Active period for East Ponoka 4-H beef Club

The East Ponoka 4-H has had a busy past few months starting with the Jan. 3 calf tour.

Submitted by

Dakotah Nichols

East Ponoka Club reporter

The East Ponoka 4-H has had a busy past few months starting with the Jan. 3 calf tour. The tour was an exciting time to see everyone’s progress on their steers and see how much of a difference the steers were showing since weigh-in of Oct 13, 2014.

In February, we held our 4-H public speaking on the Feb. 1 2015 at Calumet Hall. We would like to recognize all of the judges, Herman Simons, Lorrene Thiessen, Claudia Jensen, Ron Labrie, Patti Wynnychuk and Joyce Bussard for giving up their time to judge and give us feed back on our speeches. Starting with the junior category, judges placed Colby Padgham first for  presenting his speech about “To hunt or not to hunt” and Isaac McCaughey second with his speech called “I hate it” about how much he doesn’t like school but then gave many examples on how school is helpful in life.

Intermediate judges placed Megan Bolton first on giving her speech about the quest for perfection, and Tasha Kjenner second for her speech on the significance of holidays and Riley Deleeuw third for a speech on agriculture.

As for the senior judges, they placed Tawni Kjenner first for giving an interesting speech about the power of hydration, and Virginia Harvey second for presenting about the experience of the Broncs world tour. The top two speakers for each age group, moved on to speak at the East Zones competition Feb. 22. This year was the first year in the East Ponoka Beef Club public speaking we had someone give a presentation. Julianna Harvey decided to change that, and gave a presentation on cuts of beef, which was something new and interesting to see.

Also on Feb. 20, the club attended the Calgary Flames 4-H Western night where they gave four lucky 4-H members the chance to meet Curtis Glencross after the game and a few lucky members got to ride on the Zamboni but unfortunately not from our club.

Lastly on March 15, we held a meeting where we discussed planning for our upcoming show and sale, making sure everyone’s steers are growing and doing well.