The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club donated $200 to the 4H Robotics Team from Vienna Finley ES to help them with their registration fee to enter the VEX Robotics Worldwide Competition in Louisville, KY the end of April. The team won the local competition, and placed high enough in the regional and state competitions to quality to compete in the Worldwide Competition. Pictured is Bobbie Foster from the Scott County 4H accepting the donation from Kiwanis President Al Riggle at their lunch meeting at the Roadhouse USA. Good luck to the Robotics Team!
Bobbie Foster from the Scott County 4H spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club weekly meeting at the Roadhouse USA about programs they are conducting with our kids. Pictured are from left to right, Shelby Keith, Secretary of the Austin HS Key Club; Bobbie Foster and Kiwanis Secretary Jack McWhirter. Bobbie works with Kiwanis, Mid America Science Park, Scott County School District One and Scott County School District Two on the Maverick Challenge Program. One of our teams from Scott County made it to the Regional again this year. Work is being done to plan better support for our teams next year. Bobbie is a 4H Leader working with our kids on a shooting project, VEX Robotics and a self defense project. The Kiwanis thanked Bobbie for her work with kids and look forward to working with her on more projects to benefit our kids.
Trivial Pursuit Night Brings Out Competitor in All of Us
SCOTTSBURG, Ind.– The Scott County Partnership is excited to once again host their Annual “Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser” on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South in Scottsburg, Indiana.
The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you register on or before January 18 2019, the cost is $175 per team of 8 or $30 per person. Registrations after January 18, 2019 are $200 per team of 8 or $35 per person.
Teams may not have more than 8 members. Spectators are welcome to come and watch for a $5 admission. The event will be geared more toward adults. To register your team or yourself, please call the Partnership at 812-752-6365.
First prize for the highest trivia competition score is $300. Additional prizes will be awarded for best taste of food, best presentation of food, best theme, and lowest score in the trivia competition.
“I love this fundraiser,” says LeAnn Walker, Prevention Resource Coordinator for the SCP, “It is a fun night for people to come out and relax, and pit their knowledge of trivia against their friends. It is always a great time and people come up with the most creative table themes.”
Along with the Trivial Pursuit activities, there will also be auction items to bid on throughout the evening and a Cash bar to purchase your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Individuals are welcome to donate or acquire auction items suitable for an auction for this event. If you have items available for auction or would like to be a corporate sponsor, please call 812-752-6365 and speak with LeAnn.
Jene Bridgewater, Executive Director of the Scott County Partnership, says this is one of our favorite fundraisers. “It helps support so many great programs.”
Proceeds from this event enable the Scott County Partnership to impact Scott County through the Scott County Clearinghouse, Conquer the CHAOS, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Career Clusters, LifeSkills, Reality Stores, Youth/Education Committee, Family, Health, & Self-Sufficiency Committee, Workforce Development, and other new initiatives that arise within the community.
Tammy Walker, with the Scott County Office of Purdue Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, recently spoke at a Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Tammy has been with the Purdue Extensive Service since 2002, and before that she worked at the University of Arkansas and Montana University.Pictured are Kiwanian LL Lowry and Tammy Walker.
She began her presentation by saying that she wanted to talk to the club “about the history of extension, then we’ll talk a little bit about what’s happening in the community today.”
In 1785 the first Agricultural Society was established in Philadelphia to promote and share information related to agriculture. The concept spread. These societies promoted agriculture through publications, idea exchanges, and agricultural fairs. So here is the key to extensions: it was in Ag Societies, which is where all of the United States and the territories were.
The United States was the very first country to set up university education for the ‘every man,’ and they did it through land grants. The Morrill Act of 1862 donated federal lands to states to sell with proceeds utilized for the ‘endowment, support, and maintenance’ of a college focused on agriculture, mechanics, and military tactics’ in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life. Seaman Knapp, often known as the ‘Father of Extension,’ pioneered the concept of demonstration work which served as a pedagogical model for Extension. The Morrill Act of 1890 provided further support for Land-Grant Universities and authorized funding for separate institutions for blacks in states that denied access to the 1862 land-grant universities. This act paved the way for black Land-Grant Colleges to contribute to the growth and development of Extension. George Washington Carver pioneered the concept of the ‘movable school,’ a horse-drawn ‘Jessup Wagon’ from which he provided direct education to local farm families.
