4-Hers may enroll in 4-H all year long, but April 1 was the final deadline for 4-Hers to enroll and register for projects if they wish to show in the county 4-H show this summer. Call immediately if you did not get enroll in the projects you expected. It is important all 4-H members check with their 4-H club leader to be sure they are enrolled in the correct 4-H projects they want to exhibit.
Here's what happens now.
May 1 Leaders will receive SHOW ENTRY FORMS for all members in their club.
May 10– June 4 Members must mark the specific entries they will be exhibiting at the County 4-H Show using the SHOW ENTRY FORM provided. No email entries will be accepted.
June 4 Final day for leaders to submit show entries.
Now, there's always a possibility the office could have made a mistake when entering the data, so check your show tags IMMEDIATELY when you receive them and notify us so we can review your entry form and make necessary corrections. If you have ANY questions about the show entry process, please contact Connie for additional information.
You can now access immediate information about 4-H events in the unit at an online calendar. Access the calendar from our main website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/
Our county is part of a 4-county unit, including Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties. 4-Hers are welcome to attend events in any county within the unit with permission by the sponsoring county.
April 2 CLAY COUNTY Robotics Club, 6 PM, HELLA, Flora
April 2 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Tractor Safety School, 7 PM, Effingham
April 3 CLAY COUNTY 4-H Leadership Council, 6:30 PM, Flora
April 5 FAYETTE COUNTY Cooking Club, 2:15 - 4 PM, Ramsey
April 9 JASPER COUNTY Ambassador Retreat to U of I, All day
April 9 FAYETTE COUNTY New to 4-H Meeting, 6 - 7 PM, Vandalia
April 9 CLAY COUNTY Coon Hunt Fundraiser Committee, 6 – 7 PM
April 9 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Tractor Safety School, 7 PM, Effingham
April 10 JASPER COUNTY Welcome to the Real World, All day, Newton HS
April 10 EFFINGHAM COUNTY ARC Meeting, 5:30 PM
April 10 JASPER COUNTY Coggins Testing Date, 5 PM, Newton Fairgrounds
April 12 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Award Committee, TBA, Effingham
April 14 ALL STATE Robotics Competition, Champaign
April 16 EFFINGHAM COUNTY 4-H Leadership Council, 5:30 PM, Effingham
April 16 CLAY COUNTY Robotics Club, 6 PM, HELLA, Flora
April 16 ALL COUNTIES Extension Foundations Training,
Provided by Illinois 4-H Foundation reps, 7 PM, Effingham
April 17 FAYETTE COUNTY Junior Leadership Training, 5:30 PM, Vandalia
April 17 FAYETTE COUNTY New Record & Award Training, 6:30 PM, Vandalia
April 19 FAYETTE COUNTY Cooking Club, 3:15 – 5 PM, Ramsey
April 19 EFFINGHAM Jr. Leader Training, 5:30 PM, Effingham
April 19 JASPER COUNTY 4-H Leadership Council, 6:30 PM, Newton
April 19 JASPER COUNTY 4-H Shooting Sports—Rifle, 6:30 PM, Newton
April 21 CLAY COUNTY Barrow Tag/Weigh In, 8 - 11 AM, Fairgrounds
April 21 FAYETTE COUNTY Swine/Sheep/Goat Weigh In, 9-11 AM, Fairgr.
