Monday, October 31, 2011
Taking it to a different subject, but similar meaning. I think that it is important to work toward your rewards. Now, some people wouldn't mind having things just dished out to them so they can just gobble it up and get the complete benefit from it, but where is the satisfaction in that? There isn't. That person may like it, but it will be an empty way to live. When you work hard in order to accomplish a goal or task then you will be able to enjoy the outcome of it. You will be able to look back and (hopefully) feel satisfied of what you have done. Your hard work may not be for the benefit of yourself, but could be for others. You 4-Hers know about hard work and getting fulfillment out of the rewards, even if they are small feats.
This month for me 4-H has been dwindling down to a slow beat. It is weird not seeing my 4-H friends as much, because I used to see them every week and now with school and everything else going on I hardly see them anymore besides at meetings. We keep in touch of course, but still it's strange to not be going to as many 4-H events anymore. I have been busy trying to convince several in my county, and surrounding counties to come and join in on the fun at SLC! It's going to be a great time, and I cannot wait to see you there.
I have a busy month planned ahead of me as October passes. Ah November. The month of NaNoWriMo! Where I (as well as many others) and several of my siblings are challenged to write 50,000 words in a month. It's a lot of fun, and crazy. I have to balance that with school, work, family, and Council. Luckily it is only a month long, and one that will keep me busy. At the end of November a few Council members are going to be joining you out to National 4-H Congress, and I hope that everyone that is going this year will have a great time! I have gone before, and LOVED it. So enjoy yourself, and accept the challenge before you! Those of you just hearing of it this year, be sure to contact your Educator about it so that you can go next year, you won't be sorry. (....well you might if you don't find out more about it!)
Until next time,
The only way of putting this is by saying, I got hit by a deer. That is how my month started. I was on my way to school, just driving minding my own business when all of a sudden I heard BANG! I saw a deer head right in my driver's side windshield. Talk about scary! I had no idea what to do. I never ever had something like this happen to me and I was scared. I pulled off the road and called my mom crying and hyperventilating. The deer died and my car was definitely not looking it's best. My windshield was cracked, my door had a huge dent in it, my side mirror wasn't there anymore, and my car wasn't running right. So, since I didn't have a car anymore, my mom let me use her brand new 2011 Toyota Camry. Not a good idea. Less than a week later, I was on my way to school again when two deer ran out in front of me. I didn't hit the first one, but the second wasn't so lucky, and neither was I. It damaged the front corner of the drivers side and I have never felt so unlucky!
As the month went on, I felt my luck finally changing! I finally got my Chemistry grade back to an A so now I have straight A's and my soccer team has never been doing so well! We ended the regular season 13 wins and 5 losses. We were seeded 4th in the district and recently won our first playoff game! It has been a very exciting season and cannot wait to play in the semi-finals.
Finally, the State 4-H Horse Show. The show that I work towards with my horses all year for! I was very excited because I made it with my production horse, Peanut, who is only 3 years old and my project horse, Kid, who is 11. I made it with Peanut in a riding class and a halter class, which is based on the horse's body build and with Kid, I made it in Showmanship, which is a pattern class. The day finally came for me to show Peanut. I was a little uneasy about riding her because earlier in the year, I was bucked off of her twice! But I realized, I had to forget about the past and look forward. I ended up getting second in the halter class and took fifth in the riding class. I was so excited to hear I was fifth in the riding class because there were 14 horses and only 6 placed. While at States, my mom started to notice that my other horse, Kid, wasn't acting right. We took his temperature and it was 105.5, when it should be 101. We called the vet down and she examined him and asked plenty of questions. She finally concluded, that he had tick fever. I still couldn't tell you exactly what it is but I can tell you that it made him sick and lethargic. She told us that he would have to be administered 3-7 doses of IV medication. The first starting that day. At that time, we weren't sure if I would be able to show him or not. If his fever was down then I could. Thankfully, on the day I showed, his fever was back to normal but his attitude and behavior were not. He was very grumpy and was still lethargic. I did end up taking him in the class, and I'm glad he stuck with me because we ended up placing 7th out of 25. I have never been so proud of my horse.
The month started a little rocky but ended great! Planning for SLC is still underway and I can't wait for everyone to see how great it is going to be this year!
State 4-H Council Vice President of Operations
On October 5 I attended national Science day in state college at the Berkey Creamery. there i got to help kids ages 8-13 leaen about wind energy. It was very interesting. I am enjoying my council experience so far it is extremely time consuming ,but it is worth it. Also State Leadership Conference registration is coming up, its going to be a roaring good time i hope to
see you all there.
your council Sentinel,
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Then soccer season came to an end two weeks ago, but we were defenitly busy the whole month with games and practice. The last game of our season I ended up missing unfortunately, but I'm so glad I didbecause it was worth it. I attended the National FFA Convention out in Indianapolis, Indiana and loved it. It was amazing, especially getting to see all the cordoury jackets walking the streets of Indianapolis!
November is going to be just as much fun, I can already tell. We get to have our actual face-to-face meeting, plus National 4-H Congress!! Not to mention more planning for what is going to be an AWESOME State Leadership Confrence. The officers are already going Wild about it! We're defenitly hopeing to see you there!
Who would have thought snow would be on the ground before Halloween? With snow and ice comes change: change in the weather and change in what we wear. "The key to change...is to let go of fear." As 4-H members we must let go of the fear we may have so we can grow as a club and as individuals. Change at first is out of the normal, but as we let go we experience new things that help us grow.
During October I had the opportunity to help with National Science Day. As a council member I was a group leader with 3 younger 4-H members in my group. During the event we built 2 wind turbines and measured which one was the fastest. I also presented to my 4-H club on activities they can get involved in through the state.
As a council we had our second conference call. We are getting wild for leadership as SLC packets were distributed to county 4-H educators. We are working hard to make this year’s SLC an amazing safari adventure. We look forward for 4-H members to join us through our jungle experience in late January.
Here is something to think about: "When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened." Which one are you?
PA State 4-H Council Secretary,