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University of Illinois Extension serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties

Main Office (Marion County)
1404 E Main
Rt 50 East
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-1446
FAX: 618-548-9891
Email: uie-bcjmw@illinois.edu

Branch Office (Bond County)
925 E. Harris
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 618-664-3665
FAX: 618-664-9277
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (Clinton County)
1163 N. Fourth Street
Breese, IL 62230
Phone: 618-526-4551
FAX: 618-526-4597
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (Jefferson County)
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Branch Office (Washington County)
9623 Wall Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Phone: 618-327-8881
FAX: 618-327-8882
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

News Release

National 4-H Week 2017

Locally, 4-H Week kicked off a day early this year with Leader’s Hullabaloo on September 30.  Hullabaloo is a Unit wide 4-H Leader’s meeting designed to share important information for the new 4-H year and share ideas for energizing clubs.  This year the theme was incorporating BIG-M into the club experience. BIG-M stands for Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery. There was also a session on ideas for fun teambuilding and recreation. Each session included a “take away” item the leaders can use in the club setting.

Lisa Diaz, director of Illinois 4-H, attended the program this year and complimented program staff on the large turnout and strong program content. 

Each county celebrates National 4-H Week in their own way, but across the counties club displays dot store fronts and public service announcements chime in on the radio. 

With the popularity of social media, members are also encouraged to post a picture of themselves headed to school in their 4-H shirt, on their county 4-H Facebook page.  Clinton County had a great response to the social media challenge with more than 65 photos posted.  They also hosted an open house, inviting the public to learn about 4-H and get enrolled.  Club leaders were on hand to share club information and Federation members led visitors through project related activities. 

Classroom visits to the third and fourth grade classes in Washington County are part of the annual celebration. Program Coordinator, Amanda Clark, talked to the students about joining 4-H and led them through an activity related to the visual arts 4-H project. 

Marion County rolled out the green carpet in a big way this year.  They hosted a different activity each day during 4-H Week. They kicked off with an enrollment night, hosted a cookie decorating night to make cookies for 4-H supporters, invited everyone to learn about Special Interest Clubs, made Barn Quilts and ended the week creating a float and entering it in the Little Egypt Parade. 

National 4-H Week ended with an adventure for youth in fifth to seventh grade.  They had the opportunity to attend “Discover Chicago” over Columbus Day weekend.  The annual trip is hosted by the Southern Illinois 4-H Camp Association. Participants visited Shedd Aquarium, Willis Tower, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum. 

During their jam-packed three day trip, they also had a chance to eat at the Rainforest Cafe, and cheer on knights while having dinner at Medieval Times. Youth traveled to and from Chicago in charter buses and stayed at the Embassy Suites while in Chicago.

Local Contact: Elizabeth Miller, Extension Educator, Youth Development, lizmill@illinois.edu