April 21 ALL State Fair Sheep Tag/Weigh in, 1 PM, Brownstown Fairgrounds
April 22 CLAY COUNTY Shooting Sports Club, 2 PM, Bible Grove Sportsman
April 23 CLAY COUNTY Jr. Leader Training, 5:30 PM, Flora
April 26 FAYETTE COUNTY Cooking Club, 3:15 - 5 PM, Ramsey
April 27 CLAY COUNTY Conservation Day, Fairgrounds Park
April 30 CLAY COUNTY Robotics Club, 6 PM, HELLA, Flora
April 30 CLAY COUNTY Scholarship Applications Due
April 30 ALL PQA Final testing for Clay, Fayette & Jasper, 7 PM, Effingham
May 1 CLAY, EFFINGHAM, FAYETTE Enrollments & Project Selections Due
May 1 JASPER COUNTY Federation, 6:30 PM, Newton
May 3 FAYETTE COUNTY Cooking Club, 3:15 - 5 PM, Ramsey
May 3 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Livestock Committee, 5:30 – 7 PM, Effingham
May 3-6 CLAY COUNTY Coon Hunt Fundraiser for 4-H, Fairgrounds
May 4 JASPER COUNTY Safety Day, Newton
May 7 ALL Exhibits that Excel, 6 PM, Effingham
May 10 FAYETTE COUNTY Cooking Club, 3:15 - 5 PM, Ramsey
May 10 EFFINGHAM COUNTY 4-H Foundation Meeting, 5:30 PM, Effingham
May 10 FAYETTE COUNTY Livestock Meeting, 8 PM, Vandalia
May 12 ALL 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis, MO
May 14 CLAY COUNTY Robotics Club, 6 PM, HELLA, Flora
May 14 FAYETTE COUNTY 4-H Leadership Council, 6:30 PM, Vandalia
May 21 JASPER COUNTY Ethics Training for First-time Exhibitors, 6:30 PM
May 31 JASPER COUNTY New Family 4-H Show Orientation, 7 PM, Newton Fairgrounds
June 1 CLAY COUNTY Show Enrollments Due
June 1 FAYETTE COUNTY Show Enrollments Due
June 2 ALL COUNTIES Goat Camp, 8 AM – 12 PM, Fayette County Fairgrounds, Brownstown
June 2 JASPER COUNTY Fairground Clean Up, TBA
June 2 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Foundation BBQ Fundraiser, TBA
June 4 JASPER COUNTY Show Enrollments Due
June 4 JASPER COUNTY Leader Meeting, 6:30 PM, Newton
June 5 JASPER COUNTY Camp Cloverbud
June 7-10 CLAY COUNTY & ALL Horse Camp, Flora
June 9 CLAY COUNTY Horse Show, TBA
June 11 CLAY COUNTY Robotics Club, 6 PM, HELLA, Flora
June 11 FAYETTE COUNTY New to 4-H Training, 6 PM, Vandalia
June 15 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Show Enrollments Due
June 15 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Deadline to request funds for camp/Illini Summer Academies
June 15 CLAY COUNTY General Show, 5-8 PM, TBA
June 16 CLAY COUNTY Food/Clothing Show, 1 – 3 PM, TBA
June 17-21 CLAY/FAYETTE COUNTY Summer Camp, Monticello
June 21 JASPER COUNTY General Project Show, Newton
June 22 JASPER COUNTY Horse Show, Newton
June 23 JASPER COUNTY Dog Show, Newton
June 23 FAYETTE COUNTY Fairground Cleanup, 9 AM, Brownstown
June 24 JASPER COUNTY Rabbit & Poultry Show, Newton
June 24-27 STATE Illini Summer Academies, Champaign
June 25 JASPER COUNTY Goat, Sheep, Master Showmanship, Newton
June 26 JASPER COUNTY Swine, Beef Shows, Newton
June 27 JASPER COUNTY Grandparent Day, Newton
June 28 JASPER COUNTY Auction, Newton
June 29 FAYETTE COUNTY General Project Show, 5-8 PM. Brownstown
June 30 FAYETTE COUNTY Food/Clothing Show, 1 – 4 PM, Brownstown
June 30 FAYETTE COUNTY Public Speaking Contest, 2 PM, Brownstown
June 30 FAYETTE COUNTY Show Awards Program & Family Picnic, 5 PM, Brownstown
July 1-3 STATE Mini Camp, Monticello
July 7 – 14 STATE Citizenship Washington Focus, DC
July 7 FAYETTE COUNTY Rabbit Show, 2 PM, Brownstown
July 7 FAYETTE COUNTY Goat Weigh in, 7 PM, Brownstown
July 7 FAYETTE COUNTY Exhibitor Meeting, 8 PM, Brownstown
July 8 FAYETTE COUNTY Livestock Check In, 11 AM, Brownstown
July 8 FAYETTE COUNTY Poultry Show 12 PM, Brownstown
July 8 FAYETTE COUNTY Weigh in, 1 PM, Brownstown
July 8 FAYETTE COUNTY Goat Show, 2 PM, Brownstown
July 9 FAYETTE COUNTY Sheep Show, 8 AM, Brownstown
July 9 FAYETTE COUNTY Beef/Steer Show 11 AM, Brownstown
July 10 FAYETTE COUNTY Swine Show, 8 AM, Brownstown
July 10 FAYETTE COUNTY Auction, 6 PM, Brownstown
July 11 FAYETTE COUNTY Dog Show, 2 PM, Brownstown
July 11 FAYETTE COUNTY Cat Show 5 PM, Brownstown
July 14 FAYETTE COUNTY Dairy Show, 9 AM, Brownstown
