Premier Honours 100 Years of 4-H

On April 23, 2013, 4-H members and leaders from across the province joined Premier Greg Selinger and Members of the Legislative Assembly to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary with a “4-H Day at the Legislature.”

For 100 years, 4-H programs in rural communities have been helping youth build confidence and learn skills in agriculture, home making, public speaking and leadership,” said Selinger. “They have also given thousands of adult volunteers the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and give back to their communities.”

A century ago, this national organization began as the Boys and Girls Club in Roland, Manitoba. Each member was given potatoes and seed corn to plant, and eggs to hatch. More clubs were founded around the province that year, and in 1952 the Boys and Girls Clubs’ name was changed to 4H for “heads, hearts, hands and health”. Today 4-H is an international youth organization involving more than seven million members in 80 countries.

The Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame recently announced that 4-H leaders, as a group, were honoured as one of the 2013 inductees—only the second time a group has ever been recognized in this way.

Many are getting involved in celebrating this milestone anniversary. It has been recognized at both Ag Days and the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon. MacDon has made a special edition self-propelled windrower for display at events. And Cargill is sponsoring a gala dinner themed around sustainable food production. Local 4H clubs are displaying signs in their communities, partnering with their local food banks to collect donations as a part of the Food Bank Challenge and participating in a national public speaking contest, just to name a few.

“I want to congratulate the Manitoba 4-H Council for its dedication and commitment to our rural youth and the impact it has had on thousands of children and adults alike,” said Selinger. “I particularly would like to thank all our volunteers who ensure so many young people enjoy a fun, educational and meaningful experience with 4-H, gaining skills that will enable them to become successful leaders in every walk of life.”