For education everybody except the very wealthy looked to Extension in their local communities. Because the grown-ups were set in their ways and were disinclined to pay attention to new ideas, they were not as likely to listen to new ideas about how to better produce crops, so boys’ corn clubs and girls’ tomato and canning clubs were developed across the country and were utilized as vehicles for extending university knowledge to adults through their children. These clubs were a way of extending university knowledge to adults through their children. These were the precursors of 4-H.
The Extension model was created on the same concept as the missionaries. A lot of the things that we do in Extension is trust-building. Extension was the vehicle for facilitating communication between farmers and neighbors.
In 1906 W.C. Stallings was appointed by the USDA as the first County Extension Agent [in Smith County, Texas]. The idea spread and the number of county agents grew to 450 in 1910 and 580 in 1911. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established Cooperative Extension as a partnership between the land grant universities and the USDA. Extension’s purpose was to diffuse useful and practical information to the people in areas related to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy.
At this time the Homemakers clubs were started. A lot of times those women were the only people giving parenting advise to young mothers. And so those women’s clubs started teaching them best practices, helping to diffuse that information across the communities.
Extension agents’ primary job is to help the community analyze its problems in the light of available information and so to organize itself that the necessary actions can be taken.
Extension was created on the missionary model. Your job is to get to know the locals. Live in the community and become a local. Win trust. Then you become a conduit between the community and the university. The extension agent fits into the community and then serves as a conduit to the university.
Extension has six program areas: 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture; Leadership Development; Health and Human Sciences; and Community and Economic Development.
Walker’s job is split 50-50 between H-H Youth Development and Health and Human Sciences, but she also helps in other areas as needed. The other Extension agent in the Scott County office focuses on Ag and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development.
There are Extension office in every county in every state. The extension service provides educational programs and assistance on all kinds of issues and subjects. They also help people to develop and present their own programs. They are facilitators, jacks of all trades. They teach classes when asked to, and they assist others is developing programs and presentations. “It’s pretty much the most entrepreneurial job that I could ever think of, that isn’t entrepreneurial.”
They teach community outreach courses, work with the Scott County Coalition, and try to identify needs, and then develop methods and programs to deal with them. They are facilitators. The Kiwanis thanked Tammy for her interesting and informative presentation.
Todd Richey, member of the Scott County Fair Board of Directors, recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg. Pictured are from left to right, Kiwanis Club President David Wilson, Todd Richey and Kiwanis member Dave Church. Todd is a life-long resident of Scott County, is a farmer, a school bus driver for Scott County School District 2 and a race car driver.Along with Scottsburg Kiwanis Club member David Church, there are 11 members on the Scott County Fair Board.The Fair Board is an independent, non-profit organization which conducts events year-round at the Fair Grounds.In the winter people can rent space to store their campers and boats at very affordable rates.
The Scott County Fair includes the 4-H exhibits and competition, the midway, the race track and grandstands, the merchants’ buildings and numerous vendors.Todd was a member of 4-H for 10 years, and 4-H is his favorite part of the Fair.Members of 4-H must be at least 9 years old or in third grade, and can remain members for 10 years.There a several 4-H Clubs in Scott County, and the members learn responsibility as they raise and show their animals.
This is the first year that the Scott County Fair was smoke-free.Lori Croasdell, Executive Director of CEASe and a member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, advocated that the Scott County Fair be smoke-free, as are many other county fairs in this area.The program was a success and contributed to a healthy environment for our youth and for all who attended.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Flag Trailers are stored in the Department of Natural Resources Building when the Fair is not in session.The Kiwanis Club thanked Todd for allowing the trailers to be stored on the Fair Grounds, and also thanked him for his informative presentation.