In case of bad weather on a scheduled activity or event date, please listen to WSPY of Plano (107.1 FM). We will call WSPY about program changes or cancellations due to bad weather. Make sure you are enrolled so we can call with cancellations.
The 4-H year is heading into its third month already. We had a great turnout for our fall workshops. Records and Achievement Night Special awards have been judged; thanks to our volunteers Lisa Anderson, Jodi Brummel, Cathy Jenkins, Dan Reedy, Debbie Stadel, Patti Schobert, Diane Morris, Nann Armstrong, and Marilynn Thompson.
Let the rest of the 4-H community know what your 4-H club is doing by sending us your club information to the Extension Office.
Our Multi-County Unit 5 contains Kendall, Kane and DuPage with Sandra Davis serving as Director. Four Educators serve our unit: Horticulture Educator Richard Hentschel; Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness; Britt Pisto-4-H Youth Metro Educator and Deanna Roby, 4-H Youth Development Educator. We also welcome Ruth Ann Thompson as fiscal secretary as of Oct. 16. Ruth's main office is in Kane County but she will be working in Kendall a few days a week.
Don't forget to attend the 4-H Officer's training on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
November; Volunteer E-Forum, Officer's Training, SCI-Fi event, Achievement Night, Leaders and Council meeting, TV 30 Show promoting Dec. 3 workshop, Expansion and Review Committee. December: Holiday Workshop, Records Help. January: Cloverbud Workshop, Shepherd's Clinic, Beef Tattooing, New Family Orientation, Leaders Meeting, Expansion and Review Committee, Livestock Judging Team. February: Beef Rate of Gain Weigh-in, Dog Training, Federation Bowl-A-Thon.; March: Public Presentations, Expansion and Review Committees, Fashion Revue, Council and Leader's Meetings, Spring Workshops. April: Horse Bowl, Fair Clean Up, International Night. May: Leaders and Council Meeting, Fair clean up, Day at the Farm. June: Exchange trip, Golf Outing, Dog Show, Summer Workshops. Dog Training is being offered monthly.
Entering the Fair and the free entry wristband is your reward for attending at least one club meeting and at least three additional meetings/events. The
4-H staff and volunteers put in their time to help plan and carry out events and meetings and would love to see you at all of the 4-H events. Adult, contact and project leaders receive a free fair entry wristband. Ask your contact leaders if you would like to help by becoming a project leader. It's a great way to show you love 4-H youth by volunteering.
Recruiting new members and leaders is most effective when it is done from friend-to-friend or family‑to‑family. Give someone a personal invitation for them to visit your club. 4‑H is open to all youth between 8 and 18, regardless of race, color, national origin, place of residence, or handicap. Youth must turn 8 prior to September 1, 2011, or be in the third grade; youth who have turned 19 prior to September 1, 2011, are not eligible to participate.
On October 2 over 50 people enjoyed cookies, cake and lemonade. Youth made chirping chicks from a cup and sponge, butterfly sun catchers, wire bugs with beads for eyes, horse cutouts, saw a live chicken in a diaper, and petted a bunny as part of the festivities kicking off National 4-H Week.
The cookies were made by the DeNeve and Ward families. Thanks to Char Marin and Sue Larson who sat at the registration table. Thanks to Renegades, Rebels & Rogues; Barn & Beyond; Kendall County Co. Kids; LaMenu Modelle; Little Rockets, and Outbacker Kids 4-H Clubs for their displays. Thanks to all who helped to make our 11th year annual kick-off fun, successful and for staying to clean up.
We have a new SPIN Club forming this 4-H year. Cathi Mundsinger is offering a chance to learn how to do Felted Wool Appliqué. It will be offered six times on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office January 24, 31; Feb. 7, 21, 28; and March 6. Three needlework stitches will be taught, as well as how to felt the wool and where to get supplies. A good pair of scissors that cut fabric will be required. Please let us know if you're interested.
SPIN Clubs offer a new way to share knowledge and skills with local youth. SPIN clubs focus on a single topic and introduce kids ages 8-18 to your specific interest. A willing adult volunteer is all that is needed. Teach 5 young people over a period of 6 meeting times during the year. With support from the Extension Office new SPIN clubs are being formed in Kendall County. Contact Jo Ann Britton at 630-553-5823 or by email at email@example.com if you want to be involved in a 4-H SPIN club!
Decorate something with ALL-WEATHER® Paintstik®, TWIST-STIK®, and QUIK SHOT®. Entrants must submit a photo of the artwork, along with supporting photos showing the actual use of the ALL-WEATHER® product on the piece. Entries must be submitted by December 31, 2011! Entries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Tom Rynberg, LA-CO®Industries, Inc, 1201 Pratt Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Winners will be selected by January 15, 2012. All photos become the property of LA-CO® Industries and cannot be returned.
Prizes for Ages 11 to 17 group and 10 and under group: 1st Place- 46" flat screen TV, 2nd Place- Xbox 360™ - 250GB, 3rd Place- iPod Touch™ - 32GB. Winners will be asked to sign a release form giving LA-CO® all right to its use. Call with questions: 800-621-4025.
Orion Samuelson of WGN Radio will host Salute to Agriculture Day. The event will feature products from various Illinois commodity groups and fun activities for the whole family, including a live auction, visit from the new Illinois Athletic Director, Mike Thomas, and the Marching Illini! Don't miss the fun as we celebrate agriculture in Illinois!
There is a new tent location this year, West of Assembly Hall in the Circle Drive. All the fun will begin 2 hours prior to kick-off, which hasn't been announced yet. The meal Ticket is $10 and includes your choice of beef brisket, pork loin or soy burger, chips and a drink. The Football game ticket is $50 each. Please note there are a limited number of football tickets for sale, available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is sponsored by The College of ACES, Illinois Department of Ag and Illinois Commodity groups. For more information: www.acesalumni.illinois.edu or call 217-333-7744.
Extension is launching a new 4-H volunteer online learning module Working with Committees. It describes the various kinds and functions of committees to establish in 4-H as well as their importance.
The module was developed by Sheri Seibold, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development.
You can find Working with Committees at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/4hc/.
Fresh from the World… Where Our Food Comes From - http://m.extension.illinois.edu/food/
Best of Friends: Kids and Dogs - http://m.extension.illinois.edu/dogs/
If you're on Facebook and you haven't already "liked" the Illinois 4-H page, I hope you'll do so today. We'd love to connect with more local 4-H Federation/Ambassador Youth and volunteers via social media! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000188422128#!/Illinois4H
We're using our daily Facebook posts as a way to recognize outstanding achievements … let people know of upcoming events/deadlines … and much more. If the spirit moves you, feel free to respond to posts, share them, like them, etc.
In the Facebook search box, type Illinois 4-H to find the page. If you're on Twitter, our handle is @illinois4H (no hyphens or spaces).