Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
December 2016/January 2017
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families
- Dates to Remember:
- Jr. Leader Meeting
- ENROLL TODAY AT il.4honline.com
- Crawford County 4-H Carnival
- Illini summer Academies - Save the date
- Beef Weigh-In
- Workshop Ideas & Locations
- 4-Her's Participate in Youth to Springfield Trip
- Zion Country Kids busy with Operation Christmas Shoebox
- Unit Officers' Training Update
- Like us on Facebook
- Crawford County 4-H Week Recap
- Thank You Eagle Theater
- Palestine Prairie Pals Collect for Toys for Tots
- Ski Trip to Paoli Peaks
- CONGRATULATIONS TO ELLA BAXTER
- Apply for a Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship
- Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
- Helping you make a difference locally
- Do you have what it takes?
- Farm Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery
- Clark,Crawford & Edgar Food Challenge
- Office Closing
Dear 4-H Families
Christmas is approaching quickly and 2017 is knocking at the door. With all the bustle of the season I hope that you slow down and take time to spend with family. I have found that we have a great 4-H family here in Crawford County.
We have several new members this year to include in this big family of ours. We are glad you joined 4-H and hope you have a great experience. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year!
Speaking of the new year, lets plan ahead and think about what projects to sign up for and take to the county fair. The re-enrollment deadline for project sign up is December 15th and will be here before you know it. To enroll, simply visit il.4honline.com to register. New member enrollment is March 1, 2017. If you have any questions about anything at all, please give me a call at the office.
The U of I Extension family, as well as the Knoblett family, wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year! We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Holiday Season!
4-H Program Coordinator
Dates to Remember:
· Dec.15th Re-Enrollment Deadline
· Dec. 17th - Santa Workshop at the OWM Church, Palestine 9-11 AM
· Dec. 22nd - Jan. 2nd Office Closed for Christmas Holiday.
· Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas!
· Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!
· January 5th– Jr Leaders 6:30 Extension Office
· Jan. 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Office Closed
· Jan. 29th - Unit Federation Ski Trip to Paoli Peaks
Jr. Leader Meeting
Thursday, January 5th
Plan on joining us on Jan. 5th at 6:30pm at the Extension Office for our first meeting of the new year. We will hold a short meeting and begin plans for the Carnival in March We are always looking for new people to join and help plan our county events. Jr. Leaders is open to any 4-H member in the 8th grade or older. Our Ugly Sweater Christmas Party was held on Thursday December 8th at the Extension Office. Everyone had a great time! Thanks to all of those who came and enjoyed pizza and shared your ugly sweaters!
Crawford County 4-H Carnival
Start your planning now!!!! The Crawford County 4-H Carnival will be held on Saturday March 4th from 6-8 pm. Last year we had a great turn out and I hope that it is even better this year!! I can't wait to see all of the fun and exciting games your clubs bring this year!!!
Illini summer Academies - Save the date
Illini Summer Academies is expanding… one more day to explore the University of Illinois campus and college life. Save the date for June 25 -29. NEW DORMS. NEW ACADEMIES. NEW ADVENTURES.
4-H'ers interested in exhibiting beef at the 2017 Crawford County Fair should take note that Beef Weigh-In will be held in February, 2017. A date will be determined at a later date. If anyone knows of any unavailable dates, please let April know. This will be for ALL Market Beef showing and selling at the 2017 Crawford County Fair.
Workshop Ideas & Locations
Do you have a special talent, or know someone who does and would like to teach a workshop to Crawford County 4-Her's. We are always looking for new workshops, so if you know of someone, let April know!! Also if you know of any locations that would serve as a good home for a workshop, let April know that as well!!
4-Her's Participate in Youth to Springfield Trip
On October 20th, Blake Knoblett, Morgan Knoblett, Josey Ault, Skyler Weger and Summer Weger all participated in this years Youth To Springfield trip. The youth met Senator Dale Righter, and also toured the New State House, The Old State House, and Lincoln's Home
Zion Country Kids busy with Operation Christmas Shoebox
Zion Country Kids were busy recently packing up Operation Christmas Shoeboxes. They collected around 15 boxes to send to children overseas. Way to go Zion Country Kids!!
Unit Officers' Training Update
We had a great turnout at our Unit Officers' Training in Marshall on November 30. We had a mixer provided by the
Program Coordinators and then broke out in officer sessions! This is a great opportunity for our club and Jr Leader officers and I hope that they all took away some good information and ideas!
Like us on Facebook
Crawford County now has a Facebook page. Look up Crawford County IL 4-H and stay up to date on the latest 4-H news or post pictures of a fun activity your club is doing.