July 14-18 EFFINGHAM/JASPER COUNTY Summer Camp, Monticello
July 15 CLAY COUNTY Livestock Weigh In, 12 – 3 PM, Fairgrounds
July 15 CLAY COUNTY Exhibitor Meeting, 4 PM, Fairgrounds
July 15 CLAY COUNTY Swim Party, 6 PM, Fairgrounds
July 16 CLAY COUNTY Beef Show, 9 AM, Fairgrounds
July 16 CLAY COUNTY Rabbit Show, 2 PM, Fairgrounds
July 16 CLAY COUNTY Poultry Show, 3:30 PM, Fairgrounds
July 17 CLAY COUNTY Swine Show, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
July 17 CLAY COUNTY Sheep Show, 11 AM, Fairgrounds
July 17 CLAY COUNTY Goat Show, 1 PM, Fairgrounds
July 17 CLAY COUNTY Showmanship Sweepstakes, Fairgrounds
July 18 CLAY COUNTY Tractor Driving, 1 PM, Fairgrounds
July 18 CLAY COUNTY Barbecue, 4 – 7 PM, Fairgrounds
July 18 CLAY COUNTY Auction, 6:30 PM, Fairgrounds
July 21 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Food & Clothing Exhibition, 9:30-2 PM, Mall
July 31 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Dog Exhibition, 5 PM, (Check in 4:30 PM) Fairgrounds
August 3 EFFINGHAM COUNTY General Project Exhibition, 9 AM, Fairgrounds
August 3 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Beef Check In Deadline, 9 PM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Poultry Check In Blood Testing, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Horse Exhibition, 8:30 AM, (Check in 7:30 AM) Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Tractor Contest, TBA, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Swine Check in Deadline, 9 AM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Sheep Check In Deadline, 10 AM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Dairy/Meat Goat Check In Deadline, 10 AM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Swine Exhibitor Meeting, 12 PM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Sheep Weigh In, 1 PM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Goat Weigh In, 1 PM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Beef Weigh In, 1:30 PM, Fairgrounds
August 4 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Swine Weigh In, 6 PM, Fairgrounds
August 5 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Beef Exhibition, 1:30 PM, Fairgrounds
August 6 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Swine Exhibition, 7:45 AM, Fairgrounds
August 6 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Poultry Exhibition, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
August 6 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Sheep Exhibition, 6 PM, Fairgrounds
August 6 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Rabbit Exhibition, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
August 6 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Cat Exhibition, 8:30 AM, Fairgrounds
August 7 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Dairy & Meat Goat Exhibition, 12:30 PM, Fair
August 7 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Rabbit Check in, 2 – 7 PM, Fairgrounds
August 8 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Dairy Cattle Check In Deadline, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
August 8 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Rabbit Exhibition, 8 AM, Fairgrounds
August 8 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Cat Exhibition, 8:30 AM, Fairgrounds
August 8 EFFINGHAM COUNTY 4-H Auction, 5:30 PM, Fairgrounds
August 9 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Pygmy Goat Check In Deadline, 10 AM, Fairgrounds
August 9 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Dairy Cattle Exhibition, 9:30 AM, Fairgrounds
August 9 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Pygmy Goat Exhibition, 12 PM, Fairgrounds
August 10 EFFINGHAM COUNTY Llama Exhibition, 9 AM, (Check in by 8:30), Fairgrounds
August 13 ALL UNIT 21 Exhibit Day at Illinois State Fair, Springfield
August 31 FAYETTE COUNTY Records/Award Applications Due
