Clark County 4-H Express
In This Issue
Dear 4-H Family,Wow, February was a busy month and we have some great things to look forward to in March and April!
We had a great turn out at 4-H Carnival, Beef Weigh-in, Federation College Visit to ISU and are looking forward to MUCH MORE! Thanks so much to all our 4-H'ers, parents, businesses and individuals who helped make our 14th Annual 4-H Tack Auction another HUGE success!! Be sure to show your "green pride" and wear your 4-H shirts to school on Friday, March 16th to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early! We know with all the busy schedules it is sometimes hard to make all of our commitments, sure glad you are still saving time for 4-H!
4-H Program Coordinator
FEDERATION FOOTNOTES –
WOW – we have got so many GREAT things planned for our Federation members! Thank you all for being a part of this group!
Nine 4-H'ers participated in an Indiana State University College Visit last week. A HUGE THANK YOU to our tour guides – Katie Goekler, Ashyln Hendrix, and Anna Neihart for a very thorough tour across
campus and for sharing history and facts about ISU. Our group wrapped up with dinner in the commons at the Student Union before heading back to the Extension Office.
Are you interested in JOB SHADOWING? If so, you are welcome to make arrangements with a business/or individual of your choice and we can provide you with a recommendation letter if one is needed.
Normally Spring Break is the time we set aside for job shadowing experiences, but if you would rather participate in the summer, that is okay too! Let Cartha know if you plan to visit
DISCOVER SHAWNEE – Join us for a Leadership Retreat in Shawnee National Forest June 5-6. Come along to see the breathtaking sites and hear about the history of Southern Illinois. We'll camp at High
Knob Campground's bunkhouse. Visit Cave-in-Rock, Garden of the Gods and LOTS more! Call the Clark Co. Extension Office by May 15 to register! See the enclosed flyer in this newsletter. The cost is $30
and you must have attended at least one Federation meeting to be eligible to attend.
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES TO BE OFFERED
The Clark County 4-H program will be offering Dog Obedience classes. An organizational meeting will be held Monday, March 26, 6:30 PM at the Clark County Extension Office. The classes will last 10 weeks and will help both the handler and the dog to become better trained.
Cost for the class will be $20 for 4-H'ers and $30 for non-members. Dogs should NOT be brought to the first meeting but participants should bring their dog's health papers. Dates for future sessions will be set at this meeting. The following sessions will be held at the Clark Co. Fairgrounds and 4-H Leader Hillary Deckard will once again be leading the sessions.
SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS
ARCHERY SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB CONTINUES TO MEET
Clark County 4-H Shooting Sports Clubs for Archery and Air Rifle have been busy these last two months, running from January through March. It's been great to see all the interest in both areas with 50 youth participating in Archery and 16 participating in Air Rifle. If any youth 10 years old and older are interested in participating in shotgun shooting sports, please call the office by April 16 at 826-5422.
Adults – here is your chance! Clark County is in need of some an interested volunteer to become a Certified Instructor for 4-H Shooting Sports Air Pistol. You must first attend training and complete a background check. The Spring training for those adults willing to become Certified Instructors of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program will be May 19-20, 2018.
The State Instructors will be conducting training in Archery, Coordinator, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Hunting and Outdoor Skills, and Shotgun for those interested in becoming certified. The weekend training will be held at the Memorial 4-H Camp, Monticello, Ill. Illinois has trained over 1000 adults at these Certification trainings. These adults are scattered throughout 96 of Illinois' 102 counties, offering local 4-H Shooting Sports programs to youth aged 8-18. For additional information, visit our 4-H Shooting Sports website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/shootingsports/
CLARK COUNTY ANTIQUE POWER CLUB is offering three different scholarships – a $1,000, a $500 and an additional $500 in memory of Bob Maurer. These are offered to 2 or 4-year full time students in an agricultural field of study with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applications are available at the Clark Co. Extension Office. Application deadline is April 1, 2018!
BEYOND CLARK COUNTY
SUMMER 4-H CAMP – Camp is full!
Don't forget, if you are interested in attending 4-H Camp next year, you will want to register as soon as camp opens registration. That is normally the 2nd Monday of January. This year spots were almost completely full within two weeks. This is a great opportunity for 4-H'ers and non-4-H'ers to enjoy 5 days and 4 nights at Monticello's Allerton Park. Put it on your Christmas list for next year!! Clark Co. offers their 4-H members a discount!
