Community Improvement

4-H Clubs

Purpose: 
To develop youth and adult potential. To improve communities through learning to live, learning to make a living, strengthening families and communities, becoming lifelong learners, developing leadership, and using research-based knowledge and the land grant university system.
History: 
4-H is a hands-on youth development program. The seed of the 4-H idea of practical and “hands-on” learning came from the desire to make public school education more connected to country life. Early programs tied both public and private resources together for the purpose of helping rural youth. During this time, researchers at experiment stations of the land-grant college system and USDA saw that adults in the farming community did not readily accept new agricultural discoveries. But, educators found that youth would "experiment" with these new ideas and then share their experiences and successes with the adults. So rural youth programs became a way to introduce new agriculture technology to the adults. A.B. Graham started one such youth program in Ohio in 1902. It is considered the birth of the 4-H program in the U.S. When Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service at USDA in 1914, it included boys' and girls' club work. This soon became known as 4-H clubs - Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Nearing its 50th anniversary, 4-H began to undergo several changes. In 1948, a group of American young people went to Europe, and a group of Europeans came to the United States on the first International Farm Youth Exchange. Since then, thousands of young people have participated in 4-H out-of-state trips and international exchanges. 4-H began to extend into urban areas in the 1950's. Later, the basic 4-H focus became the personal growth of the member. Life skills development was built into 4-H projects, activities and events to help youth become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society. The organization changed in the 1960's, combining 4-H groups divided by gender or race into a single integrated program.
Meetings and Frequency: 
Each club has its individual schedule.
Membership Requirements: 
4th grade through 12 grade, $5.00 to join (+ yearly dues)
Primary Contact Name : 
Ashley Jones, Morrow County Extension Office
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-9642.
Other Helpful Information: 
There is a variety of 4-H clubs for interested youth. There is also a need for adults to lead clubs.

Willow Lodge #66

Purpose: 
To build a better world in which to live, to educate the character of man, to promote brotherly love, to teach members to be faithful to their country and fraternal to their fellow men.
History: 
Oddfellows originated in the 18th century. The Heppner Willow Lodge was chartered in 1878.
Meetings and Frequency: 
Monthly, September through May @ 238 Main Street
Dues: 
$20/yr.
Membership Requirements: 
18 years old or older; believe in God.
Primary Contact Name : 
Jerry Hollomon
Primary Contact Phone: 
(541) 676-5241
Secondary Contact Name: 
Randall Peterson
Secondary Contact Phone: 
(541) 422-9200
Size of Organization: 
24

St. Patrick's Committee

Purpose: 
To organize and put on the "Wee Bit O'Ireland" annual celebration in order to promote the area, celebrate the Irish heritage of the area, and provide the opportunity for organizations to earn monies for their treasuries and to enhance local business..
History: 
28th annual celebration in 2010; began with a KUMA Coffee hour and has grown into a four day event with the entire community participating. Income helps fund each year's celebration, as well as community projects.
Meetings and Frequency: 
As needed by individual committees, September - March.
Primary Contact Name : 
Sheryll Bates
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-5536

Neighborhood Center of South Morrow County

Purpose: 
To serve and help underprivileged and low-income families. distribute food, clothing, bedding, etc. replenish burned-out household furnishings and other necessities; serve as the Oregon Food Bank outlet.
Projects: 
Christmas Gifts and Food Baskets.
Meetings and Frequency: 
Third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 pm @ 441 N. Main Street
Primary Contact Name : 
Lisa Patton
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-5024
Size of Organization: 
15 Board Members
Other Helpful Information: 
Volunteers are always needed and welcome to assist with daily duties and projects. Hours of operation is 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Willow Creek Valley Economic Development Group

Purpose: 
To maintain, expand, and develop new business for the vitality of Heppner.
Meetings and Frequency: 
First Wednesday of each month @ 8am - 10am. Location: Heppner City Hall
Membership Requirements: 
Interest in the economic development of Willow Creek Valley.
Primary Contact Name : 
Heppner Economic Development Corporation
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-5536

Morrow County Fair Committee

Purpose: 
To put on the Morrow County Fair
History: 
The Morrow County Fair has been in existence since 1912. We have a Family Day, Carnival, Dance, Motocross Racing, Style Revue, 4-H and FFA Stock Sale, Log-Bucking contest, PRCA Rodeo and Morrow County Amateur Rodeo.
Meetings and Frequency: 
First Monday of each month @ Morrow County Fair Grounds
Membership Requirements: 
Interest in successful family fair event
Primary Contact Name : 
Renee Yocum
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-9474
Other Helpful Information: 
The Fair Committee is always in need of volunteers who would like to help with the Morrow County Fair the third week in August.

Heppner Elks Lodge #358

Purpose: 
To provide charitable activities for the youth and physically handicapped, a student scholarship, Boy Scouts of America, Meadowood Springs Speech Camp, The Elks Eye Clinic, and sports activities. Elks provides numerous social and community programs.
Accomplishments: 
Instituted in 1897, the Elks expend approximately $25,000 annually for charity and community activities, operate the rodeo snack shacks, and participate in St. Pat's Weekend and in Town and Country. They support a drug awareness program and an Americanism poster contest and collect hides in support of the veterans.
Meetings and Frequency: 
Thursday night. (Dining is available on Friday and Saturday). Location: 142 Main Street
Dues: 
$75/yr.
Primary Contact Name : 
Anthony Clement
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-9181
Secondary Contact Name: 
Tom Wolff
Secondary Contact Phone: 
676-5114
Size of Organization: 
approximately 650, plus Lady volunteers

Bookworms

Purpose: 
Enjoyment of reading
Meetings and Frequency: 
Monthly: second and fourth Tuesdays
Primary Contact Name : 
Marg Gardner
Primary Contact Phone: 
541-676-9448
Size of Organization: 
Limited to 12 Members
Other Helpful Information: 
Members must have a sincere desire for reading; two book reports a year; host meetings twice yearly