4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
March 4-H Newsletter
Unit 21 4-H Newsletter for March 2017
Save the Date: University of Illinois Extension Open House
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
2:30-6:30 pm at the Effingham County Extension Office, 1209 Wenthe Dr. Effingham, IL
Meet and greet with Kimberlee Kidwell, Dean of the University of Illinois Extension-College of ACES
Fayette County 4-H
Calendar of Events
Skating Party, hosted by Lit'l Bit County 4-H Club, Effingham Co.—March 5
Small Engines/Lawn Mower/Tractor Safety School
—Effingham County, Tuesdays March 7-April 11
Leadership Council Meeting—March 9
Livestock Committee Meeting—March 9
Youth Pork Quality Assurance Training—March 23
Foundation Spaghetti Luncheon—March 26
4-H Camp Early Bird Registration Deadline—March 31
New Member Enrollment Deadline—April 1
Project Selection Deadline—April 1
HCE Sewing Workshop—April 13
Swine tagging & Ownership Paperwork Deadline-May 1
Regional Sheep and Goat Weigh In—May 6
Memorial Day, Office Closed—May 29
Fayette County Fair—July 15-22
Jr. Horse Show—July 16-23
Fayette County State Fair day—August 12
State Dog Show—August 26 & 27
For Spaghetti Luncheon: Club Help Time Slots
10:30-11 AM Loudon Bunch and Sefton Clovers
11-11:30 AM Loudon Bunch
11:30-12 PM Ramsey S&S and Caprine Kids
12-12:30 PM Ramsey S&S and Shafter Friends
12:30-1 PM Shafter Friends and St. James Hornets
1-1:30 PM St. James Hornets
1:30-2 PM Golden Harvestors
*Each club is asked to provide 3-5 desserts for the bake sale*
Fayette County Extension Foundation:Spaghetti Luncheon
Sunday, March 26th
Serving 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Meal includes: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, homemade dessert, and a drink
Free will donations accepted
Brownstown Elementary School
460 W South St, Brownstown, IL
For more information contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 618-283-2753
Ownership papers due May 1st!
Swine dog, and horse ownership forms are available in the office. These can also be found and printed from our website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj under Fayette County 4-H>Fayette County 4-H Show
*Swine tag are on the way! Please check availability with the office before stopping by to pick them up.
Save the Date: HCE Sewing Workshop
Thursday, April 13th at the Fayette County Extension Office
1st Session-9 AM
2nd Session-1 PM
Regional Sheep & Goat Weigh In
Saturday, May 6th
Fayette County Fairgrounds-Brownstown, IL
County Weigh In: 9-11 AM
Regional Weigh In: 11-1 PM
St. Elmo FFA Alumni Livestock Contest and Clinic
When: Saturday, March 11th Registration: 8 AM Clinic start: 8:30 AM Contest start: Immediately following the clinic
Where: Fayette County Fairgrounds 386 W. Cumberland Road Brownstown, IL
Cost: $10 per participant; Lunch is provided General Info: -Max. 5 students per team(min. of 3); 2 Divisions (Senior and Junior); FFA and 4-H -Plan is 3 beef classes, 3 swine classes, 2 goat classes, 2 sheep classes (this is subject to change)
Contact: Doug Thurnau for registration and questions
4-H Livestock Record forms are available in the office!
ALL 4-H Members taking a livestock project are REQUIRED to complete a 4-H Livestock record for the following species: beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, rabbit, goat, and horse. These records are inspected, along with other health documents at county 4-H fair check-in.
Complete your 4-H swine Project requirements at these Youth PQA trainings
Every youth exhibiting a swine project is required to complete the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training. The National Pork Board sponsors the training to help producers, including youth, understand the importance of raising pork which is safe and produced in a responsible way. Youth may select whichever training best fits their schedule, but be sure to tell the staff if you're attending in a county outside your 4-H membership. Register online at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj
CLAY COUNTY—April 6, Clay County Extension Office, Flora from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JASPER—March 13 at 6:00 PM & April 4 at 6:30 PM, Jasper County Extension Office, Newton
FAYETTE COUNTY - March 23, Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
There is now an online training, testing, and certification option that allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/
Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties follow the National Pork Association rules for Youth:
· Youth 8-11 years of age (Beginner) must attend an approved Youth PQA Plus education program each year.
· Youth 12-14 years of age (Intermediate) must attend the PQA training the first year in this age division and pass the test. You do not need to recertify at age 13 or 14.
· Youth 15-19 years of age (Advanced) must attend the PQA training the first year in this age division and pass the test. You do not need to recertify again.
Online Ethics Certification—Required
Online Ethics Certification is required for everyone take 4-H Animal Projects including Animal Science Posters!!
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. 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 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:
Leadership Council Meeting
March 9th @ 6 p.m.
Leadership Council meeting is open to all
volunteers, parents and leaders in Fayette
County. New Members are always welcome to join!!!!
We will be introducing our new 4-H online system and training leaders/members on the benefits of using it at home!
Livestock Committee Meeting
March 9th @ 7 p.m.
