It’s a busy week and October 2–6, 2017 is National 4-H week! 4-Hers all across the United States are celebrating relevant life skills learned through various programs and conferences as they participate at the county, state and national levels.
Some of the ways that county’s and 4-Hers are recognizing National 4-H include window display contests, open houses, inviting friends to meetings, making large posters, handing out fliers, and so much more!
The Westerheim Flashing Stars 4-H Club collected non-perishable items at J’s Dream on Wednesday evening to donate to the food shelf.
As 4-Hers across the country recognize and celebrate National 4-H week, it’s a good time to look at what the 4-H pledge really means.
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 family, my club, my community, my country, and my world.
The 4-H pledge, recited by more than six million youth across the United States, instills within the group’s members the conviction that they can contribute and learn. The 4-H pledge is something every 4-H member knows by heart and many 4-H alumni can still recite it.
An interesting note about the 4-H pledge is that Minnesota is the only state that has the phrase for my family.
When Minnesota 4-Hers are at national events such as the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. or the National Dairy Conference currently underway in Madison, WI, the Minnesota delegation is easy to find.
When I went to the National 4-H Dairy Conference when I was a high school junior, the hundreds of youth from the United States and Canada began each day with the pledge.
As Minnesota representatives, we received many confused looks, followed by many eye rolls during our version of the 4-H pledge.
The first line I pledge my head to clearer thinking, is an important phrase. It encourages and promotes 4-Hers to essentially “be smart”.
To me, it translates to “keep your mind clear and free from distractions. Stay focused to make the best decisions you can. Help others learn and make focused decisions too.”
The next line, My heart to greater loyalty, means to me to stay loyal to your club, your friends, your family and your projects. It also means to have 100 percent heart in everything you do.
My hands to larger service, to me means doing what you can to help others. One of the most important things in 4-H is that every year each club in Lyon County does some sort of community pride project.
It’s teaching 4-Hers to use their talents and abilities for others. The phrase and my health to better living, can mean a few different things. Obviously, it translates to encourage 4-Hers to live a healthy lifestyle.
Projects like baking and special events like “Chef for a Day” or “Minnesota Meats” encourage 4-Hers to cook and eat healthy.
For my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world.
This line to me means to put others above yourself.
It also to me means to do things for others when you can and most importantly, think of how your actions, good and bad, impacts others. 4-Hers are youth leaders and often leave positive influence in their communities.
This week, celebrate the Minneota area 4-H clubs, the Westerheim Flashing Stars, Nordland Top-Notchers and Sharp Shooters, and the positive impacts they have in our area.