History

4-H has been an important part of Saskatchewan communities since 1917 when the first livestock clubs were formed.  With a deep-rooted history and pride in the program, the simple vision that started 4-H has endured the test of time, making 4-H one of Canada's most recognized and valued youth programs.

Below is a brief history of 4-H in Saskatchewan

1913

The first 4-H club in Canada was formed in Roland, Manitoba.

 

1917

The first livestock clubs in Saskatchewan were formed in Dubuc, Colgate, and Tantallon.

John G. Rayner was appointed as the first director of Boys' and Girls' Club work.  His philosophy was that the boy or girl was of primary concern and the project work secondary.

1949

The first district council in Saskatchewan was organized.  Clubs in District #30 joined together for the purpose of managing a district Fat Stock Show & Sale

1952

The name 4-H was adopted and the Saskatchewan 4-H Club program was officially born.  A four-leaf clover with an 'H' on each leaf became the official emblem.

1957

The Saskatchewan 4-H Council was formed.  This was the first provincial 4-H council in Canada.
  • 1917 - 4-H Weyburn Dairy Club
  • 1949 - Farm Boys Camp
  • 1957 - Melfort Beef Show and Sale

1960

The Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation was incorporated, as an independent body responsible for administering the funds donated to the 4-H program in Saskatchewan.

1968

The first 4-H Leader's Seminar was held at Camp Rayner.

1973

A provincial 4-H rally took place at Camp Rayner to commemorate the 60th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
  • 1960 - Saskatchewan’s Delegates at National Club Week
  • 1968 - Department of Agriculture Luncheon
  • 1973 - Citizenship Seminar

1975

Regional 4-H Councils were established in six Agricultural Extension Regions with grant support from the Department of Agriculture for hiring Regional 4-H Representatives to support clubs and leaders in those regions.

1985

The Saskatchewan 4-H Council Hall of Fame was created in 1984, and the first inductees were recognized.  

1997

The Saskatchewan 4-H Lottery began, sharing raised funds equally between participating clubs and the Saskatchewan 4-H Council
  • 1975 - National 4-H Conference
  • 1985 - Grain Days
  • 1997 - Beef Show

2002

The organization completed a restructuring process recommended in 1999's The Strategic Plan.  Changes included decreasing the size of the Board of Directors and reducing the number of 4-H regions from six to four.

2004

Harold the Hare is unveiled as the provincial 4-H mascot.  Harold was designed by a 4-H member, who chose a hare to represent the 'hop to it' attitude of 4-H members.  

2013

4-H Canada celebrates 100 years of programming in Canada.  Saskatchewan 4-H clubs join in the celebrations with local events and displays.  

4-H Saskatchewan contributes a grain elevator replica embellished with historic photos to the 100th Anniversary commemorative display to be housed in the National 4-H Museum in Roland, Manitoba.  

  • 2002 - District Meeting and Fun Shop
  • 2013 - Ski Day

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