Edgar County Green Pride Press
In This Issue
- April, 2017
- National Volunteer Week
- 3 meetings!!
- SAVE THE DATE…
- Upcoming Events
- Remember our Edgar County 4-H Attendance policy!!
- Beginner Rocket Building Workshop
- CLARK COUNTY HAPPENINGS… 4-H HORSE CAMP
- 4-H Night at the Martinsville Ag Fair
- Cooking School is coming
- FOOD DECORATING WORKSHOP
- Illini Summer Academies
- True Leaders in Service
- Discover St. Louis Trip
- April Federation Meeting
- FEDERATION AND 4-H ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
- 4-H CLUB CORNER
- 2016-2017 4-H Club Officers
- Ready4Life Challenge
- 2017 County 4-H Fair Handbook
- Got Rockets???
- Dog Obedience Classes
- The 4-H PORK CHOP BBQ IS COMING SOON!
- General Project Updates for County & State Fairs
- Understanding IRS regulations
- State Fair Information
- Breaking the rules is the new rule!
- 2017 Illinois State Fair – Lamb and Goat Tattoo & Weigh-in
- ATTENTION!!! All Illinois State Fair Livestock Exhibitors….
- Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
- Pork Quality Assurance
- HORSE OWNERSHIP AND LEASE PAPERS
Spring is here...aren't you glad? I'm looking forward to warm sunshine, flip flops, fair time and all the FUN that spring and summer brings. And I'm putting a smile on my face after enjoying a few sunny days and looking forward to many more! And speaking of a smile...here is something good to know!
SMILE...IT'S GOOD FOR YOU! We really do have a lot to smile about and smiling is a great way to feel good fast. But did you know it can also make your body function better? According to a study at the University of California School of Medicine, a healthy attitude with a strong dose of smiling improves your health, stress levels, and longevity. And here's why…
· SMILING CHANGES OUR MOOD—Smiling helps trick the body into helping you change your mood. Smile—even if you're feeling down—and chances are your mood will change for the better.
· SMILING BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM—When you smile, you are more relaxed, which helps your immune system function more effectively. Put on a smile, and prevent the flu or a cold!
· SMILING RELEASES ENDORPHINS AND SEROTONIN—Studies show that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin; powerful tools to boost your mood.
· SMILING HELPS YOU STAY POSITIVE—A healthy attitude helps beat the blues. Try this simple test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile, our body is sending the rest of our system a message that "Life is good!" Combat depression, stress and worry by smiling.
· SMILING IS CONTAGIOUS—When someone smiles, he or she lights up the room and helps change the moods of others. Smile lots, and you will draw people to you! If you see someone without a smile….give them one of yours! :)
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week
April 23 - 29
THANKS to ALL our 4-H Volunteers. YOU make the best better!
4-H'ers please remember in order to show at the fair you MUST attend 3 club meetings. If you are in danger of not meeting this requirement, please talk with your club leader! You may need to make arrangements to visit another club to get all your meetings in.
Get this done ASAP as some clubs do not have meetings in June and July!! If you need more information you may call the office.
SAVE THE DATE…
Welcome New Members!!
Come to the Party…
Tuesday, April 25
7 to 8 PM
New members and parents, please join us for some 4-H FUN!! Here is your chance to have all your 4-H questions answered at the parent's session.
Members will enjoy some good 4-H fun and activities. See you there!
Edgar County is part of a 3-county unit which includes Crawford, Clark and Edgar counties. 4-H'ers are welcome to attend events in any county within the unit with permission from the sponsoring county.
