This month we would like to congratulate I-80 Livestock 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for September 2018. This club from Aurora, Nebraska, in Hamilton County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

This club formed several years ago, when independent 4-H’ers were looking for a club experience.  Over the last three years, this club has grown from three families to six! All summer the seven-member club competed in competitions, attended training sessions on fitting and fed and maintained their cattle.

The group started with just 4-H bucket calves and has since grown the herd to around 40.  The club has members that have attained their AI certification, completed over 400 hours of community service work and have learned how to decide what genetics they want in their herd.

Two of the club members are junior leaders and two are shooting sports ambassadors for the state of Nebraska. Four of the six are also FFA members. Three of the members have shown at state fair for the last 4 years!  They do all this while maintaining stellar GPA’s in school.

The club leader began with two bucket calves and two members.  He has loaned his bucket calves to other Clover Kids to show, helped haul other people’s cattle, and never says “no” when needed to lend a helping hand.  He is the leader of the junior leaders, he attends PASE Life Challenge, works with FFA as a judge for districts and just finished up his third year as a member of 4-H Council.

Everyone in this club works hard at school and at home, helps with community events and promotes 4-H and leadership.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state.  Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month.  A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card.  For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website at http://www.ne4hfoundation.org/recognition or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.