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2018 Spring & Summer Club List 

 
AG AWARENESS - Farm Tours 
Are you passionate about agriculture? Do you want to explore different types of farming and agri-business?  Then the agriculture awareness farm tours club is for you! We will explore different types of farms in and around Brant County and learn how to be a good spokesperson for agriculture industry. Achievement will take place throughout the Paris Fair (Labour Day weekened) in the Agriculture Awareness Building
Leaders: Amanda Henderson   amanda.henderson@.001@gmail.com 
                Celie Diebold   cdiebold@uoguelph.ca 
                Brent Cochrane  brentcochrane@hotmai.com 
Meeting Dates: 3rd  Tuesday  of each month April - September; plus Judging Night - June 27th
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm (may vary)
1st Meeting: Tuesday, April 17th  @ Bethel  7 pm - 9 pm
Location:  various locations thru out Brant County
Achievement: Paris Fair (Labour Day weekend)  details TBD
*maximum of 20 members (waiting list will be taken)  
Ages: 12 & up
 
Club Full - All Manner of Red Meat - BACON and Beyond 
The Bacon and Beyond Club will focus on one of everybody's favourite foods - BACON. We will be cooking bacon, sample and enjoy bacon at our meetings. Be prepared to cook, sample and enjoy bacon soup, sandwiches, sweet treats and unique recipes! Our achievement day will be a potluck of your favourite recipe from the club or one of your own bacon creations
Leaders: Pam Charlton   tpcharlton@kwic.com 
                Kathyrn Fair   fair75@yahoo.ca 
                Cinnamon Fielding   cinnamon.fielding@outlook.com 
Meeting Dates & Times: Monday, April 30th  7 pm - 9 pm
                                           Wednesday, May 16th  7 pm - 9 pm
                                            Wednesday, May  23rd  7 pm - 9 pm
                                            Saturday, June 2nd   9 am - noon
                                            Saturday, June 9th    9 am - noon
1st Meeting: Monday, April 30th  7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Colborne St. E., Brantford 
Achievement:  Saturday, June 16th; 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Potluck Lunch
*maximum of 15 members
Material fee:  $20. 
 
All The World Is A Stage - DRAMA
All the World is a Stage will meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning in April to learn the art of the dramatic arts, from script writing to costuming to performing.  Each club meeting will build on each other, as we work our way from writing our script to performance night on stage in costume performing for our achievement. Bring your creative imaginations to our first meeting as we begin the process of writing our script for our achievement in October!
Leaders: Jennifer Boone   519 448-3972   ron.jennifer@theboones.org
                Nancy Van Sas 519 446-2778   nancy.vansas@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates:  2nd Wednesday  - April - October - Wednesdays - April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, September 12,  October 10 
Time:   7 pm 9 pm          
1st Meeting: Wednesday April 11th; ; 7 pm 9 pm @ Bethel
Location: Bethel Stone United Church - church hall
Achievement: October  date TBD
 
ART - Painting
Do you like to be creative? Want to experiment with painting, sculpting, sketching and drawing? In the Art projects club learn about the basics of colour, techniques and experiment with different media used in art. Investigate different of paint, learn how to scale up and transfer images and types of mediums to paint with. Upon completion of the project, exhibit a piece of your artwork at the Burford Fair 
Leaders: Scott Archer & Betty Summerhayes   betty.summerhayes@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates: 2nd   Thursday  of each month April - August 
Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
1st Meeting: Thursday, April 12th 
Location:  32 Indian Line Rd., Mt. Pleasant
Achievement: exhibit a piece of artwork at the Burford Fair (Thanksgiving weekend)
*maximum of 18 members
 
Batter Up - COOKIE Club
Cookies for a Cause- Learn to bake different types of cookies and store them for future use. Taste the difference different ingredients will make. Show off our cookie baking skills by serving our cookies to the Paris Fair Patrons at the 'Two of a Kind and Patsy Show on Friday August 31st for Achievement Day.
Leaders: Holly Illman   holly@pinehavensolutions.com 
                 Tammy Oswick   to13new@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates:  4th Thursday  f each month April - August  
Time:  6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
1st Meeting: Thursday, April 26th in the Kitchen of the Paris Fairgrounds
Location: the kitchen at the Paris Fairgrounds
Achievement: Friday, August 31st   10:45 am - 2 pm at the Paris Fairgrounds (Labour Day weekend)
 
