OSCEOLA COUNTY — The first week in October is an important time on the annual 4-H calendar.

Around the nation, the first week marks National 4-H Week - a time to highlight all the good 4-H has done, is doing, and will continue to do in communities around the country.

In Osceola County, the week gives local 4-Her’s, club leaders, and organizational teams a chance to take a look back, and begin the long look forward.

The annual Osceola County 4-H Banquet will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Community Hall at the Osceola 4-H FFA Fairgrounds.

“This is a great chance to showcase what we do in this county,” reported Jacob Steig, 4-H youth coordinator in Osceola County.

Steig said the annual banquet is not a closed affair, but rather is open to all and he hoped folks from throughout the area would come and see what 4-H had to offer. (Telephone reservations would be much appreciated.)

The 4-H celebration is part of the local salute to National 4-H Week.

“We really enjoy taking time to look over the past year and salute both 4-Her’s and community members who have really made an extra effort,” said Steig.

“At the same time, this is something of a kick-off for next year’s activities.

“As one year comes to a close, a new year begins.

“We have a lot to get going — a lot of projects that are already getting started in anticipation for next year.”

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization reaching out to young people in both rural and urban settings, and helping them become active contributing members of their community.

4-H is not just farm kids working on farm orientated projects, but in many predominantly rural areas of the country the organization does remain largely so.

Simply put though, 4-H reflects the community in which it is active - whether that be Detroit or Evart, Wayne County or Osceola.

The theme for the upcoming 4-H year is “The Revolution of Responsibility.”

Around the nation, state, and county 4-Her’s, group leaders and organizational planners are going to be looking at 4-H with an increased view to personal responsibility for the public good.

According to MSU Extension planners, 4-H is important to:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Create entrepreneurs — not just for tomorrow, but for right now
  • Maintain our lakes, streams, and beautiful natural resources
  • Help youth discover how to make a difference in their community
  • Bring fresh produce to places that don’t have any.

“This theme points to the active role we think 4-H has in a community,” said Steig.

“In our recent membership drive we had 22 new families join us at the fairgrounds in Evart to see what 4-H had to offer.

“We’re proud to show what we do, and it’s important to show them what is expected of 4-Her’s.

“We’re looking forward to continued growth this coming year.”

For Steig and other 4-H planners, the Revolution of Responsibility is ongoing.

“In my opinion, the beginning of this personal revolution is taking a step forward and trying new things,” he pointed out.

“Joining 4-H gives young people — and their families — a chance to learn more about themselves and discover what they are able to contribute to their club and community.

“We will be highlighting this theme this year. At the same time, we will be continuing to do what we have always done, and do best.

“We’re here to make sure we get young people involved and pick up leadership and life skills.”

For more information on the annual 4-H Banquet, or 4-H programs in general, contact the MSU Extension office in Reed city at (231) 832-6143.