Clark County 4-H Express
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Family
- FEDERATION FOOTNOTES
- JOB SHADOWING OFFERED
- 4-H SKATING PARTY @ TWIN LAKES ROLLER RINK IN PARIS!!
- DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES TO BE OFFERED
- ARCHERY SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB CONTINUES TO MEET
- SUMMER 4-H CAMP – Deadline March 31!
- BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER IN 2017
- FARM TOUR” LUKE BRYAN SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
- 4-H DAY WITH THE CARDINALS MAY 20
- REMEMBER OUR CLARK COUNTY 4-H ATTENDANCE POLICY!
- EXPLORE LIFE AT U OF I’S ACES
- STATE FAIR AGE CHANGE MEANS ALL 4-H MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE
- SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
- SWINE ID TAGS & MEETING APRIL 3
- SHEEP WEIGH-IN
- ALL SMALL ANIMAL & LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS !!
- LAKELAND COLLEGE LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST –
- STATE FAIR SWINE EXHIBITORS
- STATE FAIR LAMB & MEAT GOAT EXHIBITORS
- 2017-2018 4-H Handbook
- 4-H Beef Clinic
- HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY
- OWNERSHIP / LEASE PAPERS
- 4-H HORSE & PONY TACK AUCTION
- Approaching Deadlines
- SPIN CLUB OPPORTUNITIES
- BANNERS & AWARDS
- Upcoming Events
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, Honey Bee Challenge "Funshops", Beef Weigh-in, the Livestock Nutrition Clinic, Federation and are looking forward to the bus trip to Fair Oaks Farm, Roller Skating, the Beef Clinic, College Visits and MUCH MORE! Thanks so much to all our 4-H'ers, parents, businesses and individuals who helped make our 13th Annual 4-H Tack Auction another HUGE success!!
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
WOW – we have got so many GREAT things planned for our Federation members! Thank you all for being a part of this group!
¨ We are heading in a different direction… We will not be holding a Volunteer Recognition Banquet this year. It's been a tradition, almost since the beginning of time… but our attendance has been down several years and our Federation members would like to honor our volunteers in another way. SO, volunteers – be looking for a little something special coming your way soon! WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO AS VOLUNTEERS IN CLARK COUNTY 4-H! Sometimes we just need to take a look at the past and choose a new path to meet everybody's needs. J
¨ A College Visit is being scheduled for the March 27th Federation Meeting. Our plans are to leave the Extension Office at 5:30 PM, travel to Lincoln Trail College for a tour and visit and then off to Monical's Pizza for a dutch-treat meal. We should be back to Marshall near 8:30 PM.
¨ Be looking ahead to the JOB SHADOWING program scheduled for Spring Break and the PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST scheduled for the Monday, April 24th Federation meeting. Any 4-H'er can participate and there are nice prize monies awarded!
¨ DISCOVER ST. LOUIS – Jr. Leadership Retreat in St. Louis on June 6. Come along to tour the Cardinal's Busch Stadium, we'll take a one hour Riverboat Cruise and have lunch at the Spaghetti Factory. It will be a great day at the Gateway to the West! Call the Clark Co. Extension Office by May 17 to register! The cost is $20 and you must have attended at least one Federation meeting to be eligible to attend.
JOB SHADOWING OFFERED
Members participating in the past have shadowed many careers. 4-H'ers interested in participating request who they would like to shadow and Cartha will then make arrangements with the business or individual. 4-H'ers are responsible for providing their own transportation. The Job Shadowing program will be held during Easter break (April 13-17) or on an alternate day if arrangements can be made. If interested pre-register by calling the office by MARCH 17th.
4-H SKATING PARTY @ TWIN LAKES ROLLER RINK IN PARIS!!
Yes, that is correct, in Paris! We'll be skating along with our Edgar County 4-H families on Thursday, March 16! Come and join other 4-H'ers and family members for our annual 4-H Skating Party set for Thursday, March 16, 6 – 8 PM at the TWIN LAKES ROLLER RINK, in Paris. There will be a $2.00 charge for anyone renting regular skates ($3 for speed skates and $4 for rollerblades). The party is open to ALL 4-H'ers, Cloverbud members and their families too!
