October 2021 Club Meeting Agenda – Annotated

October 11th, 2021

Call to Order – Van


  • Opening Remarks – President
  • Treasurer’s Report- Luke
  • East Hills Trunk or Treat event! We received approval this morning from Creekside to use their small parking lot for out event, so we are all set for Sunday, October 24th (the weekend before Halloween) to decorate the trunks of our cars, wear costumes, and hand out candy to members. Except for last October, we’ve done this now for about 5 years and we always have a great time. We’ll meet at 4:30 pm for decorating, and then hand out candy at 5:30 pm until we are done.
  • Skate Day – Outside at Canyon Middle School on October 17th (this Sunday!) from 2 – 7 pm. There will be activities, a photo booth, contests for the costumes, and skating and scootering. All non-motorized wheels welcome (skates, scooters, bikes, etc). Helmets are required.
  • If you’d like to help with the activities, Ashley Wheeler is organizing (ask Kris for contact information) – teen members can volunteer too.
  • 4-H National STEM Challenge. Instead of a county wide Science Night (as in years past), we will be doing a club Science Day using the kits from the National 4-H store. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. We will need older members to volunteer to help run the activities and plan a date and location, so please see Luke if you’d like to be on the committee.
  • Achievement Night will be in person outdoors during the beginning of Nov on Sat (6 or 13th). Performances by members requested. Barbara needs to know if we will have someone from our club presenting the awards to our own members – Van can do it if it is the 6th, but not the 13th. We will be having our own Club Achievement Night where we hand out club level pins and awards at the November Club meeting.
  • Alameda County Fair – Mid October (starts October 22nd – 31st). They are desperate for workers (16+) paying 16/hr starting (Cashless and masks indoors). The fair will donate to money to clubs if members volunteer time working at fair
    – No cake booth this year, (the main fundraiser for county 4-H events), but there should be a  cake booth next year.
  • Silent Auction – in lieu of the Cake Booth, which was the main money maker for the Alameda County clubs’ budget (paid for county events), we did the Silent Auction last spring. It made 5K last year, and they will be doing it again in the spring of 2022. East Hills made and donated a planter and themed basket last year, and we need to come up with an item to donate for 2022. We need volunteers for a committee to attend the county meetings (virtual) and plan our item. Items will be collected in January and the auction will begin in March.
  • Presentation Day: Presentation Day is a long-standing 4-H event where members give presentations that are judged and earn awards and pins. There are a variety of formats: making an educational poster and explaining it, doing a demonstration, reading a literary selection and answering questions about it, a talk about a STEM topic using Powerpoint or other visual aids, and others. Doing presentations is a great way to practice and learn public speaking, and we encourage all members to give it a try. To help show what is involved in doing a presentation, we’ll have members give past presentations at the club meetings – November’s slot is filled, but let Van or Luke know if you’d like to give one for another meetings. And if you have any questions about presentations, just ask!

Project Reports

Creative Math – Petra and Al-Yasa’(talked about making objects with cardstock triangles and function machines)
Plastics – Luke (talked about cleanup project did for Coastal Cleanup at San Leandro Marina)
Digital Makerspace – Jonah talked about what he worked on for project.
Medusa Mythology – Luke (read Plutarch for the meeting and discusses the people who helped the hero Theseus along the way. One of the most interesting parts if the differing accounts between writers and trying to figure that out).
Hiking and Nature Project – Luke read Isabella’s report – not able to attend. (Had a great hike with good conversations.)

Upcoming events:

Upcoming Events (see club Meetup for more details)

  • October 17th, County 4-H Skate Day at Canyon Middle School Parking lot in Castro Valley from 3-6 pm.
  • October 24th, 4:30 pm– whenever, Club Trunk and Treat event. Come join us in the small parking lot at Creekside Church to decorate your trunk and hand out or go trick-and-treating for candy.
  • October 22nd – 31st: Alameda County Fair: See 4-H exhibits and displays made by your fellow 4-H members and more.
  • Early November – County Achievement Night. Virtual, day and time TBD (either November 6th or 13th).
  • November 8th, 1 pm East Hills Club Meeting – will include Club Awards (pins, stripes, and certificates)