Creating a Welcoming 4-H Club
March 20, 2023
4-H clubs are spaces where youth can feel like they belong and can be themselves, leading them down a path of increased thriving. To do this, creating a welcoming environment for all youth is important. This video will allow you to learn some new strategies as well as share methods that have worked for you. The goal is to allow others to feel welcomed, respected, and encouraged to be themselves and active in the program.
Alright, I would like to welcome everyone tonight to our Michigan 4-H volunteer webinar series that is focused on creating a welcoming for H club. 4- H clubs or space where youth can feel like they belong and can be themselves leading them down a path of increased success and a welcoming environment and lightening them thrive to do this, creating a welcoming environment for all youth is important. We will look at some strategies as well as share some methods that have worked that have worked for us. And I hope you all share semester that work for you. The goal is to all others to feel welcomed, respected, encouraged, and be themselves active in our program. This is a part of a six theories webinar series. You'll hear a little bit more about that. But I am Christine Heverly. I'm an extension educator and I use the pronouns she her hers. I'm based in the Clinton County MSU Extension office, which is one county North of East Lansing and campus. And I am part of our volunteer team. And I have Laurie Rivetto here with me this evening and I'll let her do a quick introduction. Yeah, Hi everyone. I'm Laurie Rivetto pronouns. She her hers. Also an extension educator based in Wayne County. I on a team that gets to do a lot of career exploration, workforce readiness, skill development with young people. And Christina and I are both on a team that helps support our pre-college program for eight exploration days at Michigan State that takes place in June. And we're all excited to talk with you about this really awesome and fun topic of creating welcoming environments. As we get started, MSU Extension fully believe in the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion. We know that human differences and wrench our lives, work and community. We embrace our responsibility to be a resource for all and committed to providing programs to all segments of the community. It's also important to understand the long-standing history and legacy of colonialism that has brought us to reside on the land and to seek an understanding of our place within the history. The land acknowledgment on the screen is one step in that process. Within the chat, Lori is going to put a quick short demographic survey, if you would please consider taking that. I'm in providing your demographic data. It is a confidential survey and it doesn't tie names anything, but it allows us to better show how we're meeting the vast differences in segments of our community across the state. As I said, this is part of Six Series, webinar series. Where do six different webinar series that we're doing within Michigan for h over 2023. And I'm just going to there was one done in February and that really focused on building the value of your four H club and the recording of fur that is available on our main page for all these web for this whole series. There's one in April. On April 13th that's going to look at energizing your four H club meetings, giving you ideas to build icebreakers and build the font and just make them energetic experiences. Then we'll be taking taking a break until the fall and be doing one in September and spicing up your for-each experience your experience with the resources we have available. We're going to look in October at helping you find their spark. And then November we're going to wrap up with youth engagement in breach experiences. That registration links will be on the main webpage. They're all being recorded. So all the recordings will be on the same webpage that you'll be able to go back and reference at any point in time if you can't attend the other ones. If you attend at least four of them in a lives in a live Zoom setting, you'll get a certificate at the end. So thank you-all and we appreciate you coming this evening to be part of this webinar with us. So we're going to start off with one of the great way really to set up belonging and connection. And if we're H club with, which is with an icebreaker. So one of the things that I would like to ask all of you is, when did you feel like you mattered in for h and what took place to make you feel that way. You can approach this question if you were in for h as a young person or you're in for h Now as a volunteer or as a staff member. So when did you feel like you mattered if there was an instance where you noticed it or we're aware of it, what kind of actions made you feel like you mattered in for h are in this program. Maybe who perform those actions? What kind of actions or behaviors or situations was it that made you feel that way? Welcome, sharing in the chat? Oh, he stepped up your volunteering? All right. Now, I'm assuming Katie, that was maybe when they meet when you felt like you had already stepped up more of your volunteering, what other ways did people fell? Welcomed, belonging, like they mattered. I got a blue streak in my hair and the kids thought it was cool, awesome. I love that. When my liters actually knew me by name and recognize me at fair, I didn't go to school with any of the kids. So that made it tough. Yeah, That's huge. Thank you for sharing that, Britney, we're actually going to talk about that as a great, As a great way. Welcome from day one. But it's been consistent acts of support that made me feel welcome. Thank you, Liz. When the youth I was teaching showed appreciation, had bond and wanted to include me in their successes. Made you feel like you matter, like you are part of it, right? You are included in things, shared. A public display at the fair. Wonderful. Awesome. And we just wanted people to start thinking about how there is a lot of wisdom in our past experiences in the for-each experiences and program we've been a part of. But of course, and just life that looking around at the ways that you have felt welcome and included and like you matter, can be great ways to translate that into the work that