SUMMER ACADEMIES – The best just got better!
Registration is open for the BEST SUMMER CONFERENCE EVER! Illini Summer Academies lets you try out college life while you study with college professors and learn about possible careers!
We have lots of new Academies this year, including
· Companion animal nutrition and pet food manufacturing
· Plant biology: Exploring life beneath our feet
· Game Design: Digital art, storytelling and fabrication at the Fab Lab
· Advanced Microbiology
· Work Hard/Play Hard: Careers in health sciences, sports and wellness.
Returning Academies include aerospace, animal science, anthropology, electrical and computer engineering, human development and family studies, advance family studies, beekeeping, molecular and cellular biology, agricultural communications, theater hip hop dance, theater fashion design, and veterinary medicine.
The conference is Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 and is open to ALL YOUTH who have completed 8th grade and are at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2018. Check it out @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
· If you are paying your entire registration fee, register now @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
· If you are requesting a Trailblazer scholarship from the Illinois 4-H Foundation, apply @ go.illinois.edu/illini4Hscholarship. Check the website to see if you qualify.
· If you are in 4-H and your county is providing you a partial scholarship, contact the Extension office for registration information.
Sponsors which cover
part of the cost of Illini Summer Academies include Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm
Credit Services, Growmark, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, H. Richard
and Sarah McFarland Endowment for Youth Leadership, DuPont/Pioneer, Illinois
4-H Foundation, and the Human Development and Family Studies Department.
4-H DAY WITH THE CARDINALS MAY 19 -All 4-H families have a special invitation to attend a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies at the 2018 4-H Day with the Cardinals on May 19. The game will begin at 1:15 PM at Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their parents/leaders can take part in a parade around the ball field!
4-H members who participate in the 4-H raffle have a chance to be selected to throw the first pitch. Other guests attending can win other great prizes!
If families want to sit together, please submit orders in the same envelope. For more information about tickets contact the University of Missouri Extension at http://www.4h.missouri.edu/4h-day-with/4h-day-with-cardinals. Tickets for the game will be $25 each and includes a t-shirt. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 10 (don't wait until the deadline – tickets sell out FAST!
HELP ILLINOIS WIN $20,000April 1 – May 15, you can help Illinois win $20,000 just by raising your hand! We need every 4-H alum AND (NEW IN 2018) ANY ILLINOIS FRIEND OF 4-H to register online with National 4-H Council. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. So, spread the word and tell all your friends… tweet it, post it, chat it, snap it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Your vote counts even if you voted last year! We will provide you the EXACT website to register soon! We are a HUGE state. Let's WIN this year!
4-H ATTENDANCE POLICY
HEY, 4-H'ERS……REMEMBER OUR CLARK COUNTY 4-H ATTENDANCE POLICY!
· Youth that enroll in a 4-H Club must attend three club meetings, club tours or club activities before July 1 to be eligible to take part in the 4-H exhibitions at the Clark County 4-H Fair, receive 4-H premiums, 4-H Auction or other 4-H awards or recognitions.
· 4-H members enrolled in college must attend at least one club meeting, tours or club activity.
4-H STATE FAIR
4-H EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE STATE FAIR -
All Illinois 4-H members who were 8 to 18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2017 are eligible to show in BOTH the Junior Livestock Show and the 4-H General Project Show of the State Fair.
If you are an active member of FFA who is 19 to 21 years of age, you may also qualify to exhibit at the Junior Livestock Show if you meet one of these criteria:
· Maintain active membership on the roster of their local high school FFA Chapter;
· Maintain active membership in a collegiate FFA Chapter in a post-secondary institution of higher education in the State of Illinois; or
· Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.
Since 4-H age ends at 18, the only way to exhibit at the state fair junior livestock show if you are 19 to 21 is to be an active FFA member as verified by Illinois FFA.
4-H members exhibiting in the General Project Show must be selected as a delegate at their county 4-H show.
ANNUAL PLANT AND BAKE SALEAnnual Plant & Bake Sale
SATURDAY, MAY 5
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
U OF I EXTENSION CLARK COUNTY OFFICE
Do you have too many irises and not enough strawberries? Are your houseplants falling off the shelf? Then dig up your irises, divide your houseplants, bake some yummy treats and bring them to the
Annual Plant & Bake Sale.
