4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
October 4-H NewsletterUpcoming Events & Deadlines:
National 4-H Week October 2-8, 2016
Award Applications & Livestock Records Due October 17, 2016
Unit 21 Blood Drive-Effingham Office October 17, 2016
Achievement Night November 5, 2016
Foundation Soup Luncheon November 6, 2016
Don't Forget: Auction checks and Thank You's for the buyers are in the office and ready to be picked up!
Save the Date:
Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m.
Brownstown Elementary SchoolVandalia's Little Community Garden Harvest Festival-Saturday October 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Unit 21 Blood Drive
Monday, October 17th
3 p.m.—7 p.m.
University of Illinois Extension Office
1209 Wenthe Dr.
**Please note date and time change**
All presenting donors will have their name entered into a drawing for 2 tickets to Holiday World n Splashin Safari!
National 4-H Week - October 2-8, 2016
A clover for each club has been hidden at 7 locations across the county! The clues will be posted on the Fayette County 4-H Facebook page and emailed to each family on Tuesday morning. Be sure to find your club's clover quick because those that are still out on Friday are free game for other club's members! Bring your clover into the office for a prize!
Be sure to check out all the club window displays this week! Cash prizes will be given to the top three!
Fly in the Sky during National Youth Science Day
The 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge, Drone Discovery, will explore how remote sensing can be used to solve real world problems while learning concepts like flight dynamics, forces of flight, basic computer coding, as well as following federal regulations while operating drones. National Youth Science Day is officially Wednesday, Oct. 5, but you can do the experiment whenever you want this fall.
Illinois theme for National 4-H Week is Adventures Await
Everyone loves an adventure… whether we're exploring new places, hanging with friends, or learning new things, Adventures Await in 4-H. As a 4-H member, you're one of 6 million other youth who are 4-H members. National 4-H Week is Oct. 2 – 8. What will your club do? Put up a display in an area business window. Visit a local nursing home. Sponsor a new member rally. Raise money to help kids in your community. Maybe you'd like to sponsor a National Youth Science Day experiment featuring the wonderful world of DRONES! Every county has a drone kit you can borrow! How will you 4-H?
Foundation Soup Luncheon Club Help Time Slots
Club Help Time Slots
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Loudon Bunch and Sefton Clovers
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ramsey Senors & Senoritas and Caprine Kids
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Ramsey Senors & Senoritas and Shafter Friends
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Shafter Friends and St. James Hornets
1: 00 PM – 1:30 PM
St. James Hornets
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Vandalia Shamrocks and Golden Harvestors
** Reminder: Each club is asked to provide 3-5 desserts for the bake sale. If you have any questions please call the Fayette County Extension Office at 618-283-2753 **
Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m.
Brownstown Elementary School
Award applications can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/fayette4h/3083.html or from your club leader.
Applications and Livestock records are due to the office by October 17th.
Enrollment Forms are now available!
There is a new enrollment form for all members, new and returning, this year! Your club leaders will have the new enrollment packets at your next meeting. The forms can also be found on our website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/fayette4h/3074.html, along with the project list and medical forms. Please take the time to fill them out in their entity. The information will help us update our records and create accurate profiles in 4-H Online. Once your family has been enrolled, you will receive an email with your account password. We plan to host 4-H Online trainings in the future for those interested in learning more!
Re-Enrolling Members: 4-Hers must be enrolled in each 4-H project they wish to exhibit at the 4-H fair by February 1st. 4-Hers may not add any additional projects after April 1st. 4-Hers should check their enrollments with their leader prior to April 1st to ensure they are in the correct projects.
New Members Enrolling: New 4-Hers must be enrolled in each 4-H project they wish to exhibit at the 4-H fair by April 1st.
Leadership Council—6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th
Livestock Committee—7 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th
Celebrating our military families!