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 27, 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.
ARCHERY SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB CONTINUES TO MEET
Clark County 4-H Shooting Sports Club began in January and meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month through the end of March at Country Archery, located at 1675 E. 600th Rd, south of Casey. Thirty-two youth are participating in archery!
Adults – here is your chance! Clark County is in need of some interested volunteers to become Certified Instructors for Shooting Sports. 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 5-7, 2017.
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 nearly 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/
SUMMER 4-H CAMP – Deadline March 31!
The deadline to sign up for 4-H Camp is drawing near, don't miss your chance! Current 4-H members get an "Early-Bird" discount if they register by March 31. Come to camp! The kayaks, zip line, swimming beach, dodge balls, and your cabin mates will miss you if you wait too long!!
You may choose any of the four weeks of 4-H camp to attend: June 4–8; June 11–15; June 25–29; June 30–July 4. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmemorialcamp. Cost is $195 for 4-H'ers ($160 for Clark County 4-H'ers) until March 31, early bird deadline.
BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER IN 2017
The 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies will see some cool changes this year. Be sure to save the dates of June 25-29! The academies will be hosted in one of University of Illinois' newer living quarters, Bousefield Hall. This is a list of what you can choose from – Journalism, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Chemistry, Digital Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Exploring Human Development & Family Studies, Exploring Theatre & Fashion for Stage, Exploring Theatre & Hip Hop, Family Sciences, Entomology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Plant Science, Ag Communications and Veterinary Medicine. Registration will open March 1 @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H. Check it out!!
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial needs scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017. Clark Co. 4-H'ers receive a one-half discount! Call the Extension Office for more information at 826-5422.
FARM TOUR” LUKE BRYAN SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Four local students from the east-central Illinois region planning to attend EIU will receive a one-time $2,000 "Farm Tour" Luke Bryan Scholarship, made possible through Bryan's Oct. 15, 2016 Farm Tour performance in Effingham. Qualifications:
· Must be a high school senior due to graduate in Spring 2017
· Must attend high school in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Moultrie or Shelby County
· Must have a personal background or connection in agriculture and/or farming
· Must complete the online application form and submit a personal statement/essay
· Must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, supervisor or mentor
· Must be admitted to Eastern Illinois University by March 15, 2017.
For more information and to apply: WWW.EIU.EDU/LUKEBRYANSCHOLARSHIP/
4-H DAY WITH THE CARDINALS MAY 20
All 4-H families have a special invitation to attend a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants at the 2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals on May 20. The game will begin at 6:15 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!
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.
EXPLORE LIFE AT U OF I’S ACES
Learn about chocolate, put your hand inside a cow, taste hot pepper sauces, and learn about the opportunities awaiting you in Washington, DC! Explore ACES, a two-day student-run event that acquaints prospective and admitted students with ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) faculty, academic offerings, and countless student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research, and innovative student projects. Learn about study abroad programs, what students can do with their ACES degrees, and how to apply for more than $3.5 million in scholarships. Join the more than 2,000 students who will attend Explore ACES on Friday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
STATE FAIR AGE CHANGE MEANS ALL 4-H MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE
All Illinois 4-H members who were 8 to 18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016 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.
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SWINE ID TAGS & MEETING APRIL 3
There will be a MANDATORY meeting for ALL NEW SWINE EXHIBITORS (or a family member) on Monday, 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 2017 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 Monday, May 1. Call the Extension Office if you have any questions.
Sheep I.D. Day will be held on Saturday, April 22, 9 AM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. Members who will be showing market animals at the 2017 Clark County 4-H Fair will need to weigh-in their livestock that day. Anyone planning to exhibit at the ISF MUST also attend the regional tagging site in Coles County on Saturday, May 6th (see below info).
ALL SMALL ANIMAL & LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS !!