Unit 21 4-H News
2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Ticket Orders Must be Postmarked by April 10, 2017!
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, May 20. The Cardinals will be playing the San Francisco Giants in a 6:15 p.m. game in Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their parents/leaders can take part in a parade around the ball field—that's right, participants will actually get to go down on the field and march one time around the stadium behind their state or county 4-H banner. Also, everyone who orders a ticket on this form will receive a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H and Cardinals logos to commemorate the day. Note: Groups of families or county groups that wish to sit together must send their orders in one package. Tickets usually sell out, so order early. Tickets and t-shirts will be mailed on May 8
You could throw out the first pitch of the game, get an autographed baseball, or win other great prizes! 4-H members who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to be selected to throw out the first pitch, and other family members, alumni, and guests can win other great prizes. Each person who completes Section B of the order form will receive one chance to be selected for every $1 they donate to the 4-H Day with the Cardinals Raffle Fund. You must order tickets on the form below to participate in the raffle. See the back of the form for details and a list of prizes.
Schedule of Events
4:15 - 4:45 pm All members who wish to participate in parade around the ball field arrive. We will send information on where to gather when we send tickets and t-shirts.
4:45 pm Enter stadium and line up for parade.
5:30 pm Pre-Game Ceremony, including first pitches and 4-H Pledge.
6:15 pm Play Ball!
Become part of the solution to hunger
Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities team
It is estimated one in five Illinois children, almost 745,300 children under the age of 18, face hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis. To respond to this sad reality, Illinois 4-H is continuing to address this hunger challenge through the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities program.
Last year, with generous funding from Evelyn Brant Thomas, over 2,050 youth and adult volunteers provided 6,529 hours of service reaching 1,439 families with 2,315 pounds of fresh produce valued at over $4,860. In addition to gardening efforts, Illinois 4-H members partnered with Illini Fighting Hunger and packaged and distributed over 249,168 soy-rice casserole meals within communities where they were packaged. Additionally over $11,375 was received by local counties to support 4-H's fight against hunger in Illinois communities.
Illinois 4-H club members are encouraged to accept the challenge of addressing hunger in their community. We want 4-H members, volunteers, families and whole communities to be part of the solution for alleviating hunger where you live.
Here are some ways you and your 4-H club may help:
· Establish a 4-H Hunger Ambassador committee within your club to help fight hunger in your community.
· Establish a community 4-H garden where members grow fresh vegetables to be given to local food pantries, soup kitchens, or shelters serving individuals in need.
· 4-H members enrolled in vegetable gardening can Plant a Row for the Hungry and donate their extra produce to local food pantries, churches, and other organizations serving families facing food insecurity.
· Encourage other gardening enthusiasts to Plant a Row for the Hungry and pledge to donate their extra produce to local food pantries, and organizations serving families in need.
· Conduct a canned food drive to support a local food pantry.
· Organize a group of 4-H Teen Hunger Ambassadors to learn about hunger in their community and develop a plan to contribute to its reducing the problem.
· Organize a food-packaging event where volunteers assemble soy-rice casserole meals for distribution through food pantries within their county. Funding for these events would be available on a cost share basis.
· Sponsor a booth in grocery or other retail stores heightening the awareness of hunger in the local community and collect non-perishable food donations to support local food pantries and soup kitchens and other meal sites.
· Partner with local organizations by volunteering to serve at a summer lunch program where one or more 4-H clubs sponsors a day or a whole week.
Contact your local U of I Extension office for details how you can help fight hunger in your community. Grants are available to help fund your Feeding and Growing project.
Time to tag state fair sheep and goats
Dates for tagging State Fair sheep and goat have been set. Here is our closest site:
Brownstown-Fayette County Fairgrounds-May 6, 11-1 PM
Illinois 4-H State News
NEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT
Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. You'll stay in the newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. We have new academies including Agricultural Communication, Journalism and Filmmaking, Theatre Arts HIP HOP, Theater Arts Costuming, as well as an advanced session in Human Development/ Family Studies.
Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial need scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017.
Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ illinois4H@illinois.edu . Requests received before April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1.
Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
Look to advance your leadership skills and become part of the state Speaking for Illinois 4-H leadership team! If you are 14-18 years of age and looking to take a new step in leadership, join us May 6 at the Effingham Extension Office. This all-day training will prepare you to help your local 4-H program in soliciting donors, speaking to community groups, and keeping county board members informed of local 4-H impact. On a state level, those attending will be invited to participate in 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state capitol and tell their story to our Illinois Representatives and Senators. Cost is $10. Registration will open March 1 @ go.illinois.edu/sfi4h.
High school senior should check out the Taco Bell scholarship program. Tell your story in a 2-minute video. The scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. There's no essays, no test scores, and no right or wrong answers. Taco Bell is looking for the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers. Its foundation will award $1 million to 100 young adults this year. Learn more@
Teens Leaders – We're Looking for YOU!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities that are opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available this spring @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of industry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available by mid-March and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking For Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in January, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Travel the world as international chaperone
The following international travel opportunities are open.