Anyone can buy! And anyone can sell seeds, flowers, garden plants or trees and baked goods! You set your own price. There is no charge, but we do appreciate donations to help cover our costs!
Just call the Clark County Extension
Office at 217-826-5422 to reserve a space or for more information. Clark County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your yard and garden questions.
LAKELAND COLLEGE LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST –
Clark County 4-H'ers, Carson and Carly Foley, Logan Hendrix, Kami Titus and Sara Smallwood will be traveling to Lakeland Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday, March 17 in Mattoon. Registration will be from 8:00 – 8:45 AM with the contest to begin at 9:00 AM. Good Luck Clark County!!
SWINE ID TAGS & MEETING APRIL 3
There will be a MANDATORY meeting for ALL NEW SWINE EXHIBITORS (or a family member) on Tuesday, April 3, 6 PM at the Clark Co. Extension Office. This will not be a long meeting, but if you are a NEW SWINE EXHIBITOR and plan to show market pigs at the 2018 Clark Co. 4-H Fair you or a parent, grandparent or guardian must attend this meeting! Anyone wanting to pick up swine ID tags and Swine Nomination Forms may do so that evening or through the week of April 3-7 during regular office hours of 8-4:30 PM at the Clark County Extension Office. Swine exhibitors are required to fill out nomination forms with two pictures (one of each side of each pig, showing that the pigs have already been tagged) to exhibit at the Clark Co. 4-H Fair. Forms MUST be returned by Tuesday, May 1. Call the Extension Office if you have any questions.
SHEEP & GOAT WEIGH-IN –
All Sheep and Goats showing in markets classes at the 2018 Clark Co. 4-H Fair must be present for identification on Saturday, April 28, 9-10 AM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. See below for exceptions…
MARKET GOAT EXHIBITORS - There are two dates set for identification: April 28, 9:00 AM and May 29, 6:30 PM, both at Martinsville Fairgrounds. Choose the one that works best for your birth/purchase dates.
*State Fair Exhibitors - Market lambs and meat goats will need to be tattooed and weighed at the regional site in Coles County May 5. You have the option to travel ONLY to Coles Co. and not come to Martinsville on April 28, but YOU will be responsible to bring scale/ID papers back to the Clark Co. Extension Office for filing in order to be allowed to show at the Clark Co. 4-H Fair.
The following rules apply –
Both Premiere & Live Show Lamb Wethers must be lambed on or after January 1, 2018 and must be weighed, tattooed, and tagged before May 15, 2018.
Meat Goat Wethers must be born on or after October 1, 2017, weighed, tattooed, and tagged before May 15, 2018 and registered in the name of the exhibitor ONLY. Ownership dates for Kids & Yearlings not in milk is May 15, 2018.
ALL SMALL ANIMAL & LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS !!
ON-LINE QUALITY ASSURANCE & ETHICS MANDATORY FOR NEW livestock Exhibitors – you will need to take this on-line QA&E training before June 1st. ALL 4-H'ers enrolled in beef, dairy, goats, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, cat, dog and livestock/vet science exhibitors are required to complete a one-time on-line course in order to participate in an animal project. If you have already completed this on-line ethics training in the past to show, you are good to go and will NOT be required to repeat the certification. The QA&E certification has been developed to review what is expected of youth when preparing and exhibiting animals in competition. Once you complete this program, you will earn a certificate of completion and will be eligible to show in any 4-H animal project area at both our Clark Co. 4-H Fair and the IL State Fair. The web site is http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. Don't wait until the last minute, take the certification NOW! Let us know if you need to use a computer here at the Extension Office and we can get you set up!
ILLIANA PIG SALE WITH SHOWMANSHIP & FEEDING CLINIC –
There will be a showmanship and feeding clinic along with a Pig Sale on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, Terre Haute, IN. The clinics will begin at 6:30 PM EST and the sale will begin at 7:30 PM EST. There will be 125 quality head of show pigs offered for sale. For more information, contact Bryan Bennett @ 217-251-0466; Ira Moore 812-607-0108 or Jeff Noel 812-607-0034.
STATE FAIR SWINE EXHIBITORS –
Swine exhibitors MUST have the required Premises ID number to be eligible to show at the IL State Fair. Pork Quality Assurance training is not required this year.
Regular Barrows – Must be farrowed on or after January 15, 2018, no weighing and tattooing is required but must submit ear notches when making entry for ISF.