4-H clubs interested in a fall service outreach effort should look for ways to support military local families during November which is Military Family Appreciation Month! Military families make up a very special part of our nation's population. Behind every service member is a family that supports them whether they are at home or deployed. Those families include more than 1.82 military children, with more than 1,126,000 being active duty branches and nearly 700,000 representing the national guard/reserve military branches.
In addition to inviting those families to join 4-H, here is a list of other things a 4-H club can do to show their support:
· Write a thank-you note to a family for sacrifices they have made while their service member is away
· Plan a special day with hands-on activities for military families and invite them to bring a picture of their service member to post on a Wall of Heroes that can remain on display during the month of November at a local venue, possibly the local library or school.
· Create Family Packs for military families in your community. The Family Packs can items that support family activities such as board games; craft kits; gift cards for local family oriented experiences and/or restaurants.
· Watch for the announcement a Presidential Proclamation recognizing November as Military Family Month and create a local media event to generate community awareness of the those in your community who dedicate their lives to keeping our Nation safe from threats here at home and around the world. Encourage local businesses to offer special discounts for military families during November
· Decorate display cases and bulletin boards throughout November with military focused memorabilia, or items brought by military kids reflecting their experiences (where they have lived or traveled, family members' service memorabilia, etc.
· Contact a local National Guard Armory or Reserve Center to find out how to "adopt" a deployed service family. Create care packages for deployed troops; or Family Packs for local families.
For more information or assistance in making connections, contact Pat McGlaughlin, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development at email@example.com.
Shooting Sports: Adults interested in teaching the shooting sports hobby to young people should attend the fall adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program Oct. 21-23 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost is $125.
Volunteers must register through their local U of I Extension office by Oct. 12. Check in begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. The training ends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Volunteers must be present for all hours of the training to receive their certification.
A new shooting sports discipline will be added this year, Pistol. Only 20 spots are available for pistol certification. There are five additional concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, and hunting and wildlife, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at: web.extension.illinois.edu/shootingsports.
Who will win $5,000
The Youth in Action Award honors four 4-H members who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills to overcome a challenge, or challenges, they have faced. Each of the honorees epitomize 4-H youth empowerment and leadership. In addition, the winners have demonstrated the positive impact they've made with their family, peers and community through their 4-H experiences.
The award is open to 4-H members who were 16 to 19 years of ag on Jan. 1, 2016. Deadline is 5 PM EST on Friday, Oct. 24.
Last year, Illinois had one of four national 4-H Youth in Action Award winners. Thad Hughes was the winner in the STEM award division. It's time, again, to nominate outstanding 4-H members in four different categories: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living, and STEM. Each winner receives a $5,000 scholarship for higher education, is featured as the 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area and receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at National 4-H Council's Legacy Awards. The deadline for application is October
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Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
We are proud to have launched the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association during the 2016 Illinois State Fair. Didn't get a chance to sign up at the State Fair? You can register as a 4-H alum online at go.illinois.edu/4Halumni. Think back to your 4-H days and be prepared to share a favorite memory and "Like" the Alumni Association page. https://www.facebook.com/Illinois4HAlumniAssociation/
Your Guide to the New 4-H Year!
See the 2016-17 edition of The Illinois Clover even before they get delivered. Access it online @ go.illinois.edu/4HClover.
We all need a buddy!
This fall, introduce your club members to a new mentoring opportunity to help new young people find their place in 4-H – 4-H Buddy. One of the most important things that 4-H has to offer young people is a place of "belonging" – finding a place where they are accepted and appreciated for who they are. But that sense of belonging doesn't just happen. Club members and leaders must plan how they can be welcoming to new members. A 4-H Buddy helps a new member feel welcome, meet new friends, and learn about 4-H activities and events. A 4-H Buddy helps a new club member discover all the things he/she can do and learn in 4-H. Being a 4-H Buddy is also a great way to start learning and practicing leadership in the 4-H club. As a mentor to new members, a 4-H Buddy must be a 4-H member for two or more years; be a good role model to other members; attend club meetings on a regular basis; and be approved by the 4-H club leader.