It is time to be discussing once again with your club if you will be flagging veterans graves for Memorial Day again this year. Almost all of the clubs assist in flagging veterans graves, and some of the clubs which do not have specific cemeteries assist with a local legion in the area or their church. Representatives from the American Legion Auxiliary have offered to meet with your club to express their gratitude and explain proper procedures and the importance of flagging the veterans graves. If you would like to have them visit your club, call the Extension Office and we will provide you with contact information for those who will meet with your club.
We also appreciate the clubs who use funds from their club to purchase new flags for the graves. Grandville Gang and The Lakers have both purchased flags for the cemeteries they flag to insure the flags placed on the graves are appropriate representation. If there are members and families who would like to assist in flagging the graves in Newton at the larger cemeteries, let us know and we will make the arrangements and let you know when they will be flagging graves.
Just a reminder graves should be flagged by Friday, May 25. And, don't forget to pick the flags up by June 4 and return them to the Jasper County Extension Office at your earliest convenience.
The Trailblazers Shooting Sports Club will begin April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jasper County Fairgrounds. Anyone interested in participating in the rifle shooting sports is encouraged to attend. With enough interest the group will be able to host a beginning and advanced group. If you are unable to attend, but need further information, contact the Extension Office at 783-2521.
Don't forget those tags. Jasper County livestock exhibitors showing goats, sheep, and swine should have their animals tagged by April 13. Leaders/Superintendents will make arrangements to check tags the following week. Just a reminder all market animals and crossbred animals must be tagged by April 13. Purebred animals must show proper registration by April 13 to show in the upcoming 4-H Shows.
Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m. Newton Veterinary Clinic will be providing Coggins test for horses, ponies and mules at the Jasper County Fairgrounds, in Newton. West Nile vaccinations will also be offered for those wanting their animals to be vaccinated.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture Health Requirements requires all Illinois equine participating in an advertised equine event shall be accompanied by a negative test for Infectious Anemia (Coggins/CELISA) conducted within one year of the event. An advertised event means a show, rodeo, sale, auction, exhibition, trail ride or horse fair, that is posted or media promoted.
For further details contact the Jasper County Extension at 783-2521 or the Newton Vet Clinic at 783-3424.
Throughout the county newsletters, families see terms referring to federation members, foundation members, and ambassadors. What is the difference and how do these groups fit into the county program?
What is a Federation Member?
A Jasper County 4-H Federation member is a high school aged 4-H member. Any high school aged 4-H member may take part in any of the Federation activities. The Federation meets monthly and annually elects a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. This group meets and plans activities for the younger members. Some of these activities include the skating party, mini lock-in, jr. high lock-in. They usually have an annual fundraiser which helps supports the money spent at these events. The highlight of the year is an annual trip where everyone spends time splashing water and having fun.
Federation members attend the meeting as their schedule allows, some are only available during the fall while others are only available during the spring. Federation works with the members schedules. All high School aged 4-H members are welcome to participate in any and all of the federation meetings and activities.
What is a Jasper County 4-H Ambassador?
