Iowa 4-H CloverCast

Meet the CloverCast hosts!

November 04, 2020 Iowa 4-H Foundation Season 2 Episode 1
Iowa 4-H CloverCast
Meet the CloverCast hosts!
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Iowa 4-H CloverCast
Meet the CloverCast hosts!
Nov 04, 2020 Season 2 Episode 1
Iowa 4-H Foundation

We are excited to be launching another season of CloverCast, a podcast all about Iowa 4-H. In this episode you will meet the individual State 4-H Council members who will be hosting each episode throughout the next couple months. 

Members each share why they decided to be part of the CloverCast Podcast as well as their favorite 4-H project areas and some personal stories. 

Don't miss the next episode of this season of CloverCast – Wednesday, November 18th all about Pioneer Seed Grants!

Resources:

Goals of our podcast:

  1. To provide a safe opportunity for State 4-H Council members to engage with other 4-H'ers around the state.
  2. To reach current 4-H'ers and potential 4-H'ers through thoughtful, informational, and personal discussion centered around 4-H learning opportunities and experiences.
  3. To provide State 4-H Council members the opportunity to grow themselves personally and professionally as they take part in and learn about each step of the podcast production process. 
Show Notes Transcript

We are excited to be launching another season of CloverCast, a podcast all about Iowa 4-H. In this episode you will meet the individual State 4-H Council members who will be hosting each episode throughout the next couple months. 

Members each share why they decided to be part of the CloverCast Podcast as well as their favorite 4-H project areas and some personal stories. 

Don't miss the next episode of this season of CloverCast – Wednesday, November 18th all about Pioneer Seed Grants!

Resources:

Goals of our podcast:

  1. To provide a safe opportunity for State 4-H Council members to engage with other 4-H'ers around the state.
  2. To reach current 4-H'ers and potential 4-H'ers through thoughtful, informational, and personal discussion centered around 4-H learning opportunities and experiences.
  3. To provide State 4-H Council members the opportunity to grow themselves personally and professionally as they take part in and learn about each step of the podcast production process. 

Welcome to CloverCast, a podcast for all things 4-H. We are excited to have the Iowa 4-H State Council members back again to host each episode. From sharing personal insights and stories, to talking with a variety of guests, members will provide relevant 4-H information to current 4-H’ers and beyond. Join them here every first and third Wednesday of the month on Apple podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. CloverCast is made possible by the partnership between the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H program. Now let's get to the show.

Hello, everyone, and welcome to our first episode of the season for CloverCast. This episode is going to be a little different format than what you would typically hear. Normally we'll have two State Council members be joined by a guest to cover certain 4-H programs or topic areas. Instead, today I wanted to give you all the chance to meet the 4-H’ers who will be hosting the episodes throughout the upcoming months. First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Melanie Oeltjenbruns and I'm the Marketing Manager for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. I also get to produce CloverCast and work with the State Council 4-H’ers. I want you to join me as we get to meet the members and learn a little bit more about them.

 

Hi, my name is Rebecca Creighton. I am from Franklin County and I have been in 4-H for six years. And my favorite project area is communications.

Rebecca, why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

I signed up to be a part of CloverCast because I was a part of CloverCast: Sunburnt and I really enjoyed it and I just wanted to continue with my experience.

One more question for you. What has been one of your favorite parts of 4-H so far? Um, my favorite part of 4-H so far has definitely been getting involved at the state level just with State Council, being a healthy living ambassador and being a 4-H reporter. It definitely showed me that there are there's more to 4-H than just like the county fair and being involved at your county level. 

 

Hi, everybody. My name is Jayce Reed and I'm from Monroe County. I have been in 4-H for eight years. My favorite project area is the goats. But I do like all my livestock project areas.

Do you have any favorite goat stories from your years showing goats?

I would definitely say one year I went with a really goat or I thought a really good breeding goat, and then kind of just average market goat. So, I went in like with I guess, more confidence in the breeding goat show. And I got reserve and then I got champion market that year. It was kind of just out of the blue. And didn't really expect it but yeah. 

Nice. So never, never underestimate your goats?

Yeah, I guess.

Jayce, why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

I'm always open to new opportunities. And I also joined because I want to improve my communication skills and have fun.

 

Hi, my name is Ella Hummel. I'm from Grundy County. I'm an eight year 4-H’er. And I think my favorite project area would have to be either beef or food nutrition.