Beef
We are going to focus on Showmanship and Beef Nutrition. This will be a hands on club that members will learn about different nutrition programs and how each are beneficial.
Leaders:  Celie Diebold   cdiebold@uoguelph.ca  
                  Ron Eadie  519 647-3961  Ron@doubledtransport.com 
                  Mark Eddy  519  442-5801  markwseddy@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates: 2nd Tuesday each month April - August;  plus - Judging Night - June 27th  mandatory meeting;
                           August exhibit board meeting.
1st Meeting: April 11th 
Location: various host farms around the county
Achievement: Saturday, September 1st ; 4-H Beef  Show  @ the Paris Fair
 
Club Full - Best of the Bakery
There's nothing quite like homemade baking! Learn how to bake items including: cinnamon buns, pie, cheesecake and decorated cakes.  Treat and amaze your friends and family with your newly found baking skills! You will enjoy making and eating your delicious creations. Come hang out with us. This club is limited 12 members at this time. If enough interest the club will be run again in the fall.
Leaders:   Janice Kyle   pjkyle92@gmail.com  
                Susan Pynenburg  spynenburg@silomail.com  
Meeting Dates:  Tuesdays -  April  24;  May 1, 8, 22, 29;  June 5
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
1st Meeting: Tuesday, April 24th  
Location: the Kyle Farm - 428 Brant-Oxford Rd., Drumbo 
Achievement: members will provide bake goods desserts for the Brant 4-H Steak BBQ - Friday, June 16th 
*Limited to 12 members; if enough interest the club will run again in the fall
Material Fee: $10. 
 
Canine
This year the canine club will cover all the basic needs of owning a dog, from nutrition, costs, training and so much more. You do not need to have a dog to join this club, just the want to learn more about our canine friends.  
Leaders:  Nadine Illet   n_illet@hotmail.com
                  Sarah Monahan  monahan_sarah1@hotmail.com 
Meeting Dates: 1st   Thursday  of each month April - August 
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
1st Meeting: Thursday, April 5th; 7 pm - 9 pm 
Location:  TBD
Achievement: dog show at the Paris Fair - Friday, August 31st 
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT -  as a Historical Interpreter & Presenter at the BELL HOMESTEAD
Brant 4-H is very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with the Bell Homestead, National Historic Site for a Community Involvement club, that is also a part of Our Heritage in Brant.  This is your chance to become a historical interpreter. You will be given an Introduction to museum interpretation; Develop historical thinking skills; Research to work on your presentation as well writing interpretation; Better your public speaking skills; Costuming of the time period to reflect your room you are in; Approval of your presentations & notes by the curator and education co-ordinator of the homestead; Presentations to the public at the Edwardian Tea & Tours, Sunday, April 8th
Leaders: Lesleigh Elgie   lesleigh.elgie@gmail.com  
                 Elaine Elgie   sled1@sympatico.ca  
                 Shirley Caron    slcain@execulink.com 
Meeting Dates: Monday, March 19; Wednesday, March 21; Monday, March 26; Wednesday, March 28; 
                            Wednesday, April 4  - all of these meetings at the educational at the Bell Homestead
- Note: ALL MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY! Because of the nature of this club.
Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm 
1st Meeting:  Sunday, March  18th ,  6:45 pm - 7:45 pm @ Bethel for election of club executive, go over club expectations       
                      Parents are encouraged to stay for this meeting!
Location: all meetings at the Bell Homestead; except the first meeting March 18th at Bethel
Achievement: Sunday, April 8th; Tours given between 12:30 & 4
 
