curved box top

blue top

blue line

Nt_partlycloudy


Nt_partlycloudy

Wind:  0 mph WSW

Humidity:  51%


blue bottom


blue top

blue line


Lake Travis Water Level

   updated 2:00 AM


blue bottom


blue top

Lake Travis Webcam

blue bottom


blue top

blue bottom


Contact Go Lake Travis

West Austin 4-H Offers Opportunities Beyond Just Raising Animals

Posted: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:54 PM - 6,820 Readers

By: Leslie Dolliver


When most people hear about 4-H, the first thing that comes to mind is kids raising animals for show.  Though learning about and raising an animal is one project opportunity, it is just a small piece of what 4-H has to offer.

Every monthly 4-H meeting begins by reciting the 4-H Motto and Pledge: “In support of the 4-H Club Motto —To Make the Best Better—I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”  

Each meeting has a new learning opportunity with a program about a relevant topic.  The students (grades 3-12) serve as officers and run the meeting.  There is an agenda and the secretary takes minutes.  The younger officers are encouraged and mentored by the older officers as they learn about parliamentary procedure and how to properly run a meeting.  It is a joy to see the younger members who may be shy at first, grow in their confidence and learn to speak in front of an audience.

Members are encouraged to explore learning and competition opportunities at the County, District, and State levels.  In recent years, members have competed in the following contests—Photography (County and District levels), Consumer Decision Making Contest (County, District, State, and National levels), Educational Presentations (County, District, and State levels), Agricultural Product Identification Contest, Wildlife Challenge, Food Challenge, and the Leaders for Life Competition (a parliamentary procedure contest at the District and State levels).  Most of these contests offer competitions as a team or as an individual.  

There are also workshops that encourage learning and personal growth.  In July, some members attended the Youth Leadership Program hosted by the Travis County 4-H Council.  This was a 3-day camp hosted by a Toastmaster at which the participants learned and practiced how to give a variety of different speeches.  This was FREE to 4-H members.  This was the 12th year of this life-changing summer program.

West Austin 4-H members have won awards at the State Fair in Dallas, the San Angelo Livestock Show & Rodeo, the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, 4-H State Roundup, Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo in Waco, the Travis County Youth Show, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and the Western National Roundup in Denver.  Competitions are available at the Junior (3rd-5th grades), Intermediate (6th-8th grades), and Senior (9th-12th grades) level.  

The elected officers of the West Austin 4-H Club for the 2016-2017 school year are Bennett Folsom (President), Martha Dolliver (VP Membership), Brian Witheril (Treasurer), Jordan Smith (VP Recreation), Michael Cotton (VP Community Service), Emma Dixon (Social Media Officer), David Dolliver (Secretary), Schaeffer Folsom (Parliamentarian), and Alice Moody (Health & Safety Officer).  
In May, Bennett Folsom was also elected President of the Travis County 4-H Council (at the County level) and was elected in June to serve as an Officer at the District and State levels.  Martha Dolliver was elected to serve as Secretary of the Travis County 4-H Council and her brother David Dolliver will serve as the Health & Safety Officer at the County Council as well.  

Meetings are normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Travis County West Rural Center on Highway 71.  If you would like to learn more about 4-H, contact one of the Co-Managers of the West Austin 4-H Club—Leslie Dolliver at 512-263-5665 or Beth Cotton at 512-658-9194.  The first meetings of the year are set for August 17th and September 21st.  



*  Story Contributed by: Leslie Dolliver



[edit]



Lake Travis News


How Zebra Mussels Will Change Austin Lakes (And Maybe Barton Springs) Forever

Aug 17, 2017

1,179 Readers

Man seriously injured after 20 to 30 foot fall from cliff at Lake Travis

Aug 13, 2017

904 Readers

Lakeway City Park adds life jacket loaner station

Aug 11, 2017

672 Readers

Boater dies after hitting Lake Travis shoreline

Aug 1, 2017

1,085 Readers

No serious injuries after plane crashes into water at Lake Travis

Jul 22, 2017

1,069 Readers

Man injured in 30-foot fall over rocks at Hippie Hollow

Jul 15, 2017

772 Readers

Tow boat owner says plane wheels were down when it flipped into lake

Jul 13, 2017

927 Readers

Lady Bird Lake vegetation at risk after ‘mass migration’ of carp

Jul 11, 2017

724 Readers

Lake Travis ‘infested’ with invasive, damaging zebra mussels

Jun 27, 2017

807 Readers

Scuba divers scoop for lake trash after Memorial Day festivities

May 30, 2017

1,515 Readers

Here’s why you can’t swim in Lady Bird Lake. Wait — you can’t swim in Lady Bird Lake?

