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Pine, Kanabec and Mille Lacs County 4-H’ers work together to form stronger clubs

Ten Pine, Kanabec and Mille Lacs 4-H youth and adults spent Thursday, December 7th working together to create a stronger club experience through club officer positions. 

Program Coordinators Heidi Vanderloop (Pine), Laura Ambrose (Kanabec) and Danielle Ganje (Mille Lacs) collaborated on the training with the intent that all ideas incorporated could be utilized at their clubs to create a sense of belonging along with mastery of Robert Rules of Order when conducting a club meeting.  Activities included an icebreaker where youth and adults had to identify ten items everyone in their group had in common beyond face value items.  Some commonalities shared included: 4-H, Italian food, music, dogs, and more.

After identifying commonalities, youth and adults engaged in an escape room concept game called Breakout EDU.  The group pieced together clues from a history of communication to successfully complete the activity.  Communication is a life skill and we discussed its’ relationship to 4-H and club meetings. 

Participants then learned more about their officer roles including position descriptions, their most important task in their role and had their questions answered.  After they better understood their roles, they got to apply their role to a mock meeting.  4-Hers were challenged to have a meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order about building pizzas for dinner.  Motions were made on how many pizzas to cook, motions were amended for toppings and motions were killed based on lack of a second for the motion.   During this meeting, youth took minutes, gave a Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Report and simulated what an actual 4-H meeting would look like.  Discussion occurred on how long a business meeting should be and key components of a meeting like recreation and education. 

For an ending activity, the Presidents and Vice-Presidents planned it. They decided on “Shabooya Roll Call” which created a lot of laughter and ended the evening on a high note.


Laura Ambrose
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 679-6340
Danielle Ganje
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 983-8330
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