April 13 Shooting Sports—Shotgun, 6 PM @ Edgar Co. Sportsman's Club
April 20 Dog Obedience Meeting, 6 PM @ Extension office (No dogs, bring papers)
April 20 Shooting Sports—.22 Rifle @ Edgar Co. Sportsman's Club, Paris @ 6 PM
April 24 Federation Meeting, 7 PM @ Extension office
April 25 NEW MEMBER PARTY, 7 to 8 PM @ fairgrounds
April 27 Shooting Sports—Shotgun, 6 PM @ Edgar Co. Sportsman's Club
MAY 1 DEADLINE—Project ADD/DROP call the office to add/drop projects
May 1 LEADERS: Club Enrollment Fees are due in the Extension office
May 1 ISF Horse Ownership/Lease papers and pictures due in Extension office
May 1 PQA training, 6 PM @ Vermilion UMC (prior to SJF club meeting)
May 6 ISF Lamb and Goat ID, Coles County Fairgrounds, 10:30-noon
May 15 Illini Summer Academies registration deadline
May 20 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals; game time 3:15 pm
June 1 QAEC Deadline for Certification
June 3 ROCKET Workshop, 9 AM @ the 4-H Fairgrounds
June 4 PQA training, 2 PM @ 4-H Fairgrounds
June 6 Discover St. Louis Federation Trip
June 12 4-H AG OLYMPICS @ the Martinsville Ag Fair, 6 PM
June 14 Cooking School, 9 AM to 2 PM @ the Extension office
June 20 LEADER'S MEETING, 6 PM @ fairgrounds
June 22 4-H BBQ Bash, 5 PM @ 4-H fairgrounds
June 24 4-H BBQ
July 1 PQA Deadline
July 1 ISF Livestock entries postmark deadline.
NOTE: Entries must be signed by Extension staff before mailing.
June 22-29 Illini Summer Academies—registration is now open; scholarship available
July 21-26 Edgar County 4-H Fair
July 16-23 Illinois Jr. Horse Show
August 11 Edgar County day to exhibit general projects at State Fair
August 10-20 Illinois State Fair
Remember our Edgar County 4-H Attendance policy!!
In order to participate in the 2017 4-H fair...
· Youth that re-enroll in a 4-H Club must attend a minimum of three (3) club meetings.
· Participate in BBQ Bash (BBQ prep) or 4-H BBQ.
· FIRST year members must attend two (2) meetings. College aged members must attend one (1) meeting.
If you have any questions, talk with your Club Leader(s) or contact the office.
Beginner Rocket Building Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9 AM
4-H Fairgrounds, Multi-purpose building
All 4-H'ers enrolled in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year Aerospace are invited to this workshop! Led by Rick Bennett & family, this workshop will get you started on building your rocket. Kits will be available to purchase. Parent(s), other adult or older 4-H'er should accompany the 4-H'er to the workshop. If you bring your own rocket, it must be a kit that is allowed for your division in Aerospace:
1st Year – Alpha Rocket Only
2nd & 3rd Year – Single stage rocket with balsa fins and B6-4 engine.
This a FREE project workshop! Please phone the Extension Office to register at 465-8585.
CLARK COUNTY HAPPENINGS… 4-H HORSE CAMP
Come to 4-H Horse Camp at the Casey Fairview Park May 13 and 14 (St. Mary's-of-the-Woods in case of inclement weather)! You won't want to miss world renowned clinician, Terry Myers of Ohio. There are camper hook-ups at the park for anyone wishing to spend the night. Out-of-County 4-H'ers will be charged $20 to attend camp. Helmets are required for all youth riders. Meals will be provided.
The 4-H'ers portion of the clinic will be on Saturday, May 13 with adults and youth participation for Sunday, May 14. Any non-4-H affiliated adult/youth are welcome to participate in the clinic on Sunday at a cost of $30 per participant. This will be a hands-on clinic with your horse to help improve your handling skills, horsemanship, safety, and a whole lot more FUN! For more information please contact Cartha at the Clark County Extension Office 826-5422. Registrations are due to the Clark County Extension Office by May 1.
4-H Night at the Martinsville Ag Fair
4-H AG OLYMPICS
MONDAY, JUNE 12 @ 6 PM
In front of the Grandstand, Martinsville Fairgrounds!
WANTED: Teams of six 4-H members—represent your 4-H CLUB!!!
