Shelby County 4-H News
December 2016 - January 2017
In This Issue
- Extension offices closed for holidays
- Newsletter moving To 4-H Online
- Help feed hungry families on Saturday, Jan. 28
- Shelby County 4-H Achievement Night
- Jackie Beck awarded 4-H Premier LCP Award
- Shelby County 4-H & Junior Fair Board Meeting
- Scholarships offered through Federation
- 4-H steer and market heifer weigh-in
- Bank steer pick-up
- Club Officers
- Community service project
- Community Service Project #1
- Robotics SPIN Club
- Shelby Extension Foundation Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
- 4-H Week
- Federation spotlight
- Take a bow. You are amazing DEADLINE SOON for state 4-H awards
- Helping you make a difference locally
- The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
- Farm Forensics solves the livestock mystery
- Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
Extension offices closed for holidays
University of Illinois Extension Coles, Cumberland, Moultrie-Douglas and Shelby County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 throughMonday, Jan. 2 for Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays and on Monday, Jan. 16. 2017 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Newsletter moving To 4-H Online
If you've been to our Extension unit's website lately, you may have noticed your 4-H newsletters are available online – and in living color!
But did you know the new 4-H Online enrollment system also posts the newsletter directly to your family profile page?
This December-January newsletter is the last issue we will be sending via postal mail to all 4-H families in our unit. Starting with the February issue, we will be sending all of our families an email or text-message reminder when the newsletter has been posted to your family profile page. Between now and then, be sure to sign up for 4-H Online so you don't miss out on any news or deadlines.
We're making this change for a couple of reasons. First, it allows us to get the news to you more quickly – and to update you on event opportunities or other items that come up in-between newsletters. Second, the move to an electronic format will save thousands of dollars on duplicating and mailing expenses. That's money we'll be able to use to fund additional workshops and other activities that enrich your 4-H member's experience.
If you and your family do not have a way to access the newsletter online, please contact your 4-H Program Coordinator or talk with your club leader.
P.S. If you'd like to check out the full-color version of this month's newsletter, just log in to 4-H Online and go to your family profile page!
Help feed hungry families on Saturday, Jan. 28
YOU have a chance to help fight hunger in our communities, by taking part in the 4-H food-packaging event at Lake Land College on Saturday, Jan. 28. Illinois 4-H members are used to pledging their "health to better living," and a state initiative has members battling a new health threat: local hunger.
"Hunger is closer to home than many people realize," said Bill Million, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development specialist. "It is estimated that one in five children faces hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis; this represents 23 percent of all Illinois youth under the age of 18."
On the last Saturday in January, 4-H members, families and volunteers from Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties will come together to address the hunger challenge within the unit. A meal-packaging event will be held at Lake Land College, where volunteers, working in an assembly line, will package food ingredients into bags and seal them shut. These bags will then be delivered to local food pantries. The meals we package will stay local, helping families close to home!
The schedule for the day will be:
9 to 10 a.m. unload van and set up assembly lines.
9:45 to 12 p.m.. assembly line – fill, seal and place bags into boxes. Load boxes into vehicles for local distribution.
Four older 4-H'ers and/or adults are needed for the 9 to 10 a.m. time slot to assist in unloading supplies from the van and setting up the assembly lines. Volunteers for this time slot need to be able to lift and carry 50-pound boxes. Another 100 volunteers (4-H'ers, families, leaders, friends, etc.) are needed for the assembly lines.
Last year we had two assembly-line shifts, and the first-shifters were having so much fun they found it hard to break away when the second shift arrived! So this year we'll have just one assembly-line shift that will run for about two hours. You must reserve your shift(s) in advance by contacting your local Extension office or Dana Homann. This will ensure that we have enough, but not too many, workers for the number of meals we need to assemble. The sign-up deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.
To see this event in action, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liXoo_Op3pg. This is a time-lapsed video of southern Illinois 4-H'ers at a similar meal-packaging event.
Shelby County 4-H Achievement Night
Thank you to everyone who attended the wiener roast and potluck. We had over 100+ in attendance for the meal. Federation members did a great job cooking the hot dogs and families provided very tasty side dishes.
We had over 150+ in attendance for Achievement Night, which is the largest turnout in several years. Federation was in charge of the program, which included the presentation of all awards. Everyone did a great job! Awards presented to members included outstanding first, second, fifth and tenth-year members; first and second-year members completing records; secretary and treasurer awards, and project medal winners, to name just a few. Congratulations to Sherri Hudson, four-year leader of Shelby Showstoppers
4-H Club, who was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award. Club leaders picked up awards for those not in attendance.
For a complete listing of winners, Achievement Night programs can be picked up at the Extension office or can be found on the website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/downloads/67312.pdf
Jackie Beck awarded 4-H Premier LCP Award
The 4-H Premier LCP Award is sponsored for Illinois 4-H members 17 to 19 years old. The purpose of the award is to reward members exhibiting outstanding leadership, citizenship, cooperation and professionalism during the 4-H year. The 4-H members with the highest cumulative point total received the State 4-H Premier LCP Award and the final award was the opportunity to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates two-day Premier 20 Leadership Conference that was held in April.
