US Sunbeams September Meeting

(photo contributed)

Members of the US Sunbeams created Halloween pallet art during their September meeting. Pictured (from left to right) Dylan Donovan, Meredith Arganbright, Kiersten Knobbe, Kennedy Reinhart and Wilson Clark; and (back row) Natalie Donovan, Nora Langgaard, Lilah Heinz-Wilson, Rylee Sloss, Gavin Sloss, Gavin Steensen and Kelsie Steensen.

The US Sunbeams held their September meeting on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the 4-H Education Center in Guthrie Center. There were 12 members present and we celebrated the birthdays of Dylan Donovan and Gavin Sloss. We also welcomed three new members to our club, Kelsey and Gavin Steensen and Kennedy Rinehart. During the meeting, members got creative by creating Halloween pallet art.

President, Natalie Donovan, called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m. Gavin Sloss led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kiersten Knobbe gave the secretary’s report, and Rylee Sloss gave the treasurer’s report.

In old business, members were reminded to write thank you notes to their trophy/plaque sponsors, as well as, anyone they felt helped them have a successful year if they had not already done so. We also discussed how we felt about set up of our STATIC building display, any pros and cons to consider for next year’s display. Members were lastly reminded that record books and award applications are due Oct. 18.

In new business, the club discussed the annual Christmas greenery sales. Members will sell greenery through the month of October with final orders to be given to leaders by Nov. 1. Delivery is still planned to be the week of Thanksgiving.

It was discussed that due to the show and go style of the fair, that there was not 4-H Food Stand or Silent auction for 2020. Youth Committee has stated that funding this year is going to be tight. Members would like to get suggestions or a list of ways we can help monetarily this year. We discussed possibly donating some sort of signage for the new 4-H Education Center at the fairgrounds from funds we earned with our greenery sale 2019. Leaders will discuss this with the Guthrie Co. Fair Board and we will discuss again in the future.

Members were reminded of the upcoming National 4-H week, Oct. 4 – 10, we plan on wearing our 4H shirts as a club on Oct. 6. Awards day will be held one of two ways, either an online virtual event or an Extension staff member will attend one of our meetings to give out awards earned. Enrollment for the new 4H year is due on 4H online by Dec. 1. Lastly, we quickly discussed what our upcoming year will look like for meetings/activities due to the COVID19 pandemic. Leaders will be working on this year’s club planner.

Dylan Donovan led the members in the 4-H Pledge, and Natalie Donovan adjourned the meeting. Our next meeting is currently planned for Sunday, Oct. 18 to go over the record keeping process with new members, turn in award applications and have member/mentor record book conferences.