you're doing with young people every day in your club programs and events. So when we look at helping you feel welcome and support and creating those welcoming environments and helping them feel supported. It's all about helping them find their Spark. As we help you find there Spark we're building those things are worth making them feel belonging and building the relationships we're really helping you live with. And therefore H programs. And one way to thrive is having those connections and those relationships. And you only get those connections and relationships when you start feeling welcomed within a program. Youth sparks are central convenient for you thriving in mean, successful. Having a spark, speak. A spark or sparks gives you the sense of direction and a passion. A Spark is just something that youth are really, they really dig into and they joy and gives them something they're looking at. There are ways that we really help you find there sparks that help with that whole creating a welcoming environment. It's when the adults in our programs pay attention to the youth in it. They find ways to build relationships and show that they truly appreciate and like the youth that are within the program. By showing that you're investing your time in them, by sharing your passion and knowledge about what your skill areas or you're helping youth buying, they're buying their sparks. But you're also then helping build that, creating that, creating a welcoming environment for them. You're helping them see, as you help them see the future possibilities. You're, you expect them to do some, expect them to do something positive with their life and their future as you build relationships with them and create positive experiences and positive environments for them. You help them see what else they can do. You stretch and push them. That really helps youth will ask youth become comfortable. They are more well, they're more willing to stretch and push themselves in new ways. And when we have welcoming environments for them in our forEach clubs that helps that. It also goes with we hold them accountable. There are times when we have to hold you accountable for their actions. And that does show that you're creating a welcoming in a safe place because you're not going to let them get away with everything. When you listen to their ideas, when you treat them fairly and when you take them seriously, when you really let them have a voice within the program and have a part of it. You're creating a welcoming environment and help them feel like it's a place that they can be. And then it just kinda ends with as we respect them, they feel welcome. And when all of these things come together, we help youth find their sparks and their passion so that they can continue to grow and to become successful adults. So a large part of this is something that I really like to focus on is being curious before being furious is the expression. So we all come into situations with some of our own biases, or quick assumptions are quick impressions that we make. It's really kind of a human nature piece. We're, we're in that fight or flight scenario of is the safer is it's not or danger or not. But when we're dealing with humans and interactions, it's not that clear cut, it's not that simple. And so being curious means taking a step back and being open-minded. That maybe there's more to the situation or more that you need to think about. So it's exploring the how and the why of why you're making a certain assumption or an impression and if it's affecting your ability to be fair and equitable to all of the youth are all youth that you're interacting with. So being curious with your youth and then of course with yourself can really help you figure out what's going on. And if you're making those assumptions too quickly, it is something that we constantly have to work on because like I said, it is human nature for us to make those quick decisions. But it's really important if we're creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels like they belong. And as Christine was talking about, we're also keeping you safe and experiencing some of those positive boundaries and those positive relationships with caring adults. It's also important to know with being curious that we don't always know the backgrounds of our young people in their life circumstances. So it's not to find out every little minutia detail about them, but to recognize that we can't assume we know the background or the experiences of young person or that they were like our own. So trying to get to know all youth and recognize that they join us with their own perspective, their own family make up their own backgrounds, their own experiences, and even potentially trauma that has affected their lives. To have some of these deep relationships and then these positive welcoming scenarios with young people. The young people do need to trust it. You're not going to be quick to judge them or discouraged something. You are not a parent, so you're not serving in that parent role, but show our support system and you are there to guide them. And you do have, as Christine said, holding accountable for positive behaviors. Really important to keep that open mind. Look for those natural consequences and discussions on next steps. And if you have issues that get bigger, make sure you involve county staff so they can support you as needed. So some other things to think about is that we do have this really important role in creating a inclusive and belonging environment. So we really need to be humble to the fact that we don't know all of the things and be open to new things and learning with and from the youth. And we're going to talk more about youth voice and the importance of youth leadership as well. But it is important to take that step back and ask yourself, now, as a volunteer, what are some of the situations you might have made an assumption about someone or something, or seen someone and made an assumption or a thought without really having full all of the information. And then taking that a step further. If you see youth are experiencing bias or prejudice or a negative assumption, what are the ways that you can support that youth? What are the ways that you can handle that with the other young person or an adult