On Sunday, September 30, the San Bruno/South San Francisco 4-H Club invites the community to learn about 4-H and register. Club members will be giving presentations and demonstrations on the projects they've been most passionate about this year with talks on robotics, drama, leadership, gardening, animal care, and much more.
Alexander Davis, 14, is President of the local 4-H chapter and in his sixth year with 4-H. He enjoys the robotics project which has won awards at both the local and regional levels.
"The importance of the robotics project is to get kids thinking about how robots can be programmed to help us," said Davis. "In addition to learning how to program, we also have to get the robots to perform difficult maneuvers within a set time.”
Alexander wants new members to know that it's not all about animals at 4-H, although there are members who do devote their time to working with their animals. New members are welcome to pursue and share whatever passion they may have.
"We definitely encourage new parents to come in and start a project. We have one parent who is starting an astronomy project this year which is very exciting," said Davis.
Being in 4-H has helped Davis in many ways. "It's helped me with my public speaking. I used to be shy when I first started but I’m not anymore," he said. He also loves the fact that 4-H is a place where everyone is welcome. Members come from all different backgrounds and ages range from seven to 18.
The open house is the best way for new and prospective members to learn what 4-H is all about and to get inspired. Anyone interested in finding out more, whether as a youth member or adult volunteer, is welcome. Scholarships to help with registration fees are available.
The 4-H Open House is on Sunday, September 30th, from 1-3pm at the San Bruno 4-H Club. Directions: From El Camino Real, take Angus Avenue east. Turn right on 1st Avenue. Continue past the Lions Baseball Field and the Community Gardens. The 4-H farm is at the end of the road. For more information, call 650-583-7249.