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Friday, 06 April 2012 19:03

Wauneta’s Spring Creek 4-H Club hosted two booths at the 4-H carnival at the end of March, their Block Take Down booth is pictured here. The Spring Creek club welcomes additional members to join in their many 4-H activities.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


Youth in Wauneta are taking advantage of leadership and learning opportunities by participating in 4-H. According to the University of Nebraska Extension office, Spring Creek 4-H Club is Wauneta’s sole 4-H Club in 2012.

4-H is the oldest youth development organization with more than 6 million members from all over the country. 4-H teaches youth to build opportunities and implement community-wide change at an early age, reports the 4-H website.

The Spring Creek Club, led by volunteer leaders Deann Doetker and Sandy O’Neil, offers Wauneta youth the opportunity to participate in 4-H and learn a variety of skills.

The Club currently has four members: Jordan Doetker, Caid Doetker, Alicia Holmberg and Bo O’Neil but would welcome the opportunity to add more members to their club.

“We’re working to become more active this year and would love to have more members,” says Deann Doetker one of the Club volunteer leaders.

Spring Creek Club members participate in a variety of 4-H activities. Some of the members have done projects in animal science showing horses, breeding heifers and market beef. Other members are doing special garden projects, rockets, cooking or horticulture projects.

The 4-H curriculum available for youth in Wauneta and Chase County is much more expanded than what some of us may remember from our own youth.

4-H still offers animal science but it also offers curriculum in communications and expressive arts; entrepreneurship; family and consumer sciences; healthy lifestyles; leadership and citizenship; plant science; and science, engineering and technology. The expansive curriculum offered ensures that youth will be able to find something to match their interests and goals.

Spring Creek started off the 4-H season by participating in the Chase County 4-H Carnival in late March. Spring Creek hosted two booths at the Carnival.

According to UNL Extension Educator Kimberly Cook, “Chase County is one of the few counties in the state that still boasts a successful 4-H Carnival to raise money for their projects.”

According to Cook, the 4-H carnival is held each year to raise funds for the Chase County 4-H Program. These funds help support programming by providing opportunities for youth through camp/activity scholarships, member workshops, leader events and 4-H manuals.


4-H facts

In Chase County, more than 140 4-H members and 21 registered volunteer leaders are involved in 4-H. Youth from ages 5 on up are eligible to participate in 4-H activities.

Traditional 4-H, such as the Spring Creek Club, is open to youth who are 8-years-old or older as of January 1.

Youth from 5-7 years of age are welcome to participate in Clover Kids, a pre-4-H program that has been active in Chase County for the past six years. “Clover Kids offers younger youth the opportunity to do a small selection of projects in a non-competitive environment,” says Cook.

4-H officials reported recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. These findings indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth who have not participated in 4-H.

Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.


How to join

Wauneta youth interested in joining the Spring Creek Club are encouraged to contact Deann Doetker at 394-5636 or Sandy O’Neil at 394-5531.

June 1 is the last day youth can sign up for the 2012 season. There is a $10 registration fee to join 4-H and youth or their parents can call the UNL Extension office in Imperial at 882-4731 or 800-291-5309 to request a registration form. Registration forms are also available online at


Series on local service organizations and clubs

This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting service organizations and community clubs in the Wauneta area. The purpose of the series is to inform the public of what local organizations are doing for the community and how they can help.

At the end of the series, Breeze readers will be asked to vote for their favorite organization or club. The organization or club receiving the most votes will be given a $50 donation to use towards the project of its choice.

Organizations and community clubs interested in being featured in the series should contact the Breeze at 308-394-5389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Friday, 06 April 2012 19:06