WEB ONLY: 4-H Beef Club holds its first meeting of year

The 2009 4-H year is off to a great start.

On April 16, the Eramosa 4-H beef club held its first meeting of the season at leader Allan Wallace’s farm at 7:30pm. This year’s club leaders are Allan Wallace, Scott Bessey, Jeanine Moyer, and Chrissie Schneider.

The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge. The club then proceeded with the elec­tions for president, vice presi­dent, secretary and press re­porter.

 Jordan Taylor was elected club president with Liam Stiles as the vice-president.  Malcolm Lindsay was elected secretary, and Danielle Nyman was ­ as press reporter.

The members spoke about this year’s tasks and projects and received tips on judging from Moyer. Judging classes of livestock and produce is an important aspect of 4-H.  Mem­bers rank classes of livestock or produce in order of confirma­tion and quality, and  provide reasons from memory to justify their placings.

Judging helps to improve public speaking and memory skills, plus self confidence. The club judged and gave reasons for a class of chicken eggs as well as a class of baked goods.

Taylor closed the meeting with the 4-H motto and then the club enjoyed some delicious refreshments courtesy of the Wall­aces.

The next meeting will be held on May 14 at 7:30pm, at Allan Wallace’s farm. New mem­bers are still welcome; come to the next meeting if interested in joining the Eramosa 4-H Beef Club. For more information on the Era­mosa 4-H Beef Club, call Allan Wallace at 519-846-9712.