Last week, the Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders held a meeting where they elected officers for the new year and had fun activity consisting of using a toothbrush head, cell phone vibrator and small battery to build a robot.
The activity was really interesting for the youth and demonstrated the opportunities in science that are presented via 4-H programs. The placement of the motor and battery was key to whether the robot would travel in a circular pattern; go in a straight line or some other form of randomness. Various uses and applications for robots were discussed and the activity was a great learning experience.
Any Putnam 4-Her in grades 7-12 is eligible to join Junior Leaders and the next meeting is Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Community Building East at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
Any seventh- through 12th-grade 4-Her is welcome to come to upcoming meetings to join or check out the program. Junior Leaders is one of the approximately 75 projects offered in the Putnam 4-H program and is considered a leadership project. This is a project where youth return the favors of others who have gone before them in terms of providing assistance and encouragement to younger 4-Hers.
This special group may apply to become camp counselors, serve as junior superintendents during project judging at county fair and most importantly learn by conducting community and service learning projects through solving community problems in a team atmosphere.
Leadership development roles are provided through officers and project opportunities.
Officers elected last week include: Co-presidents, Jake Robertson and Miriah Cherry; co-vice presidents Tori Kiste and Kady McKean; co-secretaries, Brianna Bryant and Sierra Graham; co-treasurers, Bailey Goff and Miriah Huge; recreation and song leaders, Emmett Holsapple, Dakota Kiste, Katie Kiste, and Kristen Rudolph; historians and news reporters, Lauren Johnston and Adri Millican; and parliamentarians, Katie McKean and Sierra Graham.
Congratulations to all of these officers. The wonderful feature of Junior Leaders, unlike many adult organizations, is those individuals did step forward seeking the officer roles rather than being coerced.
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Nov. 27 -- Extension Board annual meeting, Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at Extension Office.
Nov. 28 -- Extension Homemakers County Tour to The Sanctuary in Zionsville.
Nov. 29 -- Junior Leader caroling, Autumn Glen, 5:15 p.m.
Dec. 4 -- Extension Homemakers Leader Lesson "Avoiding Scams and Schemes" at Extension Office, 1 p.m.
Dec. 4 -- Junior Leader caroling, Mill Pond, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 11 -- Bistate Crops Conference, CCA and CCH offered, Beef House, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 13 -- Last chance PARP, Clay County, 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 -- Region V Indiana Beef Cattle Assoc./Purdue Program, Clay County Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP Extension Office by Dec. 11).