Friday, 14 July 2017 07:00

Bindloss 4-H celebrates milestone; set to open time capsule at dinner

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Last year's 4-H Multi Club in the Bindloss area poses for a photo. Last year's 4-H Multi Club in the Bindloss area poses for a photo. Photo contributed

Although there was no 4-H multi-club in Bindloss this year — the first time in 40 years there has been no club — a celebration of 4-H is still set to take place July 22.

Michelle Andersen, a general leader for the Bindloss 4-H Multi Club for nine years and the president of the Cactus Country 4-H District, helped organize the event that is meant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Alberta. It has more than one purpose though, as a way to try to entice some interest in a club for the area starting in September or if there is still no interest, then as a small farewell to the long-standing multi-club organization in the community.
“The interest just wasn’t there this year,” she says.
To celebrate the success 4-H has had in the area and the province, there will be a catered roast beef supper and dance at the Bindloss Community Centre on Saturday, July 22. Prior to the evening event, people will gather to play a friendly baseball game.
Individuals who have been involved with the Bindloss 4-H Club in the past have been invited as well as local community members. Thanks to the power of Facebook, Andersen has seen some interest from people in attending who grew up in Bindloss, but now reside farther away such as Calgary and even Victoria, B.C. They still have family in the area so will arrive for the weekend to visit with relatives and take in the 4-H event.
The evening will also be a chance to remember the past as those present open up a time capsule that was “buried” 25 years ago by the 4-H multi club.
Andersen explains the time capsule items were boxed up and left in the basement of the old hall in the 75th anniversary year of 4-H in Alberta to be opened up in 2017.
“We’re going to bring it up and open it with the members who have come back,” she adds.
When first organizing the event, Andersen was hopeful that between 50-60 people would take part in the festivities. She is pleased to see that as of July 7, there were already 45-50 people who have committed to attending.
“That’s why we wanted to have a baseball game, so we could make more of a day of it,” she adds.
She hopes the event serves to remind local residents and youth just how much fun a 4-H club can be.
“I hope there is a club next year,” she says.
Anyone interested in learning more about the event or 4-H in Bindloss can check out the Facebook page created for it under “100 years of 4-H”.

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