Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- DATES TO REMEMBER:
- Jr. Leader Meetings
- 4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
- 4-H Carnival Update
- Keep these Dates marked on your calendars:
- College Bound 4-H’ers Can apply for this Scholarship!
- New Member Meeting
- Project Books/Fair Handbooks
- Online Qualilty Assurance and Ethics
- Swine Kids
- Last Day to Drop or Add Project
- State Fair Lamb & Meat Goat Exhibitors
- Goat and Sheep Weigh-In
- 4-H Participation Policy
- Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1st
- Horse Camp
- Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
- Major Changes for 2017 State Fair & County Exhibits
- It's free movie time!
- Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
- Join us as we take a bite out of Hunger
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
- Discover St. Louis
- Illini Summer Academies
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Help Illinois win $20,000
- 4-H Spring Fling Dance
- 2017 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
- 2017 Crawford Co. 4-H Show Schedule
AprilSpring has sprung, even though at times, it has felt like Spring since February!! Spring is a great time to begin to work on your 4-H projects. If you think about it, July is only 3 months away!! Fair will be here before we know it!!
Don't forget that if you are wanting to add or drop a project, this must be done by May 1. Please make sure you call the office, or go online to your 4-H online account, so we can begin getting things lined out for fair entries. Also remember that May 1 is the deadline for horse lease/ownership papers to be in to the office. Please don't wait until the last minute to get these in.
Fair handbooks are done, and should be making their way to you soon!! Be sure to check out the book when you get it and see if there are any changes in your project area! This book is a great resource for you!! Not quite sure what kind of project to make for fair?? This book will give you examples of what can be exhibited!!
I love to hear new ideas, so if you have any, please let me know. I know with the great volunteers we have here in Crawford County, we will make this years Crawford County Fair a fun experience for everyone. We have several activities coming up in the next few months. Keep your eyes on your eblasts and newsletters for exact dates and times.
4-H program Coordinator
DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 1st - April Fool's Day
April 11th-New Member Meeting 5:30 Forest Preserve
April 13th Jr Leaders Meeting @ Robinson Community Center 5 pm
April 13t h– Spring Fling Dance-Robinson Community center 7-9 pm
April 22th - Earth Day Movie, Eagle Theater 10am
April 19th—4-H & Extension Foundation Scholarship Deadline
April 29—Swine Tagging Meeting, Eagle Theater 9:30 am
Jr. Leader Meetings
When: Thursday, April 13th
Where: Robinson Community Center
What Time: 5 PM
Jr. Leader's will have their April meeting at the Robinson Community Center on Thursday April 13 prior to the Spring Fling Dance. Any 4-Her 8th grade and older may attend.
4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food PantryYou guys continue to amaze me!! I would love to be able to announce the winning club but I do not have all the final points in yet. Watch our Facebook page as well as our weekly eblast for the winning club to be announced.
4-H Carnival UpdateThe 2017 4-H Carnival was a huge success! We had an amazing crowd and I am happy to say that we did make more money this year. Every club partic-ipating this year had such creative games, crafts and food! Every club made a little money (some more than others), but all of the children in attendance had a great time. Last year's 4-H Princess Jayden Lewis and last year's 4-H Prince Trenton Adams crowned Audri Green of the Prairie Pals 4-H Club and Aiden Postlewaite of the Prairie Pals 4-H Club. We look forward to seeing them in county parades and at the 4-H fair/livestock shows this summer handing out ribbons and awards. Thanks to the 4-H leaders, members, and parents for helping. Also the Daily News for doing a fabulous job of taking several pictures which where in the Robinson Daily Newspaper.
Checks were handed out at the Spring Club Leaders meeting and the couple checks I still have will be sent in the mail to club leaders.
Keep these Dates marked on your calendars:
July 20-27th - Crawford County Fair
August 11th - Crawford County Day at State Fair
College Bound 4-H’ers Can apply for this Scholarship!
4-H and Extension Foundation Scholarship - Must be a Crawford County 4-H Member who is a senior in high school or is in first year of college, trade school, community college or other course of study. Must also have been an active member of the Crawford County 4-H program for 5 or more years. While academics are important, these scholarships are based more on overall 4-H achievements and participation. Applicants who are not selected may apply the following year, but you may only receive the scholarship once. Go online to our website: http://.web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/crawford4h or email April for a copy. Winners will be announced at high school awards night and will be introduced at the livestock auction. All applications must be typed before presenting to the 4-H and Extension Foundation Scholarship committee. Applications are due on or before April 19, 2017.