AGE CATEGORIES: Cloverbuds through 4-H age youth. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
Cooking School is coming
9 am to 2 pm
At the Extension office. Details coming soon!
Illini Summer Academies
Experience 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:
Aerospace Engineering: $440 Note: Participants must have completed Algebra.
Animal Science: $345
Illinois Informatics Institute (Digital Mfg): $350
Electrical & Computer Engineering: $445
Human Development & Family Studies: $255
Theatre & Fashion for Stage/Film @ Krannert Center: $285
Theatre & Hip Hop Dance @ Krannert Center: $285
Grand Challenges in Family Science: $255 Note: Open to incoming HS Juniors & Seniors Only.
Entomology: Honeybees & Beekeeping: $295
Molecular & Cellular Biology: $ 345
Ag Communications: $ 250
Veterinary Medicine: $255. Note: Must have completed 10th grade.
Edgar County 4-H Federation will provide payment for one half the cost! For more information, contact the Extension office at 465-8585.
True Leaders in Service
4-H'ers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service on April 29
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, volunteers 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 .
Discover St. Louis Trip
2017 4-H Federation DISCOVER ST. LOUIS—JUNE 6
Who: 4-H FEDERATION MEMBERS who have attended at least three meetings prior to the deadline to register.
Cost: $20 per member (Federation will cover the remainder of the cost)
Registration Deadline: MAY 17
April Federation Meeting
Join us for our April Meeting on Monday, April 24 at 7 PM in the Extension office. We will be making short video clips for a special project about how 4-H has impacted your life.
FEDERATION AND 4-H ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
· 4-H Federation Meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 PM (unless otherwise noted).
· 4-H Association Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Both meetings are held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in the Multi-Purpose building. If you have agenda items for either group, please contact the Extension Office.
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.
Reminders for Leaders:
· May 1—Club enrollment fees are due in office.
· May 1—Add/Drop projects deadline. Must call office to change projects.
· June 20—Leader's meeting, 6 PM @ fairgrounds.
· It's almost fair time!!!! July 21-26, 2017
2016-2017 4-H Club Officers
4-H—Growing Tomorrow's Leaders!
Bell Ridge: President—Brooklyn Ward; VP—Kloey Ludington; Secretary—Betsy Cash; Treasurer—Izzy Hollis; Reporter/Historian—Emily Johnson
C & S Ag: President—Lindsay Franz; VP—Kendyll Tevebaugh; Secretary—Maecy Johnson; Treasurer—Halley Frailey; Reporter—Colby Phipps; Historian—Kailey Phipps
Ft. Sumpter: President: Emma Moreschi; VP—McKayla Watson; Secretary—Tucker Marrs; Treasurer—Shayleigh Cline
Grandview Pioneers: President—Marissa Morrisey; VP—JC Walker; Secretary—Meredithe Morrisey; Treasurer—McKinsey Tate; Reporter/Historian—Brooke Baker
New Providence Pioneers: President—Alivia Cline; VP—Abby Minnis; Secretary—Nathan Minnis; Treasurer—Katie Smith; Reporter/Historian—Kenny Smith
Paris Pathfinders: President—Silas Mood; VP—Abigail Mood; Secretary—Kayla Cusick; Treasurer—Emma Scott; Reporter/Historian—Olivia Minge/Alyssa Scott
Pine Grove Handy Helpers: President—Sydney Martin; VP—Max Moody; Secretary—Carah Colvin; Treasurer—Olivia Theirl
Raider Super Stars: President—Colby Luth; VP—Josie Carroll; Secretary—Kelsey Luth; Treasurer—Brenden Cash; Historian/Reporter—Emery Keys
Scott's Victory: President—Chris Ellis; VP—Hayley Hardin; Secretary/Treasurer—Meghan Ingram
Stratton Jr. Farmers: President—Alayna Moore; VP—Brayden Wilson; Secretary—Bailey Bouslog; Treasurer—Bryce Kohlmeyer; Reporter/Historian—Vivian Moore; Sentinel—Cooper Kuglin/Riley Machango
4-H Federation: President—Alayna Moore; VP—Nick Hamilton; Secretary—Brooklyn Ward; Treasurer—Bryce Kohlmeyer.
