Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Time is Flying By
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- March and April Jr. Leader Meetings
- Job Shadowing and Career Connection
- 4-H Carnival
- 4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
- Mark Your Calendar
- Spring Leader's Meeting
- New Member's Meeting
- 2017 4-H Junior Leaders DISCOVER ST. LOUIS Trip
- State fair age change means all 4-H members are eligible.
- Sheep & Goat Weigh-In
- Online Quality Assurance & Ethics Training
- Understanding IRS Regulations
- Thank You Crawford County 4-H Livestock Superintendents
- Lego Workshop Coming Soon
- NEW COUNTY T-SHIRTS
- Jr. Livestock Exhibitors Illinois State Fair Information
- SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
- Illini Summer Academies
- Horse Ownership/Lease Papers
- State Fair Swine Exhibitors
- Remember This.....
- Plaques and Trophies
- Archery Shooting Sports
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Register now for camp
- Teens Leaders – We’re Looking for YOU!
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
- Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000
- Do your part to help at Illinois State Fair
- Explore life at U of I’s ACES
- 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
- Red Hill FFA Cattle Calssic Steer and Heifer Show
- Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties' 4-H Discover St. Louis Trip
- Crawford County 4-H T-Shirts
Time is Flying ByAs the saying goes "time fly's when you are havin' fun", I can't believe that as of February 26th I have been your Program Coordinator for ALMOST a year and a half!!!. A third of a year has already flown by and we have accomplished a lot and had so much fun at the same time. As I sit in my office looking at my calendar there is still a lot of fun activities ahead.
One of those activities is the annual 4-H carnival. I hope you will all make it out and invite friends and family. This is not only a fun night of games for you but your club is actually participating in a fundraiser to help build your clubs funds to do cool activities throughout the rest of the 4-H year. So your job for your club is to invite as many people to come and stop by your booth. It is going to be a fun evening for the entire family and I will get to meet you personally if you haven't already done so.
There are some events taking place in the next couple of months that we are excited about!! Of course the 4-H Carnival, but also the Food Challenge, a LEGO workshop and our New Member Meeting! If you hear of a workshop that is in another county that you would like to attend please don't hesitate to call me and I will find out the details and get you there. Parents/leaders if you feel there is a workshop that we need to hold please contact me!
Even though we are almost half way through the 4-H year we still have a lot of fun activities planned. Keep watching your newsletter and eblast to see what is happening in Crawford County.
4-H Program Coordinator
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 2 Unit Food Challenge, Marshall
March 4th - Carnival at Robinson Community Center 6-8pm
March 9th - Jr. Leader's Meeting 6:30 pm at Ext Office
March 12th- Daylight Sav-ings Time begins
March 16th - Leaders Meeting 6pm Extension Office
April 1 LEGO Work-shop, Ext Office
July 20-27 Crawford County 4-H Fair
March and April Jr. Leader MeetingsMarch Meeting:
When: Thursday, March 9th
Where: Extension Office
What Time: 6:30 pm
When: Thursday, April 7th
Where: Extension Office
What Time: 6:30 pm
Jr. Leaders will have their MARCH MEETING on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 pm here in the Extension office. We have lots of items on the
agenda. Anyone 8th grade or older may attend!
Job Shadowing and Career ConnectionWe are offering a Job Shadowing program for High School ages on Friday March 3rd. There are many opportunities for high school students to shadow various places such as Robinson Hospital for Animals, Syngenta Sales Representative, medical careers and many more. Connecting careers with projects is a big part of 4-H this year thanks to the Job Shadowing program .
Don't forget, you can also take the Career Connection for any 4-H project. The Career Connection will be an additional class you can take in your project area. What this class will consist of is a completed form where you have gone and interviewed a professional that relates to your project area. Not only will the General Project participants be able to take this class but the Livestock participants as well. We have two different age groups with the first level being 10 yrs-14 yrs and the second being 15 yrs-18 yrs. These forms will be added to our webpage and can be picked up in the office.
4-H CarnivalThe annual 4-H Carnival will be held on Saturday,March 4th, from 6-8pm at the Robinson Community Center. Set up will begin at 4:30pm and all clubs should be
ready to go at 6pm SHARP! Please call the Extension Office to let us know your club game, activity, and/or food you
will be offering. Jr. Leaders will be selling , hot dogs, soda, and chips, and also taking orders for our new County TShirts!
Clubs should also contact April at the Extension Office with the name of their prince and princess candidates.
The coronation will be held at 7:45pm. Tickets will be 4/$1.00 or $.25 a ticket.
4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food PantryDon't forget about our Challenge for a 4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for the Food Pantry. At your March meeting, please bring in canned goods, paper products, boxed items, etc. and
your leader will have the scavenger hunt list . The club that has the most points will win a pizza party for your April or May club meeting, sponsored by the Jr. Leaders. Please make
arrangements to get the food donated to your local food pantries and don't forget to take pictures!!! Once all of the items have been tallied, send the list back to the office and April
and Elizabeth will begin adding points! Be creative and think about things families would want to purchase at the store but may not be able to afford. Good Luck!
