Editor's Note: The following is our latest 4-H Member of the Month, sponsored by Nelson Motors and Equipment. We thank Nelson Motors for their continued support of this initiative, and we salute 4-H for continuing to make a difference in the lives of young people.
4-H Member of the Month: Marisol Gilliland
Club: Carievale 4-H Beef Club
Age group: Intermediate
Marisol Gilliland has been a member of the Carievale 4-H Beef Club for a decade, and she continues to enjoy her experiences.
Gilliland, a 15-year-old in the intermediate age group, said she joined because her cousins were involved, and it looked like they were having a lot of fun. She then convinced her father to let her join.
She really enjoys learning about nutrition of the animal, grooming and more.
Gilliland has attended the regional 4-H show and sale in Alameda every year. She has watched how professionals clip and groom their animals. She has been to the Canada Western Agribition on a couple of occasions through 4-H.
At the regional sale, she has had a couple of second-place and third-place finishes. And at achievement days, she has won showmanship and team grooming awards a couple of times.
She has participated in the public speaking program each year, which helps her feel more comfortable, and she has made friends through 4-H, not just in Carievale but elsewhere.
The Carievale club is a great one to be a part of, she said.
“They’re all really friendly and they’re all welcoming. We’ve had a couple of new members, and they’ve all had nothing but good things to say about the club, and I really enjoy it,” she said.
Gilliland recommends young people join the Carievale club and be part of 4-H in general. It helps them make new friends and learn new things about their animals.
“It helps you learn about things you should watch out for if they get sick,” she said.
Gilliland hopes to have a ranch of her own one day and apply all of the things she has learned about cattle through 4-H.