Monday, January 20, 2014
Skillet Creek Memories
There has been some discussion lately about the history of a building several miles outside of town. It's now a single-family home, but at one time was a schoolhouse and later was a town hall where I used to attend 4-H meetings as a child. I knew of children who were in Scouting, but it seemed that those of us who grew up in the country in that day were members of 4-H. Ours was the Skillet Creek 4-H Club, which is still active today. I recall little of our meetings, but I do recall the parties and projects, including a safety poster we were each to make. Being of limited artistic talent, I recall my large sheet of white tag board primarily featuring a big red stop sign I had drawn and colored in. I don't even remember the rest of the message on the poster, just the painstaking effort I had made to correctly draw the stop sign. While in 4-H, I also participated in the Sauk County Fair by entering a decoration I made out of driftwood, on which I had glued a bird and some other natural elements. I also created a table setting, complete with placemat, napkin, dinnerware and silverware. I didn't receive a blue-ribbon for many of my entries, but I did have fun being part of the club and I found it applicable to the rest of my life when pledging the 4 H's: My head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.