Conservation:  Protecting Planet Earth
Discover the living world around us with a new lens! We'll create habitats for wild bees and butterflies, learn about the busy world beneath our feet in the soil, look for wildlife and make our backyards an oasis for species at risk. The club will be filled with lots of time outdoors and lots of crafts and activities to protect our planet. All 4-H ages welcome! Dress for the weather.
Leaders:  Maggie McCormick   maggsmile@gmail.com 
                    Kara Pate   kara.d.pate@gmail.com 
                    Michelle Linington   liningtonm@gmail.com   
Meeting Dates:  4th Wednesdays - April - August ; Judging Night - a mandatory meeting
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm;  
1st Meeting: Wednesday, April 25th; 7 pm
Location of meetings: Brantwood Farms, 251 Power Line Rd., Brantford 
Achievement: tentatively set for the Paris Fair - throughout Labour Day weekend 
 
Crops
Topic: Specialty Agriculture
The 2018 Brant Crops Club will be exploring alternative crops again this year. We will be travelling to several different farms throughout the county. Producers will give 4-H Members tours of their operations.  The Farmers will share the thought process of establishing an alternative crop, the pros and cons of an alternative crop as well as marketing. 
The 4-H Crops will be a continuation from last year's club and we always welcome new members!
Leaders: Dan Van Weerdhuizen  519 463-9656  danvan@golden.net 
                Steve Sickle 519 442-1831  ssicklefarm@hotmail.com 
Meeting Dates: 4th  Thursdays;  April - August
Times: 7 pm -9 pm, unless notified by leaders
Location: various locations
First Meeting: Thursday, April 26th; leaders will notify of location  
Achievement: September 27th  (tentative)
 
Dairy - Junior (plesase note change of ages 9 -13* as of Jan. 1st, 2018)
Leaders: Valerie Stone   519 732-1928    valstone18@hotmail.com
                 Gord Vellenga   519 753-1522   gcvellenga@silomail.com  
Meeting Dates: 1st Wednesday each month April - August 
                           & * Judging Night - mandatory meeting June 27th 
Time: 7:30 pm- 9 pm
1st Meeting: Wednesday, April 4th; Leaders will notify of location (& if a change of date for first meeting)
Locations: various host farms around the county
Achievement: Friday, August 31st - 4-H Dairy Show, Paris Fair
 
Dairy -  Senior (14* & up as of Jan. 1st, 2018)
Leaders: Terry Green 519 759-3845   tgreen@sympatico.ca 
                 Colton Oughtred    colton_oughtred@hotmail.ca 
                 Brad Stuart   519 458-4108   bradstuart@silomail.com  
Meeting Dates: 2nd Wednesday each month May - August 
                           & *Judging Night mandatory meeting June 27th 
1st Meeting: May 9th 
Location: various host farms around the county
Achievement:  Friday, August 31st; 4-H Dairy Show, Paris Fair
 
Club Full: Fishing - (Beginner)
 Bring your favourite fishing rod and test your luck:  we are going fishing! Members will learn some interesting facts about fishing, fisheries and fly fishing ecosystems. We will be touring the Brant Rod & Gun Club Fishery and practice our new skills along the shoreline of the Grand River.
Leaders: Angie Cain   acain@silomail.com 
                 Laura Fox-Savescu    chipperfox75@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates: Fridays -   March 23, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 27 & August 10
Times: 7 pm -9 pm, unless notified by leaders
Location: various locations
First Meeting:  Friday, March 23rd  @ 7 pm;  leaders will notify of location  
Achievement: The Ontario Family Fishing Event runs from June 30th - July 8th, 2018, it is province-wide opportunity to fish Ontario waters without the fishing outdoors card. Take your family fishing and teach them your new skills! 
We will be looking forward to your reports.
 
Goat- Meat Breeds
Learn the basics of goat care, housing, and upgrading your herd through selective breeding and record keeping. For your achievement you will be showing your goat in showmanship at the Paris Fair, Saturday, September 1st .
Judging night is a mandatory meeting for this club! 
Goat washing & trimming for the fair will be Tuesdays in August 6 -9 pm
Leaders:  Holly Illman   226 388-4083   holly@pinehavensolutions.com
                  Tricia Henderson 519 448-1000    tshenderson00@gmail.com 
                  Celie Diebold    cdiebold@uoguelph.ca 
Dates: 2nd Thursdays;  April - August & Judging Night June 27th; 
Goat washing & trimming Tuesdays in August
            April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12,  August 9 
Time: 7 pm  -  9 pm
Location of meetings: 855 Paris Plains Church Rd. Paris
First Meeting:  Thursdays, April 12th 
Achievement: at the Paris Fair - Saturday, September 1st - goat will have to be on the fairgrounds for 8 am; show to start at 9 am. 
 