· One chaperone is needed for the 4-week Japanese exchange with travel dates of July 12 – August 10 and chaperone fee of $1,750.
· Costa Rica is open with travel dates of June 18 – July 17 and chaperone fee of $1,050.
Contact Miriam Rosenbohm, Illinois for 4-H international coordinator,
Explore life at U of I's ACES
Learn about chocolate, put your hand inside of a cow, taste hot pepper sauces, and learn about the opportunities awaiting you in Washington, DC! Explore ACES, a two-day student-run event, acquaints prospective and admitted students with ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) faculty, academic offerings, and countless student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research, and innovative student projects. Learn about study abroad programs, what students can do with their ACES degrees, and how to apply for more than $3.5 million in scholarships. Join the more than 2,000 students who will attend Explore ACES on Friday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist
"Hands to larger service," the third "H" of the 4-H pledge, is what awaits Illinois 4-H members interested in taking science to a new level in the 4-H Citizen Scientist program. Thanks to the generous support of Archer Daniels Midland, this program will provide junior and senior high youth interested in environmental science opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. Members observe and record information on a given site, collect data from samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of scientific research related to water quality.
The program is open to current 4-H members and volunteers, as we well as youth and adults who are not current members but wish to learn how to improve their local environment. Counties are encouraged to recruit teams of 1-2 adult volunteers and 3 – 5 teen youth interested in environmental education around water quality. Participating teams will receive specialized training at no cost. Unit offices will receive a tool kit of equipment for use by 4-H citizen scientist teams in their data collections.
Participants are required to attend a one-day session through the Illinois RiverWatch organization. The following training is in our area:
· March 18--Urbana – registration due by March 8
· March 25--Alton – registration due by March 15
· April 1--Carbondale – registration due by March 21
Click on this link to register: at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wx7o69dab&oeidk=a07edl7h880f8b38664. Special instructions for 4-H members and volunteers. 4-H members must select "payment by check" and list their organization as their 4-H club & county so that the Illinois 4-H office can pay your registration fee. NOTE: there needs to be at least one adult 4-H volunteer who will be guiding the 4-H Citizen Scientist team attending the training with the team.
Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
Our mission in 4-H is to empower and prepare youth for successful futures. Now, we've added an exhibit class that lets you show us what your future might be. Every project has a "Ready4Life Challenge" exhibit option. We created the challenge to encourage and recognize 4-H members who take their project to the next level by becoming experts on one or more of the careers related to the project or by starting a business using their project as the product, service, or tool of trade.
Follow these steps:
· Enroll in a project area you like
· 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 of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business (training opportunities, your business plan, a portfolio of designs, etc.). Sure, they'll want to see something you've made, but that WON'T be the focus of their judging of the project.
An EXTRA exhibit entry in EVERY project has been added to the state fair this year.
State fair age change means all 4-H members are eligible
All Illinois 4-H members who were 8 to 18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016 are eligible to show in BOTH the Junior Livestock Show and the 4-H General Project Show of the State Fair. Last year, we had a 28% growth in general project exhibits… and many of them were 8- and 9-year-olds.
If you are an active member of FFA who is 19 to 21 years of age, you may also qualify to exhibit at the Junior Livestock Show if you meet one of these criteria:
· Maintain active membership on the roster of their local high school FFA Chapter;
· Maintain active membership in a collegiate FFA Chapter in a post-secondary institution of higher education in the State of Illinois; or
· Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.
Since 4-H age ends at 18, the only way to exhibit at the state fair junior livestock show if you are 19 to 21 is to be an active FFA members as verified by Illinois FFA.
4-H members exhibiting in the General Project Show must be selected as a delegate at their county 4-H show.
Do your part to help at Illinois State Fair
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711 . You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help.
Let's protect that beautiful head of yours
All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified equestrian helmet whenever mounted or driving at all 4-H horse and pony events, shows, activities, or practices. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened snugly in place whenever mounted. Helmet policies apply to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities. Protective helmets are recommended for all riders and drivers at all times. It is rec-ommended that all adults working with 4-H members model the desired youth behavior by also wearing protective helmets when-ever mounted or driving.
Help Illinois win $20,000
Starting March 1, we need every 4-H alum to raise their virtual hand and be counted by National 4-H Council. It's easy to do. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. You'll even have a chance to donate $10 if you want to help Illinois 4-H. That's up to you. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. So, spread the word and tell all your friends… tweet it, post it, chat it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Watch our social media channels March 1 for the BIG PUSH to raise all the hands of Illinois Alum!
St. Patrick's Day STEM
· A household sponge
· Seed packet (lettuce, spinach, or broccoli seeds)
· A water mister
· Shallow plate
· Trace a shamrock shape (or 4 leaf clover) onto the dry sponge with sharpie and cut it out.
· Soak the sponge until damp, but not dripping.
· Scatter the seeds across the top of the sponge, gently poking the seeds into the holes.
· Place in a sunny window. Keep the sponge moist by misting with water, don't let the seeds dry out.
· Turn a clear plastic container over the plate at night to keep the moisture in.
· Watch your sprouts grow!