You know what they say: a picture is worth 1000 words. So, today, how about a Childhood Memories Friday photo of a 4-H meeting, from around 1980, I would guess.
These days, my girls go to 4-H meetings in the community room of a local fire station. But when I was in 4-H, we always met at members’ homes. It was a pretty big deal to have the 4-H meeting at your house, and I remember planning refreshments to make and serve, and a demonstration to give, as well.
In this photo, I’m the tallest one on the right. We’re standing in our kitchen, and I’m guessing the club members around me are eating the cookies you can see on the right. Often, my demonstration would involve explaining how to make the cookies, and then we would eat them for refreshments.
Now, a demonstration often consists of a 4-H member standing up and talking about a project for 20-30 seconds. Back in the 1970s and ’80s, though, they were a bigger deal. They would probably last 5 minutes or more. I even went on to demonstration competitions, and for these I made posters (no powerpoints back then) to describe the various steps on what to do.
Some things about 4-H meetings never change. Both then and now, we began with the pledges to the US and 4-H flags. We took roll call. We played games, had demonstrations, and refreshments.
Were you in 4-H? Are your kids? If so, do you notice any meetings between 4-H meetings then and now?