Everyday ethics

Character is ethical and moral strength. Good character is necessary to successfully meet life’s challenges, for youth and adults. Building character is a team effort between parents, teachers, coaches, adults and others, which involves education, leadership and promoting good character. Focus on the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Make everyday ethics your plan for a better world. Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Here’s a list of easy ways to show good character - and make our corner of the planet a better place to be. Use these ideas to practice good character all year long. Better yet, add your own ideas and share them with friends and neighbors.

  • Say "please," "thank you" and "you’re welcome."
  • Tell someone they look great today.
  • Give sincere compliments.
  • Smile.
  • Let someone know you appreciate them (mailman, day care provider or employees).
  • Send a thank you note, text or email just because.
  • Be pleasant to a food server.
  • Recycle.
  • Offer your help before being asked.
  • Donate to an organization you believe in.
  • Buy a pop or coffee for the person behind you in line.
  • Donate items to a food pantry.
  • Give someone a hug.

Greg Evans, a cartoonist, said, “Building character is a lifelong journey of small steps... teaching, modeling and promoting good character.” We can begin today to make a difference. Strong people make strong families. Strong families make strong communities. Your character counts 365 days a year!

Dresses for Africa

Please join us in this awesome sewing and service project, making a difference to girls in Africa. Dresses are simply made from fabric or pillow cases; patterns are available at the Extension Office. If you sew, you can help us reach our goal of 100 dresses to send in November. We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.

Celebration to honor 4-H excellence

Excellence is a choice. Excellence is an expectation. We’re honored to recognize 4-H members for their excellence this past year at the annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Gage County 4-H Council will host 4-H friends, families and supporters on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the 4-H Building in Beatrice. We will present awards to youth and adult volunteers, as well as business and community members. Persons receiving awards will receive an invitation. The public is invited to attend.

Monsanto funds

America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner is selected in each eligible county. Visit www.growcommunities.com or call 1-877-267-3332 by Nov. 30. Please indicate Gage County 4-H as your choice for recipient of funds.

'4-H 4 U'

Every child is a success story waiting to begin and 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities for youth to discover their world, their community and themselves. You make your own choices and set your own goals. Gage County 4-H is offered for youth in second grade to age 18, with over 100 educational projects. In 4-H, youth gain practical skills and develop life skills. Extension staff provide assistance and resources. The minimum club size is five members, with all clubs lead by volunteer adults. Parental involvement is the key to success. Contact the Extension Office at 402-223-1384, or email jesau2@unl.edu. Visit the website at gage.unl.edu.

Quote of note

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence.” -Vince Lombardi.

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