 
Horse - Rodeo
Learn a little bit about each of the Rodeo Events.  We will strengthen our roping skills and work on skills that will make us better riders as well. In April or May we will attend the Ontario Roping Association Finals (date to be determined) an we will attend one more rodeo event during the summer (approx.. cost to attend a rodeo approx.. $20.).
We look forward to having everyone attend who would like to actively learn about horses, and rodeo events.
No horse needed, just a willingness to participate. This is a very hands on club!
 Leaders: Corey & Holly Illman  226-388-4083  holly@pinehavensolutins.com 
    Jennifer Brown  226 583-4033   jenscottbrown@hotmail.com
                  Celie Diebold    cdiebold@uoguelph.ca 
Meeting Dates:  3rd Thursdays, March  - August (NO - April meeting)
March 23, May 17th, June 21st , August 16th  plus Ontario Roping Finals & a Rodeo
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: 855 Paris Plains Church Rd., Paris 
1st  Meeting: Thursday, March 29th   @ 855 Paris Plains Church Rd., Paris  7 pm
Leaders must have at the 1st meeting a completed copy of your 4-H Ontario participant agreement form
Achievement: Saturday, August 18th   9 am - noon
 
On Your Own - You Can Do It!
By exploring ideas and practicing skills this project will help you gain confidence to be home alone. It focuses on everything from doing laundry, to basic cooking, to personal safety and first aid. We will also have a special guest to help us learn about basic child care and babysitting skills.
Leaders: Karen Condon   karenjc24@yahoo.com 
                 Tammy Oswick   to13new@gmail.com
Meeting Dates:  Fridays - April 6, 20, 27; May 4, 25 & June 1st
Times: 7 pm -9 pm 
Location: Bethel
First Meeting:  Friday, April 6th  7 pm  
Achievement: TBD
 
Photography
A picture is worth a thousand words … come out every third Thursday May to October  to learn tricks of the trade in photography, from landscape to portrait, to city to rural and the magnificent fall colours… come to the first meeting with topics you wish to cover ..... Don't forget to bring your Camera to all meetings! Our achievement will be entering a minimum of 3 photographs of your choice into the Paris Fair - Labour Day weekend.
Leaders: Nancy Van Sas  519 446-2776   nancy.vansas@gmail.com  
                Sarah Monahan   monahan_sarah1@hotmail.com 
Meetings: 3rd Thursday each month,  May - October
Location: various locations
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
1st  Meeting: Thursday,  May 17th ; leaders will notify members of locations
Achievement: Paris Fair entry; to be delivered to the fair Wednesday, August 29th  (2:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
 
Power of Produce - Canning
Learn to grow, harvest, freeze and can through hands on practice in the garden and in the kitchen. We will be growing a variety of vegetables to freeze, as well as making jams, dill pickles, spaghetti sauce and more! We will be taking some of our home-grown produce to the Food Bank on date yet to be decided.
Leaders:  Carol Vellenga 753-1522   gcvellenga@silomail.com
                  Betty Summerhayes    betty.summerhayes@gmail.com
                  Janice Kyle   pjkyle92@gmail.com   
Meeting Dates & Times: Satrudays - April 21st , 10 - noon;  May 12th , 1:30 - 3;  June 23rd  , 10 - 11:30; 
July 21st  10 - 11:30;   August 18th , 10 am to noon;  September 22nd , 10 - 11:30;  October 20th , 10 - noon
Location: The Vellenga Farm  266 Govenor's Rd. E.  Paris
First Meeting:   Saturday,  April 21st  
Achievement: (tentative) - enter a home-made canned goods at the Burford Fair, Thanksgiving weekend 
*limited to 10 members
Material Fee: $10. 
 
