K-State Collegiate 4-H Club wins national award
Published on Friday, February 18, 2005  

From: www.ksucollegian.com:16080/article.php

Amy Bolton
Kansas State Collegian

The K-State Collegiate 4-H Club was named Club of the Year at the National Collegiate 4-H Conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

They were chosen from about 80 clubs across the United States, said Kelly Grant, senior in bakery science and management and president of K-State’s Collegiate 4-H Club.

The club was chosen to apply for the National Club of the Year after winning the title of Regional Club of the Year at the Regional Conference in October. For that honor, they beat out 37 other Collegiate 4-H clubs in the North Central region.

"We have the most competitive region," Grant said.

They had to fill out an eight-page application listing their activities.

"It’s based on what you do for your community, what you do at the national level and what you do for the university," said Justin Bolte, junior in animal science and Collegiate 4-H member.

One community service event the K-State Collegiate 4-H is involved in is Second Helping with the First Congressional Church in Manhattan. The church serves a meal every Sunday night to the less fortunate.

"We help with that about once a month," Grant said.

They also work with 4-H clubs at the county level. They hold leadership training events in the fall for both adults and 4-Hers, and members travel across the state to judge at County Club Days in the spring.

"We focus a lot on going out to 4-H at the county level," Grant said.

The K-State Collegiate 4-H club is currently working on planning the 2005 Regional Conference, which will be at K-State in October. Members are planning workshops, community service projects, speakers, a banquet and a dance for members from the 37 other clubs in the region.

"We just want to show them K-State and some of the things we have to offer," Grant said.

Sharon Dobesh, the adviser for the K-State Collegiate 4-H Club, said the members worked hard to get this honor, both in the application process and the activities they did throughout the year.

"These guys were working pretty hard on their packet before they sent it in," she said.

"This club is very active."