“Live Your Dreams” is the theme of Orange County’s 4-H fall membership drive to recruit new members. It’s currently underway through September.

“In addition to exploring interests and career paths, the goal of all 4-H groups, activities incorporate important leadership building skills such as public speaking, community service, healthy lifestyle choices, and teamwork,” said Marika Rywak, 4-H resource educator for Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Orange County. The organization serves youths from 5-19. It has kept up with the times, and is considered one of the best groups of its kind in the country.

Membership offers involvement for the entire family. Parents and guardians volunteer to be club leaders and/or work on a project of their choice with the club. Groups called “Cloverbuds” are for ages 5-7, Neighborhood 4-H clubs are for youths 8-19, and Teen Programs are for those 13-19.

Although 4-H was started as a group for young people who lived rurally and on farms, in recent decades city youth have become very active and clubs have been formed everywhere.

Four recruitment meetings have been organized to answer questions and to enlist membership. They are at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Extension Education Center on Finchville Turnpike in Otisville,  at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Maybrook Senior Center, and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Central Valley Elementary School, 155 Dunderberg Road in Central Valley.

The annual membership fee is $15 per member with a $25 maximum per family. Clubs are open throughout the county. For information call 344-1234 or visit cceorangecounty.org.

Coming up

- The Orange County Citizens Foundation will celebrate its 45th annual meeting followed by a catered social get-together on the Seligmann property in Sugar Loaf, home to the nonprofit.

Annually the Foundation honors recipients with the Seligmann Award for dedication to arts and culture in Orange County. This year’s honorees are Ken Tschan of Cornerstone Theatre Arts Inc., Aquanetta Wright of Ferry Godmother Productions, and the Warwick Summer Arts Festival.

Reservations are due. Tickets are $75 and available by calling 469-9459. Nancy Proyect, president, can be reached at nproyect@occitizensfoundation.org.

This and that

HONOR, formerly known as Middletown’s Emergency Housing, is currently home to several dozen families and more than 40 children, all ages. The nonprofit is blessed with teams of people who support the needs at the home located on the Community Campus off Monhagen Avenue in Middletown. But there are never enough. With holidays fast approaching, there are concerns that there will be gifts and warm clothes for everyone, as well as simple things like soap and deodorant and baby diapers. With school recently open for the fall session, backpacks stuffed with school supplies were donated by volunteers, a most appreciated gift.

Recently the group hosted its annual dinner to thank the people who support the nonprofit. Among the community leaders were Linda Muller, president and CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare; Darcie Miller, commissioner of Orange County Department of Social Services and acting commissioner of the Department of Mental Health; Louis Heimbach, a former county executive who is board chairman of Orange Trust Co.; and Michael J. Gilfeather, president and CEO of Orange Trust.

For ways you can serve HONOR, call Chris Molinelli, at 343-7115, ext. 302.

 

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. Reach her at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.