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“To educate and promote agriculture, industry, and youth through community involvement; to motivate, develop, and recognize the leaders of today and tomorrow through competitive entries and wholesome activities.” Thus reads the Mission Statement of the Gage County Ag Society.

We are proud to work together with this passionate group of men and women on so much more than the county fair. At the November annual meeting, election of board members was held; these volunteers serve on your board: Sue Bishop, Matt Uher, Don Esau, Derek Koenig, Lisa Wiegand, Brian Hamel, Roger Henrichs, Steve Whitwer, Colleen Herfel, Kim Witulski, Bryan Cook, Dustin Fritch, John McKeever, Scott Parde, Loren Trauernicht. We appreciate the service they give to youth and families in Gage County and southeast Nebraska.

Give a lifetime gift

We all know the gifts that 4-H gives to kids and families as they learn, grow, discover, try new things, and build skills for life. 4-H is a hands-on family oriented program “to make the best better." 4-H teaches citizenship, leadership, communications, family learning, character, and so much more. This holiday, why not give the 4-H gift of knowledge to your children, neighbors, family or friends. Enrollment is open to youth, ages 8 (January 1) through age 18; enrollment deadline is May 1; website: www.ne.4honline.com. 4-H is building youth for a lifetime.

Fantasy of trees

The holidays are here and there’s lots going on in our community. Gage County 4-H shines bright at the Fantasy of Trees, sponsored by the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce. Stop by to see our tree with the theme “Memories Never Fade in 4-H”, at the new location, Indian Creek Mall, for some holiday spirit.

Dresses for Africa

Share your time to make little girls smile with a new dress, giving them the lasting gift of hope. We have kits ready with a dress that only requires a couple hours of sewing. Stop by the Extension Office on the fairgrounds.

Pay It forward

When someone does you a favor or a kind deed...pay it forward. This refers to repaying the good deeds one has received by doing good things for others. In this way, helping each other can spread through society, making the world a better place. Sometimes the simplest idea can make a big difference, not only during the holidays, but all year long.

Joy of giving

It’s a great time of year to get into the spirit of giving. Everyone has the potential to give, no matter what your age or circumstances. One of the greatest joys in life is giving, benefitting both the giver and the receiver.

Consider giving your time or money to help others. Volunteer to help children and families. Incorporate the idea of giving into your family traditions and celebrations. Brainstorm with your kids or family for ways you can help others. Step up and volunteer.

There is a mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom, and peace of mind - are attained by giving them to someone else. Take time to enrich your life and lift your spirits as you give of yourself. For it is in giving that we receive. Enjoy the blessings of helping others.

Be Happier and healthier

We all want to be happy and healthy, live our lives well and be stress free. Here are some tips: Connect with others. Stay positive. Be physically active. Help others. Get enough rest. Create joy and satisfaction. Eat well. Take care of your spirit. Remember: live your life well and be happier and healthier.

Simple Inspirations: Eric Sevareid said, “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something and someone else besides ourselves.”

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