The Jasper County 4-H Ambassadors are broken up in two groups; Jr. Ambassadors and Sr. Ambassadors. All ambassadors are asked to have been a 4-H member for at least 3 years and active in their club. Jr. Ambassadors are currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades and Sr. Members are currently in high school. The Sr. Ambassadors meet in a retreat setting early in the year to make plans for the upcoming 4-H year and plan for the Jr. Ambassador training held later in the year.
The Ambassadors are presented during the Awards Celebration in November. This group is responsible for assisting with the 4-H shows at the fair, any public representation of 4-H, and the annual awards celebration. The ambassadors will meet for the Sr. Retreat, Jr./Sr. Retreat and once following the 4-H shows and prior to the awards celebration to make sure everything is in order for the awards celebration. During these few meetings plans are made and the ambassadors know their responsibilities for each event they are also provided with the skills they need to be a 4-H Ambassador including background information and speaking skills.
To become a 4-H Ambassador qualified members must submit an ambassador application to the Extension Office for review.
What is the Jasper County 4-H Foundation?
The Jasper County 4-H Foundation is a board of youth and adults representing the Jasper County 4-H members. It is their responsibility to manage the funds donated to the Foundation to benefit the Jasper County 4-H members and implement fundraising activities to support the funds needed for scholarships to 4-H Camp; Leadership Conferences; and Scholarships for the older 4-H members.
Currently the Foundation Board is meeting to meet the not for profit requirements set by the IRS to give our generous donors the tax credit they deserve when donating to the Jasper County 4-H Foundation.
May 31 at 7 p.m.at the Jasper County Fairgrounds, Jasper County 4-H Families will have the opportunity to meet at the 4-H building and review entry forms, class changes, and other requirements associated with the Jasper County 4-H Shows.
The meeting focuses on helping the new families understand the 4-H show process from completing entry forms to what to expect at the 4-H shows to the record finish up. Parents will meet with Extension Staff to discuss the paperwork and review the 4-H Handbook. While parents are reviewing the Handbook members will meet with the 4-H Ambassadors and receive hands on training on making a poster and conference judging.
Excitement is building for this year's 4-H Show. I hope everyone has begun to work on their 4-H projects. Be sure to check the exhibit rules posted on the website. The following dates will help you plan out your summer!
June 2 Fairground Clean Up, 9 a.m..
June 4 Show Enrollments Due
June 4 Leader Meeting, 6:30 PM
June 21 General Project Show , Registration 4-6 p.m./ Judging 5-7 p. m.
June 22 Horse Show, Newton, 5 p.m.
June 23 Dog Show, Newton, 3 p.m.
June 24 Poultry & Rabbit Show, Newton, 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
June 25 Goat, Sheep, Master Showmanship, Newton, 11:00 a.m.
June 26 Swine, Beef Shows, Newton, 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.
June 27 Grandparent Day, Newton, 11—1 p.m. - Awards 1 p.m.
June 28 Auction, Newton, 5 p.m.
August 13 Exhibit Day at Illinois State Fair, Springfield
This is a tentative list. All times are subject to change. Please check back each month to the newsletter for final times as show dates approach.
All first year 4-H members get a free 4-H t-shirt with the "Make the Best Better" design shown above. T-Shirts will be distributed at the family meeting May 31 and at the Leader meeting June 4.
Additional shirts in a different color will be ordered for other members if at least 20 are pre-ordered. If you want a shirt, call the Jasper County Office and order your size. Cost will be $7.50/shirt due upon pick up of the shirts.
The shirts for the new members were provided by a grant from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Please send a thank you note if you receive a shirt this year!
We know you need answers to your 4-H questions at all hours of the day & night. Now, nearly everything you need to know is available online 24 hours a day & 7 days a week at our Extension website. Go to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/and click on 4-H in Jasper County on the right panel. From there, you'll be able to find:
· Camp Registrations
· Event Flyers
· Handbook & Show Info
· Help for Your Club Meetings
· Enrollment & Project Forms
· Livestock Health Rules
· Show Project Score Sheets
· And so much more!
