4H building project off to a great start
- Pamplin Media
- Central Oregonian - Features
Fund raising efforts to construct a multi-purpose facility for 4-H activities and other community events are off to a great start.
>The 4H members are working hard to raise enough money for the new building which will be built on the fairgrounds
To date, more than $20,000, plus additional pledges of goods and services, have been committed to the project. The building, which will be located on the Crook County fairgrounds, will include a meeting room, basic kitchen, storage area, two bathrooms and a large exhibit area.
The Crook County 4-H Leader's Association, Inc., decided to take on this project because members were having a difficult time finding facilities to hold their year-round weekly meetings.
There was also a great need in the community for available space to hold educational workshops, seminars, clinics and demonstrations as well as banquets and other events.
Fund raising projects for the "4-H Clover Club" have included auctioning off an animal at fair, selling T-shirts and a Clover Club Challenge among the 4-H clubs. Two grants have been awarded and a letter campaign seeking donations from people in the community is currently in progress. A St. Patrick's Day dance and family fun night is also planned (see below).
To recognize contributors, a "Clover Club of Champions" board has been created to honor individual, business and club contributors. A Gold Clover recognizes contributions of more than $1,000. Silver Clovers are for donations of $501 to $1,000, Bronze Clovers recognize contributions of $101-$500 and Family Clovers are for contributions of $50 to $100.
An additional $35,000 is needed to complete this project. The building committee, which includes Matt and Kim Griffin, Sue Williams, Sean Ryan, Tim Deboodt and Dana Martin, is excited about the response so far and encourages anyone interested in contributing or serving on the committee to contact the Crook County Extension office, 447-6228.
"It's getting harder to find available space for our clubs to meet on a regular basis," says Sue Williams, who also serves as County Coordinator for the 4-H Japanese Exchange Program. "This building would offer so many opportunities, not only for our 4-H kids, but also for other youth and adults in the community."
A St. Patrick's Day dance and family fun night will be held Saturday, March 17, at the Carey Foster Hall on the fairgrounds.
The public is invited to come dance to music by D.J. "Farron" and participate in children's carnival games from 7 to 11 p.m.
Cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child or $10 per family. This event is sponsored by the Crook County 4-H Leader's Association, Inc., and all proceeds will go towards the new "4-H Clover Club" building fund.