that might have been presenting that prejudice or bias. Like what is your role as a volunteer in these situations? And it's important to think about the ways that you would support young people in those situations before they happen. So just think about what your process would be if that were to arise. And then as I said earlier, involve your local staff if you have questions or if something comes up, that becomes a concern because we want to make sure that none of those situations create more harm for our young people in our program. So as we start to think about creating welcoming environments, one of the areas that we have to think through is, do you have strategies to support new families and your clubs? So we're gonna do a quick poll and we're going to end. I want you to answer. If you have strategies to support new club, new families for your club, you can choose yes, no, or sometimes. So I'm going to give us about a little bit of time for you each to give us a quick answer. I'm going to give us about five more seconds to get the last of the answers and then I will share the results with everyone. All right, so when we look at these results, there is 60% of you say that you do have strategies to support new families for your clubs. I'm 20% say you don t, and that is okay. And 20% say you do. Sometimes it is. Sometimes you have them, sometimes you don't want. It's always thinking through what they are and what we're gonna do now is we are going to talk about some ideas for how we can support new families. When new families come into our foreach experiences, we want to set them off on the right foot and help them be successful so that they want to continue to be part of our forEach program. So justice, or H is just one aspect of what use can be involved in today and one aspect of what families might choose to have their children participate in, There's a lot of youth program has different nuances, are different things that families need to know. How do you create that place to support them so that they can be successful? Because it can be overwhelming for people who haven't been connected to it. So consider what could be a welcome packet for all your new families that would have some basic information about your club. Primarily have meetings. What month severe you have meetings. What timeframe or those meetings? What do you cover in those meetings? What are the basic rules within your rules and bylaws for your club? What are some key deadlines within your county? Who are people they can connect with them contact information, just a quick little overview. Doesn't have to be very long, but if it's written out and hand it to them, It's a little bit easier. We do so many things through email and social media and sending it. But sometimes it's just great to have a piece of paper to reference back to for a family. So like maybe they pin it up on a bulletin board at home or refrigerator that doesn't get lost in the shuffle of everything. Then you also want to think about what your communication methods are gonna be 4-year for each experience, how will new families communicate? How do you communicate? Due to your communication through email, due to your communication through and tick group texts chain or texting app or do you use like a Remind app and think about that and be clear and communicate it to the families so that they know what it is and they know how that'll be. Communication will happen so that they can stay on top of thing. Be sure to share if their dues for your clubs so they know that up front and what those do is help provide for within the club. Talk about what their bylaws they're in your club. What are the expectations? How many meetings do you want people to it? Is there an expectation how many meetings ear has to a person has to attend? Just knowing all those pieces of information allows for better success. Think about sharing with the countywide opportunities are and what some of those important deadlines are at the county-wide level so that there is, they see what's happening in your club, but they also see how that connects to the countywide program. If you have a strong lives, if you have a strong program that has a really huge focus on some sort of local fair talk about how those connections happen and when those deadlines are for those pieces and how they relate to the for each program. Think about a matching new families within an existing families. So they have that mentorship is someone who's been through it. And you can kind of be there to answer their questions and allows them to build a relationship. So I'm now going to ask you all to share what are some ideas you use to help welcome new families within your four H clubs. So within the chat, if you could share some of the ideas that you utilize to welcome new families, to make, to make new families feel supported. We can learn from each other now. A welcome letter with details. I think that is so key. The more information people have, the easier it is they know what's going to happen and they're not having to ask questions later. And you also get less confused or, you know, last misconstrued about what what's going on. So it's clear at the beginning. Yes. Any other ideas that people would like to share? Parent info, letters, a handout pledge, cheap cards for the kids. Oh, that's a good one. Giving use the pledge is really important because not every youth knows what the pledges and giving them that on a little card is super helpful for them when you come to the meeting so that they have something to look at so they don't feel like they're lost. The great idea. Thank you for sharing that one. A welcome packet and you greet them at they attend the first meeting and introduce new members to others, get to know them. Yeah, that's so important to introduce him to everyone. So people get to know them so they build relationships. Thank you everyone for sharing. There'll be other opportunities throughout the rest of this. Share additional ideas. One more came in, I'll share it. I make phone calls or texts parents of new members welcoming them to our first meeting. That is super important. This gives the parents a chance to ask questions. Every meeting we email or minutes out and print out and print out the meeting, their phone list is always listed. And