Counting what can't be counted

They Came, They Saw, They Did

          We just concluded and are still recuperating and reorganizing from a major 4-H event.  Our annual Lake Region 4-H Project Day was held on a recent still- wintry Saturday.  Somehow during the time frame of six hours, 120 4-H members from nine counties were registered, participated in their choice of four from thirty different workshop offerings, enjoyed lunch along with their parents and leaders and went home with a bag or box full of projects their two hands had created.  And of course, everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge when we began the day.

          The number of paint brushes, hamburger buns, name tags, drills, hammers and cups of flour needed during the day was staggering.  For weeks, my office floor was barely visible as boxes and bags of supplies arrived and where then sorted for their appropriate use.  Copies and more copies of instructional sheets flew off the copy machine.

          A fleet of almost three dozen volunteers was recruited, orientated, supplied, encouraged, thanked and thanked again.  What worked and what didn’t work, which lines moved too slowly and some that moved too quickly were duly noted for next year’s event.

           At the end of the day, it was a success not because of what we could count but because of what we couldn’t.  The smiles were too numerous to tally and everyone who left had just a touch of 4-H green on their hands.