Check out the home page for late-breaking news as well. Be sure you're using the correct address to email the Jasper County Extension office. Add email@example.com to your contacts list, or email Judy Mae at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In addition to Jasper County's New Family orientation, the unit is providing training for 4-H members about preparing exhibits.
The first 4-H Show can be confusing for new 4-H members. What should you make? What are the judges looking for? How many cookies should I take? What if I want to do something different than the book suggests? Should I write it by hand or use a computer? Do I have to take every project I signed up for? Where can I get help on my exhibit?
If you have these questions, we encourage you to attend one of these informational meetings… we've combined our second New to 4-H topic with our final 4-H for Grownup series with ………………………………….
6 PM, Monday, April 9, Fayette County Extension Office
6 PM, Monday, May 7, Effingham County Extension Office
There's no need to pre-register… we'll plan for lots to attend this important topic. Feel free to attend if you're a brand new 4-H member or a long-time member who wants to get a better handle on how to improve your 4-H exhibit. Attend whichever meeting date fits your schedule.
Does your family have at least 3 generations of 4-H representation; 15 different family members (including in-laws) that have either been 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers; and 100 cumulative years of 4-H membership or volunteerism? If you answered yes, consider nominating your family for the 4-H Family Spirit Award! Applications are due by May 1, 2012.
For more information or to apply online at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/awards/illinois_4h_family_spirit_award.
Consider nominating someone from your county for one of these state awards
Illinois 4-H Alumni Award
Friend of 4-H Award
Leadership and Spirit Award
The 4-H Alumni Award recognizes an elite group of Illinois 4-H alumni for their outstanding career accomplishments and leadership in civic, community, and professional activities.
The Friend of 4-H Award is an annual recognition of a person or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement and promotion of the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program.
The Larry Fisher Leadership and Spirit Award was created in 2001 to honor county 4-H or Extension foundation board members or other county fundraising volunteers who exemplify the spirit of "making the best better" for their county's 4-H or Extension fundraising efforts.
The deadline for all these awards is May 1. Contact the 4-H staff member in your county to suggest a nominee.
Learn more about these awards at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/
All young people interested in horses are invited to participate in the Clay County Young Riders 4-H Club Horse Camp. The camp will be held June 7-10 at the Coon Creek Ridge Riders facility near Rt. 45. The Clay County 4-H Horse Show will be held at 3 PM June 9 as part of the activities. For more information or to request an application, contact Jacqueline Lueking at 618/662-2972 or Steve Lewis at 217/621-0917. There will be lots of hands-on activities, trail rides and games during the week. Come join the fun.
Applications are available online at:
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/cat79_3598.html . Registrations are requested by May 1.
Effingham County 4-H leader Jessica Lotz has several pygmy goats available. 4-Hers interested in purchasing a goat may email Jessica at email@example.com or call 217-254-7275. She is willing to give 4-H members first pick at these goats.
We're expanding the program by one day, starting on Sunday afternoon, June 24 and ending on Wednesday afternoon, June 27. Each academy will offer 15 hours of interactive activities and study in a specific field of interest. There will be 11 academies this summer; each with limited enrollment that will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE ACADEMIES TO STUDY
Aerospace Engineering Academy
Agricultural & Biological Engineering: Technical Systems Management
Art & Design
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning NEW!
Molecular & Cellular Biology NEW!
Veterinary Medicine Academy
Registration IS NOW OPEN!
Early Bird Fee Discount Until 4/15/2012
JASPER COUNTY: The Foundation offers half-fee scholarships to ISA. Call the office to apply.
Voting began April 1 for the NO BULL video challenge, and a Fayette County 4-H member has a video entered in the contest. David Zimmerman worked with a group of friends on a video which encourages teens to STAND UP AGAINST CYBER BULLYING.
