4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
December 4-H Newsletter
Fayette County 4-H December Newsletter
-Upcoming Events & Deadlines
4-H Snow Day – December 10, 2016
Fayette County Extension Office Closed – December 23 through January 2
State Award Applications due to the office – January 3, 2017
Livestock Committee & Leadership Council meetings – January 12, 2017
Re-Enrollment Deadline – February 1, 2017
Beef Weigh in – February 4, 2017
- Did you forget something?
A red velvet jacket was left at achievement night! If it is yours, stop by the office to pick it up!
-Attention Club Secretaries:
All secretary books for the 2015-2016 4-H year need to be turned into the office ASAP!
-New Year Enrollment Packets
It's that time of year again!!! Re-enrollment packets and new member packets are now available. If you have not received yours please contact your club leader. These are due back to the Fayette County Extension office by:
Re-Enrollment Due February 1st 2016.
New Member Enroll Due April 1st 2016.
If you know of anybody who would like to join 4-H please have them contact the Fayette County Extension Office or your local club leader for more information.
-Join us at 4-H Snow Day
Create crafts & holiday treats to take home!
December 10, 2016
9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Create a canvas snowflake masterpiece
Make your own play snow
Decorate snowman cookies
Register Today! – Space is limited!
Open to ALL youth ages 5-18
Cost $5 per participant
-Upcoming Livestock Committee Meetings & Dates
Meeting-January 12 @ 7p.m.
Beef weigh in-February 4
Meeting-March 9 @ 7p.m.
Meeting-May 11 @ 8p.m.
Meeting-June 8 @ 8p.m.
-The Fayette County Extension office will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2! We wish you the happiest of holidays!
-Running list of state 4-H events:
January 6, 2017 State Deadline for Illinois 4-H Award Applications, State 4-H Key Award Applications, 4-H LCP Award Applications, & State 4-H Veterinary Science Award Applications
January 6-7, 2017 Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference – The Game Plan, Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
January 17-21, 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus Inauguration Program
January 28, 2017 State 4-H Award Judging
February 11-12 Youth Livestock Conference
February 25-26, 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference, Bloomington
March 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Applications; 4-H Livestock Scholarship Applications
March 25-31, 2017 National 4-H Conference, Washington, D.C.
April 19-20, 2017 Premier 20 Leadership Conference (Illinois 4-H LCP Award Winners), Bloomington
April 29, 2017 State 4-H Robotics Competition
April 29, 2017 State 4-H Hippology Contest
April 29, 2017 State 4-H Horse Speaking Contest
April 30, 2017 State 4-H Hippology Contest
June 19, 2017 State Livestock Judging Contest
June 25-29 Illini Summer Academies
-Take a bow. You are amazing
DEADLINE SOON for state 4-H awards
No matter how you're involved in the 4-H program, you are eligible for awards. …. whether you take a variety of projects or belong to a one-project SPIN club ... whether you serve as a Teen Teacher or you use your skills to promote 4-H … whether you've been a member for two years or 11 … there is an opportunity for you.
Applications must be submitted to the local Extension office by Tuesday, January 3! Applications will then be scanned and emailed to the State 4-H Office by end of business on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Download any of the award applications you need from @ go.illinois.edu/4Hawardapps. You will need to download them to your computer for them to work and save properly.
All applications are in writable PDF form. Just click through the application and fill in the information. All applications must be typed, not handwritten.
Save and print the completed form.
Complete, sign and turn the forms into the local office by close of business on Tuesday, January 3.
Types of State Awards
Illinois State 4-H Award Application: Can be won only once in a 4-H member's career. Open to 4-H members who were 15-18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016 and are currently enrolled in 4-H may apply in any of the award areas. Winners choose their prize: National 4-H Congress trip (valued at $1,300), other national 4-H trip (valued at $1,000), or $1,000 educational scholarship.
Apply in any or many of the following five areas:
This award recognizes youth that have focused on 4-H work in service to/for others.
This award recognizes youth that have focused their 4-H work in the art of communicating with others.
