Editor's note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today's column was written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado.

Our annual soup supper and country auction was held on Nov. 5. We had a great turnout.

We would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who helped make this year's event a success. Special thank-yous to: Cyndi Acosta, Lavonna Butz, Katherine Blakely, Angela Hanks, Taylor Jones, Val, Ana, Kaitlyn and Maurice Machado, Jody Marks, Darlene Merriwether, Zoee Mohr, Marci, Jon, Alex, Maudie Mae and McNeely Olson, and Tammie Toreson.

Upcoming service project

This year Giddy Up N Goat 4-H club will continue its annual Christmas community service project of sponsoring a local family for Christmas.

The tradition started many years ago with pygmy goat leader Mary

Hawkins. Each year Mary's pygmy goat group would sponsor a family for

Christmas. The members would gather recyclables, then go to Julindra

Recycling to cash them in.

Afterward leaders would divide members into groups and go shopping.

Some would shop for gifts, while others would shop for items for

Christmas dinner. Then they would meet back at the fairgrounds to wrap

gifts and finish up with a Christmas party.

Over the years, state 4-H policies have changed and we are no longer

allowed to sponsor a family. However, our members still gather

recyclables; instead of sponsoring a family for Christmas our members

choose mittens off of the trees for Santa's Workshop.

This year Wild River 4-H will join Giddy Up N Goat for this community

service project.

If anyone would like to help out, please take your recyclables to

Julindra and donate them to Giddy Up N Goat 4-H.

Adult volunteers are needed

Each child has at least one spark. A spark is an intense interest in a


The spark is a constant ember that the child yearns to develop. It

could be a love of animals, or the detailed curiosity of how things

work. It could be artistic or an interest in socioeconomics. As 4-H

leaders, we help each child find that spark and foster it with projects

and activities to allow it to blossom into a special love or talent.

Do you have a special love or talent? Are you looking for a way to

give to the community? Have you considered donating your time? Del Norte

County 4-H is always looking for eager, responsible adults to lead 4-H

projects in our community.

Depending on the subject matter, projects can be a one-day boot camp

to a year-long, ongoing project. It all depends on the leader!

Current 4-H members have expressed interest in small engines, outdoor

adventure, business and much more. If you would like more information

about becoming a project leader or have questions, comments, or ideas,

please contact us.

Happy holidays from your local 4-H Council and members.

For more about 4-H, call 464-4711.