In October we wrapped up our big initiative for 2021 which was “Keep the Cows Moooving!” to raise funds for a local family who suffered a devastating barn fire earlier this year. We were happy to present this family with the donations that our community made. In November we were excited to host the East Zone farm tours for OYFF, with lunch and one of the stops being held at the family farm of two of our members. This event allowed us to connect with members from Renfrew and Stormont-Glengarry as well as several JF alumni. We also received a very generous donation from the Central Canadian Exhibition (CCEA) which will be used towards our Carleton 4-H Scholar Award in the coming years. The scholar award allows us to support youth who will be going into post secondary education in an agriculture related field. In December, we attended a Christmas dinner zone social hosted by Renfrew and were again able to attend the Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade. This year our float had Maple the cow pulling a sleigh which was a hit with the kids.
While 2021 was a quiet year provincially, Carleton did its best to help out our local communities. The big initiative for the year was our “Keep the Cows Moooving!” fundraiser, raising money for a local family and JF friend who lost their barn in a devastating fire earlier in the year. We also continued our annual Carleton 4-H Scholar Award and received a donation from the Central Canadian Exhibition to help fund the award in the coming years. In 2022 we are looking forward to returning to getting back out with our communities, both locally and provincially. We will be bringing back our Trivia Night fundraiser for a 4th year, raising funds for our local food banks. Some members will also be growing sweet corn to get a new initiative off the ground, running a corn roast booth at a local market. Our members are excited for the new interclub exchange program. Members are also looking forward to getting out to provincial events, so we catch up with our friends across the province, make some new ones, and bring in some fresh faces of our own.