4-H Friends & Families,
WELCOME BACK! It is hard to believe the 4-H Fair & State Fair have come & gone and that school is back in season. Congratulations to everyone who showed projects at the State Fair. You represented LaSalle County well!
Many clubs are having their reorganizational meetings. If you plan to switch clubs, please talk to your previous club leader. It is a courtesy that should be included in your transition. Remember to invite a friend to your first 4-H meeting!
Our annual Awards Banquet is being planned by the Federation Committee. Details will follow as soon as Federation has their first meeting.
Like Us on Facebook!
Bureau/LaSalle/Marshall/Putnam 4-H is excited to launch our new 4-H Facebook page! We will be using this page to post updates for all three 4-H programs in our unit, and to answer questions or post information related to our programs.
Check out our page at: http://www.facebook.com/blmp4H
Once we have a significant number of people participating, we may be adding additional features beyond event information and updates.
Be sure to "like" our page to stay updated on the latest news and 4-H events!
Hello! I am Jordan Ellena, the new Community and Economic Development (CED) Educator with the University of Illinois Extension. My role with the
Extension is to assess local needs in CED, deliver research based programs targeting those needs, coordinate local CED efforts, and work with my statewide team to create new and innovative
curriculum. My programming will focus on local government education, building youth civic engagement through youth-adult partnerships, participatory community planning, and entrepreneurship. I look forward to providing your communities with
educational programs that will help build and strengthen them. Although I am working out of the Marshall-Putnam office, I am working in Bureau,
LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam counties and would like to talk with you about educational programs in your community. You can contact me by calling
309-364-2356 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
The LaSalle County 4-H and Junior Fair could not be held without the support of many
businesses and individuals. Please take time to thank the following for helping to support the fair.
WATER STREET SOLUTIONS
CO-OP GRAIN & SUPPLY
LOU'S SPRING & WELDING
EARLVILLE FARMERS CO-OP
HOLLAND & SONS
LEONE GRAINE & SUPPLY
FARM & FLEET
BILL WALSH CHEVROLET
1ST FARM CREDIT SERVICES
SOUTH PRAIRIE PARK DISTRICT
MCDONALDS OF OTTAWA & UTICA
FIRST STATE BANK
AGRI GOLD SEED
LA SALLE COUNTY STOCKMAN
LA SALLE COUNTY FARM BUREAU
ARENDS HOGAN WALKER
Walter Seed & Fertilizer
Dieken Farm Management
R & D Walter Farm
Milam Parts & Equipment, Inc.
Steve and Mary Malinsky
Grand Rapids Enterprises
Illini State Bank
Red's Truck Repair, Inc.
National Bank of Earlville
First Federal Savings Bank
Grand Ridge National Bank
Citizens First National Bank
First National Bank of Ottawa
Bob Durdan & Sons Electric
Novak-Brainard Veterinary Clinic
Shady Brook Farm
Arends Hogan Walker
Federation will meet on Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM at the Extension Office. We will have a pizza party and nominations for elections of officers will take place. We will also make plans for the Annual Awards Banquet. Federation is a great leadership opportunity, I encourage new members to join! Please call the Office 815-433-0707 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve a spot so we have enough pizza for everyone.