Jackie received the State 4-H Premier LCP Award at the first-ever Illinois 4-H Award Reception held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign. Jackie was one of 10 recipients of this award.
Congratulations, Jackie, on your award!
Shelby County 4-H & Junior Fair Board Meeting
The Shelby County 4-H & Junior Fair Board will have the annual meeting on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Center followed by the regular board meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.
Scholarships offered through Federation
Federation is offering scholarships to 4-H members who attend state wide events. A scholarship form must be completed and turned into the office prior to the event. Once approved, the 4-H'er will receive a $45 scholarship after attending the event.
Forms are available at the Extension office or on the website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/downloads/67317.pdf
4-H steer and market heifer weigh-in
Mark your calendar for steer (dairy & beef) and market heifer weigh-in to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the United Producers Sale Barn, Shelbyville. If needed, the snow date will be
Feb. 11, 2017. All market steers and market heifers going to the 2017 Illinois State Fair will be electronically tagged during weigh-in.
Reminder . . .
Members need to call in by Feb. 1 if they are bringing a steer or market heifer to weigh-in.
Bank steer pick-up
For those who signed up for the Bank Steer Program this year, the drawing for steers will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the United Producers Inc. Sale Barn in Shelbyville. Letters will be sent in January to those members with more information.
Coldspring Copperheads Officer Team
President, Royce Thompson
Vice-President, Daniel Lucas
Secretary, Brent Thompson
Treasurer, Wade Barnes
Reporter, Hunter Richards
Historian, Makayla Thompson
Recreation, Gage Richards
Oconee Eager Beavers
President - Olive Decker
Vice-President - Elizabeth Rich
Secretary - Bailey Kinsey
Treasurer - John Berns
Reporter - Dawson Kinsey
Historian - Nicole Arkebauer
Recreation - Ellie Kuhn
Community service project
Each club is being challenged to do two community service projects during the 2016-2017 4-H year starting Sept. 1, 2016 and completed by Aug. 31, 2017. The projects must be based on service activities, not just writing a check to a charitable organization and done as a club. If the challenge is met, Federation will pay the 4-H Club $25. Club leaders will record the club's activities and submit the form to the Extension office; forms will be reviewed, approved and submitted to Federation for payment. Examples include: helping at food pantries, Cards for Soldiers, packing Pride Packages, caroling, etc. Club leaders have the complete list.
4-H Member Challenge
Each Shelby County 4-H member (including Cloverbuds) is being challenged to do three community service projects either with their club or acting as an individual 4-H member. Two of the projects must be service-related, meaning helping or doing something . Donating items can count as one project. The projects must be completed during the 2016-2017 4-H year starting on Sept. 1, 2016 and completed by Aug 31, 2017. If the member meets the challenge, the member will receive a community service medal project which will be presented at the 2017 Achievement Night. Examples include: work at the Unit 19 food packing event, making a community service craft at craft day, collecting items for a charity, etc. Leaders have forms for members to track their activities.
"My hands to larger service" is our county focus for Shelby County 4-H'ers during the 2016-2017 4-H year.
Community Service Project #1
For every roll of wrapping paper, shirt box package or two rolls of tape 4-H'ers bring to craft day, the 4-H'er's name will be put in a drawing to receive a prize. We will draw a few names and give out prizes at the beginning of craft day. Items collected will be given to Angel of Love to be used to wrap angel tree gifts.
Thank you to those 4-H members who brought items to Achievement Night. We have collected 22 items for Angel of Love.
Robotics SPIN Club
Spark Shooters LegoBotics SPIN club will hold its first meeting on Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office. The focus this year is to have club members build a robot and compete in the state 4-H robotics competition in April. Meeting dates will be as follows: Jan. 10 & 17, Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18 and meet from 6 to 8 p.m. The club is led by Jim Sparks.
Please contact the office by Dec. 21 if interested in joining.
Shelby Extension Foundation Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
Shelby Extension Foundation will be holding a Nelson's Catered Dinner fundraiser on Jan. 12. Pick-up will be at the Shelby County Extension Office from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The meal includes 1/2 Chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll and dessert for $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Shelby County Extension Office or from a Foundation member. Foundation supports the Extension Office, Shelby County 4-H and 4-H scholarships just to name a few. Take the night off from cooking and pick up a delicious meal! Tickets must be purchased in advance.
March 11-18, 2017
4-H Grows Here is the theme for Shelby County 4-H Week. 4-H week starts on Saturday March 11 and runs through the Saturday, March 18.