Ella, what made you want to be a part of this season up CloverCast?

So I think that what made me excited about CloverCast this year is that I love 4-H. I love talking. And so it seemed like a good mix.

Very nice. If you could give a younger 4-H’er one piece of advice, what would it be?

If I could give some advice to younger 4-H’er, I think I would say to try something new every year because 4-H is so broad that there's a lot of different areas. And so you can explore as long as you're in it.

 

Hello, my name is Claire Hennessy. I'm from Harrison County. This is my ninth year in 4-H. My favorite project areas are leadership, health or child development. I can't decide. I wanted to be involved in CloverCast because I wanted to be involved with State Council in any way that seems fit to me.

Claire, I know that you are one of the Healthy Living Ambassadors. Can you just maybe share a little bit with everyone why you decided to become a healthy living Ambassador?

Yeah, so I went to a retreat in so October of 2019. And I went because my mom's a 4-H leader and she's like no one from your counties going our county is going so you should totally go and check it out. And I was like, Oh, it's gonna be so dumb, blah, blah, blah. I was so like not looking forward to it. And I went and I just fell in love with this whole idea of healthy living, about how it's when you really follow the advice how you can improve your life immensely. And I just loved it. I was asked by Laura to apply and I obviously got in. And just like one of the best decisions of my life and I highly recommend any 4-H’er out there, apply for State Council, apply for healthy living, even if you're like, I don't know if I'm fit for that. Just go ahead and do it. Because you're going to learn more being in it, then it's better to go in and learn something, then come in with what you think is a lot of knowledge.

 

Hi, I am Tiana Charlson, and I am a part of Worth County 4-H. I have been in 4-H for nine years. And my favorite project areas are the horse and poultry programs.

So Tiana, why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

Um, I really enjoy public speaking opportunities, that might seem strange to some people. But I actually have like social anxiety, but for some reason, when I get in front of a crowd and give like a public presentation, I have zero anxiety about that. And it's something that I really enjoy, ironically. And last year, I actually participated in the 4-H Reporter program at the State Fair. And I really enjoyed interviewing people about the horse show and the different events that I covered. So I thought this CloverCast would be a great opportunity for me to put those skills to use.

Very nice. So something else I know you've been a part of, is this native bee challenge. And I kind of want to tease a possible future episode, where we might dive into that a little more. Can you just kind of share what the native bee challenge is and how you got involved?

So the native bee challenge is a program that started in Iowa, and it's now a national program. And I believe 25 youth are selected. There are four national leaders and I was part of the 25 US state team, and you had to apply for this opportunity. And then we actually got to spend a weekend down in Ames doing our native bee training. We were educated about Native bee populations in Iowa.

 

Hi, my name is Ashley Yedlik and I'm from Johnson County. I am now in my last year as a ninth year member, and my favorite 4-H project area would have to be all communications departments. I just love communications.

Ashley, why did you want to be a part of CloverCast?

I wanted to be a part of CloverCast because like I said, I really love the Communication Department. And so I thought this would just be another way to branch out and do something new and fun. And I also think it's just a really good opportunity. And for me to get more involved in the opportunities that State Council brings me.

So, you love communications? Do you have a favorite communication story or presentation that you've given over the years?

Yes, actually, this past year, I did an educational presentation on 4-H vs FFA, actually. Because I'm in both FFA and 4-H and one of the most like known questions I get asked is why I'm actually in both FFA and 4-H because some people think that it's so similar that you should do one or the other. So my presentation was basically going through the similarities and differences and why at the end of the day, you can be in both FFA and for each. 

That's awesome. 

Yeah, so it was definitely my favorite presentation I've ever done. 

How are you gonna one up that this year for your final?

Oh, maybe I should have saved this. And especially since I like couldn't do it at the state fair.  It went on to state fair, but it was recorded. I was like, whoo. But I know I think the recording aspect of it is actually better because then I got to like share it. Um, like with my FFA friends and with my 4-H friends. And so it was kind of cool in that aspect. Because if I did it just at the State Fair, there wouldn't have been like recordings of it. Yeah.

That's great. That's awesome.

 

Hi, my name is Aneisha Sritharan, and I am from Humboldt County. I have been in 4-H for seven years. And my favorite project area is communications.

Why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

I signed up to be a part of CloverCast because I wanted to inform others of the joys of 4-H and encourage them to join the for each journey themselves. 

Aneisha, do you have a favorite story from your favorite project area?