New Member Meeting
Tuesday 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, workshops, 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
Attention!!Enrollments for ALL members should now be in our office...if you did NOT enroll, please get with April ASAP!
Project Books/Fair Handbooks
Your 4-H project manuals have been sent to your leaders and I hope that they have been distributed to you. If after your April meeting, you have not received your project books, please let me know and we will get them to you. Also, please keep in mind the add/drop project date is May 1. Please let the office know if you intend to drop or add a project.
The Fair handbooks have been printed and should be making it your way soon. There has been a lot of changes this year, so be sure and check the projects you are taking for any updates. It is YOUR responsibility to check the rules for each project area and plan accordingly. If you have any questions about a project area please don't hesitate to contact the office with questions.
Online Qualilty Assurance and EthicsOnline ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects.
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in their 4-H career in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. Certification in one specie must be completed by JUNE 1.
The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects; beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the deadline will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show at the fair. Any-one who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
It has been decided again this year that we will not have a swine weigh-in. Instead we will be holding a SWINE MEETING on Saturday April 29th at 9:30 AM at the Eagle Theater in Robinson. Like last year, we will be handing out ear tags for you to tag your swine, as well as the nomination forms for you to list your ear notches. You do not need to bring your swine to this meeting., Nomination forms will be due back to the office by Friday May 19. We will have taggers for rent for 20$, which will be given back to you when taggers are returned. Don't hesitate to call the office for questions.
Last Day to Drop or Add Project
May 1st is the deadline to add or drop projects this year for the county fair. It is very important that you let us know here in the office if you plan to drop or add a project. Dur-ing the week after May 1st we will be busy getting the fair information set up into our system so that we can get your fair entry information to you to be ready for the 2017 Crawford County Fair. If you have questions about projects you are signed up for please call into the office and ask.
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 at a designated location. The closest location will be at the Coles Co. Fairgrounds, Charleston on Saturday, May 6 10:30-12:00 PM. Please call if this location or date will not be convenient for you and we can give you another location across the state.
Goat and Sheep Weigh-In
When: May 6
Where: Oblong Fairgrounds
What Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Bring your Market animals to the Oblong 4-H Show Arena on Saturday, May 7, to be identified and weighed. Doug Knoblett is our 4-H Goat Superintendent., Sheep superintendent is: Nick Dart. We do know that our weigh-in day is the same as the IL State Fair weighing and tattooing and both superintendents have stated that if you are going to the state fair then you should go to that weigh-in sight and the office will get the information from Coles County. However, we do ask that if you are planning on going to the State Fair weigh-in, you call us here at the office to let us know ahead of time.
4-H Participation PolicyAttend a minimum of THREE 4-H meetings
Participate in at least ONE County Event
Must attend Fair cleanup, the Monday before Fair
Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1stAny 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 are available online at the county website, or are available at the Extension Office. We strongly encourage members, if they own or lease more than one horse, to file paperwork on ALL potential exhibit horses by the May 1 deadline. If a horse is injured or dies, it may be replaced ONLY by a horse whose paperwork is already on file by the May 1 deadline. This is also a requirement for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair. We MUST send in State Fair Junior Horse entries (and other required paperwork) no later than June 1. Late entries will not be accepted
Horse CampHorse camp is coming! The date has been set as Saturday June 3rd and Saturday July 8th, with more details to come. We ask all youth enrolled in horse to attend this camp. It will be beneficial for you to come to receive your patterns for show. Please watch your upcom-ng newsletters and eblast for more information.
Illinois State Fair ExhibitorsALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2017 ISF are responsible for having the office sign entry forms before the deadlines to the ISF (July 1)! When it becomes
available, the website for the forms is https://www.agr.state.il.us.isf/premium
Major Changes for 2017 State Fair & County Exhibits
All 4-H members age 8 to 18 years of age (as of 9/1/16) may exhibit at the state fair general project show. Cloverbuds are not allowed to exhibit at the state fair.
Exhibition day for Crawford County is Friday August 11th.
We're back to the Orr Building
Once again, all 4-H general project exhibits will be housed in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
Drop off your exhibit anytime from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Orr Building. YOU WILL NOT NEED TO CHECK IN WITH ANYONE.
