Jefferson County Meeting #1

Jefferson County
Mary Kulish
Nov. 23, 2014, Meeting #1

Gettin' in the Know Your Government Groove

The Jefferson County 4-H KYG Club got off to a great start. We made our group agreement, discussed the First Amendment to the Constitution, talked about social media pros and cons, discernment and safety. A few in the club are particularly interested in and passionate about several issues that are or may soon be impacting the local community; they presented the topics to the group so they can get started on their community issue board for the conference.

We also laid out a fundraising strategy that includes traditional money-raising events, such as raffles and car washes, and social media crowd funding. Taking the idea of digital citizenship and use of social media to heart, the club created a GoFundMe site. Check us out -- and feel free to donate -- at

We combined our raffle for a holiday-themed basket of goodies and a bird bath from re-purposed glass with a presence at the Port Townsend Art Guild Craft Fair, which was held Nov. 28-29. Several of the teens made crafts to sell too. The weekend event netted us about $300 toward our fundraising goal. A special note of gratitude to Donna Harding, president of the Art Guild, for enthusiastically accommodating and promoting our last-minute entry into the fair and to the Jefferson County Paws-N-Claws 4-H Club for sharing their space and assisting with our setup. And a shout out to Sam Smith, who is a member of Paws-N-Claws and our KYG club and a Conference Facilitator at the 2015 KYG event!

Our next meeting will focus on researching and reporting as we get started on creating our presentation board.


  1. How did your gofundme campaign go? This is the first time I've heard of a 4-H group using that method, very innovative guys!