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4H News - Help Fight Hunger

Gallatin County youth: L-R Jaden Scherrer, Kelsie Allen, Tiffany Hawkins, Colt Scates, Fallon Scates, Madison Raymer, Mackenzie Lawler, Hannah Doerr, Aundrea Lawler and Katie Fals not pictured Kaelan Kanady.

Adult volunteers not pictured : Rhonda Hawkins, Shawn Kanady, Jim Richey, Mendy Scherrer, and Kassy Scates

I lend my hands to greater service for my club, my community, and my world” is a line from the 4-H Pledge.  On Saturday, April 23 4-H members and volunteers put this line to action.  Volunteers and youth from Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White counties gathered in Harrisburg to package meals for local food pantries through an organization called Illini Fighting Hunger. Gallatin County had 14 4-H and FFA members and adults give up their Saturday morning to help. 

Our group of volunteers from across the counties helped package rice casserole meals. We managed to combine ingredients and package 16,218 meals in a little over 2 hours!  Just as importantly we had fun!  We set up assembly lines of 10 volunteers each to measure and rice, vegetable base, and spice mix to create a package that served 6. Next bags of casserole mix were weighed, sealed, and packaged into cases of 36 bags each. Volunteers smiled and chatted while packaging, and once a case was finished each line would shout a cheer. Cases were divided among food pantries according to the number of families they provided food for per month.  Gallatin County volunteers provided 7 cases, or more than 1,500 servings of casserole to local food pantries. 

Illini Fighting Hunger is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  It was founded to address hunger issues by making meal packaging events more frequent, more accessible, and more effective. Illini Fighting Hunger is designed to be a facilitating organization.  It provides the equipment and expertise to help organizers provide an incredible volunteer experience for organizations so they can make an impact on food insecurity in their area. Bill Million, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Specialist, for traveled south from Champaign-Urbana to make this event available to our communities.  Statewide University of Illinois Extension Illinois 4-H has had 2,063 volunteers who have packaged 400 lbs. Beans, 309,702 Meals and 2,450 lbs. Rice for food pantries in communities across the state. 

Don’t forget about 4-H Summer Camps and Illini Summer Academies! Registration materials for all events are available at the Gallatin County Extension Office, located in the Gallatin County Farm Bureau Building at 177 S. Murphy, Ridgway, IL.  Additional scholarship forms are available for Illini Summer Academies and 4-H Camp at this time as well. Contact Kassy Scates at the Gallatin County Extension Office at 272-3022 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on the Illini Fighting Hunger Event, 4-H Camp, ISA or any other 4-H program.

Upcoming Events

5/1 Registration  for ALL 4-H Camps due

5/15 Illini Summer Academies Registration Closes

5/18 Night with Southern Illinois Miners orders due

5/21 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals

6/9-12 Clay County 4-H Horse Camp

6/6-9 WKY 4-H Camp

6/9-12 Clay County 4-H Horse Camp

6/11-14 Southern Illinois 4-H Camp

6/24 4-H Night with the Southern Illinois Miners




National Day of Prayer May 5th


   ”WAKE UP, AMERICA!” is the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th, at noon at the Gazebo on the mall in downtown Shawneetown.  Isaiah 58:1 says, “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet.”  This is a timely theme for what is happening in our culture today.  You are invited to participate in this event.  In case of rain, the observance will be moved to Shawneetown First Baptist.

Hawk Trot this Saturday

The annual  Athletic Boosters 5K Hawk Trot will be this Saturday, April 30, 2016 with registration and starting at the  Shawneetown Mall

                                                Registration 8:00-9:00 a.m.

                                                Race 9:00 a.m.

Come out and support the Athletic Boosters and have some fun.

John J. Scherrer - 99 Today!

Ridgway's oldest citiizen is 99 today.  Longtime business person, John J. Scherrer of Ridgway is celebrating his 99th birthday today.  John is residing in the Eldorado Nursing and Rehab Center in Eldorado, IL.   On Sunday April 24, 2016 all of John's family celebrated with him with dinner and cake. 

If you would like to send John a card his address is

John Scherrer
Eldorado Nursing and Rehab
1001 Jefferson St.
Eldorado, IL 62930 

War Room Movie Free at Ridgway First Baptist

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War Room Movie Night Free to All

Ridgway First Baptist Church will offer a free movie night to all who will come on Sunday Night, April 24 starting at 5:30 PM. War Room is a truly amazing movie coming to us from the creators of Fireproof and Courageous. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and snacks during the intermission. There will also be a drawing for many interesting door prizes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this highly acclaimed movie free of charge this Sunday night at 5:30 PM at the Ridgway First Baptist Church. Share the word and bring friends and family with you.