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On the Bright Side

March 25, 2013

4-H helps members get global perspective


“My grandma and grandpa lived in South Africa,” Mikaelan said. “Grandma was going to give the presentation but wasn’t feeling well, so I was asked to do it.” 

With a confident speaker’s aplomb, Mikaelan described village life in South Africa — thatched roofs on round huts, outdoor shopping markets, a woman outside a school cooking lunch over a fire, and clothing styles. 

“People travel mostly by foot,” she explained. “Africa has 11 national languages, and one is Hosah, an interesting language, because it has lots of clicks, made by clicking your tongue.”

“The Cornell Extension Office makes it easy to be in 4-H,” said Lynn Dennis, mother of Abigail Dennis. “We signed up to receive newsletters through email and the office also sends reminders.” 

Abigail Dennis has been a member for two years and did a presentation on Turkmenistan. She also signs up to enter photography and drawings in the Delaware County Fair.

For another area family, the event gave them a chance to learn more about the 4-H organization. 

The Constables, of Sidney Center, didn’t know a lot about 4-H when they started thinking about signing up their two sons. 

“We heard about 4-H,” Clay Constable said. “But my wife and I weren’t in 4-H when we were kids.” 

When Clay and his wife, Sonnet, decided to learn more about 4-H, Sonnet called the Delaware County Cornell Extension Office based in Hamden. Emily Roach answered the phone. 

“She pointed us in the right direction and we found a club to join, Crafty Kids, in Walton,” Sonnet Constable said. “Our intent was for our 7-year-old, Lincoln, to take chickens to the fair, but we discovered 4-H offers many other activities.” 

The family was attending the International Evening for the first time. Besides the food and presentations, the night presented another opportunity for their family. 

“Lincoln asked to go to 4-H camp this summer, so we signed him up,” Sonnet Constable said. “This is great.” 

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