The Mason Valley 4-H Community Club is hosting a food drive starting February 1st. All donations of non-perishable food will be given to the Yerington food pantry. Yerington drop off locations are: Dini’s, Pioneer Crossing, Scolaris, Boys & Girls Club, True Value, Glitter & Glamour Salon and the Yerington Public Library.
The Mason Valley 4-H Community Club works hard in the Yerington community to provide youth with the experience of volunteering and fundraising for a greater cause. They are involved in many community projects throughout the year, including: elderly visits, clean-up days, Thanksgiving baskets, and Angel Tree.
The tradition of all 4-H clubs, especially the Community Clubs is to give back to their communities. The goal of these clubs is to teach youth about leadership, responsibility, and community service as well as community pride. If you are interested in signing a youth up for 4-H please contact: The Lyon County, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Office at 775-463-6541
We are excited to announce that Gayle Turk is the Lyon County 4H Leader of the Month for December!
Gayle has been a volunteer 4-H leader for 17 years,this year begins number 18. “Many years ago when my grandson Chris Turk joined 4-H there was a rabbit/cavy leader here in Fernley. They ended up moving to Pleasant Valley and left Fernley with no leader for rabbit club. We continued to attend Community Club meetings waiting for a leader to take over. After over a year of waiting it was apparent nobody wanted to volunteer. I decided if Chris was going to continue with rabbits I needed to step up and take over the club.” 6 years later the Fernley Little Critters 4H Club is still growing. Members learn the care, grooming, breeds and how to show rabbits and/or cavy. “I have made some wonderful friends from being a leader including leaders, parents and kids from several other county 4-H rabbit clubs.”
Gayle tells us that “the most rewarding part of being a 4-H leader is the relationships that have developed over the years.” Although many of her 4H kids have aged out of 4-H we are still very close and some of them as well as their parents continue to help and support club activities and fundraisers. Families spend countless hours with Gayle and the club planning their annual yard sale, and also help with hosting the club’s annual rabbit and cavy show. “I don’t know where I would be without their help and support.”
The Fernley Little Critters Club will be hosting their 14th annual in 2016. “4-H is one of the best programs available for our youth”. Youth who participate in livestock projects are learning the responsibility and commitment associated with the ownership of an animal. Youth who show animals are also required to complete project record books, which are a great learning tool for budgeting, income, and expenses. “Our youth are the future of our country and I can’t think of a better program than 4-H to help them on their path to success, I look forward to many more years as a 4-H leader”.
Lyon County 4H Program is thankful for all of Gayle’s hard work and dedication to the 4H program. It is the dedicated leaders that make such a good program, Gayle’s 4H club is one of the strongest Rabbit and Cavy clubs in Northern Nevada.
We are excited to announce the November Leader of the Month is Elaine Greene. Elaine has been volunteering with 4-H for over almost 40 years! She got a start early in 4-H as a member as a youth. She has been involved in a variety of clubs over the years, but currently volunteers with clubs in Smith Valley. Volunteering for 4-H is important to her because she wants youth to be able to showcase their hard work by doing well in the show ring. Using a hands-on approach, she loves to work with the kids on improving their showmanship and animal quality. Her best day is when her kids have a big smile on their face when they do their best. Elaine wants to make a difference and be there to support each of her kids throughout their projects.
All the livestock programs in Lyon County benefit from her hard work. Elaine is the first one to show up for set up and one of the last ones there cleaning up the space. Her programs give back to Smith Valley community, serving at dinners and providing man-power for events. Sheep are her passion but, swine, skiing, snowmobiling, outdoors, and community clubs have benefited from her life-long involvement in 4-H.
by Kate Schnoor
Lyon County 4H is proud to announce our Leader of the Month for October is Linda VanPelt. Linda has been volunteering with 4H for 18 years and has played a crucial role in the Lyon County 4H Program. “I was not a 4-H’er as a youth but when my daughter wanted a guinea pig I suggested she join 4-H to learn how to take care of it and that was the beginning of my family’s 4-H career.”
Linda has been involved with numerous 4H clubs throughout her years as a volunteer; including, Clover buds, Community Club, Toe Painting, Cake Decorating, Dog Club, WHEP and Leaders Council. “I started as a 4-H leader when my little girl was 6 years old. Her Clover Bud Leader moved away and there wasn’t anyone to take her place. That was in 1997, and so it started.”
As leaders left, Linda stepped in so the 4H clubs wouldn’t close. “When the Toe Painting leader quit I became that leader, and when the Community club leaders left I once again stepped in with Windi Goodman. We are the” FCC” duo or “Laurel and Hardie” as we like to refer to ourselves.” If you have met Linda and Windi, you instantly see their friendship and love for working with youth.
Lyon County 4H has a program referred to as Leaders Council; this is a group of 4H Leaders who help with fundraisers, 4H events, fairs, awards and contests. Linda has been involved with this group for the past 6 years as the Treasure and secretary.
“I was awarded into the Lyon County Hall of Fame in 2010 and also at the state level in 2009. I have had a great experience with all the kids, they make me smile and make it worth all time and effort. I have met many wonderful parents and leaders all over the state. I liked being involved at the state level very much and hope those opportunities are available again to all the amazing, involved and caring leaders that are stepping up and moving our kids forward into new adventures. The University leaders were exceptionally knowledgeable, fun and helpful.”
“I am always amazed at how the kids and parents are kind and generous with their time and talents. Anytime I needed help I could count on anyone I asked to step in and help. I have loved being a part of 4-H. I will always bleed green and support 4-H.”
By Kate Schnoor
Kate Showing Her Pig
The smell of fresh shavings, the sounds of carnival rides and clippers as sheep belt out and pigs grunt happily, it instantly takes me back to my years in showing pigs in FFA. It’s only been about 6 years sense I last showed my last market pig at NJLS; therefore, it’s still fresh in my mind what it’s like to be a youth livestock exhibitor. The days are long with early mornings and late nights, but you can’t sleep anyways because of all the excitement. None of this matters, because it is the most fun you can have with a creature that has four legs and is persistently dirty no matter how many baths you give it.
The 2015 Lyon County Fair & Rodeo in conjunction with the Silver State Youth Livestock Show (SSYLS) came to a conclusion after a successful week. The Lyon County Fair is held the third weekend in August every year in Yerington, NV. I was honored to be a part of this year’s Livestock Show and Sale. It was almost surreal to be on the other side of the auction fence as I bid on animals. It filled me with pride to pass it forward as so many people had done for me and to think I was there only 6 years ago.
Showing my animals filled me with so much happiness; I learned so many valuable life lessons and made life-long friends. To watch 4-H, FFA and Grange youth from across Northern Nevada show their animals with such pride and joy gave me a whole new happiness. These youth work so hard, and spend so many hours with their animals to ensure a good show. Their parents and leaders are such a crucial component to their projects; their pride was evident as they watched their youth show.
I’d like to thank all of the youth exhibitors, leaders, advisor, parents, volunteers and fair board members for making the 2015 Silver State Youth Livestock Show such a success. I am very thankful I was able to be a member 6 years ago, and am grateful I now get to be on the other side of the auction fence.
To find out more about 4-H programs in Lyon County:
Or contact us directly at: 504 South Main St. Yerington, NV 89447, 775-463-6541