Want a great place to eat on Sunday, April 14?

by Patty Fisher, University of Missouri Extension

Want to enjoy a savory pork chop while supporting the youth in your community? Then you need a ticket to the Ralls County 4-H Council Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday,

April 14. The meal will feature a pork chop, cheesy potato casserole, green beans, cole slaw, bread, drink and dessert. It will be held at the Mark Twain High School cafeteria. The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

You can stop by the University of Missouri Extension Center of Ralls County, courthouse basement, to purchase tickets for the dinner. Tickets will also be available at the door.

There will be a silent auction throughout the whole day. A few of the highlights available will be: Magic House tickets, one night stay at Drury Inn, Hannibal Hoots tickets, Liberty Made Basket, camping basket, Weber barbecue grill, St. Louis Symphony tickets, summertime basket and much more.

You can make a dollar donation to get an opportunity to win Cardinal baseball tickets, $150 gift certificate to Center Locker, a Fitbit Versa or a $50 Amazon card.

The money will be used to sponsor county 4-H events and trips. 4-H is an organization for youth ages 5 to 18. There are 111 Ralls County youth involved in the program.

The 4-H program focuses on four essential elements of development for youth. They are independence, belonging, generosity and mastery. Independence allows youth to make decisions in proportion to their age and ability. Belonging is a strong need of youth to be a part of a group and have friends. Positive groups like 4-H help fulfill that need. Generosity is the need for their life to have meaning and purpose. Participating in 4-H community service and citizenship activities allows youth to connect to communities and learn to give back to others. Mastery is having a sense of achievement that can be accomplished through 4-H project work like making a birdhouse, preparing a meal, being a good friend, practicing good citizenship and community service or being a person of good character.