4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
September 4-H NewsletterUpcoming Events & Deadlines:
New 4-H Year September 1, 2016
EEC Electricity Award application due to the office September 12, 2016
Feeding & Growing Our Communities Event September 17, 2016
Club Annual Financial Statements due to office October 3, 2016
Unit 21 Blood Drive-Effingham Office October 20 & 21, 2016
Foundation Soup Luncheon November 6, 2016
Congratulations to our State Fair participants!
General Project Results:
Roby Bolyard – Superior in Tractor B
Calin Chandler – Award of Excellence in 3-D Design/Mixed Media
Curtis Cole Crockett – Superior in Photography 1
Hadley Hagler – Award of Excellence in Glass/Plastic
Kiralyn Hayes – Award of Excellence in Cake Decorating-Intermediate
Kieara Hayes – Award of Excellence in Fashion Revue
Kelly Hayes – Award of Excellencce in Child Development 3
Payton Hoopingarner – Superior in Photography 2
Natalie Hoopingarner – Award of Excellence in Fiber
Jayna Ireland – Award of Excellence in Nature
Jack Kimberlin – Award of Excellence in Forests of Fun 1
Melody Otto – Award of Excellence in Sewing & Textiles 1
Sadie Simon – Award of Excellence in Photography 3
Sydney Stine – Award of Excellence in Woodworking 1
Anna Stine – Superior in Woodworking 1
Reagan Walker – Award of Excellence in Photography 2
Faith Williams – Award of Excellence in Animal Science
Rachel Zimmerman – Award of Excellence in Formal Speech
It's Time to Celebrate YOU!!
What did you accomplish during the past 4-H year that you're really proud of? Maybe it was stepping outside your shell and doing a presentation. Or did you learn to edit video? Pull your club together to do a community-wide recycling program, teach a workshop to younger members, or get selected to a county or state committee that brought a lot of opportunities your way? Whatever it was, congratulations!! You've worked hard…and possibly played hard also…this past year and now it's time to tell us what you did!
So get ready to brag on yourself! Ask for help if you need it. We know you've learned and accomplished a lot. No matter what age you are, if you are 4-H member, you can be recognized for what you've done; you just have to be willing to tell us about it!
Reminder: The EEC Electricity Award application has been sent out to the members enrolled in an electricity project for the 2015-2016 4-H year. If you would like to apply, please complete the application and turn it into the Fayette County Extension Office by Monday, September 12. The winner will be awarded at 4-H Achievement night this fall.
We are still waiting on a few award application updates before we will be able to send out the forms. The office will be sending these out as soon as they become available.
Achievement Night date has yet to be set. Be on the look out for updates regarding the event! We hope to see you there!
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.
4-H Club Fiscal Paperwork
All 4-H Clubs without an EIN complete the Indication of Financial Activity Statement.
All 4-H Clubs with an EIN complete the club's fiscal review and submit the (2-page) 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement to the Extension office in the following ways:
· separate 2-page financial statement included with the Treasurer Record Book
· Make certain bank statements, cancelled checks, copies of bills paid, deposit slips, proper signatories and receipts for cash are all reviewed.
All paperwork must be submitted to the office by October 3rd!
Congratulations to Renee Whightsil for being inducted to the 2016 class of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 20 at the Illinois State Fair!
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 **
Applying for Grants?
Any 4-H Club wishing to apply for external grants must adhere to University policy. University policy states that all grants must go through the Business Office for review. The reason for such a policy is to make sure that ALL aspects of the grant are completed to the letter of the application. By submitting the grants for review this protects the University, Extension and 4-H clubs, federations and ambassadors. Grants must be submitted to Tabitha Welch, Youth Educator prior to due date. Remember to allow for time for grant to be reviewed before submission deadline.
Happy New Year
That's right, it's September and that means it's time to start a new 4-H year in your club and here at the county. What's new this year? Just see…
~ New 4-H Guinea Pig project ~New 4-H College and Career project
~ New 4-H Beekeeping project ~ New project manual for Public Speaking
~ New project manual for Geology ~ New project manual for Robotics
~New project manual for Computer Science ~ New project manuals for sewing which use STEAM…
using Scratch programming Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math!
~ New project manual for Communications
There's new things for your clubs, too, including two new projects: WeConnect which helps us understand other cultures and Embryology.
Select counties will be adding a new shooting sports discipline for Pistol. This will only be available in 20 counties for where there are trained and certified pistol instructors.
There's a NEW TEEN CONFERENCE coming in January. The conference will train youth in each of the six leadership roles: Planning, Promoting, Teaching, Mentoring, Advising and Advocating.