Teresa Dittmer—Photography I
James Durdan—Natural Resources III
Dean Einhaus—Keeping Fit I-First Aid
Rachel Einhaus—Sewing & Textiles II
Marissa Hettel—Fashion Revue/Modeling
Matthew Konrad—Woodworking IV
Katelynn Leix—Woodworking I
Daniela McConville—Child Development II
Breann Siebert—4-H Cooking 401
Jacob Theesfeld—Tractor I
Lauren Urbanowski—Visual Arts- Glass/Plastic
Award of Excellence
Jessa Biffany—Heritage Arts
Aiden Bruck—Animal Science
Hanna Crain—Floriculture A
Leah Dolder—Child Development II
Meygan Echols—Small Engines
Andrew Elzer—Sportsfishing II
Wyatt Hettel—Electricity II
Lillian Hladovak—Photo Editing
Martha Hoffman—Sewing & Textiles II
Miriam Hoffman—Heritage Arts
Rachael Konrad—Vegetable Plate
Warren Krohe—Electricity II
Kassidy Maierhofer—Photography III
Krystal McCormick—Design Decisions
Kodi Miller—Sewing & Textiles I
Abby Pitstick—4-H Cooking 301
Madelyn Rockey—Keeping Fit II- Staying Healthy
Brent Sancken—Visual Arts- Chalk/Carbon/Pigment
Christine Scully—Visual Arts- Chalk/Carbon/Pigment
Bruce Szobar—Visual Arts- Glass/Plastic
Hannah Szobar—Floriculture C
Caitlyn Wise—Illustrated Speech
Emily Wise—Citizenship II
Benjamin Zytnowksi—Robotics Platform I
A reminder for all State Fair general 4-H project exhibitors, premium checks will only be awarded to4-Hers receiving Superior 4-H Exhibitor, Top Exhibitor, and/or other special awards at the state fair. Due to the expense of printing small checks, it is no longer affordable for the state to print premium checks for every exhibitor. These checks will be mailed directly to the 4-Hers once they are printed.
4-Hers will still receive premium checks for all premium-eligible events they participated in at their county 4-H shows. These checks will be available in the next few weeks as we await an update to our 4-H data management software.
Attn: Beef Projects
Carcass class (Junior Fair Class) will be available again this year. The committee is currently planning an informational seminar with the University of Illinois. You will be notified as those details are finalized.
Attn: Sheep Projects
Carcass class (Junior Fair Class) will be added this year. The Superintendent in this area is working on finalizing details. More information to come.
NEW! County Only Projects:
· Do Your Own Thing: Create or design your own 4-H project. This should be something that does not fall into any other
· Treasures From Trash: Exhibit an article that has been changed by the member to have a different use than when it was originally made. Create a practical or decorative use for the article.
· Sew For Fun: Create any sewing item not eligible to be shown in Clothing & Textiles I, II, & III, such as home decorating items, doll clothes, stuffed animals, dolls, costumes, etc.
SAVE THE DATE!
LaSalle County 4-H Fair Dates:
July 10-14, 2013
Mark your calendars now!
We hope you are looking forward to a new year of 4-H projects! Here is a summary of changes that have been made to project names and publications for 2012-2013:
· The Citizenship 2 project manual (My Neighborhood) has had significant revisions.
· The 4-H Cooking 101 manual has been revised to include nutrition information from the new MyPlate program. Nutrition facts for all of the recipes, and a recipe index have also been included.
· A 4-H Cooking Helper's Guide is now available for adults working with youth in the 4-H Cooking 101-401 project series.
· Member record books are now available for 4-H Shooting Sports participants. Please note youth must be members of a 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Club to participate in these projects.
· The leader manual, "A Palette of Fun with Arts and Crafts" is no longer in print and has been discontinued.
· The Embryology 2 project has been discontinued. The leader's guide can still be special ordered. Youth with an interest in this project should enroll in the Poultry project.
· Due to changes in policies, 4-H Secretary and Treasurer books have been discontinued. Clubs will be given an electronic file copy until a revised printed copy becomes available.
New Enrollment Forms:
The State 4-H office has informed us that there will be new (revised) member enrollment forms for the 2012-2013 4-H year. In addition, Extension offices will be printing new project selection sheets to reflect changes in projects and policies. We encourage all leaders in Bureau and LaSalle Counties to recycle old copies of enrollment forms (if they are blank) and use the new forms for this year, which will be available in the next few weeks. Leaders in Marshall-Putnam 4-H should consult their Extension office for information on enrollment forms.
SAVE THE DATE:
LaSalle County invites Bureau, Marshall, and Putnam counties to a 4-H Goat Clinic for Dairy, Meat, and Pygmy Goats.
Sunday, October 28th
(Joe & Nathalie Schmidt)
3131 E. 18th Road
Rain or Shine
Topics covered: Basic care, feeding, grooming, training, showmanship, & breed characteristics. Guest speakers. Hot Dog & s 'more roast afterwards. Minimal registration fee.
