The first and biggest change will be how the meetings are run. Teryl and I sat down & discussed a basic schedule of what we will do at each meeting. Taylor and I spent time adjusting that schedule to fit in with the activities that we will be participating in over the next several months. Over the next few days Savannah will take the reins of the website and get that information posted. What does that mean for you? To start with, while Teryl & I will be at the meetings and always available to answer questions, Taylor, and Danielle in her absence, will now be running the meetings.
Second, I have heard a lot of comments that we spend to much time going over the calendar at each meeting. Of course, Teryl & I both spend allot of time answering email & phone calls about those same things from people who either missed the meeting or weren’t paying attention. We also spend a great deal of time reminding people to register for “whatever” and then making phone calls to get club members into events that they missed the deadline for. To address that issue we are going to try a different approach this year. The meeting minutes will be posted on the website each Wednesday. If you miss a meeting it is YOUR responsibility to check the website. By Friday of each week the agenda for the following meeting will be posted. If we need to make a change to the agenda we will try to send out an email to the group. Because the agenda will be posted it will be YOUR responsibility to bring the correct project materials to the meeting. Deadlines & activities will still be posted on the white board displayed at each meeting but only the new items will be discussed.
Third, as much as some of you dislike showmanship, many of you constantly request showmanship training. In the past we have had difficulties getting everyone in the ring with the correct equipment. To remedy that situation, the club calendar will become an even more invaluable tool. Check this page of the website before coming to the meeting to make sure you are prepared for the dog portion of our meeting. The calendar will tell you what the training focus will be that night with our dogs. Obedience equipment will be needed each week, but on showmanship weeks you will also need that collar/leash set up and on game nights you MAY need to add something extra like a tug toy or retractable leash to your bag.
Finally, as you read your clover award and project requirements you will see that you need to teach some group activities. One week each month we will turn a substantial part of the meeting over to club members so they can meet this requirement. The requirements vary depending on your age and project levels. It will be YOUR responsibility to plan what you want to teach & discuss it with me. Once I have approved your plan then you will need to schedule your activity with Danielle, Vice President & Keeper of the Calendar.
As you can see there are LOTS of changes planned for this year. The biggest being that YOU are going to be more responsible for YOUR club. Please support Taylor, Savannah & the other officers as we make big changes for a GREAT new 4-H year.
Also, this is MY first blog post, so hopefully it works!