Legacy 4-H Club in Kent County was founded in 2013 by Joy Gooden Sparks’ family in her honor. What better way to honor a memory and leave a legacy than to be involved in 4-H?
Dana Sharpe (Joy’s sister) and her nieces (Sherry Kijowski, Jessica Flaherty, and Heather Coverdale) served as the club’s founding organizational leaders.
The club currently has 28 members, with ages ranging from 5-16. The club has an active “tween” leadership group, along with monthly project meetings for foods, textiles, woodworking, archery, horticulture, and goat projects. The monthly meetings are held at the home of Sherry & Mike Kijowski and focus on “themes” related to upcoming 4-H events. For example, all Legacy members came to the meetings prior to the county public speaking and demonstration events ready to orally share a “life hack” so they can receive feedback about their public speaking and demonstration skills.
Legacy 4-H Club has also been involved in a variety of community service events, such as preparing meals and bagged lunches for Code Purple, Adopt-A-Family during the holiday season, nursing home bingo visits, “Sock-tober” sock collection for the homeless, and porch demonstrations at Fifer Orchards. Legacy 4-H Club annually participates in the Kent County Basket Auction, with every member donating items to the themed basket. We’re looking forward to September when the “Baker’s Delight Basket” will be auctioned off to benefit the Delaware 4-H Foundation.