Friday, May 16, 2014

Important Stuff in My Humble Opinion

It is fair season in our area. 
The County 4-H Fair was a couple weekends ago and our local fair is this week. 
Our girls do not have animals right now, so I won't be spending every day on the grounds this year. 
Frankly, with temps over 100* this week, I am fine with that. 
 I did, however, get to "babysit" the indoor exhibits for a few hours. 
During the morning hours of the fair, most of the people in attendance are families who have kidnicks showing animals, so there are no rude or disrespectful people. 
 It's true. 
For anyone not familiar with 4-H or FFA, these organizations are so much more than just raising and selling animals. 
They help mold our youth into responsible citizens. 
The 4-H Pledge states:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

This is what these kids are living...not just during fair season, but every year they are involved. 
4-H Members can be members for 10 years beginning at 9 years old or the 4th grade.
They live their life bettering themselves..helping in their communities. 
These kidnicks learn valuable skills. 
 Whether they learn how to make jelly and can food or sew a shirt, these lessons will stay with them always. 
They can pass them down.
Youth of all ages get creative with decorating a cake or creating a fun table setting, but these are important. 
Just placing a spark of how to set a table properly might be what spurs them to have family dinners when they are adults.
 Knowing how to bake and decorate a cake as an adult is a skill. 
 Sewing is a skill that takes a back seat to the disposable society we live in today.
Knowing how to make to put one's personal touch on something is valuable. 
 It gives us self worth. 
What a testament to 4-H.
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. 
But it is so much more than that.  
Part of FFA's Mission Statement says:

Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
Promotes healthy lifestyles.
Members of FFA are our future leaders, whether they remain in agriculture or not. 
Being involved in either or both of these groups teaches our youth trades. 
 Skills that they will carry throughout their lives....maybe even turn into a business as adults.
Growing food to sustain a healthy lifestyle...gardeners..horticulturists?
Building beautiful wood creations...home construction, cabinetry?

Have you ever thought of sharing  a skill you have with the youth in your area? 
Becoming a 4-H Leader is simple.  Passing on the things we know...the skills we have is not only important, it is fun and rewarding!
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
FFA Motto





1 comment:

Michelle said...

I like seeing those canning jars and those cakes look like works of art!