There's a NEW AWARDS CEREMONY coming in November which will celebrate the accomplishments of Illinois' top 4-H members and clubs.
There's a NEW Illinois 4-H website which will be live October 1. No more digging for information … everything will be at your fingertips.
There's a NEW group for 4-H alumni… the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association so you never have to lose contact with all the things you love about 4-H.
There's a NEW ONLINE enrollment for 4-H. YES, NO MORE WRITING your 4-H information over and over… register as a family and your important information is saved!
A new statewide 4-H shirt is being designed which you can get from your local office.
See, there's plenty to get excited about in 4-H today.
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
National 4-H Week is Oct. 2 – 8 and we're excited to announce "Adventures Await" as the continuing theme for this year's celebration. There are several resources still available. If you want to add a twist to your theme, we will also be using "Building a Better World" throughout the year. Want to join the national theme? National 4-H Council will be continuing their use of 4-H Grows.
Now you can join 4-H online! (and the crowd roars!)
Illinois 4-H is always looking for ways to make things easier for families and clubs. This year we are introducing a new enrollment process – and it's all done ONLINE! Illinois 4-H families will now be able to enroll and select their 4-H projects online. The new system, 4-H Online, will allow families to create a family profile to enroll all members of their family at once. And, you can actually see your official 4-H information and edit that information all year long from your computer or mobile device.
Life just got so much easier for everyone. Instead of repeating information several times on several forms, the information is entered once. 4-H families have been asking for an online enrollment system for years, and now we are able to honor that request for our busy, connected families. Leaders won't need to go hunting for missing forms. All changes are time-stamped by the person who made the change, so you can be sure your data is accurate and all your deadlines have been met.
It will be easier to get in touch with you, too. There's an option you can mark to receive text messages so you're never out of the loop with last-minute changes. And, more than one household can receive information, so regardless of which house a member lives, everyone can be informed!
Look for more information from your local club leader soon or ask your county 4-H staff.
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
We are proud to launch the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association during the 2016 Illinois State Fair. Register as a 4-H alum at the Illinois 4-H Foundation booth in the Orr Building during any 4-H General Project Show exhibit day and receive a lifetime membership to the Association, along with a gift (a gift you will really want). Think back to your 4-H days and be prepared to share a favorite memory. Not going to the state fair? We will have an online link where you can join open in September.
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.
Upcoming State 4-H Events:
September 1 DEADLINE: New 4-H Year begins
September 1 DEADLINE: Illini Summer Academies Planning Committee Applications
September 9 DUE: Nominations for Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Awards
September 10 Shooting Sports: State Archery Shoot
September 10 College of ACES Salute to Ag Day, U of I vs. North Carolina
September 15 DEADLINE: State Fair Jr. Horse Show Scholarship Application
September 16-18 CONF: 4-H Family Camp
September 24 Shooting Sports: State Rifle Shoot
September 30 – Oct 2 Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team Fall Retreat
October 1 Shooting Sports: State Shotgun Shoot
What fun we had at the Illinois State Fair!
More than 3,400 4-H members exhibited at the State Fair 4-H General Project Show this year. That's up 800 exhibitors over last year's fair. WOW! If you'd like to offer feedback on your experience at this year's state fair, email your comments to illinois4H@illinois.edu.
We took more than 800 photos during the fair… chances are, we captured your photo or project. See them all and download what you want @ go.illinois.edu/ISF4H.
Just a reminder that any premiums which are distributed from competitions at the Illinois State Fair come directly from the Department of Ag. With budget uncertainties, we do not know if or when that money might be released. Families are reminded of this general disclaimer we publish each year about the uncertainties of premium payment. The state office will notify county Extension office with any new information when it becomes available.
"The Department of Agriculture shall use its best efforts to secure sufficient appropriations to fund premiums. In any year for which the General Assembly of the State of Illinois fails to make an appropriation sufficient to pay such premiums, premium amounts may not be accurately reflected in this Premium Book."
Shooting Sports volunteer training on target for Oct 21-23
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.
Sure, bring the whole family to camp
Registrations are now being accepted for the Sept. 16-18 Family Camp Program at 4-H Memorial Camp! We hope you come out and enjoy all that camp has to offer! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, camp fires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Special this year will be a Cooking Challenge where families can engage in a little friendly competition! Also, firefighters from the Mid Piatt Fire District will be doing demonstrations and letting participants try out their equipment! Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp!
Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday Lunch), and enjoy A LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime!
At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person; 4-7 years old is $35/person. Register @ http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmemorialcamp/specialtycamps.cfm . Please contact Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you need special accommodations.
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.