Check the board to see what time you should be back for judging. Members must be present for conference judging.
Leave your exhibit on display throughout the day. You cannot remove it before the release time at 3:30.
Pick up your exhibit from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. following the Clover Celebration. We hope all families will honor the 3:30 release time….pretty please.
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 THE YEAR you help.
It's free movie time!Disney's Mary Poppins with Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
This special event is sponsored by Crawford County 4-H Junior Leaders
Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
Our mission in 4-H is to empower and prepare youth for successful futures. Now, we've added an exhibit class that lets you show us what your future might be. Every project has a "Ready4Life Challenge" exhibit option. We created the challenge to encourage and recognize 4-H members who take their project to the next level by becoming experts on one or more of the careers related to the project or by starting a business using their project as the product, service, or tool of trade.
Follow these steps:
Enroll in a project area you like
Prepare a physical/visual display representing your business, product, service, or career related to the project.
Be prepared to offer verbal or written explanation that shows your knowledge of the related career or business, historical and emerging trends, requirements for success in the field and an action plan for preparation that may include items such as an educational pathway plan, a resume, and/or business plan.
Just so you know, the judging for this class is MORE about your knowledge of the career/business side of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business (training opportunities, your business plan, a portfolio of designs, etc.). Sure, they'll want to see some-thing you've made, but that WON'T be the focus of their judging of the project.
Join us as we take a bite out of Hunger
Looking for an opportunity to fight hunger in your community? If so, register now to volunteer for the fifth annual Community and Campus Day of Service on Saturday, April 8 at Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus. Illini Fighting Hunger is recruiting volunteers to sign up for a 90-minute shift between 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Their goal is to package 150,000 soy-rice casserole meals (1,000 for each year since the university was chartered) for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, which serves 17 counties in east central Illinois. For more information about the event or to register yourself or a team of your friends go to: HTTP://DAYOFSERVICE.CUVOLUNTEER.ORG.
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 helmets whenever mounted or driving.
Discover St. LouisDiscover St. Louis Trip
Tuesday, June 6
Open to Federation members who have attended at least 3 meetings.
Cost is $20
Registration deadline is May 17
We will leave early a.m. and return home early evening
Tour Home of the St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium
1 hour riverboat cruise
Lunch at the St. Louis Spaghetti Factory
Illini Summer AcademiesExperience college life at 4-H Illini Summer
Now is your chance to explore the University of Illinois campus while you work alongside university professors! Illini Summer Academies give you a taste of college life while you're still in high school. The conference runs Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. 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. Register @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H before May 15. Pick one of these academies to attend:
Journalism: Activating Your Voice of Inclusion in the Media
Using professional media equipment, you will learn to express what is unique or interesting about yourself, others or a particular cultural, societal, or educational topic in a respectful and professional manner by producing multimedia content for an active website called Hear My Voice.
We will conduct experiments in rocket propulsion, flight mechanics, and fluid dynamics. You'll have the opportunity to design a spacecraft with a mission to Mars and explore your creativity in our "What Would MacGyver Do?" challenge.
REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed Algebra
Scholars will get a chance to experience hands-on labs and active research, while spending your days on our farms working with our animals. We will cover everything from food animals, to companion animals, to wildlife learning about the important role animals and animal scientists have in our community.
In this class, students will engage through hands-on experience with some of the ways in which anthropologists study and analyze human biology and behavior. Students will look at sex differences using skeletal remains, learn the relationship between DNA and physical traits, explore how archaeologists interpret the past using artifacts, and consider individual and cultural differences through ethnographic research.
Work will involve conducting simple experiments that should spark your curiosity and give you first hand access to material you might not normally have. Some of the experiments will give you an opportunity to think about the Scientific Method, Organic Chemistry and Fuels, Electrochemistry and accompanying discussions.
Illinois Informatics Institute: Design Thinking with Digital Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping
In this academy you will make creative interactive electronic objects. These objects have the possibility to interact with the view-er through things like touch sensors, LED's, motors, speakers and much more.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
We introduce robotics, circuits, biomedical imaging, semiconductors/nano-technology, optics/photonics, and power/energy through interactive lessons, projects, and demonstrations in cutting-edge research labs.
Exploring Human Development & Family Studies
Can science help you learn more about yourself? Can it help you grow as a person? YES! This academy introduces you to the scientific study of youth and families.