we also have a social media page that you communicate. Yeah. Those are ways giving that information upfront and that phone call to welcome them. That is a really good idea. It's just that personal welcome. So it's got a little bit of teeth to it when you give them a phone call and personally welcome. So thank you everyone for sharing. That actually is a really great transition to the start of talking about a welcoming environment as a whole. So a welcoming environment really starts from the beginning, which is some of what we've talked about with those welcoming, supportive new family pack or greeting people at the door making those phone calls. It starts from the beginning, welcoming environment starts from that point, continues during the meeting or event, and then it's really still important after the event. So we're going to actually spend a little bit of time now breaking it into those three different sections. Strategies that can be used before, during and after a club meeting and later, like Christine said, we'll have an opportunity for you to share your ideas within those three categories. So we'd love for you to be brainstorming as we go. What are your ideas for before, during and after a club meeting to create a welcoming environment. What's one idea you would use from, from each of those categories? So let's start about before the meeting. Some important things to consider are the room and setup, and meeting date and time and the program location. All of that is really, really important to think about. So you want to think about at the meeting location is something that is accessible and welcoming to other people. Is there a way for people with different physical needs to be able to get into the location. Is it clearly marked for where you're supposed to go? Is it a date and time that's accessible for majority of the families? We know that sometimes scheduling can be challenging. How's that been something where there was a poll that was shared or some input was provided so that it might be a date and time that can be easier for families to be able to negotiate. Perhaps there's an option for virtual joining sometimes if transportation can be a challenge, thinking about that room set up so that you have a space where young people maybe are really able to be separate from parents or guardians. Parents or guardians don't take the lead of running the meeting. We want the young people to have their voice. So considering that setup to that the young people really can be together and work on their things. And maybe there's a space where parents can be nearby and still here, but not not impede or distract from the meeting going on. So thinking about some of those components from the very start, then it really helps, of course, to have name tags, particularly if you have new youth or young people that are trying to build relationships. Letting them write their name and their pronouns and share that, not making assumptions about what those are. Sometimes young people have another given name but they go by something else or how they, how they interact with others is going to be different. So allowing them that space for them to be who they are in that environment, which might be different than how they are when they are in a school or a more formal setting. Avoiding assumptions, of course, we've talked about this earlier, but about an individual's capabilities. Including mental health capabilities, don't assume, allow participants to self-identify if they have special needs, are certain things that they need support in. And don't assume that that's something that needs to be offered. It's always better to ask that question in a private, respectful way than to make that assumption. Then of course, someone was already talking about this and that this came up a few times, just saying hello to everyone who enters and welcomes. This is a great thing to have some of your longstanding. Are seasoned members or team leaders be a part of is the greeting and the welcoming alongside the club leaders as well. And then remembering important details about young people in their lives, like Christine said, for H is just one component of their lives. And so it's really great to know other things about them. They have a big concert coming up, or they're nervous about a science test, or they got a new pad. And I know it can be hard to remember all those details. So I like to do is just on the side of my agenda or a notebook. I'll make a couple of notes like Christine, I'm nervous about science tasks. And so then I know next time I see Christine that I'll kinda look at that note and bring it up, hey, Christine, how that science test go the other day. I know you were a little worried about that. I'm sure it went grade. How it how did you feel? Kinda following up on that and showing that you remember these important details and young people's lives. Now we're going to start to talk about some of the ways that we build these welcoming environments within our clubs. So we're gonna start out with the area of use voice. To get us started on this, we're gonna do what's called a waterfall chat. I'm going to ask you a question. You're going to type your answer into the chat screen, but you're not going to press Enter until I tell everyone to press Enter and then they're all going to flow in and we'll talk through them. So in what ways do you use youth voice in your club? So think about the ways that you use youth voice and your club and type it into the chat. And when I tell you to press Enter, we'll see them all. So I'll give you a little bit of time to think through this and type your answers. Okay? 123, press Enter. So we have you solicit their ideas. You have officers run the meeting and members bow and second, yes, using that whole parliamentary procedure and having them be in charge. Decide what topics you want to cover this to decide what field trips or events we go to? Yes. Letting youth pick what they want the club experiences to be. Thank you so much for sharing. So we want to design our forEach clubs with our youth, not for them. Teens want to be responsible for the club. So help teens develop important leadership and decision-making skills and strong commitment to the for each program by letting them play it and implement the club program. A