Emily Kidd, 4-H Issue Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension, recently appeared before members of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club with two 4-H students to speak about 4-H in Chautauqua County.
Ms. Kidd said the Chautauqua County 4-H program has 400 members organized into 22 clubs ranging in size from five to 25 members. The youth members, she said, run their clubs, selecting student leaders and the projects on which they work. Projects vary between clubs and include subjects such as public speaking, conservation, tractor safety certification and more. There are nine animal projects countywide.
According to Ms. Kidd, funding for 4-H has shifted from government to private fundraising. An endowment fund for 4-H has been established at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation with a goal of $2 million to be raised within five years.
From left are Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director; Alyssa and Holly Crandall, 4-H participants; Emily Kidd of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Sharon Hamilton, Jamestown Noon Rotary Club president.
Sisters Alyssa and Holly Crandall, both members of the 4-H, attended the meeting with their mother Jerri Crandall. Each girl spoke about the benefits she has gained from 4-H. Alyssa, 15, spoke about her work to organize blood drives at the fire department, her involvement in school clubs and in the 4-H heifer and steer livestock program. Holly, 12, detailed how she has learned public speaking and has participated in the heifer and steer animal program. Both girls displayed 4-H awards they have won and spoke about how much 4-H means to them.
Ms. Kidd said the annual meat sale at the Chautauqua County Fair included 120 animals and grossed $145,000. Ninety-four percent of the proceeds go directly back to the youths who raise and care for the animals, while five percent of the proceeds are used to cover sale expenses and one percent is given to 4-H for operating expenses.
The Jamestown Noon Rotary Club is a local service organization known for the work its members do for the community. Local residents interested in Rotary can attend a noon Monday meeting at the Robert H. Jackson Center, located on Prendergast Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Jamestown.
Alyssa and Holly Crandall, 4-H participants; Emily Kidd of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Sharon Hamilton, Jamestown Noon Rotary Club president.