Crawford County 4-H Week Recap
We had a great promotional week for 4-H. I have had several calls into the office about new members and finding clubs. I hope that you all are seeing new faces at your meetings. There were 48 4-Hers who attended the Eagle Theater Fundraiser. We took book marks to area schools and libraries as well as hung fliers in area businesses . The radio station and newspaper gave great coverage during our 4-H week. The Jr leaders were also a great help with school visits. The County was "Painted Green" during 4-H week with lots of visible promotions. Thanks so much for everyone's help.
Thank You Eagle Theater
Thank you to the Eagle Theater in Robinson for your Support of the Crawford County 4-H Program!!!! We made a total of $629.05 with our 4-H Movie night!!
Palestine Prairie Pals Collect for Toys for Tots
The Palestine Prairie Pals 4-H club held a Toys for Tots Drive at their December meeting. The club played games and collected toys to be
distributed to the Palestine Fire Department. Great Job Prairie Pals!
Ski Trip to Paoli Peaks
Crawford, Clark and Edgar Counties are planning a 4-H Ski trip for Sunday, January 29th. The Trip is open to all Jr. Leader age 4-H'ers, as well as any younger 4-H'ers who are accompanied by a parent. Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters and friends are also welcome to ski if parents provide the transportation and are willing to assist with overseeing the skiers if they are younger than Jr. High age. We'll be skiing at Paoli Peaks in Paoli, IN. The cost will be $35 and includes a snow pass, skis or snowboard rental and a group lesson. If you are at all interested in attending, please contact the office so we can send you final details as soon as we receive them. Please call 1-217-826-5422 to register. Registration Deadline - January 9th
CONGRATULATIONS TO ELLA BAXTER
Ella was the winner of our 2016-2017 Goat Give Away!!
There is still time to get your application for the Sheep Giveaway! Contact the Extension Office at 618-546-1549 for more information!
Apply for a Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship
Are you a High School senior considering a career in AGRICULTURE, FOOD SYSTEMS, OR NATURAL RESOURCES? Apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship.
Eligible scholarship applicants must be high school seniors planning to enroll in a college or university during the 2017 fall semester and pursue an agriculture-related academic major or career. Recipients will receive a $1,000 credit on their college student account in the fall and an additional $1,000 will be applied in the fall 2019 semester. Apply at www.farmcreditIL.com. Submission Deadline is February 21, 2017
Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. 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!
Come join us as we explore the crazy and vast world of our bovine buddies. We all know a cow goes moo, but there is so much more to be said about these moo-ssive creatures. Together we will blow away the stereotypes to become "fit" for "show" as we dive into the world of dairy and market cattle and all the "blue-ribbon" by-products they produce.
Stand Up! Stand Out!
Do you ever have trouble coming out of your shell? If so, we have the perfect thing …. Communication. I know … it may sound hard, but we promise when you learn how it's done, you will be up and meeting new people in no time. Who knows what communication will do for you?
A Robot is a Robot
Come explore the wonderful world of robotics, and see that a robot can truly be any size! Everyone will be guided through the construction, programming and execution process of the NXT Lego robots. Then you'll build a robot to navigate a track using only a light sensor. This will be a great introduction to the 4-H robotics project.
Esto es la Vida
Come join us as we learn what role culture plays in a society, how each of our experiences and opportunities shape our culture, and how we can use the knowledge we've gained to help strengthen our leadership skills. A very interactive session is planned!
Building Your Way Around Challenges Today
You have the brains to build and the hands to work. So, put your creativity and leadership skills to the test learning about architecture and design while overcoming obstacles along the way.
No Need to Fear; First Aid is Here
Band-Aids, gauze, and wraps … What can you learn about the basics of first aid that may save a life?
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 in southern & central Illinois. This includes the following Extension Units: 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 representing the 60 counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.
Applications are due February 27, 2017.
Use the following URL for more information and to connect to the online application:
Do you have what it takes?
Go ahead...take the challenge!
That's all we're telling you … find out more in January 2017!
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!
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."
Clark,Crawford & Edgar Food ChallengeThursday, March 2
Clark County Extension Office
It's our own version of "Chopped."
*Up to three teams may participate from each county. (first come,first serve registration)
*Teams should consists of 3 -5 members. If younger members make up a team, one adult may serve as a member.
*Each team will be provided with ingredients that must be used in their recipe. There will also be a "pantry" with optional ingredients. Teams are challenged with being creative and developing their own recipe with the ingredients provided.
*A list of the necessary equipment will be provided to the teams prior to the event. Some items will be provided.
*Teams will have a set amount of time to prepare their dish using the provided ingredients. Each team will present their dish to the panel of judges.
Resource materials will be provided to the team prior to the event. Teams may be asked general questions about "MyPlate" nutritional info and food preparation. Judging will also include food appearance and quality and presentation skills of group.
Register your team by calling your county Extension Office. Registrations will be accepted until the maximum of three teams per county have been received. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.