Fulton County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Letter From Janis
- New 4-H Year Begins
- 4-H Achievement Program Set For November 15th
- 4-H Federation Meeting -- October 15
- State Fair Participants
- Linda Porter Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame
- Leader Of the Year and Volunteer Of the Year Recognitions
- Thank You, Vanessa!
- Spangler Family Receives Family Spirit Award
- Illinois 4-H Website
- Join Our Facebook Group!
- Exchange Creates Friendships
- Electing New Officers
- 4-H Club Radio Programs
- Membership Challenge!
- Speaking For Illinois 4-H September 26 in Waterloo
- Camp White-tail
- 4-H Projects For the 2015-2016 4-H Year
- 4-H Membership Age Remains the Same
- 4-H National Youth Science Day
- 4-H Leader News
- Fulton County 4-H Week, October 19-23, 2015
- 4-H Calendar
- Extension Office Hours and Accommodation Statement
Letter From Janis
Dear 4-H Families:
Wow! What a busy summer we had!!! THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way to make the summer 4-H shows and events successful. Without the support that you gave, the events would not have been possible. Much hard work by the 4-H members was evident from all of the fine 4-H projects. Congratulations on a job well done.
Constructive comments regarding the summer 4-H shows and events are always welcome. Please put your comments on paper and send them to the Extension Office, or email email@example.com .
We're starting a new 4-H year -- so glad you're part of it!
This newsletter is one of our ways of communicating with every 4-H family in Fulton County — show it to your parents!!! Please read it, and make note of dates that apply to your family. As always, call us at 547-3711 if we can help you in any way to get more out of 4-H.
New 4-H Year Begins
We are beginning a new 4-H year in Fulton County. Clubs will soon be having their organizational meetings and electing officers. Club enrollment materials will be given to Key Leaders at the 4-H Leaders' Meeting on Monday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. To be a 4-H member in the 2015-2016 year, youth must be 8-18 years old as of September 1, 2015.
4-H Achievement Program Set For November 15th
All 4-H families and friends are cordially invited to attend the annual 4-H Achievement Program on Sunday, November 15th, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lewistown Community High School Auditorium. Awards will be presented to many 4-H members. Key leaders will receive more information closer to the date.
4-H Federation Meeting -- October 15
All 4-H members age 12 and over are invited to be a part of 4-H Federation. You'll meet new friends and get involved in countywide leadership activities.
This past year we continued our program to offer community service grant money to 4-H clubs, conducted Federation business meetings, and cleaned and set up for the foodstand and 4-H General Show. We sponsored the YMCA Night, and sewed stockings and wrote cards for the troops. We also did fun things like going to Monical's together; going to a wiener roast in Mason County with their Federation; making pizzas; helping at 4-H shows and the Achievement Program; watching movies, playing games, and snacking!
The next 4-H Federation meeting will be on Thursday, October 15th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office in Lewistown. Officers will be elected that night. If you are interested in holding an office, and cannot be there that night, call Janis at 547-3711, or email firstname.lastname@example.org , and let her know. When the business meeting is over, there will be refreshments. Come join us if you're 12 or over — there's always food and fun! We need you!
State Fair Participants
Congratulations to all the Fulton County 4-H members who participated at the Illinois State Fair Junior Show, in both livestock and non-livestock areas. As usual, our county was very well-represented.
Thanks to all of our State Fair exhibitors for representing Fulton County so well.
Linda Porter Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame to honor extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff.
Linda Porter has been named a 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee for 2015. She is key leader of the Pleasant Spacemakers 4-H Club, and has been a 4-H leader for 34 years. Previous inductees from Fulton County are Virginia Barnard, Frances Fisher, Sharon Spangler, Ruth Knott, JoAnn Block, Wanda Williams, Diane Simons, Cindy Ellis, and Charlotte Ann Myers.
Only one person per county may be nominated each year. Linda received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion for this honor.
Leader Of the Year and Volunteer Of the Year Recognitions
The Fulton County 4-H Program is once again planning to recognize adults who help to make 4-H strong in Fulton County. At the Volunteer Recognition Banquet to be held in early 2016, one 4-H Volunteer and one 4-H Leader will be recognized for their contributions to 4-H. To nominate someone, write a letter telling why you think they should receive the award, and send to the Fulton County Extension Office, 15411 N IL 100 Hwy, Lewistown, IL 61542. Nominations are due November 10.
Thank You, Vanessa!
Vanessa Williams of the Checkrow Volunteers 4-H Club represented Fulton County 4-H in the Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant. She did an excellent job, and we are proud of her. Several other contestants were either current or former 4-H members, including Taylor Steck, who represented Farm Bureau. Good job, girls!
Spangler Family Receives Family Spirit Award
A Fulton County family received the Illinois 4-H Foundation Family Spirit Award for its long 4-H membership and volunteer service. The Bruce and Sharon Spangler family received a plaque for this honor on Saturday, August 15, at ceremonies during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. They were also honored on Agriculture Day at the State Fair.
Family members present were Bruce and Sharon Spangler; sons Bob, David, and John; daughters-in-law Velynna, Colleen, and Holly; grandchildren Kayla (Spangler) Boren and her husband, Spencer, and son, Seth; Ryan, Kyle, Kaity, Hannah, Jenna, Nathan, and Caroline Spangler. Grandson Matt Spangler, wife Haley, and daughter, Aerianna, live in the state of Oregon and were unable to attend, although they were there via facetime.Fulton County 4-H proudly congratulates the Spangler Family!
Illinois 4-H Website
The 4-H statewide website has lots of good information on opportunities for members and leaders. If you have not visited it for awhile, take a few minutes to see all that it has to offer —
Join Our Facebook Group!
