Diamond year for 4-H Club

October 23, 2012 by  

The oldest 4-H Club in Olmsted County will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Sunday, November 4, and has issued a state-wide invitation for past and present members to attend.

Rochester’s New Haven Sodbuster Club will hold a celebration at the Town Hall in New Haven from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, with refreshments and sharing of memories of how membership of 4-H has impacted the lives of current and past members. Poster printing and distribution to other 4-H organizations would be a way to spread the word of the diamond anniversary celebration of the club that was founded in 1937.

Celebration organizers will encourage attendees to record their thoughts on paper shaped like four-leaf clovers. The four leaves, which are the symbols of the 4-H club, symbolize the four pillars of the organization – Head, Hands, Heart, and Health.

To get ready for the 75th anniversary event on November 4, volunteer organizers have combed through over seven decades of scrapbooks containing pictures and clippings to create a visual presentation for the upcoming event.

One rochester resident has three boys in an affiliated club – the Sodbusters Cloverbud program – and said:

“4-H is the largest youth organization in the country, and over our 75-year history the Sodbusters have touched thousands of people, created lots of leadership and learning opportunities, and positively shaped a lot of young lives.”

The 4-H Club is touted as a group that is not just for rural kids and emphasizes service to community through leadership and mentoring.

The refurbished playground at Belmont Lake State Park is expected to be open for fun next spring.