The Great American NO BULL Challenge gives teenagers the chance to compete for $25,000 in prizes and the opportunity to have their winning videos introduced to the world at an awards show.
You can view David's video online at: http://nobull.votigo.com/contests/showentry/1031736
VOTING ONLY LASTS APRIL 1-15, so vote early and often! You will need to register to vote, but it's simple & quick. You can vote once per day. Paige Logan, Altamont, represents Illinois 4-H on the national NO BULL campaign committee.
Goat camp will be held 8 AM to Noon, June 2, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds located on Rt. 40 in Brownstown. Register by May 1 by calling your local Extension office or online at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6580
The workshop is FREE- to all 4H members in Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, and Clay counties
We will be covering the following areas:
· Clipping for show
· Hoof Trimming
· Dress code for 4H showing
· Cost of showing
· Marketing your goats
Guest speakers will be Nancy Simpson & Barb Adams. We are encouraging everyone to bring your own goat for showmanship.
(note: Please were tennis shoes or boots for this event). For more information, contact Lynn Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks to Matt Jansen and Hoosier Energy for providing a great tour of the Holland Power Plant. Nearly 80 people from Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties participated in the tour!
April 14– State 4-H Horse Hippology contest, State 4-H Horse Formal Speech contest, Illustrated Horse Talk and Team Demonstration at the
U of I David Kinley Hall
April 15 – State 4-H Horse Bowl contest, U of I Education Bldg.
May 5 – State 4-H Horse Judging contest, Black Hawk East College. Download the application at:
June 18 – State 4-H Livestock Judging contest, U of I Stock Pavilion
If you are interested in competing in any of these events, contact the Extension office.
New laws from the Internal Revenue Service have had a big impact on how non-profit groups, including 4-H clubs, federations and foundations operate. One of these new laws tightened the requirements for groups raising funds to benefit the county 4-H programs and required these fundraising groups in all four counties (and across the state) to either house its funds with the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) or become a legal 501c3 non-profit corporation. The final deadline for action was Dec. 31, and all our groups are now compliant with IRS rules and can once again raise funds to benefit 4-H.
To understand all the options still available to our groups, representatives from the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois 4-H office, as well as Dean West who represents Southern Illinois on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board, will present an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Extension Office in Effingham. The meeting is open to the public, and
4-H members, parents, leaders and Extension contributors, are encouraged to attend.
There were several questions and concerns raised in the last six months about the stability of funds placed in accounts outside our local banks. Other questions addressed how easily the funds would be available for reimbursement and distribution as needed by the Foundation boards. The state representative are prepared to answer all your questions, as well as provide some MUCH NEEDED ideas for fundraising.
We're asking EVERY Foundation board member, as well as anyone concerned for future funding of the 4-H program to attend this meeting.
As a courtesy to our presenters, please call your local office if you plan to attend. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Rachelle Hollinshead, county director and fiscal agent for this unit's Extension program.
Applications for the Murray Wise Associates Foundation have been extended to April 15 to allow agriculture students to apply and ensure that no scholarships go unclaimed. The scholarships were established to provide college scholarship funds for outstanding students pursuing degrees in agriculture or related subject areas. Eligible applicants include high school seniors accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university or community college in a course of study related to agriculture or agribusiness. Students already in college may also apply.
Awards are for a minimum of $1,000 per year and may be renewed yearly for up to four years provided certain conditions are met. Applicants are selected based on academic credentials, including class rank, grade point average and test scores. Demonstrated leadership qualities, especially in agriculture and community-based extracurricular activities, will also be considered. Individuals may download the application at murraywiseassociates.com/foundation or call 800-607-6888.
The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports is the FASTEST growing group in Illinois 4-H. Illinois has just started its third year and we have 73 counties that are eligible for the program, with 351 adults trained to teach the program. More than 2,200 kids in Illinois are enrolled in shooting sports.
