"Learn to do by doing'' is a motto followed by 4-H members for the past 100 years.
The first three 4-H clubs in Saskatchewan were established at Dubuc, Colgate and Tantallon in 1917.
4-H caught on very quickly in rural areas as young people learned skills and enjoyed social opportunities.
"It was a way for the youth to get together and learn about agriculture, livestock and gardening," says Jodi Schellenberg, program and communications specialist with the Saskatchewan 4-H Council. "Other projects started being incorporated in later years such as cooking, photography and woodworking."
There are nearly 200 4-H clubs in Saskatchewan with a total membership approaching 3,000.
Schellenberg says 4-H provides young people opportunites to learn valuable leadership skills.
"The club is run by the members with support from adult leaders. The members have to run the meetings and they are the executive. They also learn public speaking and gain self-confidence from that."
The Saskatchewan 4-H Council will host a special gala celebration on Saturday, March 25 at the Saskatoon Inn.
One of the attractions will be a 'Walk Through History' display.
"There will be items that people have used through the years. We have some exciting donations from alumni who say 'this is what I used when I was in 4-H and would love other people to see it.' There will also be a video presentation as well."
The gala's guest speaker will be Temple Grandin.
"She is a renowned autism spokesperson, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and she is also a distinguished 4-H alumni from the United States."
Grandin will detail her own involvement with 4-H and the importance of young people connecting to the world of agriculture.
Tickets for the 100th anniversary gala are available by contacting the Saskatchewan 4-H Council office at (306) 933-7727. More information is also avaialable at: http://www.4-h.sk.ca/home