Registration papers will be available soon. RSVP by October 24th
Shooting Sports Volunteer Training
A training for adults wishing to become certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructors will be held September 28-30 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. This is the only training that will be held this fall.
Adults age 21 or older who are interested in becoming certified Shooting Sports instructors should contact their Extension office for more information and registration materials. The Extension office will pay for the registration fee, as well as reimburse the volunteer for their mileage to and from the training site.
Volunteers attending the training can be certified in one of the disciplines of archery, rifle, or shotgun, or can attend the Shooting Sports coordinator training.
Unit Wide Community Service
We are encouraging all 4-H clubs in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties to participate in a unit-wide community service project throughout the months of October and November. Our project will include club members collecting food, non-perishable items, pet products, or similar items and donating them to a group of the club's choice. We are allowing some flexibility in the project so that each club can create a service project that fits them best. Here are a few suggestions from the Extension staff, but feel free to come up with your own related idea:
· Collect non-perishable food items, paper products, or other similar products and donate to a food pantry in your community.
· Collect pet food or other pet care items (or make blankets or pet toys) and donate to an animal shelter.
· Collect school supplies and donate to a school, to be given to students who can't afford school supplies. (Bureau County 4-Hers can turn in their donations to HCE, who will deliver them to schools in January).
· Make "birthday kits" (including a cake mix, can of frosting and some party supplies) and donate to a food pantry or other organization that serves families in need.
· Assemble bags of snacks, non-perishable food, or other items and deliver to people in your community who have trouble getting out.
· Create your own innovative idea that fits with the them. Think of something people in your community need, collect it and deliver it.
Don't forget to take photos of your service project and submit them to local newspapers or to the Extension office. More information will be given to club leaders in the next few weeks.
National 4-H Week
National 4-H Week is October 7-13, 2012. This is a good time to share information about your club with others and invite new members to join your club.
The Extension office is looking for a few 4-Hers who might be interested in being interviewed or photographed by local newspapers about their 4-H experiences. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Extension office.
We are also looking for some 4-Hers who are interested in recording public service announcements about 4-H for local radio stations. The public service announcements are pre-written, all you need to do is read them. Please contact the Extension office for more information on this.
Some other things you might be interested in doing during National 4-H Week:
· Ask your teacher or principal if you can give a short presentation about 4-H to your class. You might take in one of your projects to share with the class, or take 4-H items to hand out to your classmates (keep reading for more info on this).
· Visit an after-school program in your community to promote 4-H. You could share a 4-H project. Remember to take a sheet with contact information for your club, so others who are interested know how to join.
· Have a special program or activity at your October club meeting. Invite others from the community to participate.
· Elect or appoint a reporter for your club, to send news releases about club activities to the local newspaper.
· Wear your 4-H t-shirt to school.
· Schedule a club community service project for National 4-H Week (or another time in October).
· Invite local newspapers to visit your 4-H club meeting, service project, or other activity and take pictures.
· Ask your teacher or principal if you can put up 4-H flyers in your school or classroom, or ask if you can hand out flyers to other students.
· Ask a local official to sign an official proclamation for National 4-H Week. These are available at the Extension office.
· Ask your library, bank, or another local business if you can set up a table with 4-H information.
· Lead a group in a 4-H Science Excited experiment. See the next page for more information.
· Be sure to let the Extension office know if you have activities planned for National 4-H Week. We often get calls from reporters asking if there are events they can visit during this week.
Materials available from the Extension office (please call in advance so we can be sure to have them ready):
· National 4-H Week Flyers
· 4-H brochures (local and state)
· 4-H Week bookmarks
· 4-H pencils
· 4-H stickers
· Temporary clover tattoos
· 4-H balloons
More 4-H items can be ordered from National 4-H Supply, www.4-hmall.org.
Ready for a challenge? Each year, 4-H creates a National Science Experiment—a project that youth from all over the country will do and report on. This year, the experiment is called "Eco-Bot Challenge." You will be designing and testing eco-bots, small robots for cleaning up an oil spill.