March 11—Amazing Race
March 12—Skating Party
March 13—Window Displays
March 14—International Night
March 15—Wear your 4-H shirt to school
March 18—Spring Craft Day
The 2016-17 Federation secretary is Gretchen Macklin. Gretchen is an 11-year member of Findlay Feeders and a third-year member of Federation. At first, Gretchen really just wanted some leadership experience and to become more involved in 4-H, but she was really nervous about joining and had to force herself to go to the first meeting. Now she is really glad she joined and will be really sad when she ages out. She loves all the people in Federation and looks forward to events. Gretchen's favorite event that Federation puts on is Winter craft day. It's a lot of fun to work with all the kids and hear all their funny stories. Gretchen wants others to join Federation because it's a great opportunity to get to know people in your county and make new friends. It's also a great way to be more active in your community and help younger 4-H members. At most events Federation puts on, the members are partially in charge. It has helped her become more comfortable speaking in front of people and being in charge.
Take a bow. You are amazing DEADLINE SOON for state 4-H awards
No matter how you're involved in the 4-H program, you are eligible for awards. …. whether you take a variety of projects or belong to a one-project SPIN club ... whether you serve as a Teen Teacher or you use your skills to promote 4-H … whether you've been a member for two years or 11 … there is an opportunity for you.
Applications must be submitted to the local Extension office by Dec. 6, 2016. Applications will then be scanned and emailed to the State 4-H Office by end of business on Friday, January 6, 2017.
- Download any of the award applications you need from @ go.illinois.edu/4Hawardapps. You will need to download them to your computer for them to work and save properly.
- All applications are in writable PDF form. Just click through the application and fill in the information. All applications must be typed, not handwritten.
- Save and print the completed form.
- Complete, sign and turn the forms into the local office by Dec. 6, 2016.
Helping you make a difference locally
Looking for funding support to conduct community service outreach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Service are ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs across Illinois make bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Community Improvement Grants are a great way for Illinois teens to demonstrate their leadership on a local level as teen advocates working for positive change in their hometown!
Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants
Farm Credit Services Illinois Community Improvement Grant is inviting 4-H Clubs to apply for a $400 grant to assist club members in being positive change agents by making their local communities better places to live. Eligible clubs are those located in one of the counties served by Farm Credit Services Illinois which includes 14 Extension Units representing the 60 counties in southern & central Illinois. This includes Extension Unit 19 serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties. Applications are due February 27, 2017.
Use the following URL for more information and to connect to the online application:
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
To attend, teams are being put together on an Extension UNIT-wide basis. Contact your local Extension office immediately if you are interested in serving on your unit's teen leadership team. Registration will be completed by the Extension office, not by individual youth, and numbers are limited.
Here's what you need to know:
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
WHEN and WHERE: January 6 – 7, 2017; Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
WHO CAN ATTEND: An Extension Unit can send a team of four teens and one adult to this conference. Space is limited to the first 100 teens and their corresponding adult coach, so Extension Units must put their teams together immediately. Teens must currently be enrolled in high school (9th – 12th grades) in order to attend and an adult coach MUST be included on the team. The adult coach must be a screened 4-H volunteer or an Extension staff member.
HOW TO REGISTER: Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in being one of your county's team members. Registration will close December 12.
WHY? – Because you'll never regret building your leadership skills, sharing your voice, and making new friends – ALL THROUGH 4-H! (See the complete article in the November issue.)
Farm Forensics solves the livestock mystery
How do you increase livestock productivity? How do you keep your herd healthy? What traits do you want in your breeding stock? How do you successfully run your farm business? Uncover the answers in this year's Youth Livestock Conference … Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. This program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team.
Dates: Feb. 11-12
Conference headquarters: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, 101 Trade Center Drive.
Open to any 4-H member in 7th, 8th or 9th grade.
Registration: Register online by Jan. 23 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Check-In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 11
Pick-Up: 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12
This & more is in store for you!
- Scoping Out the Suspect - Help us scope out the suspect as we zoom in on DNA and the bizarre world of bacteria. In this session we will be working through the case as we extract, zoom and solve together!
- Deceitful Dissection - Come explore the exciting world of dissection. With scalpels and scissors we will investigate the missing pieces of the mystery. Be prepared to reveal a vital clue!
- Order in the Court - Step into the courtroom with our livestock ethics committee as we discuss good production practices and debate a simple livestock case. Members will participate as a jury, the courtroom audience and plaintiffs or defendants. Participants will debate against anti-agriculture organizations by offering their personal "testimonies," objecting to false livestock advertisements and ultimately working to influence the verdict of the judge.
- Cracking the Chromosomes - Joins us as we investigate the world of genetics and the mysteries of electrophoresis. In this session, you will solve the secrets with your sweet tooth as we study genetics and dig deeper into DNA.
- Defending the Herd - Keep your eye out, the Stockyard Stalkers are on the loose! In this workshop you will examine footage to learn about motives of anti-agriculture activists and how to defend your position if you are ever "under attack."
Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference can help your journey!
Adventures Await! Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! It will be February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. You'll be busy doing things, making new friends and working as a team.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has planned workshops on first aid, robotics, understanding different cultures, animal science, team-building, and robotics – ALL from suggestions made by delegates at the 2016 conference! The Youth Leadership Team members will also be sharing stories on their own leadership journeys throughout the conference so you can see the opportunities that are available to all Illinois 4-H members! Your local Extension office has the information.
Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend!