Edgar County Green Pride Press
In This Issue
- A Lesson From the Geese
- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- Upcoming Events
- Edgar County 4-H FAMILY SKATE NIGHT!
- 4-H Club Officer Party
- It’s ENROLLMENT TIME!
- Time to elect Club Officers…
- Invite a friend to join 4-H!
- HEAD, HEART AND HOOVES HORSE AND PONY CLUB
- Make your new year sparkle!
- Cash Your Auction Check!
- 4-H CLUB CORNER
- CLOVERBUDS –YAY!
- Go on trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC!
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
- It’s for every teen alive!
- Illinois State Fair Jr. Livestock Results—2017
- 4-H online ENROLLMENT
- How do I enroll in County Projects in 4-H Online?
- Tips for a Successful 4-H Year
- What can parents do to help their child have a successful 4-H year?
- Enrollment Time!
A Lesson From the Geese
I love fall and one of the things I love best are the flocks of geese that fly over my house this time of year! Geese are interesting creatures and we can sure learn a lot from them. We are all unique and each one of us brings something different to 4-H. In order to really live out our 4-H Motto to "Make the Best Better" we need TEAMWORK! So here are some lessons to learn from the geese…
FACT 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% to the flying range than if each bird flew alone. LESSON: People who share a common direction and goal can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the momentum of one another.
FACT 2: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It moves quickly back into formation to take advantage of the "lifting power" of the bird immediately in front of it. LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
FACT 3: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the lead point position. LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skill, capabilities and unique arrangement of gifts, talents or resources. We need each other!
FACT 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. LESSON: We need to be sure that our "honking" from behind is encouraging and not something less helpful. In groups where there is encouragement, the productivity of the group is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of "honking" we seek.
FACT 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay until it dies or can fly again. Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
¨ New members welcome! The Head, Heart and Hooves Horse and Pony Club will meet on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 PM at the 4-H Fairgrounds. New 4-H year online enrollment help and organizing for the year.
¨ CLOVERBUDS will meet October 19 from 5:30-6:30 PM at the 4-H fairgrounds. New members are always welcome!
¨ ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT! Tuesday, November 14 at 7 PM at Community Bible Church in Paris.
¨ UNIT CLUB OFFICER'S TRAINING PARTY, Monday, November 27 at 6:30 PM at the Clark County Extension office.
¨ SANTA'S WORKSHOP—Save the date! Saturday, December 2 from 1 to 3 PM at the Extension office.
Oct. 19 Cloverbud meeting, 5:30—6:30 PM at the 4-H Fairgrounds
Oct. 19 Jr. Leaders to Springfield trip
Oct. 24 4-H FAMILY SKATE NIGHT! Twin Lakes Roller Rink in Paris, 6-8 PM
Oct. 26 Head, Heart and Hooves Horse and Pony Club meeting, 6 PM at the fairgrounds. All are welcome!
Nov. 2 AWARD DEADLINE!
All award applications and nominations are due in the office. No late entries!
Nov. 14 ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT— 7 PM @ Community Bible Church in Paris
Nov. 27 UNIT Club Officer Training @ Clark Co. Ext. Office Registration 6:30 PM—Program 6:45 PM
Dec. 2 Santa's Workshop, 1 to 3 PM at the Extension office (basement)
Dec. 2 & 3 4-H Weekend to Ring the Bell for Salvation Army in Paris
LOOKING AHEAD—PLAN NOW TO ATTEND!
Jan. 13-14, 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference in Decatur
July 7-14, 2018 Citizen Washington Focus Trip to Washington, D.C.
Edgar County 4-H FAMILY SKATE NIGHT!
Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 8 PM
Twin Lakes Roller Rink, Rt. 1 in Paris
Skate Rental $1-$3.
Bring the family! Bring a friend! Join the fun and let's all skate!
4-H Club Officer Party
Monday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.
Clark County Extension Office in Marshall on Rt. 1
Have you been elected as an officer in your 4-H Club?
Would you like to learn more about being an officer in your 4-H Club?
Come and join other 4-H'ers and learn how you can best lead your club in your new officer role! Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Clark County Extension Office and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. 4-H officers from Clark, Crawford, and Edgar are all encouraged to attend. There will be sessions for each office including recreation leaders and you will learn all you need to know about being a club officer, then have a great time meeting other 4-H'ers from our Unit. A sharing session will also be held for club leaders. Snacks will be provided! Put it on your calendar and plan now to attend.
It’s ENROLLMENT TIME!
Have you re-enrolled in 4-H for the new year?
Are you a new member? Now is the time to enroll in 4-H at:
Information to re-enroll or how to create a new family profile for new members is included in your enrollment packets. Get them from your leader at your next club meeting!
Time to elect Club Officers…
As we start a new 4-H year, clubs will elect new officers. With these positions come new responsibilities and leadership roles. We hope all club officers will attend the Unit Officer Party on November 27, but everyone should know the responsibilities of each office, so below is a short description for each one.
¨ The PRESIDENT keeps the meeting running smoothly. Calling the meeting to order on time and conducts the meeting in an orderly fashion. The president appoints committees.
¨ The VICE PRESIDENT will be prepared to conduct the meeting in case the president is absent. He/she also introduces speakers and other guests.
¨ The club SECRETARY is responsible for taking minutes (notes) and attendance at each meeting. An accurate record of motions made and who made them is necessary for the minutes. The secretary keeps records of talks, demonstrations and business conducted. They also write thank you notes on behalf of the club.
¨ The TREASURER handles all club money and keeps accurate records in the treasurer's book. They report at each meeting how much money the club has; and completes a financial statement summary at the end of the 4-H year to be audited.
¨ The club REPORTER/HISTORIAN attends meetings and reports business minutes to local newspapers keeping people informed about 4-H activities. They also keep the club scrapbook.
¨ The RECREATION LEADER ,one of the biggest jobs, arranges activities or games at each club meeting, and plans special parties and events with the help of leaders.
Committees are essential to any group or club, including 4-H. Aside from getting everyone involved, committees allow individuals who do not work well alone the chance to become part of a team and learn about responsibility.
All of these offices and jobs are important, but another job that is just as important even if you are not an officer is to attend and participate in your club's meetings and activities.
Invite a friend to join 4-H!
Does 4-H really help kids? You bet it does.
Here's what the research says!
· 4-H grows confident kids who tackle issues that matter most in their communities.
· For more than 100 years, 4-H has been the place where youth BELONG, youth LEAD, youth SERVE and youth LEARN.
· Illinois 4-H Youth Development programs provide opportunities for the whole family to grow together. Boys and girls attend the same club events, and families are encouraged to be an active part of the club.
· More than half of the Illinois 4-H members surveyed who were entering college said their 4-H project helped them choose a major.
· Illinois 4-H members are prepared for their future by studying careers related to their 4-H project.
· 4-H club members support their community through service projects.
These are the facts, backed up by research, about kids in 4-H.
The choice is easy… encourage your friends to join the club!
HEAD, HEART AND HOOVES HORSE AND PONY CLUB
Do you love Horses?
Then join us! This SPIN (special interest) club will meet on Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM at the 4-H fairgrounds. We will be planning for the new 4-H year and offering 4-H Online enrollment help. All are welcome to join (even if you don't own a horse)! Contact Leader, Paula Padgett at 251-4032 for more information.
Make your new year sparkle!
¨ Congratulations on working through the first year of 4-H Online enrollment. Re-enrollment for the 2017-18 year opened September 15. The site is now open so new projects can be added when you enroll. And speaking of new projects….
¨ Consider taking one of these NEW projects: Collectibles, Creative Writing, Coding in Visual Programming Languages, Coding in Text Based Programming Languages, Seeing i2i—Adventures in Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Free Range Robotics, 3-D Printing & Design, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Fiber Arts, Stained Glass Projects, Duct Tape Crafts, Paper Crafts, and Getting Started in Art (beginner level).
For more information….check out the new Clover magazine included in your enrollment/
Cash Your Auction Check!