 
QUILTING - Clubs 1 & 2
Quilting is an exacting & precise craft, requiring patience, willingness to keep trying until you get it right, need a keen sense to learn & able to take direction
We will continue to become confident using the rotary cutter, working with a quilting ruler to cut your own fabric, reading & following a pattern. Perfecting that 1/4`` seam & nesting seams.  
Most members will - either a lap or full size quilt or a wall hanging (of a good size). Projects matched to skill level.  
First & second time quilting club member will have a pattern to begin/ build their quilting skills.  
Long time returning members will have choice of 3 projects that they will decide among themselves which one they are all going to do.
Leaders: Lori DeJong  519 442-1251  pdejong@rogers.com  
                Elaine Elgie  519 756-4515   sled1@sympatico.ca 
                Lesleigh Elgie  519 761-1496   lesleigh.elgie@gmail.com  
                Amy Quinn  punchwich@yahoo.ca  
Meeting Dates:  - Mondays- April 9*, 14, 23 & 30 (?); May 7, 14 & 28; June  4, 11, 18 & 25 - Bring sewing machine to all meetings &  Saturday - April 28th  -  Road trip to Quilt Show in St. Mary's                                              
Times: Monday's   6:30 - 9
Location:- Bethel Stone United Church - church hall
1st Meeting: Monday, April 9th*  @ Bethel  7 pm - 8:30 pm*  - sewing machines not needed at this meeting*
Material Fee:  Cost of purchasing of 100% cotton fabric & 100% cotton thread for your main project 
Achievement: entry into the Paris Fair - August 29th taken to the fairgrounds between 2:30 - 8pm & 2nd Ach. TBD
 Note:  If, we are able to accomplish all that we hope to cover/complete this will count as 2 clubs, running concurrently.
Members MUST have & KNOW HOW TO OPERATE their SEWING MACHINE (this includes threading of the machine, bobbin, tension) & Bring Machine to ALL Meetings, along with sewing/quilting accessories!!!   Have available to use & bring to all meetings fabric scissors, quilting pins, stitch ripper; etc. Cutting mat  & rotary cutter if you have.  
Previous year members bring your 4-H Quilting Club binder to the first meeting.
 
SHEEP
Hands on at every meeting. 
Topic: Learning how to show & prepare your animal for show as well as gaining more sheep knowledge & the sheep industry
Leaders:  Josh & Melissa Groves    vangrofarms@hotmail.com
                  Lesleigh Elgie    lesleigh.elgie@gmail.com 
Meeting Dates: 3rd Wednesday of each month April - August & a pre-fair sheep washing & clipping date
1st Meeting: Wednesday, April 18th
Time: 7 - 9
Location: Vanfor Farms -  594 Hwy 54, Brantford 
Achievement: Monday, Sept. 3rd , Brant 4-H Sheep Show, Paris Fair - Labour Day weekend
 
Sodbusters - Plowing  * must be 12 or older as of January 1st, 2018
Leaders: Brent Cochrane  519 442-2723 brentcochrane@hotmail.com
                Amanda Henderson  519 448-1000    amanda.henderson.001@gmail.com
    Scott Henderson  519 448-1000
Meeting Dates: - over the summer months; Leaders will be in contact with those interested
Location: various locations
Achievement: participating at the Brant-Six Nations Plowing Match - August 11th 
 
 
Club Pending:  Is there is still interest in the following club? 
If there is - dates & confirm leaders will be - 
 
Catering
Hard work while having fun, paying attention to detail, confidence under pressure and a big smile = a successful event! Valuable skills to have!  Members plan and execute 2 major events in the year.  (Steak BBQ; a couple of events we have been asked to help out & a major Brant 4-H fund raiser)
We have had a great deal of fun in this club over the years & fund raised  a good amount of money for Brant 4-H.
Events planned for 2018: Annual Fund Raising Steak BBQ - Friday, June 15th
                                            2nd Annual Fund Raising Pork Chop BBQ - Saturday, September 8th 
                                            Annual All U Can Eat Fund Raising Pasta Dinner - October tbd
Meeting Location: total of meetings & wrap up meeting at Bethel Stone United Church, church hall
Achievement: culmination of all the events
 
 
Contact Elaine Elgie  519 756-4515 or brant4h.programmanager@gmail.com for more information, questions or to sign up or the leaders