Friday, December 1, 2017

December 11, 2017 is the annual Bainbridge Island 4-H holiday party!

Who:           Bainbridge Island 4-H members and their families

What:          General meeting, delicious potluck and festive gift exchange

When:         Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:30pm

Where:        Bethany Lutheran Church
                    7968 Finch Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Gift Exchange:  There are two separate gift exchanges – one for the kids and one for the adults.  Please bring a wrapped gift up to $5.00 if you would like to participate in this festive gift exchange.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our 4-H Open House was a big success!

While a warm fire crackled, a big welcome was extended to members, new and returning, and we heard great stories of this summer’s 4-H activities.  Members walked in the 4th of July parade, attended overnight 4-H camp, participated in the Kitsap County Fair, the Washington State Fair and the Harvest Fair.  Way to go 4-H members!

We talked about the available projects for 2017/18, played games and enjoyed refreshments. 

We wish all of our members a wonderful year as you begin your projects.

Our next meeting is at Yeomalt Cabin on Monday, November 13th at 6:30.  See you all there!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bainbridge Island 4-H Open House
Monday, October 16th from 6:30 - 7:30
Yeomalt Cabin

Please join us on October 16th from 6:30 – 7:30 at Yeomalt Cabin (900 Park Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island) to learn about 4-H, enroll in projects online, and talk with project leaders. 

All of our members in Bainbridge Island 4-H  join for a monthly general meeting, led by our leadership project.  In addition, independent of the general meetings, individual projects meet with their members on a regular basis.

Our club is pleased to offer the following projects:

  • Cooking (Foods and Nutrition):  Cooking activities are selected over the course of the year based on interest.  In the past, we have made cinnamon rolls, pizza, spaghetti, cakes, pies, steak, cookies, creme brulee, and homemade pasta.  
  • Family Living:  A nice introductory project to 4-H for younger members. It includes a little sewing, a little cooking, crafts, and "playing with small children" instruction and practice.
  • Sewing:  Members will develop hand and machine sewing skills. Beginners will practice straight seams and simple projects like a pin cushion or pillow case, then choose projects that interest them. Continuing members may pick their projects.  
  • Dogs:  Members learn basic training commands, learn about dog diseases, play games and take in different dog facts and breeds.  We are pleased to work with Mary Lou Vibrans as our dog trainer.  Members have also enjoyed baking dog treats, participating with Kitsap Search and Rescue, and visiting with a local veterinarian.
  • Poultry and Gardening:  Topics may include: Disease prevention and treatment,  Cuttings  and chick care, Identification, making planters and simple feeder.  Usually one field  trip each year (i.e. Islandwood).  Gardening projects last year included planting seedlings  at Hannah’s Garden.
  • Photography:  Members meet monthly to learn about equipment, lighting, composition and skill building.  Meetings will be held indoors and on location.  We are pleased to work with local photographer Dawn Bockus.
  • Leadership:  4-H members from grades 7-12 are welcome.  Members learn about leadership skills and help plan and lead our Bainbridge Island 4H general meetings.  We’ve learned about Robert’s Rules of Order, mediation, public speaking, communication, and leadership styles in the past.

For more information, please contact us at

You may enroll at the open house or online at: 4H enrollment login (

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What a great year 2016/2017
 has been in Bainbridge Island Island 4H!  

We're looking forward to a new year starting in October 2017!

Our members enthusiastically enjoyed many 4H activities this year.  They had the opportunity to develop life-skills by following our slogan, "Learn by Doing”.  That includes building self-confidence, learning to make responsible decisions, and giving back to the community while at the same time, discovering the value of teamwork and expanding communication skills.  

Here are some photos that capture some of the many Bainbridge Island 4H experiences:

4H Kitsap County Summer Camp 2016

4H Teen Leadership Conference at Washington State University 2016
Kitsap County Fair 2016 - Bainbridge Island member and prize winning chicken!

Kitsap County Fair 2016 - Bainbridge Island member's prize winning cooking entry.

Kitsap County Fair 2016 - Bainbridge Island 4H Club members with their trophies and ribbons!

Kitsap County Fair 2016 - some of BI 4H dog poster entries.

Bainbridge Island 4H Leadership group welcomes members in October.
4H Dogs learn scent training in November.

4H Cooking members and their leader announce what they prepared for the holiday party.
Holiday Party Potluck - members made bushe de noel (foreground), cupcakes (background) and homemade lemon bars (not shown) for dessert.

Holiday Party member gift exchange 2016

4H members enjoy learning to make pizza!

Bainbridge Island Fire Department's Jay Rosenberg joined our General Meeting to discuss Emergency Preparedness.  

Ewedora the sheep welcomed the club to her farm to see her newborn lambs.  Members also enjoyed seeing hens laying eggs, Muscovy ducks, plus a vegetable and fruit garden.
Ewedora's newborn lambs.
A member attended the 4H Clover Academy and took courses in First Aid, Robotics, Rocketry, and decorated this delicious cupcake, too.
One of our 4H member's prize winning chickens!
4H members learned to graft trees.

Annual 4H tree grafting

Members learn about the tree grafting process from Bainbridge Island Fruit Club.

Members sew warm blankets and toys for kittens during our community service project for Bainbridge Island PAWS .  

Members display their hand made blankets to be donated to Bainbridge Island PAWS .

Search and rescue dogs: Kitsap Search and Rescue give a search demonstration to BI4H Dog members.
Cooking project members enjoy an amazing afternoon with our own BI chocolatier Powell and Jones.  

Learning about chocolate from bean to bar!
4H members happily donate many warm blankets and toys to our local Bainbridge Island PAWS group.

4H member practicing communication skills by delivering a 4H public presentation.

Washington State Patrol Officer Russ Burkhart & his K-9 Moose present to the Dog club.

4H members grew plants then spent a morning planting them at Hannah's Garden at Owen's Playground.

4H cooking members making homemade pasta for the family spaghetti dinner.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March has been a busy month for Bainbridge Island 4H!

  • Thank you to The Bainbridge Island Fruit Club!
    Our annual fruit tree grafting event was a big success!  The Bainbridge Island Fruit Club taught our 4H members about tree grafting.  Each member got the opportunity to experience grafting first hand by grafting apple and pear trees. Each member took home their grafted trees.  Great Job!!

  • Our 4H members help make our local kittens cozy!
    4H members gathered together to sew blankets and toys for Bainbridge Island PAWS .  The kittens will certainly enjoy these cozy and fun creations.  Way to go 4H members on a great community service project!!