This award recognizes youth that have focused on the development of leadership skills, including offices held, committees served on, programs lead, and public presentations on behalf of 4-H.
This award recognizes youth that have focused on personal growth through participating in the 4-H program.
This award recognizes youth that have focused specific and diligent work in their primary project area of 4-H. (Youth may only apply for one project area… choose your best)
The new application primarily focuses on the last three 4-H years of 4-H, school, or community activities. Two essays are also included as part of the application – focusing on Excellence in Mastery (of your award area) and Impact (of your award area).
State 4-H Key Award: This award recognizes youth wo have demonstrated excellence in leadership and a strong focus on community service and mentoring. Open to youth who were 16-18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016. Can only be won once in 4-H career. Plaque and state recognition.
Illinois 4-H LCP (Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism) Award: This award recognizes youth who have excelled in demonstrating leadership, citizenship, and professionalism in their 4-H work on a local, area, state, and national level. Open to 4-H members 17-19 years of age as of Dec. 1, 2016. Can only be received once in 4-H career. Plaque and invitation to Premiere 20 Conference.
4-H Vet Science Award: This award recognizes youth that have enrolled and demonstrated mastery in the 4-H Veterinary Science project for a minimum of three years. Open to youth who were 15-18 on Sept. 1, 2016. Must be currently enrolled in the 4-H Vet Science project. Can only be received once in 4-H career. $200 cash prize.
-Helping you make a difference locally
Looking for funding support to conduct community service outreach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Service are ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs across Illinois make bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Community Improvement Grants are a great way for Illinois teens to demonstrate their leadership on a local level as teen advocates working for positive change in their hometown!
Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants
Farm Credit Services Illinois Community Improvement Grant is inviting 4-H Clubs to apply for a $400 grant to assist club members in being positive change agents by making their local communities better places to live. Eligible clubs are those located in one of the counties served by Farm Credit Services Illinois which includes 14 Extension Units in southern & central Illinois. This includes the following Extension Units: 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 representing the 60 counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Applications are due February 27, 2017.
Use the following URL for more information and to connect to the online application:
-The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
Leadership comes in many different forms. Maybe you like to plan events. Maybe you like to speak in front of groups. Maybe you like to teach or mentor others. Maybe you like to solve world issues or be at the table when important issues are discussed. Illinois 4-H is here to help you with a NEW conference. The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership will provide both new and experienced teen leaders with new skills and methods for advancing your abilities to make an impact.
Whether you are a Junior Varsity teen leader with two or fewer years of experience or a member of the Varsity squad with more than two years' experience in 4-H leadership roles, this conference will include training in skills that you need to improve your work as a teen planner, promoter, mentor, teacher, advocate, or advisor. From youth and adult partnerships to learning about group management and strategies for persuading adults, Illinois 4-H teen leaders who attend will be able to focus on skills that they can use not only with 4-H, but with advanced education, scholarship applications, and future careers. Share ideas with 4-H'ers from other counties to improve on your local program.
To attend, teams are being put together on an Extension UNIT-wide basis. Contact your local Extension office immediately if you are interested in serving on your unit's teen leadership team. Registration will be completed by the Extension office, not by individual youth, and numbers are limited.
Here's what you need to know:
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
WHEN and WHERE: January 6 – 7, 2017; Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
WHO CAN ATTEND: An Extension Unit can send a team of four teens and one adult to this conference (6 teens for counties that have a 4-H Metro program). Space is limited to the first 100 teens and their corresponding adult coach, so Extension Units must put their teams together immediately. Teens must currently be enrolled in high school (9th – 12th grades) in order to attend and an adult coach MUST be included on the team. The adult coach must be a screened 4-H volunteer or an Extension staff member.
HOW TO REGISTER: Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in being one of your county's team members. Registration will close December 12.
WHY? – Because you'll never regret building your leadership skills, sharing your voice, and making new friends – ALL THROUGH 4-H!
- Want $15,000?
