in B.C. For the dance, the Sonny Boys will have you tappin’ your toes. We’re hoping to make it extra special as we celebrate 100 years of 4-H.