“4H is about community,” long-time leader Steve Holmes told the audience Friday night at the Frontenac 4H open house, sign-up event in the Glenburnie United Church. “And hopefully they’ll learn something along the way.”
Each year, the Frontenac 4H holds a similar event, to get its clubs organized and to sign up members. On this night, prospective members were offered their choice of beef, dairy, swine, horse, chickens and ducks, and rabbits as well as wool, garden and photography clubs. For the younger ones (ages 6-8), there’s the Cloverbuds.
The various clubs are open to youths 9-21, with older members taking on leadership roles.
Clubs for larger animals (beef, dairy, swine) tend to have the most members, often around 40 but even the smaller clubs can have around 20.
“The smaller animals have fewer members,” said Megan Kaiser, herself a rabbit person. “It’s not a rule but it just seems to happen that way.
“I’d never had a rabbit before but when I joined the club, someone handed me a rabbit and that was it.”
The rabbit club had 15 members last year. The photography club had 20-25.