Short-term, special –interest 4-H clubs are a lot like traditional clubs in that they are an organized group of boys and girls, under the supervision of a certified volunteer leader who work together to accomplish a variety of 4-H projects.  However, as the name implies, they meet for a short time—in this case 6-8 weeks, and they focus on only one project.  One of the major benefits of short-term, special-interest clubs is that it is easier to find volunteers who can dedicate the time needed to complete the project. They can also be scheduled at a time that is convenient for members and leaders. 

Last year, the UI Extension Washington County staff offered a short-term sewing course two afternoons per week during the last month of school.  The youth that attended the first sewing course enjoyed it so much that we offered it again this year and added a cooking course, as well. 

Five youth attended the short-term sewing club this year and each made a cupcake pin cushion, “burrito” pillow case, reversible tote bag and summer shorts.   They will be able to enter the things they made at the Washington County Fair to complete their 4-H projects, and are also eligible to participate in the fashion revue.  One of our returning members used the gift card she earned as a fair award last year to purchase all of her fabric and notions to make this year’s projects.  For their community service, the sewing club made cheery “burrito” pillowcases to donate to Love, Inc. for their bedding ministry. 

Our 4-H short-term cooking class has been led by our very own celebrity chef, Keith Bryant from Weiser Classic Candy and has been hosted by the Weiser Senior Center.  Mr. Bryant brings loads of experience and levity to our program.  Mr. Bryant has been assisted by Jenni Rodriguez, Sr. Center kitchen manager as well as Extension staff in leading the 4-Her’s through the Cooking 101 project.  The youth have made all kinds of delicious foods like blueberry coffee cake, peanut butter cookies, and pizza from scratch.  They have also been learning about kitchen and food safety, nutrition and healthy living and much more, including table manners and table settings.  For their community service, these 4-H members will be handing out healthy snacks and speaking about making healthy choices at the annual kids’ day celebration.  Many of these youth will also be taking their projects to the Washington County Fair. 

We are always looking for adult volunteers interested in contributing to projects like these.  If you would be interested in helping out with a short-term special interest project, becoming a traditional 4-H club leader or volunteering with other 4-H activities, please give us a call at 414-0415.

To see the entire University of Idaho Extension Washington County Summer 2017 Newsletter, please call (208-414-0415) or stop by UI Extension Washington County (485 E. 3rd Street in Weiser).