Do you know about the Ready4Life Challenge exhibit class? This new opportunity replaces the Career Connection.
What do you do?
Enroll in a project area you like (see handbook for eligible project areas).
· 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 and LESS about the skill in the project itself. Sure, they will want to see something you've made, but that won't be the focus of the judging process.
This new exhibit opportunity is explained further in the 2017 4-H Handbook. If you are interested in exhibiting a Ready4Life Challenge project at the fair and need more guidance, contact Cheryl Funkhouser in the Extension office at 465-8585.
2017 County 4-H Fair Handbook
The 2017 4-H Fair will be here before we know it! Part of that process is evaluating the various project areas and making changes as necessary. The final updates have been made to our fair handbook and it is now posted to our website. Each new member family will receive a 3-ring binder handbook for your entire 4-H career. It is YOUR responsibility to check the rules for each project area and to make the appropriate changes to your family's handbook each year. If you have any questions about a project area, please give us a call in the office at 465-8585 or stop by and see us!
Brad Cash does! Brad is our Aerospace Superintendent. If you need to purchase a rocket kit for your Aerospace project, contact Brad at 465-5382. He has a terrific selection of rocket kits in stock and ready to sell. All proceeds go back into the Edgar Co. 4-H Aerospace program to help maintain our rocket launch equipment. Don't see what you want? Brad can special order rockets for you.
Dog Obedience Classes
Lisa Foster will be teaching our Dog Obedience classes once again this year and we are happy to have her enthusiasm and knowledge!!
If you enrolled in the Dog project area your packet of information about the Dog Obedience classes is on its way to your home. If you have not received this information, please contact the office.
The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 6 PM at the Extension office. Do not bring your dog to this meeting. Please bring your proof of Rabies, Parvo and Distemper vaccinations paperwork to this meeting. Cost for the classes is $20 for 4-H'ers and $30 for non-members and adults. If you have questions, you may call the office or contact Lisa Foster at 251-0823.
The 4-H PORK CHOP BBQ IS COMING SOON!
The Annual 4-H Pork Chop BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 4 to 7 PM. The BBQ Bash will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 5 PM until we are done...usually just an hour. That's a lot of potato wrapping! BBQ and Bash are held at the fairgrounds. Your leaders have received BBQ ticket packets for each member to sell. The Extension office is asking for your help with our bookkeeping for tickets sales as we must pay sales tax on each ticket sold. Here are a few guidelines to follow:
· ALL unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in either at the BBQ BASH, the BBQ or in the office at any time prior to the BBQ. DO NOT THROW AWAY UNSOLD TICKETS. Unsold tickets must be turned in to the office.
· You may sell more than one packet of tickets, but you must turn in your $$ from the first packet before you receive a new packet of tickets to sell. You may turn in $$ and get more tickets through the Extension Office. Please keep track of any donations you may receive in order to avoid paying sales tax on that money.
· Leaders...please remember to return the list of who did or did not receive tickets to the office. Please return any ticket packets not handed out to the office. Leaders also have the sign-up sheets for working the BBQ. Work lists are due JUNE 6.
· We are awarding ONE overall top seller this year. Our TOP SELLER will receive a $150 cash prize from Federation!!!
IT TAKES ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER!! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!
General Project Updates for County & State Fairs
· REMINDER!! ALL 4-H members age 8 to 18 years of age (as of September 1, current 4-H year) may exhibit at the state fair general project show. Cloverbuds are not allowed to exhibit at state fair.
· More 4-H'ers can attend state fair! State Fair entry quotas have been increased in many project areas. Edgar County exhibit day is Friday, August 11.
· NEW PROJECTS! The following project areas have been added: Ready4Life Challenge, Entomology-Beekeeping 1-3, College & Career Readiness.
