Edgar County Green Pride Press
In This Issue
- Happy Holidays
- From the 4-H Association...
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- Unit Ski Trip
- 4-H Tractor Club
- Have YOU enrolled in 4-H online?
- Beyond the County News
- Junior Leadership Conference
- JOANN rewards 4-H members
- Begin your global destination with 4-H
- Beef Weigh-in and Tag/Tattoo
- Edgar County Shooting Sports Club
- 4-H Club Corner
- Edgar County 4-H Federation Meeting
- Santa's Workshop Photos
During the Holiday Season our thoughts often turn gratefully to those who have made our 4-H program possible. And in this spirit we sincerely say, "Thank You and Best Wishes!" to all our 4-H members, families, volunteers and supporters for your dedication, service and hard work!
The season reminds us to scatter kindness everywhere you go and help those who are less fortunate. Spread love and joy to everyone you meet. And always remember our military service men and women, here at home and abroad, as they are away from family and friends this holiday season in service to our country. The Happiest of Holidays to you and yours from your Edgar County Extension Staff! May you all enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, hopeful and Happy New Year!
From the 4-H Association...
Happy Holidays from the
There will be no meeting in December. The Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6 PM. Regular meeting of the full Association Board will follow the annual meeting. Meetings are held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in the Multi-Purpose building.
Happy New Year to all!
Dale Cash, 4-H Association President
December 23—January 1 Extension office is closed for winter break
Jan. 11 4-H Association Annual Meeting, 6:30 PM at the 4-H fairgrounds
January 15 The Extension Office is closed for MLK Birthday
Jan. 18 Cloverbuds, 5:30 PM @ 4-H Fairgrounds
Jan. 22 Federation meeting, 6:30 PM @ Ext. office
Jan. 24 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing at Clark Co. Ext., 1-3 PM
Jan. 27 A Winter Day in the Garden in Robinson
Jan. 28 C-C-E Ski Trip to Paoli Peaks, IN
Jan. 29 Beef Weigh-In, Lorenzen Farms in Chrisman, 4-6 PM (ISF only)
Jan. 30 Livestock Superintendent Meeting, 6 PM (Extension office)
Feb. 1 RE-ENROLLMENT DEADLINE (for returning members)
April 1 NEW MEMBER ENROLLMENT DEADLINE
Re-enrollment Deadline—February 1, 2018
New Member Enrollment Deadline: April 1, 2018
Project Add/Drop Deadline: April 1, 2018
Horse Ownership/Lease papers due (ISF only): May 1, 2018
4-H BBQ Bash: June 21, 2018—5 PM @ fairgrounds
4-H BBQ: June 23, 2018
4-H Fair: July 20-25, 2018
Edgar Extension Office Closed: December 23,2017-January 1, 2018
Edgar Extension Office Closed-MLK Birthday: January 15
4-H Federation Meetings are the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).
4-H Association Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM @ the fairgrounds.
Unit Ski Trip
UNIT SKI TRIP TIME! Winter is quickly approaching and that means the Ski Trip is not far away! Clark County 4-H plans to ski on Sunday, January 28. The Ski Trip is open to all Federation 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 snowpass, 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. The registration deadline will be January 12. Contact the Clark Co. Extension office at 217-826-5422 to register.
4-H Tractor Club
4H Tractor Club
Come one, come all – join the 4-H Tractor (SPIN) Special Interest Club! The club met in November and will meet again after the new year. It's not too late to get involved! The group welcomes any 4-H member in our C-C-E unit. Anyone with an interest in garden tractors, farming and farm tractors are encouraged to attend! For more information contact Jeremy Williams at 276-9997, Matt Fry or Seth Gard, or contact the Clark Co. Extension Office at 826-5422.
Have YOU enrolled in 4-H online?
Are YOU enrolled in 4-H Online for the 2017-2018 Year?
It's Easy. It's Fast. Do it today!
RE-Enrollment deadline is February 1, 2018. New member deadline is April 1. Please remember to turn in your health and risk forms along with your payment (if paying by check) to the Extension office. You are not "official" until this is completed and we approve your membership. Need help or have questions? Call our office
Beyond the County News
Need cash for college? We have you covered!
EXTENSION TO ACES SCHOLARSHIP
Incoming freshmen and transfer students to University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences may apply for a NEW $2,500 scholarship. This year, 54 scholarships (two per each of Extension's 27 units) will be awarded. To learn more @ academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship. Questions? Your local Extension staff can help you! Just ask us.
FARM CREDIT ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIPS
High school seniors planning careers in agriculture may apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Farm Credit Illinois will provide 30 scholarships to youth who live or farm in one of the 60 counties in their service area. The first $1,000 will be distributed for the Fall 2018 semester, and the second $1,000 will be applied during the Fall 2020 semester. Apply online at farmcreditIL.com before February 28. Are you going to University of Illinois College of ACES? The college is MATCHING this scholarship, dollar for dollar! Double your money while getting a great ag education!
Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship
This $1,000 Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship is open to members who have demonstrated mastery in the livestock area and plan to continue their education in the area of agriculture. Members must have been involved in the livestock project a minimum of three years. You must have been a member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships.
Legacy of Leadership Scholarship
Eight $1,000 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship are offered to members who have demonstrated overall mastery and leadership in the 4-H program. You must have been a member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. Finalists must submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.