Aug 8, 2017

882 Readers

5 Ways to Try Paddleboarding in Austin

Aug 4, 2017

823 Readers

Why Is Hippie Hollow Clothing-Optional?

Jul 31, 2017

984 Readers

JAWS on the Water - Friday, June 30th

Jun 27, 2017

1,524 Readers

Memorial Day Weekend watercraft ban on Lake Austin

May 25, 2017

1,613 Readers

Travis County officials prep for Memorial Day weekend on Lake Travis

May 23, 2017

1,443 Readers

West Austin 4-H Offers Opportunities Beyond Just Raising Animals

Aug 9, 2016

6,820 Readers

Large Crowds Expected at Lake Travis For Holiday Weekend

Jul 1, 2016

8,515 Readers

Lady Bird Lake businesses back open for Father’s Day

Jun 19, 2016

6,330 Readers

Boats allowed back on Lady Bird Lake starting noon Thursday

Jun 16, 2016

7,017 Readers

Lake Buchanan rises nearly 8 inches due to rain

Aug 8, 2017

1,205 Readers

One floodgate open at Starcke Dam

Aug 7, 2017

1,067 Readers

Driving on RM 620, I see islands sticking out of the lake. Is the drought returning?

Jul 14, 2017

1,583 Readers

West Travis Co. residents clean up after heavy storms

Apr 3, 2017

2,071 Readers

WATCH | Possible tornado/water spout spotted on Lake Travis

Apr 3, 2017

2,510 Readers

Aerosols Strengthen Storm Clouds, According to New Study

Jun 14, 2016

6,664 Readers

National Weather Service : Why You Shouldn’t Drive During a Flood

Jun 10, 2016

6,810 Readers

LCRA will be in flood management mode for coming weeks

Jun 4, 2016

7,175 Readers

How high could Lake Travis rise near Austin?

Jun 3, 2016

7,028 Readers

LCRA stands ready as more rain is expected in Central Texas

Jun 2, 2016

7,663 Readers

City looking for help to curb storm drain pollution

Aug 5, 2017

975 Readers

Apache Shores features waterfront views, trails, park

Jul 14, 2017

848 Readers

10-year Mansfield Dam rehabilitation project will keep Austin safe

Apr 27, 2017

752 Readers

Overflowing Lake Travis isn't all bad news for businesses

Jun 8, 2016

6,559 Readers

Lake Travis High School Graduation cut short

Jun 8, 2016

7,140 Readers

A full Lake Travis boosts local businesses

May 26, 2016

6,586 Readers

Texas lake businesses booming again after long drought

May 12, 2016

8,396 Readers

Lakeway’s Schmidt Family Barbecue restaurant to shutter its doors by fall

May 11, 2016

6,750 Readers

Lake Travis Fire Rescue begins fleet overhaul

May 6, 2016

7,414 Readers

Gnarly Gar fighting to stay in new building on Lake Travis marina

Apr 19, 2016

4,510 Readers

Modern guesthouse tower adds space, views to lakeside cabin

Sep 28, 2017

510 Readers

A Striking Sanctuary in Texas Inspired by a Sand Dollar

Aug 8, 2017

817 Readers

Contemporary Architectural Masterpiece on Lake Austin

Jul 30, 2017

870 Readers

Lake Austin mansion with a Romeo and Juliet balcony, including dramatic backstory

Jul 28, 2017

689 Readers

Midcentury-modern home overlooks Lake Austin, Pennybacker Bridge

May 27, 2016

6,458 Readers

Lake Travis Waterfront Retreat Offered by Heritage Luxury Real Estate Auctions

May 18, 2016

6,717 Readers

In Lago Vista, big dreams for $68 million ranch property

May 14, 2016

6,822 Readers

This Texas Barn Mansion on Lake Travis is Out of This World

May 6, 2016

8,022 Readers

Rockmoor Estate $35 million Austin mansion up for sale

Apr 19, 2016

4,272 Readers

Windy Point is for sale!

Jan 13, 2016

5,534 Readers



News Archives 2016 - Select a Month

« December 2015  

January 2017 »  




bottom