minute for each members, become forage graduates, not for each draft. Dropouts. Have them be engaged, have them playing things. Have them have a voice, have them be the ones standing at the door welcoming in New Youth as welcoming people as they come. Have them also be thinking, I'm jotting down those things they remember about other, you. Just really have them figure out how to help create that welcoming environment when youth help other youth feel welcome, That's even, it makes the welcoming environment even stronger. Let some takes the connections that they've created within the for-each experience until the other spheres of their life. Maybe they're at the same school and now they have another safe person at school because they've made that connection out for each. We have used having fun and creating welcoming environments are foreach programs grow because when they're, when they want to be there, why you want to be there? Because they want to be together with one another. So another great way that I think incorporates both youth voice and connection to foreach or connection to the club as well, is the use of the for-each pledge. So we all know the pledge. We talked earlier about the idea of even having a little card for young people to read the pledge. But it really is awesome, an awesome idea to also break down the pledge and talk about how it connects to a project area or a young person's life. Or even it could be for goal-setting like what do we want to learn or what do we want to grow in, either individually or as a group? It's a great way to sort of connect that pledge and that belonging to for-each and with youth voice. So one of the ways I like to do this is go through each of the lines and ask youth what it means to them. So in a virtual setting, it can be just done in chat. In an in-person setting, you can have a variety of methods. Writing it down individually is great. And then you can ask some of the youth to verbalize or share their ideas if they're comfortable doing that, it really helps to have a few people share those or speak those out because it can inspire others. It's amazing. Some of the options are ideas that people take the pledge in. When asked, what does it mean to pledge your head to clear thinking, There's a lot of different directions that it can go for each individual person. It can be really great to hear what those different directions are. You can also, if you have a space that allows it, you could also do rotating flip charts. So have a poster board or flip chart paper on the wall and have young people move to one that says my head to clear thinking and then move to my head to greater loyalty and rotate around the room and small groups and add their ideas onto it and then talk about it. Then you can use these to set individual goals, like for that young person themselves. Or maybe it's goals for the whole club of some things that you, that were common, that may be our themes of things that people feel the pledge means to them and want to work on. It could also be an idea to even focus on one of the pledge sentences at a different meeting. So maybe the November meeting you want to focus on my heart to greater loyalty and a January meeting you want to focus on my head to clear thinking and do some activities around that particular topic area. After the young people have brainstormed some of the things that it means to them. Connecting to the Pledge just really creates another opportunity for belonging to the what for h means to sharing about ourselves and incorporating that youth voice. And I'm gonna put in the chat article that gives some information on how to use that. So some other strategies for during the meeting or event are really to just create that environment of mutual respect. Christine mentioned this earlier with the concept of thriving and finding you sparks. But we have a chance to model the positive behavior that we want in our young people. So modeling that welcoming environment, modeling that greeting other people, modeling the fact that we're going to address behavior that isn't respectful when it comes from others. And so in this environment of mutual respect, we really create that welcoming environment where we're respecting others and others are respecting each other as well. Then as I said earlier, if, if there is a situation where that isn't what's taking place despite efforts involve local staff so you can get additional support as needed. Another really important piece is to be open to other cultures and experiences. So everyone's coming from different walks of life. Everyone has their own story and their own backgrounds. It's really easy for us to come into a situation. I think we have the method that works and it's the best approach or it's always worked. But it's really important to be open to a different way to respond or maybe handle a situation. It really goes back to being curious. And even sometimes asking young people, asking what would make this better club for? Like, what are some other strategies we can use to make this a welcoming environment? Or what are some ways that we can have some fun together, even asking those questions and just being curious to the different cultural opportunities and experiences that young people and their families bring to the table. Some of you, I think mentioned this in some of your ideas. And we also started this meeting with an icebreaker. So starting meetings with icebreakers so that young people can get to know each other. And of course, the other leaders in the club makes sure that you're using the good meeting format of having business, education and funds. So those three parts as part of your club meeting. So it's really important for that business part, for young people to do that planning and goal setting and have that education so they're learning as part of it. Then having that fun piece where young people are building relationships and icebreakers can be part of it. Food is you should really good for it. But having a space where young people can be free to be themselves, do something kind of fun and enjoyable and having all three of those components and you're good meeting or event. So content, planning and getting to know each other and getting to know each other, like Christine mentioned earlier, to