· The exhibit guidelines for the following projects have been completely revised: Clothing and Textiles is now STEAM Clothing 1-3, Computer Science, Robotics, and Cake Decorating is now Food Decorating.
The Edgar County handbook for the 2017 4-H Fair has been updated and is now online! For all project exhibit requirements go to go.illinois.edu/edgarcounty4hhandbook.
Remember….it is your responsibility to update your handbook each year and to know your project's exhibit guidelines. New member families will receive a county handbook (3-ring binder) that you can use for your family's entire 4-H career. You will receive your new handbook at the New Member Party to be held on Tuesday, April 25 from 7 to 8 PM.
If you have questions or need guidance in any project area, please contact the Extension office for help. We will connect you to someone who can help you!
Understanding IRS regulations
Program participants (including minors) will be required to provide their social security number or foreign national tax ID number prior to receiving the price, gift or award 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 number or foreign national tax ID number is not provided. This is not a 4-H or University of Illinois directive; this is a requirement of the Internal Revenue Service. If you have questions about this requirement by law, contact the Extension office at 465-8585.
State Fair Information
We're back in the Orr Building! 4-H at the Illinois State Fair will again be housed in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. There will be interactive activities for 4-H families as well as speaking contests, fashion review and an award celebration all in one location.
Edgar Co. exhibit day is August 11.
Breaking the rules is the new rule!
In selected projects, 4-H members may choose to exhibit in the INNOVATION CLASS which allows members to decide the BEST WAY to show off what they learned in their project. Your exhibit should be creative, such as a video you made, a website you created, a performance you gave, an app you created, something you made or anything else YOU choose. A few rules (of course). This is open to youth 13 and older (4-H age) in the following projects: child development, computer science, crops, geology, health, interior design, leadership, natural resources, photography, robotics, theatre arts, tractor or video. Remember, your exhibit has to be something
DIFFERENT than what fits in the normal class exhibit option. See our county fair handbook online for exhibit requirements or contact Cheryl Funkhouser, Program Coordinator in the Extension office at 465-8585.
2017 Illinois State Fair – Lamb and Goat Tattoo & Weigh-in
All Lamb and Goat exhibitors planning to show at the IL State Fair MUST have their wethers tattooed and electronically tagged at a designated location. The closest location will be the COLES COUNTY
FAIRGROUNDS, CHARLESTON on MAY 6, 10:30-NOON. CONTACT Dana Homann at 217-345-7034 for more information. Contact number day of event is the same. Tattoo/Weigh-in WILL NOT be conducted in Edgar County. Please contact our office if this location and date is not convenient for you and we can give you the information for another location/date from across the state.
ATTENTION!!! All Illinois State Fair Livestock Exhibitors….
ALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2017 ISF MUST have their entries signed by County Extension offices before exhibitors place them in the mail to the State Fair Entry office. Entries must be postmarked by JULY 1, Horse is JUNE 1, and Dog is AUGUST 1. Separate checks will need to be made for Jr. show and Open show entries. The website for entry forms is http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/.
Online 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. Anyone 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.
Pork Quality Assurance
Pork Quality Assurance training can be done at a face to face session or online. If you miss one of the training sessions you MUST take the training online. Remember, attendance at one of the meetings is REQUIRED for you to exhibit at the fair and sell at the auction. You have TWO opportunities to get this training done so get these dates on your calendars now. Thanks to Angie Hamilton and Karen Webster for providing the training for these classes!
Monday, May 1 at 6 pm at the Vermilion United Methodist Church (prior to the Stratton Jr. Farmers club meeting).
Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm at the 4-H Fairgrounds. For more
information, contact the Extension office at 465-8585.Online training can be done at: http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/
HORSE OWNERSHIP AND LEASE PAPERS
DEADLINE for Illinois State Fair exhibitors only: Ownership and Lease papers are due to our Extension Office by MAY 1.
Any horse, pony, mule, or donkey showing at the 2017 Illinois State 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 or in 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 a requirement for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair Jr. Horse Show.