Auction checks are printed and they will be in your mailbox very soon! Please be sure to cash your check ASAP as they will NOT be honored after 90 days from issue date. Due to outstanding checks from the 2016 auction the Association Board has decided that any checks not cashed after 90 days will be considered a donation to the 4-H Association. If you have questions about your auction check you can direct them to
Penny Peterson, Treasurer at email@example.com or Dale Cash, President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~Dale Cash, President, 4-H Association
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.
¨ Thank you to all who turned in their club financial audits by the deadline! We appreciate your cooperation.
¨ Club scrapbooks, and all Award nominations/applications are due in the office on Thursday, November 2.
¨ Meggan Cash is the contact for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing 4-H Weekend scheduled for December 2 & 3. Look for an email to the sign-up in your inbox! Thanks, Meggan!
If you are between the ages of 5-7 (as of September 1, 2017) then we have a club just for YOU! Join Stevie Drake, Cloverbud Leader, on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 PM.
1st meeting for the new 4-H year will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 5:30 pm at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Cost to participate for the whole year is $20. For more information, contact Stevie Drake at 217-251-0551.
Go on trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC!
Even though we just finished the summer of 2017, we're already making plans for next summer's Illinois' Citizenship Washington Focus trip! The dates have been set for Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14! Registration will open in mid-October, so start YOUR planning now to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime 4-H experience!
Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states. The 2017 cost to youth was $1025, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Our 2018 costs have not been finalized.
More information is available on the 4-H website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/citizenship-washington-focus. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
Once a 4-H member; always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Go to: https://4-h.org/4-h-alumni-community/
It’s for every teen alive!
Teen Leadership Conference opens its doors! Do you dare to be a leader?
The Illinois Teen Leadership Conference will be open to ANY Illinois high school teen in grades 9 to 12. We're excited to open the doors of this event to teens who belong to any type of organization, club or sports team and who want to build their leadership skills. Dare to Be a Leader is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, January 13-14, 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
Workshop sessions will focus on public speaking, watching your digital identity, group marketing, advocating for a cause, becoming a leader, finding your leadership niche, and youth and adult partnerships. Other programming will include a keynote speaker, time to share your success with others, team-building, and more.
Here's the deal about registration: It will be done as a GROUP… so contact the county office to get your name on the list. Registration cost will be $130 for 4-H members and $175 for those representing other groups or organizations. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Teens need to attend in a county, club, organization or school "group" (Illinois 4-H'ers included) and each group must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (age 21 or older).
Keep your eyes open for more information! Registration will open in mid-October and close on Monday, December 4. Dare to Be a Leader – and join us!!
Congratulations to Jacob Maschino and Gavin Coombe for a 3rd and 4th placing over all (respectively) at the Illinois State Archery meet on September 9 at Panther Creek Bowhunters Club near Chatham, IL.
Pictured are the Top Ten finishers at the event. Jacob Maschino is in the from row, 3rd from left and Gavin Coombe is 4th from left, front row.
Way to represent our county at state!
Congratulations to our 2017 4-H Queen, Alivia Cline, and 4-H Princess, Rebekah Alexander, who represented Edgar County 4-H during their reign over the past year. Thank you to these two amazing young ladies who make us so proud!
Illinois State Fair Jr. Livestock Results—2017
Tucker Marrs—Champion Charolais Heifer, 1st AOB Steer, 1st Charolais Heifer
Reese Anderson—Res. Champion Red Angus Heifer, Champion Div. 4 Showman Beef, 1st Red Angus Heifer, 3rd Land of Lincoln Angus Heifer
Mackenzie Burgin—Champion Div. 11 Showman Beef, 2nd Angus Heifer, 1st Crossbred Barrow, 1st Duroc Gilt, 3rd Yorkshire Gilt, 3rd Hampshire Ewe Lamb, 2nd Land of Lincoln Angus Heifer
Hunter Dunlap—3rd Crossbred Barrow, 1st Chester White Gilt, 3rd Crossbred Gilts Barrow, 1st Hampshire Gilt, 1st Land of Lincoln Chester White Gilt
Hallee Rhoads—2nd Berkshire Gilt, 1st Chester White Gilt, 2nd Crossbred Gilts Barrow, 3rd Yorkshire Gilt, 2nd Land of Lincoln Crossbred Gilts Barrow, 3rd Land of Lincoln Yorkshire Gilt
Nick Hamilton—2nd Berkshire Gilt, 3rd Crossbred Gilts Barrow, 2nd Land of Lincoln Berkshire Gilt
Cole Webster—Res. Champion Poland China Gilt, 2nd Chester White Gilt, 1st Poland China Gilt, 1st Land of Lincoln Poland China Gilt, Res. Champion Land of Lincoln Poland China Gilt, 2nd Land of Lincoln Chester White Gilt
Zach Farnham—Res. Champion Duroc Gilt, 1st Duroc Gilt, 3rd Crossbred Gilts Barrow, 1st Land of Lincoln Duroc Gilt, Res. Champion Land of Lincoln Duroc Gilt
Bella Moreschi—3rd Crossbred Gilts Barrow
Graci Watson—2nd Duroc Gilt, 2nd Land of Lincoln Duroc Gilt
Emma Moreschi—2nd Duroc Gilt, 1st Land of Lincoln Duroc Gilt
Karson Dunlap—1st Spotted Swine Gilt
Kyle Webster— 1st Spotted Swine Gilt, 1st Land of Lincoln Spotted Swine Gilt
Chayse Martin— 2nd Spotted Swine Gilt, 2nd Land of Lincoln Spotted Swine Gilt, 3rd Land of Lincoln Spotted Swine Gilt
Bryan Kohlmeyer—1st Land of Lincoln Spotted Swine Gilt
Hope Gillaspie—2nd Hunter Horse Div. 2 Walk Trot, 3rd Pony Hunter Div. 1 Beginner Hunter Over Fences
4-H online ENROLLMENT
4-H ONLINE IS OPEN! ENROLL TODAY! It's easy….here's how
1. SET UP A FAMILY PROFILE at http://il.4honline.com. Firefox and Chrome browsers work best. The program is mobile friendly.
2. SELECT I need to SET-UP A PROFILE and enter your log-in information.
· Are you in a Military 4-H Club? (answer is no); County; Email (primary email for your family); confirm email; last name; password; confirm password; Role—SELECT FAMILY; Click on Create Log-In.
3. ENTER YOUR FAMILY INFORMATION:
· Email (same as above); Last Name; Address, City, State and Zip Code; Primary Phone (if the office tried to call you, what number would you want them to call?); Correspondence Preference (Mail or Email); 4-H County
4. ADD each MEMBER AND ADULT VOLUNTEER (ONLY SCREENED VOLUNTEERS) who will be enrolling in 4-H:
· Add a New Family member; Select Member type—Youth or Adult Volunteer; First Name; Last Name; Preferred Name (nickname, etc.—optional); Mailing Address; Birthdate; Gender
· Information in BOLD is required; other information is optional.
· Parent 1 and Parent 2 are parents/guardians where the youth reside.
· Second Parent would be a parent if not residing at the same residence as the youth.
· Emergency Contact—individual you want contacted in event of emergency (can be same as the parent).
· Answer media and liability release questions. Type in the names for member and parent signatures if you agree to the terms.
· Select your desired Club. Click on "add club" and then continue. (members may be dual-enrolled in a regular community club, i.e. Bell Ridge and a SPIN club, i.e. Shooting Sports—select all the clubs you wish to join)
5. SELECT PROJECTS
· Select the club in which you would like to enroll in a project (choose the appropriate club to enroll in your project). Select the project and click ADD PROJECT.
· NOTE: You will enter all Shooting Sports projects under the Shooting Sports club NOT your regular community club.
· When you have finished adding all projects, Click CONTINUE.
· Move past the Groups page by clicking CONTINUE (not relevant in IL).
6. PAY PROGRAM FEE
· Illinois 4-H charges a $20 per person Program Fee. The Invoice screen will show the calculated fee for your family. Click CONTINUE to advance to the payment options screen. Please select PAY BY CHECK. You will make your payment to your club leader by the deadline determined by your leader. Clubs will make one payment to the Extension office for all club fees. (Cloverbuds ONLY may pay directly online)
Families with more than three members pay $20 per member with a family maximum of $60. If you qualify, please contact the county office BEFORE enrolling in 4-H Online for special instructions.
