We are pleased to welcome Tabitha Welch as the 4-H Program Coordinator in Clay and Fayette counties. She will work 80% time in Clay County and 20% in Fayette County. Her duties will begin on Monday, April 29.
Tabitha is from Farina and currently resides there. She has a Bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a Master's degree in Meat Sciences from Auburn University.
She previously worked for University of Nebraska Extension as an Extension Educator in 4-H Youth Development.
Please introduce yourself to her and make her feel welcome to the Clay County 4-H program!
4-H members are required to attend the Youth PQA Plus training to show at the county and Illinois State Fair.
For the 2013 shows members will need to abide by their county guidelines for exhibiting swine projects at the Clay 4-H show and those guidelines reflect members must attend the Youth PQA Plus training as required by the local livestock committee and the state 4-H office.
One LAST CHANCE PQA local training will be held 6:30-7:30 May 21 at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building, 1401 Clayton Ave., Newton. Register online at:
Starting in 2013, all 4-Hers enrolled in a livestock project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in a livestock project area.
The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: poultry, beef, dairy, goats, horses, sheep, and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified.
The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ . This rule applies to 4Hers who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
High school-aged 4-H members and/or their parents are encouraged to sign up to help at the Coon Hunt sometime during May 2-5. If you know of anyone in the community or a past member that would be willing to help, ask them as well. We need everyone's help!
Each 4-H club is asked to provide a minimum of 15 desserts and they need to be delivered to the fairgrounds by the morning of your club's assigned day (see below). Please contact us if you need help getting your desserts there. The hunters prefer cakes, cobblers, pies, cinnamon rolls--anything delicious and especially homemade!
Thursday May 2nd: Panther Creek Pioneers, Walnut Hill and Little Wabash Deer and Fawn
Friday May 3rd: Clay County Odds 'N' Ends, Thomas Toilers and Pixley Pride
Saturday May 4th: Dismal Creek and Ingraham Country Kids
Connie Brach will teach our 4-H Dog Obedience course again! The classes will begin on Tuesday, June 11 and run through Tuesday, July 16 at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Classes are from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Connie will
offer both beginning and advanced lessons. The classes are open to 4-H'ers only. Please bring your dog and his/her health papers, water, and water dish to the first meeting. Space is limited, so CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE SOON to register and get the final details!
Monday, July 15
General Project 4-H Show Check in,
4:30 – 6 PM, Fairgrounds
General Project 4-H Show Judging begins, 5 PM, Fairgrounds
Tuesday, July 16
4-H Food & Clothing Check in, 4:30 – 6 PM, Fairgrounds
4-H Food & Clothing Show Judging begins, 5 PM, Fairgrounds
4-H Awards Program, 7 PM or immediately following final judging, Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 20
4-H Cat Show, 9 AM
4-H Dog Show Check In, 9 AM
4-H Dog Show, 9:30 AM
Sunday, July 21
4-H Livestock Weigh In, 12 – 3 PM
4-H Livestock Exhibitor Meeting, 4 PM
4-H Swim Party, 6 PM
Monday, July 22
4-H Beef Show, 8 AM
4-H Rabbit Show, 2 PM or following the prior junior beef show
4-H Poultry Show, 3:30 PM or following the rabbit show
Tuesday, July 23
4-H Swine Show, 8 AM
4-H Sheep Show, 11 AM, or following the 4-H swine show
4-H Goat Show, 1 PM, or following the 4-H goat show
Wednesday, July 24
4-H Tractor Driving Contest
4-H Barbecue, 4 – 7 PM
Auction, 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 25
4-H Horse Show
Check for updates in the July newsletter!
EFFINGHAM COUNTY: The Foundation offers 10 $75 25%-fee scholarships. Check it out online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/effingham4h/2052.html
JASPER COUNTY: The Foundation offers half-fee scholarships to ISA. Call the office to apply.
CLAY COUNTY: The Federation offers half-fee scholarship up to $100 to ISA. Call the office to apply.
STATE ILLINOIS 4-H FOUNDATION: The Foundation offers a limited number of $50 scholarships for Illinois 4-H members. Those scholarships must be applied for and are only available to first-time ISA attendees. Ask your local office for an application.
June 23 - 26, 2013 experience campus life!
University of Illinois Campus, Champaign-Urbana
Registration is open March 1!
Early Bird Fee Discount Until 4/15/2013
Academies are open to ANY Illinois youth who is currently in 8th to 12th grade. They must be an incoming high school freshman to graduating senior this summer and must fall within the 14-18 age range as of September 1, 2012.
Each academy will offer 15 hours of interactive activities and study in a specific field of interest. There will be 10 academies this summer; each with limited enrollment that will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cost varies from $180 to $360 depending on the Academy you select…. That's why it's so important to register EARLY so you get the Academy you want! When they're filled up, your chance is over!
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE ACADEMIES TO STUDY
· Aerospace Engineering
· Art & Design
· Creative Writing NEW!
· Crop Sciences
· Electrical & Computer Engineering
· Landscape Architecture
· Molecular & Cellular Biology
· Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences NEW!
· Veterinary Medicine