4-H announces a new club opening in the Siletz area, with its first meeting this Thursday, January 31at 3:00 p.m. at the Siletz Grange Hall. Youth of all backgrounds and interests are invited to attend and learn about projects ranging from sewing and gardening to crafts and possibly even raising livestock. Organizers say the only requirements are curiosity, commitment and the desire to explore possibility. The club is being led by 4-H Volunteers Elizabeth Kosydar and Patty Mann who say the group will not be a place where children will be dropped off and entertained for a few hours but rather an experience that will involve youth and parents alike. Active participation will be the key to fun and success for everyone involved. Kosydar and Mann said they are aware that not everyone can arrive at 3:00 p.m. Thursday due to school and bus schedules and emphasized that youth and their parents should arrive whenever they can through 5:00 p.m.
According to the OSU Extension office, 4-H Clubs throughout Lincoln County offer opportunities to explore project areas such as photography, food and nutrition, natural science, fine arts, crafts, sewing, archery, marine science, horticulture, raising small animals and livestock, working with horses and dogs and much more. The focus of 4-H is not on becoming an expert in any one area but rather on helping young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character. Research has shown that by participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success in adulthood. For more information about the new Siletz 4-H club or 4-H in general, call the Extension Office at 541-574-6534.