4-H Master Plan Updates
The process of updating the 4-H Park Master Plan began late last year thanks to a grant from the Wells County Foundation. Work has been finished on a community survey that will be available for people to share their suggestions and ideas. The survey can be completed online at: www.bit.ly/4HParkPlan. Paper copies are also available at the Extension Office. Work has also started on updating the digital map of the 4-H Park that will include all underground utilities.
The overall purpose of the updated Master Plan is to provide direction to the 4-H Association on future improvements at the 4-H Park.
The new cattle scales have been purchased thanks to the many sponsors that helped raise $5,000. Thank you to all that donated to help reach the goal.
The Clover Highlights is a newsletter to keep our 4-H donors and sponsors updated on what is happening in 4-H and at the 4-H Park. It has included stories about the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), plans for updating the 4-H Park Master Plan and the community service efforts of 4-H and many other groups that support the Feeding Tomorrow’s Future Today – weekend food packs for hungry kids.
Community Center Endowment Fund
The Wells County Community Center was dedicated in the fall of 1998. At that time, an endowment fund was established with the Wells County Foundation to help take care of future expenses that would be considered to be major maintenance items and large. Gifts and memorials to this fund can be made to the Wells County Foundation, 360 North Main Street, Suite C, Bluffton, IN 46714.
Wells County Program Endowment Fund
The Wells County Program Endowment Fund was established in 2005 with a challenge gift from long time 4-H Leader, Pearl Fisher. Her gift helped to establish a fund to assist future 4-H program needs and activities in hopes that other individuals, families and groups might join in the efforts to support the 4-H Program Endowment Fund. Gifts and memorials to this fund can be made to the Wells County Foundation, 360 North Main Street, Suite C, Bluffton, IN 46714.
Caley Memorial Endowment Fund
Two outstanding 4-H members receive the Caley Memorial Award at the annual 4-H Fair each year. This is the highest award in the Wells County 4-H program and consists of a $500 scholarship to each of the members.
The award was first presented in 1969 in honor of the William S. Caley Family. Bill Caley, his wife Marjorie, and four children, Kirby, Kent, Kris and Kevin were traveling from their home just north of Markle, Indiana to the 4-H Fair at Bluffton. At the intersection of State Road 116 and 303, their car was demolished by another traveling at a high rate of speed. Bill and the four children were killed instantly. Marge survived. More details at Caley Family.
2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the award and former award winners were invited to a special reception at the 4-H Fair to share their stories and to meet other award recipients.
Gifts and memorials to this fund can be made to the Wells County Foundation, 360 North Main Street, Suite C, Bluffton, IN 46714.
Log Cabin Restoration Update
The 4-H Log Cabin Committee along with other 4-H volunteers were busy raising funds to pay for the restoration of the 4-H Park Log Cabin located at the north side of the park.
Many of the logs were replaced along with new flooring, cedar shake roof, concrete footers and floor, wood floor, improved windows and new doors, and electric.
The restoration was completed in early July of 2018, just in time for the 4-H Fair. Several events were held at the cabin during the fair and it also hosted a Haunted Cabin theme during Halloween.
Special thanks to Studabaker Specialty Woodworks and the volunteers who also helped make this project a success!
Watch for more details on cabin events as they are finalized. Families or business are welcome to rent the cabin. Contact Log Cabin Committee Member Pat Wall, 260-438-4634. Donations for the cabin restoration are still being accepted as the committee makes plans to place a sponsor’s sign new the cabin to thank the donors.
Click here for the Log Cabin Donor Form.