Exploring Theatre & Fashion for Stage and Film at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Create an original theatre piece incorporating writing, movement, some technical design and other talents the scholars bring to the table! This class will introduce you to what it means to be a costume designer, and you'll work on basic drawing and painting skills for a final rendering.
Exploring Theatre & Hip Hop Dance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Study and practice urban dance forms grounded in hip-hop culture. Explore the multiple dimensions of hip-hop dance as you train in the fundamentals of each form, learn its respective historical context, and access ways of incorporating individual ideas and life experiences into your dancing.
Grand Challenges in Family Science
Many of society's problems are rooted in the challenges that families experience: stress, conflict, violence, discrimination, and other adversities.
REQUIREMENTS: Open to incoming HS juniors and seniors only
Entomology: Honeybees & Beekeeping
Learn the parts of a hive and how to put one together. You will put on suits and veils and join a beekeeper to see how the bees work in the hive to make more bees, store food and survive the winter. You will learn how to help the honeybees be healthy.
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Scholars will manipulate cells and their building blocks, using modern research laboratory techniques, while learning about the latest scientific discoveries that allow MCB researchers to discover answers to the above questions. Delegates will also have the opportunity to tour a research laboratory, learn about the research being done, and meet the scientists.
Are you interested in writing, editing, photography? Learn how to apply these skills to tell stories about food, agriculture, and the environment!
Participants in the veterinary medicine academy will learn about the science of veterinary medicine, anatomy, immunology, bacteriology, parasitology, wildlife medicine, large and small animal medicine, and more. Participants will participate in clinical equine rounds, streak and read bacteriology slides, learn about veterinary specialty fields such as dentistry, ophthalmology, and forensic pathology, and so much more.
REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed 10th grade.
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 volunteer instructors for the program in nine year. Your next opportunity to get trained is May 5-7. Volunteers 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 conduct background and reference checks. No adults can attend without the approval of the local county Extension staff.
Learn more online @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shooting-sports
Help Illinois 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. 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!
4-H'ers serve as True Leaders of Service during
National 4-H Day of Service
We know that 4-H members do Community Service better than anyone. Now, there's a day set aside to celebrate that service as 4-H clubs across the nation come together for the first National 4-H Day of Service April 29. The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volun-teers and community partners. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
4-Hers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 has been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach. Register your project online @ http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service .
4-H Spring Fling DanceThe Crawford County Jr. Leaders are hosting their first annual Spring Fling Dance at the Robinson Community Center!
All 4-H members 8 years and older are invited and can invite one non-4-H friend.
Thursday, April 13 from 7 - 9 p.m.
The cost is $4 each or $6 a couple.
2017 4-H Day with the St. Louis CardinalsSaturday, May 20, 2017
Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 10.
Complete details and the order form can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/clark4h/4037.html
2017 Crawford Co. 4-H Show ScheduleMonday, July 17
Fair Clean Up—5:00 p.m.
New Member Meeting—5:30 p.m.
Superintendent Meeting—6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20
ALL General Projects Judging—Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and Judging is at 5:00 p. m.
Dog and Cat Show—6:30 p.m.
Rocket Launch—6:15 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Horse Show—5:00 p.m. (All exhibitors should be signed in by 4:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 23
Livestock/Rabbits and Poultry must be in place by 12:00 noon.
Livestock Meeting—Review Expectations
Rabbits and Poultry 12:30
Cloverbud Party—3:30 p.m.
Battle of the Barns—4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 24
Swine Show—9:00 a.m.
Tractor and Garden Tractor Driving—2:00 p.m.
Rabbit Show (Show Ring)—1:30 p.m.
Barn Dance (Hosted by the Crawford Co. Jr. Leaders, Show Ring)—8-9:30p.m.
Tuesday, July 25
Dairy Show—7:30 a.m.
Sheep Show—9:00 a.m.
Goat Show—11:00 a.m. (Or directly fol-lowing the Sheep Show)
Poultry Show—3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26
Beef Show—8:30 a.m.
Master Showmanship (Show Ring)—2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 27
Auction Set Up—9:00 a.m.
General Project Release—10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
State Fair Delegate Meeting—10:00 a.m.
Recognition of Outstanding General Projects Exhibitors (Show Ring)—12:30 p.m.
Livestock Auction—1:00 p.m.
**Exact times and final schedule information are included in the July 4-H newsletter.