Adults helping with 4-H shooting sports clubs must be certified through the University of Illinois' Shooting Sports Training Program. Adults must attend 15-18 hours of training conducted by National 4-H Shooting Sports instructors. The next training will be held May 18-20 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Registration fee is $115.00 Fee covers all meals, two nights lodging, curriculum manual, and all expendables. Register through your local county Extension office. Deadline is May 10.
Monsanto is excited to announce its America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2012 program, designed to recognize the countless contributions that farm moms bring to their families, farms and communities. Beginning March 3, anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom. Five regional winners will be selected by American Agri-Women, and each will win a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. Online voting will determine the National Farm Mom of the Year and winner of an additional $2,500. Anyone can nominate a farm mom – simply visit www.AmericasFarmers.com by Mother's Day (May 8) and tell us in 300 words or less how the mom you're nominating embodies the family farm way of life. Regional winners will be notified on May 13, and online voting will take place May 16 - 26. Your favorite farm mom could be this year's national winner! To nominate your mom go to: http://www.americasfarmers.com/farmmom/nominate.aspx
Youth exhibiting a swine project is required to take the Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training and pass a test to make sure they understand the importance of raising pork which is safe and produced in a responsible way. The trainings have been held for Clay, Fayette and Jasper counties, but one final date has been added in case you missed your meeting. The last training will be: 7-8 PM, APRIL 30, EFFINGHAM COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE
Effingham County dates have yet to be set, but any Effingham 4-Her is welcome to attend the April 30 training and get it done! You must pre-register by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 by April 27.
Centrally located in Monticello, 4-H Memorial Camp is the perfect place for to enjoy the finest in summer camp life. Traditional and innovative programs, professional staff, and comfortable facilities await campers at 4-H Memorial. Operated by the University of Illinois Extension, summer youth camp is open to all kids ages 8 - 16 years. Following with the 4-H mission to foster positive youth development through a "learn-by-doing" philosophy, campers experience a five-day, four-night camp full of activities and learning. Swimming, boating, hiking, arts & crafts, fishing, singing, volleyball, softball, the list goes on and on!
Youth campers benefit from a summer camp experience in many ways, but most campers establish a greater sense of independence, responsibility, self-confidence, respect for others, and an increased appreciation for the natural environment. 4-H Memorial Camp is accredited through the strict standard of the American Camping Association and exceeds their requirements for the proper administration, personnel, program, health care, and aquatics of a residential camp.
Six summer youth camps will be operated between June 5 and July 23. Fees for attending the five day/four night camp are $175. A special camp for new or younger kids will be held July 1-3, 2012. Cost of this Mini-Camp Program is $120. REGISTER THROUGH THE LOCAL EXTENSION OFFICE. Scholarships are available to 4-H members in Jasper and Effingham Counties.
For more information, visit the camp website at http://4hmemorialcamp.extension.uiuc.edu.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE
Arts & Crafts
THEN YOU SHOULDN'T GO TO CAMP….. BUT
If you do,
we have just what you are looking for!
Youth living in Fayette & Clay counties are encouraged to attend week 3 of camp on June 17—21.
Youth living in Effingham and Jasper counties are encouraged to attend week 4 of camp on July 14—18.
EFFINGHAM COUNTY: The Foundation offers 12 $80 half-fee scholarships to camp. Download the application form at:
Are you new to 4-H Memorial Camp? Or, would you rather try a shorter version of our popular week long program? Get a taste of most everything offered at our regular week-long camp in a setting tailored for younger campers. 4-H Mini-Camp is open to all youth, but will focus on activities designed for kids 8-12 years of age. Swimming, boating, fishing, crafts, sports, games, songs, hikes, campfires, and lots more. Bring a friend and bunk together in a cool log cabin.
Mini Camp runs from July 1-3 and the cost is $120.00. Registration opens Feb. 1.