Mark Your CalendarKeep these Dates marked on your calendars:
April 1st– LEGO Workshop
April 11th– New Member Meeting
June 6th —Jr Leader Discover St. Louis
July 20st- 27th - Crawford County Fair
August 11th - Crawford County Day at State Fair
Spring Leader's MeetingClub leaders please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 16th for a spring leaders meeting. We will hold the meeting at the Extension Office at 6pm. On the agenda will be volunteer training and an open discussion of upcoming events for Crawford County youth.
New Member's MeetingTuesday April 11
5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Crawford County Forest Preserve
You are in 4-H….NOW WHAT?? Do you have questions about 4-H, how to exhibit a project to the 4-H fair, county camp, shooting sports clubs, SPIN clubs, livestock weigh-in, 4-H opportunities, scholarships, trips, 4-H exchange programs, deadlines for paperwork, record keeping, work-shops, etc. There are lots of things to do and learn as a 4-H member and family. It can be overwhelming trying to figure everything out. This meeting is to answer all of your 4-H questions. Even if you have been a 4-H member before this year, EVERYONE is welcome to attend if you have questions about 4-H. Call the Extension Office 546-1549 on or before April 4th, to let us know you are planning on attending.
2017 4-H Junior Leaders DISCOVER ST. LOUIS TripJune 6, 2017
Who: 4-H JR LEADER MEMBERS who have attended at least 3 meetings.
Cost: $20 per member plus spending mon-ey (Jr. Leaders will cover the remainder of the cost)
Registration Deadline: MAY 17
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. Last year, we had a 28% growth in general project exhibits… and many of them were 8- and 9-year-olds.
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 members as verified by Illinois FFA
Sheep & Goat Weigh-InWhen: Saturday May 6th
Where: Oblong Fairgrounds
What Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Members who will be showing market animals at the 2017 Crawford County 4-H Fair will need to weigh in this day.
Online Quality Assurance & Ethics TrainingAll 4-H'ers enrolled in beef, dairy, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine will be required to complete a one-time on-line course in order to participate in a livestock project. If you have already completed this on-line ethics training in the past to show at the IL State Fair, you are grandfathered in 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 for 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 livestock project area at both our Crawford County 4-H fair and the IL State Fair. The website is http://web.extension.illinoi.edu/qaec/. Don't wait until the last minute … take the certification NOW! The unit deadline is June 1st. If you have not completed training by June 1st you will be with-drawn from the project and will not be eligible to exhibit at the county fair!
Understanding IRS RegulationsProgram Participants (including minors) will be required to provide their social security number or foreign national tax ID number prior to receiving a prize, gift or award over $100 to ensure proper IRS reporting as required by law. This sensitive information is kept confidential and handled through security protected software (PEAR). Participants will not be eligible for prize, gift or award if social security or for-eign national tax ID information is not provided. This is not a 4-H or University of Illinois directive; this is a requirement of the Internal Revenue Service.
Thank You Crawford County 4-H Livestock SuperintendentsI want to thank all of the superintendents who volunteer their time and share their knowledge with the 4-H members. This year's volunteer livestock superintendents are:
Goat helpers—Ralph Beabout & Ed Mikeworth
Sheep– Nick Dart
Swine—Karch Knollenberg & Shanna Alexander
Lego Workshop Coming SoonBe on the lookout…..We are in the process of holding a LEGO Workshop for members ages 8 and over in April…...STAY TUNED
NEW COUNTY T-SHIRTS
The Crawford County Jr. Leaders will once again be selling County T-Shirts this year!!!! T shirts will be $13.00 and will be available to order until March 6, 2017. We will be taking orders at the Carnival, as well as mailing out order forms! We will not be ordering extra shirts, so if you want one, plan to order before March 6th! The order form is listed in the newsletter with the design we will be using.
Jr. Livestock Exhibitors Illinois State Fair InformationALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to exhibit at the 2017 ISF are responsible for sending their own Entry forms before the deadlines to the ISF! When it becomes available, the website for the forms is https://www.agr.state.il.us.isf/premium. These must be signed by April before they can be sent.
Must be a Crawford County 4-H member for the past 4 years and a current high school senior. You must be accepted to or enrolled in a higher learning institution either 2 year, 4 year or trade school. The Extension office will be sending the application to all seniors when we get them. Please submit to Natural Solutions for Livestock, 1706 W. Main St., Robinson, IL 62454.
Illini Summer AcademiesNEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT
Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. You'll stay in the newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. We have new academies including Agricultural Communication, Journalism and Filmmaking, Theatre Arts HIP HOP, Theater Arts Costuming, as well as an advanced session in Human Development/ Family Studies.
Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is re-quested 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 need schol-arships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017.
Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ illinois4H@illinois.edu . Requests received be-fore April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1.
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Horse Ownership/Lease PapersAny horse, pony, mule, or donkey showing up 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.
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.
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 1.0lbs/day. Junior exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows.
Remember This.....Remember Crawford County State Fair Day is Friday, August 11th!
Don't forget—The last date to enroll, drop or add a project is May 1, 2017
Plaques and TrophiesSummer 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 plaques and trophies for the livestock award winners. If you would be interested and are not on our list, please let us know! We appreciate your support!
Archery Shooting SportsCrawford County Archery Shooting Sports will begin on Thursday April 6th, from 5:30-6:30. Please contact Buckskin Legacy at 618-563-4648 for more infor-mation. Be on the look out for Shooting Sports Air Rifle information coming soon!!
4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
Nothing's hotter than Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports. By summer, we will have certified more than 1,000 vol-unteer instructors for the program in nine year. Your next opportunity to get trained is May 5-7. Volun-teers are required to complete the entire weekend training, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday. The training is held at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.
We will offer certification in the following disciplines: archery, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and hunting & outdoor. We will also offer certification in the shooting sports coordinator role.
Cost is $125 per instructor. Interested volunteers MUST work through their local Extension office to con-duct background and reference checks. No adults can attend without the approval of the local county Ex-tension staff.
Learn more online @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shooting-sports
Register now for campThink Summer and Register for Camp
WOW! Camp registration is HOT! Don't miss your chance for a $40 early-bird discount by registering before March 31. Go online at go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp . Choose from four 5-day camp weeks:
Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 25-29
Week 4: June 30 – July 4
Teens Leaders – We’re Looking for YOU!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities that are opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available this spring @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of industry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available by mid-March and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking For Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leader-ship Conference in January, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified equestrian helmet whenever mounted or driving at all 4-H horse and pony events, shows, activities, or practices. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified head-gear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened snugly in place whenever mounted. Helmet policies apply to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities. Protective helmets are recommended for all riders and drivers at all times. It is recommended that all adults working with 4-H members model the desired youth behavior by also wearing protective hel-mets whenever mounted or driving.
Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000
Starting March 1, we need every 4-H alum to raise their virtual hand and be counted by National 4-H Council. It's easy to do. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. You'll even have a chance to donate $10 if you want to help Illinois 4-H. That's up to you. 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, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Watch our social media channels March 1 for the BIG PUSH to raise all the hands of Illinois Alum!
Do your part to help at Illinois State Fair
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711 . You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE
Explore life at U of I’s ACES
Learn about chocolate, put your hand inside of a cow, taste hot pepper sauces, and learn about the opportunities awaiting you in Washington, DC! Explore ACES, a two-day student-run event, acquaints prospective and admitted students with ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) faculty, academic offerings, and countless student or-ganizations. 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 stu-dents 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.
4-H Day with the St. Louis CardinalsCelebrate 4-H with the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, May 20 as they take on the San Francisco Giants. Order your tickets now!
All details and the order form can be found at:
Red Hill FFA Cattle Calssic Steer and Heifer ShowSaturday, March 11, 2017
Lawrence County Fairground
Must be at grounds by 9 AM
Show starts at 12:30 PM
Entry fee: $35/head
Cash prize and banner for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion spots
Cash prize according on show-ups.
IBA points as follows
Exhibitor must be 8 years old and no older than 21 the day of show.
Five heads required to make a breed class.
Steers and Crossbreed heifers will be weighed.
Health Papers required.
Registration papers required on all purebreds.
Cattle may arrive starting on Friday, March 10 from 4-7 PM.
No outside bedding. Bedding will be provided.
No artificial hair or pumping.
No alcohol on fairgrounds
the Red Hill FFA and Lawrence County Fair are not responsible for accidents.
For more information contact:
Savhanna Smith 618-928-4878
Coleman Sappington 217-259-5389
Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties' 4-H Discover St. Louis TripTuesday, June 6
Open to Federation members who have attended at least 3 meetings.
Cost - $20
Registration deadline - May 17
We will leave early AM and arrive home mid-evening.
Check out what we have planned:
A tour of the Cardinal's Busch Stadium
1 hour riverboat cruise
Lunch at the St. Louis Spaghetti Factory
Crawford County 4-H T-ShirtsCrawford County Jr. Leaders will once again be selling Crawford County 4-H T-shirts. These are a great way to show your 4-H pride! Shirts will be grey with the design in green. Now is the chance to order for the whole family!
Cost is $13 (add $20 for 2XL or 3XL.)
Please fill out form below and drop off or send to the Extension Office with payment:
301 S. Cross St., Suite 290, Robinson, IL 62454
Number of Shirts:
Total $ included:
Youth: Small Medium Large
Adult: Small Medium Large XL 2XL 3XL
Orders must be received and paid for by Monday, March 6, 2017