ON-LINE QUALITY ASSURANCE & ETHICS MANDATORY...
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 at the IL State Fair or took the training last year, 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!
LAKELAND COLLEGE LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST –
Clark County 4-H'ers are invited to take part in the Lakeland Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday, March 25 in Mattoon. Registration will be from 8:00 – 8:45 AM with the contest to begin at 9:00 AM.
STATE FAIR SWINE EXHIBITORS
All IL State Fair Swine exhibitors MUST take the required Pork Quality Assurance Training and a Premises ID number will be required for each participant to be eligible to show. Local PQA training will be offered at the Extension Office in early June.
Regular Barrows – Must be farrowed on or after January 15, 2017, 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, 2017, 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.
STATE FAIR LAMB & MEAT GOAT EXHIBITORS
All Lamb and Meat Goat wether exhibitors
planning to show at the
IL State Fair MUST have their wethers tattooed and electronically
tagged at a designated location. The closest location will be at Coles Co. Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:00 PM. Please call us if this location or date will not be convenient for you and we can give you another location across the state.
The following rules apply –
Both Premiere & Live Show Lamb Wethers must be lambed on or after January 1, 2017 and must be weighed, tattooed, and tagged before May 15, 2017.
Meat Goat Wethers must be born on or after October 1, 2016, weighed, tattooed, and tagged before May 15, 2017 and registered in the name of the exhibitor ONLY. Ownership dates for Kids & Yearlings not in milk is May 15, 2017.
2017-2018 4-H Handbook
COMING SOON! – Your 2017-2018 4-H Handbook.
The updated version can also be found on our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/
4-H Beef ClinicSaturday, March 25, 2017
Hosted by Justin Lewis & Double J Simmentals
11474 N. Fox Road, Marshall
Justin is a 4-H alumni and member of the U of I Livestock Judging Team. he has shown and judged across the country and wants to share his knowledge to help other youth get a start with their 4-H beef projects. come to learn and ask questions at this hands on clinic. Parents are encouraged to attend! Bring a chair.
Clinic topics include:
Daily care & handling
Register at 217-826-5422.
RSVP by Monday, March 20
HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY
Team members will be competing in the East Central & West Central Region Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest on Saturday, April 1st at the Casey Nazarene Church. Those eligible will advance to the State competition on April 29-30 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 2017 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, 2017. 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 HORSE & PONY TACK AUCTION
The 13th annual 4-H Tack Auction was held on February 18 at the Clark County Extension Office. Wow, $7000 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!!
Don't forget – The last date to enroll in 4-H -NEW & RE-ENROLLED Members- or ADD & DROP projects is APRIL 1, 2017
Do this ALL on your family profile @ http://il.4honline.com
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, 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 2017 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!
6 – New Member Party, 7 PM, EO
9 – Archery, 5:30 & 6:30, Casey
11 – Fair Oaks Farms Trip
16 – Skating Party, 6-8 PM Twin Lakes Roller Rink, Paris
20 – Leader's Meeting
23 – 4-H Shooting Sports Club, 6:30 EO
25 – Beef Clinic, 1 PM, Lewis Farm
25 - LLC Livestock Judging Contest
27 – Federation, College Visit, 5:30 PM
27 - Dog Obedience Meeting, 6:30 PM
1 – DEADLINE to ENROLL in 4-H!
1 – DEADLINE to Add & Drop Projects!
1 - Horse Bowl/Hipp Contest, Casey
3 – Swine ID Tag Meeting, 6 PM, EO
18 – Youth Committee
22 – Sheep Weigh-in, 9 AM, M'ville Fairgrounds
24 – Federation/Public Speaking Contest
29-30 – State HB/Hipp Contest
Job Shadowing (Spring break)
1 - Horse Ownership/Lease Papers due
6 – ISF Sheep & Meat Goat ID, Coles Co. Fairgrounds
6 – Master Gardner Plant Sale, EO
20 - 4-H Day with the Cardinals
29 – Memorial Day, Ext. Off. Closed