Who doesn't need an extra $15,000 for college? If you have the right words, you could win. Go to
makecollegehappenchallenge.com for all the rules. Students are challenged to creatively answer the question, "How do you plan to pay for college?" Entries can be in the form of a video, photo, essay, song, or poem (be creative!). It's open to teens at least 14 and not older than 18 at the time of entry.
The contest opens at noon November 1 and ends on December 31, 2016. Top prize is $15,000, or win $10,000 for second, $7,500 for third, or $1,000 for fourth through tenth.
- Farm Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery
How do you increase livestock productivity? How do you keep your herd healthy? What traits do you want in your breeding stock? How do you successfully run your farm business? Uncover the answers in this year's Youth Livestock Conference … Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. This program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team.
Dates: Feb. 11-12
Conference headquarters: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, 101 Trade Center Drive.
Open to any 4-H member in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
Registration: Register online by Jan. 23 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Check-In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 11
Pick-Up: 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12
This & more is in store for you!
Scoping Out the Suspect
Help us scope out the suspect as we zoom in on DNA and the bizarre world of bacteria. In this session we will be working through the case as we extract, zoom and solve together!
Come explore the exciting world of dissection. With scalpels and scissors we will investigate the missing pieces of the mystery. Be prepared to reveal a vital clue!
Order in the Court
Step into the courtroom with our livestock ethics committee as we discuss good production practices and debate a simple livestock case. Members will participate as a jury, the courtroom audience and plaintiffs or defendants. Participants will debate against anti-agriculture organizations by offering their personal "testimonies," objecting to false livestock advertisements and ultimately working to influence the verdict of the judge.
Cracking the Chromosomes
Joins us as we investigate the world of genetics and the mysteries of electrophoresis. In this session, you will solve the secrets with your sweet tooth as we study genetics and dig deeper into DNA.
Defending the Herd
Keep your eye out, the Stockyard Stalkers are on the loose! In this workshop you will examine footage to learn about motives of anti-agriculture activists and how to defend your position if you are ever "under attack."
- Adventures Await: Where Will You Go?
2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference Can Help Your Journey!
Adventures Await! Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! It will be February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. You'll be busy doing things, making new friends and working as a team.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has planned workshops on first aid, robotics, understanding different cultures, animal science, team-building, and robotics – ALL from suggestions made by delegates at the 2016 conference! The Youth Leadership Team members will also be sharing stories on their own leadership journeys throughout the conference so you can see the opportunities that are available to all Illinois 4-H members! Your local Extension office has the information.
~Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend!
Come join us as we explore the crazy and vast world of our bovine buddies. We all know a cow goes moo, but there is so much more to be said about these moo-ssive creatures. Together we will blow away the stereotypes to become "fit" for "show" as we dive into the world of dairy and market cattle and all the "blue-ribbon" by-products they produce.
Stand Up! Stand Out!
Do you ever have trouble coming out of your shell? If so, we have the perfect thing …. Communication. I know … it may sound hard, but we promise when you learn how it's done, you will be up and meeting new people in no time. Who knows what communication will do for you?
A Robot is a Robot
Come explore the wonderful world of robotics, and see that a robot can truly be any size! Everyone will be guided through the construction, programming and execution process of the NXT Lego robots. Then you'll build a robot to navigate a track using only a light sensor. This will be a great introduction to the 4-H robotics project.
Esto es la Vida
Come join us as we learn what role culture plays in a society, how each of our experiences and opportunities shape our culture, and how we can use the knowledge we've gained to help strengthen our leadership skills. A very interactive session is planned!
Building Your Way Around Challenges Today
You have the brains to build and the hands to work. So, put your creativity and leadership skills to the test learning about architecture and design while overcoming obstacles along the way.
No Need to Fear; First
Aid is Here
Band-Aids, gauze, and wraps … What can you learn about the basics of first aid that may save a life?
- Save the date
Illini Summer Academies is expanding… one more day to explore the University of Illinois campus and college life. Save the date for June 25 -29. NEW DORMS. NEW ACADEMIES. NEW ADVENTURES.