A favorite story from one of my favorite project areas have to be in communications when I did a working exhibit with my sister. And our booth was so popular that the judge had to stand at the end of our line and tell people it was closed so she could judge us before we ran out of food.

 

Hello, my name is Holly Schmidt and I'm a 4-H’er from Winneshiek County in the northeast area. I've been a 4-H’er for eight years and I’m in a lot of different product areas, but my favorite ones would probably be education, educational presentation and clothing selection.

Why did you want to be a part of this CloverCast podcast?

I've listened to it before from the last year's Council. And I thought it would be a really cool thing to be a part of. And I also want to work on my conversation and communication skills. So it seemed like a good way to practice those. 

So you mentioned clothing selection, clothing selection, do you have a favorite clothing item or piece throughout the years that stands out?

One of my favorite clothing of clothing selection years was last year's fair. I took a black and purple romper that got State Fair. And then I also had two other pieces that got state and ultimate state. So that was really exciting.

Wow, that's a big year. Um, how did you decide to get involved in the clothing selection project area?

I was in Clover Kids for four years. And then I was, you know, this my eighth year as a regular 4-H’er. And I have two older siblings who did clothing selection. So it just seemed fun. I like shopping. Um, so it just seemed like the thing to do.

 

Hi, my name is Emma Plagman. I'm from Cass County and I've been in 4-H for nine years. My favorite project areas would have to be sewing and clothing. And then my swine projects.

Emily, why did you decide to join CloverCast?

It seemed like a really cool opportunity. And I thought why not give it a shot?

What would you say has been like maybe an area of growth for you since joining 4-H?

I definitely have to say my citizenship because throughout all my projects I've always been able to give back to my county and to my community. So that's my personal like, favorite one too, I guess.

And then just because I'm always curious, do you have like a favorite swine story or clothing, sewing and clothing story?

Well, a couple years ago, I won my county fair was my market hog. And so then I was able to give back to the Ronald McDonald charity house and donate her there. So that way they had fresh meat. So that was pretty cool.

That's very cool. I love that idea.

 

Hi, I'm Austin. David. I am a 4-H’er from Taylor County, and I've been in 4-H for eight years. My favorite project area would have to be showing cattle or civic engagement and leadership I love all three of those things. 

Very cool. Austin, why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

To start this summer, I signed up because I wanted to stay involved in the State 4-H Council. But then I had so much fun with it. And I learned what I love is communication. And I'm going into marketing and they all played so well. And I learned so much. Not only that I could use in the future, but I'm using it right now in the present with my school stream team and just different events. And it helps me, I grew up, grew a lot with talking over the phone with people because I was really bad at that before. 

That's awesome. Yeah, that's cool to hear that you're able to incorporate some stuff from school and that you want to go into marketing nice. Um, what do you think is something you are looking forward to accomplishing this year as part of State Council?

One thing that we've just talked a lot about is getting youth involved at the high school level. And I think that we have some pretty cool opportunities for high school 4-H’ers. I'm really excited about that and just bringing a new light to 4-H in so I'm really excited about the new upcoming projects that we have started.

 

Hello, everyone. My name is Madison Craig. I'm from Johnson County and this is my eighth year in 4-H. My favorite project areas are poultry and communications.

Madison, why did you sign up to be a part of CloverCast?

I wanted to be a part of CloverCast because I love talking about 4-H and I really want it to be able to reach out to a lot of people across Iowa and possibly even beyond. 

If you could give one piece of advice to younger 4-H’ers. What would you say? 

Oh, one piece of advice I would give for sure is, um, definitely try out everything if you have an interest in something but you're like, I don't know if that'd be for me. Definitely just try it. You never know if you're gonna like it or not.

Do you have anything that you tried that you were surprised that you liked?

Yeah. So, um, until seventh grade I was, we lived in town, so I hadn't really tried in animals yet. But I thought oh, you know, now that we live in the country might as well try raising chickens or something and I've really gotten involved. And it's become definitely my favorite project area. So you never know until you try something.

That's great.

 

That was awesome hearing from all of our future hosts of the podcast. Thanks everyone for joining in for our first episode of the CloverCast season. We look forward to you guys joining us every first and third Wednesday of the month. And in two weeks, we are going to be talking about pioneer seed grants. So you're going to hear about how clubs kind of have an opportunity to improve their community. So stay tuned for that. Thanks for listening and go out and make the best better!