Junior Leadership Conference
Find the Clue to You!
Mission: Adventure at this year's Junior Leadership Conference
If you are an Illinois 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade, it's time to reserve YOUR spot for the 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference! We're focusing on Mission: Adventure – Find the Clue to YOU! Solve the mystery of the missing Chris Clover, examine the business world and see what it takes to start your own business, explore virtual reality, crack the forensic codes and more!
Our 4-H'ers fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we're hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. Registration is open and fills on a first-come, first-served basis with the first 100 youth. More information and the registration link is posted on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Adults wishing to chaperone this event must be screened by University of Illinois Extension screening procedures and contact the State 4-H Office for details.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team creates a fun, hands-on weekend that's full of 4-H educational sessions, lots of laughter, meeting new people, and learning new things! Take the mission and find the adventure - we'd love to see you there!
JOANN rewards 4-H members
JOANN rewards 4-H members
Current & lifetime 4-H members, parents of members, volunteers, and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4-H. Sign up online @ http://www.joann.com/4-h. BREAKING NEWS: Look for a special PAPER CLOVER activity during the month of February at
JOANN stores in Illinois!
Begin your global destination with 4-H
Begin your global destination with 4-H!
Applications are being accepted for the 2018 4-H outbound international exchange programs being offered through University of Illinois 4-H and the States' 4-H International Committee. 4-Hers 12 – 18 years old can select to participate in a 4-week home stay to Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea or Norway. If you are interested in a longer experience abroad, the Japan program offers an opportunity to attend Japanese school for three weeks before starting a 4-week homestay. Dates of travel range from mid-June – mid-August depending on the program.
These programs enhance the 4-H program through international, cross-cultural experiences that enable young people to improve their leadership and communication skills, while increasing their international awareness and understanding. Delegates live with a host family where they experience family life, community activities and be immersed in the local culture of the country. With 4-H exchange opportunities, you are not just a tourist, but also a family member and expected to participate in all aspects of family and community life the program has to offer.
Program costs vary depending on the country and estimated airfare. Scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to selected delegates. Adults interested in serving as a chaperon are encouraged to apply. Get more information at: go.illinois.edu/global4H.
Your Adventure Awaits!
Beef Weigh-in and Tag/Tattoo
Beef Weigh-In & Tag/Tattoo
All state fair eligible steers and market heifers must be weighed, tattooed and tagged on
Monday, JANUARY 29 from 4-6 PM at Lorenzen Farms in Chrisman.
In case of bad weather, date will be Feb. 5.
Halters are MANDATORY. If you have questions, contact Adam Harms at 217-369-3609 or contact Cheryl Funkhouser in the Extension office at 465-8585. (NOTE: This weigh-in is for state fair entries only.)
ONLINE ETHICS CERTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR ALL ANIMAL PROJECTS (QAEC)
Please get this done ASAP! Website is ready to go.
4-H members enrolled in ANY and ALL animal project areas are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics (QAEC) course ONE TIME in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, cats and dogs. Members who don't complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and will not be allowed to exhibit their project. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. Our office has a list of those already certified. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/.
PLEASE NOTE! This rule also applies to 4-H members who only exhibit an animal poster display.
QUESTIONS? Contact the Extension office at 465-8585.
Edgar County Shooting Sports Club
Shooting Sports Club
All of our Shooting Sports instructors would like to give a BIG Thank You to all participants for making the 2017 season so successful! We look forward to 2018 as we watch our young marksmen and archers in Edgar County grow in their abilities. We continue to see our program grow and our youth having fun! Good volunteers, local support, and most of all dedicated boys and girls is what makes this program work. Thank you to our instructors Mike Porter, Mark Brinkerhoff, Rob Funkhouser, Alan Graffis and Chris Milam, Coordinator. If you would like to be a part of the Shooting Sports program, contact Chris Milam at 822-9821 or contact the Extension office at 465-8585. Look for information coming soon for our February organizational meeting for the 2018 season! See you then.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
4-H Club Corner
4-H CLUB CORNER
Club Leaders and Officers.....do you have news to share or an event to promote for your club? Put it in the 4-H CLUB CORNER! This spot is reserved just for YOU and if we need more space….we'll make the corner bigger! Get your news to the Extension Office by phone or email before the 20th of each month and we will share your news and information for you.
¨ Secretary and Treasurer's Books are in an online format once again. You can find them on our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/edgar4h/3925.html or contact the office and we can provide you with a printed copy.
¨ Leaders—be sure to keep up on your members and who has enrolled in 4-H Online. You can check this by accessing your club's information in 4-H Online. If you don't remember the password, please give us a call in the office. After the new year the Feb. 1 deadline for re-enrolling members will sneak up on us!
¨ FT. SUMPTER December meeting and karaoke party will be held on Monday, December 18 at 6 pm at the 4-H fairgrounds. Check your club's Facebook page for more information!
Edgar County 4-H Federation Meeting
Edgar County 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday, January 22, 2018
6:30 PM at the Extension Office
All 4-H members 8th grade and older are invited. We will be electing officers and planning for our spring meetings and year end events. You must be present to be elected for a Federation office. For more information contact Federation Leader, Cheryl Funkhouser at 465-8585.