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  Winnipeg gala to mark 4-H's 100th

OTTAWA -- 4-H members, leaders, supporters, and alumni from across the country will gather in Winnipeg on May 30 this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.

"In an age when organizations seem to come and go in a short span of time, the longevity of the 4-H movement is something worth celebrating," said 4-H President Rob Black. "Since 1913, two million young Canadians have been members of our clubs and have taken part in hundreds of thousands of projects focused on giving them the opportunity to learn to do by doing."

The centrepiece event in a year of local, regional and national festivities is the 100th Anniversary Gala evening on May 30 at the Fairmont Winnipeg featuring a "Manitoba flare" menu paired with wine from Ontario. The event will celebrate the importance of food production and sustainability as well as the role of youth as future leaders in feeding a growing world population.

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut, will be the keynote speaker.

4-H will also host a "Night at the Museum" on May 31 in Roland, Manitoba, the birthplace of the 4-H movement in Canada. Organizers promise it will be an evening to remember with great food, special presentations and the unveiling of a Canada Post commemorative envelope.

"We want this to be a real 4-H family reunion to celebrate the centenary of this remarkable organization and to mark the beginning of the next chapter in our history," said Rob Black.

For tickets to the Gala and the 4-H Night at the Museum go to , e-mail or call 613-234-4448, ext 26.



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