4-H club returns to campus with big goals in mind
The GC Collegiate 4-H club recently returned to campus and is hoping to gain exposure on campus by providing students with an opportunity to build leadership skills and give back to the Baldwin County community.
The 4-H club initiative is to prepare students for real world challenges by offering them experience in this area. Their mantra of “learn by doing” aims to immerse students in challenges they may otherwise not face.
Up until the 2012 Fall semester, the GC division of the 4-H club was nonexistent. The club was active in the community at one point but eventually fell apart.
President of the GC Collegiate 4-H club, freshman political science major, Juawn Jackson, and Vice President, freshman undecided major, Kevin Morris were good friends prior to arriving at GC this Fall and decided to get the club back up and running.
“With my father having a military background, I got to be involved in the 4-H club that is associated with the military and that’s where I first got involved with the club and loved it,” Morris said. “Then Juawn and I met in high school and both shared the same passion for the club. So, coming into college we decided that we wanted to stay a part of it. It’s an absolute blast.”
The club is also working on having a Harry Potter marathon night for students to come out and get information about the club while having a good time. The event will include green popcorn and butter beer. The date for the event has yet to be set, but the club is hoping to hold it around the time of Halloween.
“We are using a variety of marketing outlets to recruit new members. You can find us on our Facebook page by searching ‘GCSU Collegiate 4-H,’ and you can find us on Orgsync by searching ‘Collegiate 4-H,” Jackson said. “We will also use side walk chalk and Bobcat Vision as well as flyers to make potential members more aware about the Collegiate 4-H Chapter and upcoming events.”
The Baldwin County 4-H, as well as the Baldwin County community, receives a lot of service from the GC 4-H club. A vital part of the 4-H club here at GC is giving back to the community and living up to the meaning of 4-H, “Heads, Heart, Hand and Health.”
The club also offers students the chance to gain leadership skills, such as communication, team building and public speaking.
“4-H is more than just agriculture,” Jackson said. “Just like there is an app for just about anything, in 4-H, there is an activity just for you.”
Meetings for GC’s 4-H club are every second and fourth Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Chappel Hall Room 113. They start every meeting with a chance for members to loosen up and have some fun before they get into business.