Any member needing assistance with the program fee should submit the pay by check option and contact the county office to receive a scholarship.
7. SUBMIT ENROLLMENT
· You will receive an email confirming your enrollment has been submitted to the office.
· Once the county office reviews and confirms the enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email.
· You may login to your 4-H Online account at any time to edit member information, add/drop projects, join a new SPIN club, view announcements and newsletter, etc.
8. ENROLL ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS
· Select COPY PARENT INFORMATION from another youth record to auto-fill these portions of the youth profile page.
9. LOG-IN to UPDATE AND VIEW ANNOUNCEMENTS on 4-H Online at your convenience!
DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE! ENROLL TODAY
Re-Enrolling members – FEBRUARY 1
NOTE: Program fee is $30 after February 1.
New Members – APRIL 1
Fair eligibility deadline is MAY 1.
How do I enroll in County Projects in 4-H Online?
As you enroll online, you will find that county projects (those not premium and state fair eligible) are not called the same thing in 4-H Online as they were on our paper enrollment forms. Use the following information to help you enroll in some of your favorite county projects….they are still available to exhibit! Aren't you glad?
· Do Your Own Thing/Miscellaneous – Enroll in County Personal Development - General
· Do Your Own Thing/Gift Wrapping – Enroll in County Personal Development – General
· Do Your Own Thing/Building Blocks – Enroll in County Science/Tech – General
· Character Education – Enroll in County Personal Development – General
· Party Planning - Enroll in County Personal Development – General
· Reading - Enroll in County Personal Development – General
· Collections – Enroll in County Collections/Hobby – General
· Sunflowers – Enroll in County Agriculture – General
· Hay/Pasture – Enroll in County Agriculture – General
· Candy Making – Enroll in County Food and Nutrition - General
Tips for a Successful 4-H Year
October 1 kicked off another 4-H year. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.
However, it is the responsibility of the 4-H member to get involved and to take advantage of the opportunities provided in 4-H. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your 4-H year:
¨ Take an active part in 4-H club meetings and activities. If you were not there, you would be missed.
¨ Select a 4-H project with the help of parents, leaders, or a mentor.
¨ Complete all 4-H enrollment forms at the beginning of the 4-H year and return it to the Extension office by the deadline (Feb. 2 for returning members; April 1 for new members).
¨ Utilize the project books provided to you.
¨ Participate in county, unit, and state activities.
¨ Help plan and support 4-H club activities such as community service, club tours, or guest speakers.
¨ Read all the 4-H mail and email that comes to your home.
¨ Keep a current and up-to-date 4-H calendar of meetings and activities.
¨ Serve as an officer of the your club or on a committee when asked.
¨ Share a skill or interest with other club members during a meeting or workshop.
¨ Keep parents informed about 4-H club meetings, projects, and activities.
What can parents do to help their child have a successful 4-H year?
¨ Take time to learn about 4-H, what it stands for and how it operates.
¨ Advise your son or daughter in selecting their 4-H projects. Help them select a project they are interested in, a project they have the ability to accomplish, and one for which you can furnish the needed materials and guidance.
¨ Show your interest and enthusiasm for the 4-H projects selected. Find out what is suggested for the members to do and learn.
¨ Encourage your child to get started and then complete the project.
¨ Resist doing your child's project for them even though you may be able to do it faster, better, simpler, and with much less mess.
¨ Keep the purpose of the 4-H program in perspective. Realize that the project is a teaching tool and a method for involving boys and girls in a worthwhile activity. Above all, remember that your child is more important than the 4-H project.
¨ Remember that the 4-H experience should be an educational one. Don't let the desire to win overpower your child's ability to learn.
¨ Encourage your 4-H'er when they succeed and even more when they fail.
¨ Offer to help the 4-H club leader.
¨ Encourage your child to keep track of work done in 4-H. This information will be helpful if the member seeks awards in 4-H or outside of 4-H (college applications, scholarships).
¨ Avoid scheduling other activities which conflict with your child's 4-H schedule when possible.
¨ ASK QUESTIONS!