The Extension office has kits available with all the materials you'll need to complete the challenge. If your club would like to try this project at a meeting, please contact the Extension office.
We are also looking for groups in the community who would like to participate in this project, including school classrooms, libraries, after-school programs, and other groups of youth. If you know of a group interested in doing this activity, please contact the Extension office. Please keep in mind the Eco-Bot Challenge is designed for youth in grades 4-7.
Join the College of ACES in cheering on the Illini in their football game vs. Charleston Southern on Saturday, September 15. The celebration will begin with a tailgate, meal, and special guests at 9:00 a.m., with a game time of 11:00 a.m. You can order tickets (which include breakfast at the tailgate and game admission) for $15 per student and $20 per adult. For more information or to order tickets, please visit https://ecommerce.aces.illinois.edu/salutetoagriculture/.GEAR-TECH-21
The program includes a free online curriculum of lessons, and resources for summer camps .
Developed by our 4-H Nebraska neighbors, 4-H leaders in Illinois, teachers, and groups of homeschooled youth may be interested in using this curriculum to support their programs.
The Year 1 Camp curriculum is now available as a downloadable, off-line Adobe Air "app." The app will run on Windows and Mac operating systems.
Download the GEAR-Tech-21 Year 1 Camp Curriculum app: http://4hset.unl.edu/GT21/
A current version of Adobe Air is required to run the GEAR-Tech-21 app. If you need Adobe Air, it is available as a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/air/
The app is FREE and will continue to be free throughout the duration of the GEAR-Tech-21 NSF grant period.
For more information, contact Kathy Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-472-5027
SPOTLIGHT ON YOU:
Please see your leader or Extension Office for a Spotlight on You form to be featured in the
newsletter! Don't forget to include a photo!
Also, please submit any club news or photos to email@example.com and I will be happy to feature you in the monthly newsletter.
Name: Lindsey Wheeler Age: 13
4-H Club: Covel Creek Rough Riders Years as member: 1
Favorite 4-H Project: Chickens
Parents Names: Paul & Patty Wheeler
Brothers & Sisters Names: Ian Wheeler
Pets Names & Type: Juno (dog), Thumper (cat), Gumbi (turtle), Dorothy, Winnie, & Charolette ( chickens)
Hometown, School & Grade: Ottawa, Shepherd Middle School, 8th grade
Favorite Book: Fablehaven Series
Favorite TV Show: Freeks & Geeks, Arthur
Favorite Movie: Bambi
Favorite Music Group: The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Kimya Dawson, Bob Dylan
Favorite Sports Team: Cubs, Cardinals
Favorite Hobby: Sewing, drawing, hiking, horseback riding, listening/playing music
Favorite Class: literature
Why do you like being a 4-H Member? Because I have a great interest in Agriculture, especially farm animals
Name: Kylee Zoran Age: 9
4-H Club: South Prairie Pioneers Years as member: 1st yr.
Favorite 4-H Project: just joined
Parents Names: Paul Zoran, Lisa Zoran
Pets Names & Type: A cat and a hamster named Oreo
Hometown, School & Grade: Ottawa, Lincoln school, 4th grade
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite TV Show: The Suite Life on Deck
Favorite Movie: Matilda
Favorite Music Group: Selena Gomez
Favorite Sports Team: Sox, Bears
Favorite Hobby: Softball
Favorite Class: Science
Name: Hailey Rhodes Age: 8 1/2
4-H Club: South Prairie Pioneers Years as member: 1st yr.
Favorite 4-H Project:
Parents Names: Joshua & Stephanie Rhodes
Brothers & Sisters Names: Mackenzie, Patrik
Pets Names & Type:
Hometown, School & Grade: Streator, Centennial School, 3rd grade
Favorite Book: Magic Tree House—Dark Days in the Deep Sea
Favorite TV Show: Ant Farm
Favorite Movie: Just 4 Kicks
Favorite Music Group: Taylor Swift
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite Hobby: dancing
Favorite Class: art