Premiere Barrows – Must be farrowed on or after February 10, 2018, weighed and tattooed February 10-April 15 and tattooed within 35 days of birth and not weigh more than 1.0 lbs/day. Junior exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows.
HORSE HAPPENINGSHORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY CONTEST – Team members will be competing in the East Central & West Central Region Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest on Saturday, April 7 at the Casey Nazarene Church. Those eligible will advance to the State competition on April 21-22 in Champaign. Members have been meeting each Monday since October to get ready for these competitions. Good luck to those members and Coach Ruth Stewart!
OWNERSHIP / LEASE PAPERS - Any horse, pony, mule, or donkey showing at the 2018 4-H Fair must have a current Ownership/Lease paper on file along with 2 photos of your animal, one left side and one right side. Deadline is May 1, 2018. Ownership/Lease papers will be mailed to all horse project members or are available at the Extension Office. This is also a requirement for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair.
4-H TACK AUCTION – The 15th annual 4-H Tack Auction was held on February 17 at the Clark County Extension Office. Wow, nearly $10,000 was raised to support the 4-H Horse and Pony activities! Horse project members, parents, and volunteers did a wonderful job getting in those donations from businesses and individuals; 4-H families also provided concessions. A special thank you goes to the many 4-H'ers and families for helping us put this all together and working hard and ALL of our supporters for coming out to make purchases & DONATE!!
ROAD TRIP TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK – Is tentatively being set for our 4-H Horse families on June 18-20. We are currently making plans and checking prices, so be watching for more details SOON!!
SPIN CLUB OPPORTUNITIES ~ We have some EXCITING opportunities for YOU!! Would you like to be a part of a Special Interest Club and learn more about Rock Hunting, Robotics, Cake Decorating, Sewing, Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Drones, Woodworking or Electricity, etc? If so, give us call at the Extension Office at 826-5422 and let Cartha know what you'd like to do by March 31st! If we know you have the interest, we'll fine some leaders willing to lead, we just need Y-O-U to sign up! Other SPIN Clubs in Clark Co. 4-H include - Archery, 4-H Jazz Band, and Dog Obedience and Tractor Club. What a GREAT EXPERIENCE!!
BANNERS & AWARDS - Summer is quickly approaching and we're already making preparations for the 2018 4-H Fair. Each year we ask businesses and individuals in the community to donate banners and awards for the livestock award winners. If you would be interested and are not on our list, please let us know! We appreciate your support!
4-H CARNIVAL CLUB PRIZES - Prizes were given to the following clubs for their carnival booths – Golden Star 4-H Club of Casey received the "Most Fun" prize; Clovers 4-H Club of Marshall received the "Most Original" prize; and Casey Achievers 4-H Club received the prize for the "Prettiest" booth.
WEEKLY EBLAST! Keep up-to-date and check out your weekly EBLAST coming through your email EVERY FRIDAY directly from Clark County Extension Office, "Don't miss the upcoming events". Be sure to click on the top of the attachment "view this email in your browser" to see what we have coming up. We don't want you to miss a single thing! A shout out to Darra Walker, our marketing director for Clark, Crawford, and Edgar County who is putting these EBlasts together each week! View this email in your browser
SAVE THE DATE – Clark County 4-H Fair, Sat. July 21 – Wed. July 25, 2018
6 – New Member Party, 7 PM, EO
19 – Leader's Meeting
17 - LLC Livestock Judging Contest
26 – Federation, 6:30 PM
26 - Dog Obedience Meeting, 6:30 PM
2 – DEADLINE to ENROLL in 4-H!
2 – DEADLINE to Add & Drop Projects!
3 – Swine ID Tag Meeting, 6 PM, EO
7 - Horse Bowl/Hipp Contest, Casey
18 – Youth Committee
21-22 – State HB/Hipp Contest
23 – Federation/Public Speaking
28 – Sheep & Goat Weigh-in, 9 AM, M'ville Fairgrounds
1 - Horse Ownership/Lease Papers due
5 – ISF Sheep & Meat Goat ID, Coles Co. Fairgrounds
5 – Master Gardner Plant Sale, EO
19 - 4-H Day with the Cardinals
28 - Memorial Day, Ext. Off. Closed
29 – Additional Goat weigh-in, 6:30 PM