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Loving and living green

Loving and living green

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We’re bringing a Lil’ Green into your lives this year and we hope to spread green to your friends and families. 4-H enrollment is open to youth age 8 through age 19. Youth may join an existing club, families are encouraged to form new clubs, or youth may be independent members, without a club format. In 4-H, youth develop life skills, character, leadership and citizenship. Minimum club size is 5 members, with clubs lead by volunteer adults. Parents are encouraged to attend meetings and activities. Online enrollment is due May 1. Website: https://ne.4honline.com. 4-H green looks good on all of us, kids, parents, adult volunteers, community businesses and organizations. Learn green. Love green. Live green. Green is a good color – for you and for me.

Gage County Fair & Expo

What’s your favorite season of the year? Fair season is only 190 days away. The 2020 theme is “Nebraska Proud at the Gage County Fair." When the people of our community and state come together, we create strong communities. Heart to heart, hand to hand, we are Nebraska Strong. We celebrate Nebraska at the 2020 Gage County Fair, July 22-26, bringing people together. If you would like to join with us in sponsorship of trophies, awards or contests, contact the Extension Office.

Horse boosters meeting

4-H youth, parents and volunteers are invited to the annual horse project meeting, Thursday, February 6, 7:30 pm, Extension meeting room. We work together to keep our 4-H horse program strong and growing.

Special Interest 4-H Clubs

4-H is more than cows and cooking… and we have the club for you. Yes, we offer about twenty traditional 4-H clubs, with the option for youth to learn in over 100 projects, livestock and home economics. I’m also excited to tell you about these special interest 4-H clubs: horse (3), Homestead 4-H Shooting Sports Club, and First Lego League. Feathers & Fur poultry & rabbit club invites interested families to their meeting, Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm, Extension meeting room.

In addition, we are looking for families with interests in new clubs with shooting sports (shotgun) and goats and sheep. It’s the right time to join as we kick off 4-H 2020! Contact: 402-223-1384.

Happiness is...

In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy asks Charlie Brown, “Why do you think we were put on earth?” Charlie answers, “To make others happy.” Lucy replies, “I don’t think I’m making anyone happy,” and then adds, “but nobody’s making me very happy either. Somebody’s not doing his job!”

People like Lucy are so sure happiness is a matter of getting something that they ask not what they can do for others but what others can and should do for them. They become so preoccupied with what they don’t have that they can’t enjoy what they do have. They don’t realize one of the best ways to be happy is to experience the joy and self-worth of making others happy. I hope this year will go down in your book of life as one filled with happiness and contentment, as we are made wiser and stronger by our experiences. May optimism rule in that the best is yet to come. May 2020 be your best year - so far. Happiness is contagious... be a carrier. Wishing you joy in the journey...

Cards and more cards

Holidays, birthdays, any time… we receive many beautiful cards from friends and family. Read them, say thanks for their friendship, and bundle them up to recycle at the Extension Office; we network with Mosaic in the recycling of cards.

Your character counts

Make character your cause for celebration… every day and every year. Your character counts! It’s big and getting bigger each year; last year over 5 million kids in 61 countries celebrated the six pillars of character, the universal values we share. As children grow to become responsible adults, they carry with them the values and traditions they were taught as children.

Can you name the six pillars of character? Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship. Each of the pillars helps instill a positive school, work and home climate, and a culture of kindness, making the world a safer environment for all of us to work, study, learn and grow. The pillars of character can enrich the climate of any group of children and adults.

Research shows the qualities of perseverance, optimism, curiosity and self-discipline (all of which are included in the general category of character) – are more likely to produce success then a high IQ or highly developed cognitive skills. Character is the decisive ingredient of success.

Together we affirm the importance of the six pillars of character 365 days a year. Kids are 27% of our population, but 100% of our future. Which way they go depends on us. “To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life.” Your character counts!

Simple Inspirations: “One of the good things about the future is that it always comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln.

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