really does foster a sense of belonging and welcoming space. So despite all of this, we also know that sometimes we're going to make mistakes because that's part of life as well. We're not going to understand something or we're going to say something and error. We're going to forget someone's name or not use the right pronouns. And these things happen. But we have to be willing to learn and use the acronym on the screen. They're called Act, which stands for apologize. Correct. And try again. It's not to belabor the issue. It's not to go into major explanation. It's just a simple apology. I'm sorry. That I said your name wrong. Correcting it. I'm sorry, You said your name wrong, Christine. And then the next time do better. So I'm going to work to do it better. In my head, I'm thinking I Christine I need to use Christine's name. And so it's not including any bot without apology because good apologies don't include the buts. It's just apologizing, correcting it, and then trying again the next time and work making an effort to do better. So again, that's part of that modeling that we get to do with young people as well. I think Christine talked a lot about the team leadership component as well. But really letting youth take leadership in the group, that's really an important way that you can help retain older youth as well, is when they're helping guide and shape the direction of the for-each club. Youth can serve as leaders or teachers in a variety of ways. We have show and tell listed up there. Sometimes they're doing self-created presentations. Sometimes they're deciding on a community service projects. Any and all of these ways can be ways that youth are taking leadership of their experiences and what they're getting to learn and grow in. It's really easy just to even ask that question of what, what do you wanna do? That's, that's how some of the self-created presentations have happened in groups I've been a part of, I said, What would you like to do at this particular meeting or this particular space? Some of them said We would like to teach each other about some things. And so they get to come and do a five-minute presentation on whatever topic they want. So it's leaving that space for them to have that empowerment and that opportunity. Lori has provided you quite a few ideas of how to do it within the meeting. But it's important we can't have creating these and welcome environments doesn't end at the end of the meeting and has to continue after the meeting. We want you to feel welcomed and supported in for h, the connection needs to go beyond just the once a month meeting or however we're meeting as a group. So we have to think about how do we continue this afterwards? We need to think about how we're going to think about how you send reminders to do utilize group text or do you use an app like remind that the information is shared with people outside of the meeting. Reminding of when the next meetings is or important key date. We want to ask youth and families what ways they prefer to be communicated with and try and honor that. We also need to honor happens that our boundaries on what ways were willing to communicate with people, to be upfront with that with people, but think about how that works. We need to follow up with those that we have not we have not seen a youth are family and awhile make that personal phone call and encourage them to come back or send a personalized quick note can go a long ways to make them feel welcome. And when I come back, could also, when you're doing that, find out what are the reasons they're not coming. Maybe there is a reason or maybe it's just there's too many other things going on and it just hasn't fit quite right. So understanding what those are. Look at your notes on the different life events or celebrations that are happening in young people's life and inquire about those. Didn't use chair. They were excited about an upcoming band concert, or they're nervous about something coming up, or they're just they're trying out for the soccer team. Ask at the next meeting how that wet? I'm just trying to build those connections and relationships when you see that you want to know what else is going on in their lives, you build a better connection with that. Then also, for h is one aspect of the community. We all live in communities. And so we're bound to see the youth that are in our forEach programs outside of the for-each experience. When you see them make that connection with them. Say hi to them, wave to them, ask how they're doing. Now, do it in a way that makes them feel comfort. Don't go there in a big group of friends. It might just be a quick wave and acknowledgement that you notice them there and they might not say anything back, but at least that you might remember that you did that and that just helps that whole connection. So it's thinking on how you do things through the long run and supporting them through those pieces. To explore ways that you as a volunteer can enhance inclusivity, consider the other efforts others have used to welcome you into a space. What actions that they take? How was this space the range? What was the big and small things that took place to make you feel seen and included in that space. Some of these same strategies may be a culpable to the spaces you volunteer in. One method you can use in your next volunteer activity, think about what methods or actions you already use to create a welcoming environment when you are volunteering, There's a lot of wisdom within this group from our volunteer and our life experiences. And we'd like to hear about your ideas so we can add to our collective wisdom, what are the things you do to create a welcoming environment before, during, and after the club meeting. I'm gonna give you a moment to think through that. We're going to walk through a thank you slide and one other thing because we're going to let you open your mix and share ideas in a minute. But we really want to take a moment to thank you for being with us tonight. We appreciate everyone's ideas and ideas they bring because we all learn from each other. And it's just important to kinda continue that sharing piece. We're going to stop the recording right now, but you'll have that opportunity to share within the chat or within if you want to unmute yourself.