Fulton County 4-H has a Facebook group where lots of information is shared, recent updates are posted, etc. Type in "Fulton County 4-H" in the search box, and you will see it. Click on "Join Group," and that's all it takes!
Exchange Creates Friendships
Shelley, Colin, and Keara Adams of Canton hosted Hikari Teramae for about two and a half weeks in August through the 4-H International Exchange Program. Hikari, age 21, was one of the chaperones for a group of Japanese youth visiting Illinois. The family took her to State Fair and to several local events and points of interest. Hikari fixed a traditional meal for them, and they all began a friendship that will continue across the many miles.
Electing New Officers
Officer roles are an important part of helping the 4-H Club run smoothly, and gives youth leadership skills. As many clubs will be electing new officers in the next month, here are a few important things to consider:
• Members should get to know the people running for office before voting is required.
• Those running for an office should be willing to stand in front of their club and state why they would like the officer position and why they would do well as that officer.
• A 4-H club needs officers who will work well with all members, not just a select few. They need to be dependable, show up for a majority of meetings, and be dedicated to making meetings interesting and worthwhile.
••One more thing — Don't run for an office if you don't plan to attend the meetings regularly!
4-H Club Radio Programs
If your club is unable to do its radio program as requested, please be courteous and call the Extension Office at 547-3711. Our 4-H radio program airs on Sundays at 6:03 a.m. on WBYS 1560 AM. You need to have it done by the Wednesday before the Sunday that it airs. Key leaders receive detailed information in the mail several weeks before your air date.
In this new 4-H year, we need to grow our membership numbers! Here is your challenge — for each current 4-H family to invite one new family to join 4-H. The best advertisement is friends inviting friends. When your club has its first meeting of the new 4-H year, whether it's September, October, or later, please invite a new family to attend!
Speaking For Illinois 4-H September 26 in WaterlooThe Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has scheduled a Speaking for Illinois 4-H training for new youth who wish to join the SFI4-H roster and become involved.
Speaking for Illinois 4-H training for new members is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 in Waterloo, Illinois. This all-day training provides 4-H members ages 14 and above opportunities to learn how to prepare both short and longer presentations, while focusing on preparing presentations for different local audiences, such as donors and volunteer civic groups. Important information about the 4-H program is shared, as well as county and state statistics that can be included in presentations. Pam Weber, Illinois lobbyist for Extension Partners, works alongside the Youth Leadership Team members in focusing on members' 4-H stories and how to tell those stories to county board and state legislature officials.
Training lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and members are required to attend the entire session in order to be included on the state roster for Legislative Connection invitations. The $10 registration fee includes lunch and all training materials. Generous support is also provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation to help cover costs for the training. Registration IS OPEN: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sfi4h.cfm. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, September 16.
For those 4-H members who have already taken part in Speaking for Illinois 4-H and are up-to-date on the state roster, we will be holding a second Speaking for Illinois 4-H Level II training focusing on Youth and Adult Partnerships. Keep the dates of Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, 2016 reserved for this special training. Registration will open this fall.
A family-oriented program designed to introduce some basic skills of the Illinois Outdoorsman and may obtain Illinois DNR Hunter Safety certification.
What Is Camp White-tail?
An overnight weekend program tailored to adult-child "teams" who wish to be exposed to various skills practiced by outdoorsmen in Central Illinois. Each adult may attend with up to three youth campers, who must be at least age 10.
What Would I Learn at Camp White-tail?
During the weekend, participants will have the opportunity, if they choose, to earn Hunter Safety Certification, as required by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources prior to obtaining a personal hunting license. Using the 4-H "learn-by-doing" philosophy, participants will learn skills associated with archery, riflery, shotgun, and watercraft safety; and will experience issues involving wildlife conservation, tree stand safety, game care, wildlife calls, hunting dogs, and much more! This is more than a classroom event!
Where is Camp White-tail held?
4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello, Illinois is the site of Camp White-tail. Enjoy plenty of space at this 250 acre camp facility with lake, fields, and woods all secluded within the interior of Robert Allerton Park. Each adult/child "team" will be assigned their own private log cabin for sleeping accommodations.
When is Camp White-tail?
From 9 a.m., Saturday, October 24, until 5 p.m., Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Early arrival between 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, October 23, to settle in, is optional. The first meal served will be lunch on Saturday, and the last meal served will be lunch on Sunday.
Fees and Registration: A fee of $50/person covers the complete cost of the program, equipment, supplies, lodging, and four hearty buffet-style meals. Space is limited, so preregistration and payment are required.
For more information, visit the 4-H Memorial Camp website @ http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmemorialcamp/pdf/CampWhite-tail.pdf or call 217-762-2741.
4-H Projects For the 2015-2016 4-H Year
A listing of 4-H projects available can be found in the new Illinois Clover. Your leader will have these very soon. Please discard old versions of the Illinois Clover that you may still have. You can also view the Illinois Clover online at
New projects —
Food Science 1, 2, 3, and 4
Publications are named "What's On Your Plate?"
Experiment with food science and learn how it affects food quality.
Put It Up! Food Preservation Projects —
Can My Tomatoes
Make My Strawberry Jam
Make My Pickles
Freeze My Fruits and Veggies
Dry My Fruits
Can My Vegetables
Learn safe ways to preserve foods and keep food quality. Each project has beginner and advanced learning activities.
My Financial Future 1–2
Unit 1 is beginner; unit 2 is advanced.
Learn to plan for future careers, set goals, manage your finances and credit, and create spending plans.
Shopping In Style 1-6
Learn how to create your own style, select clothing that suits your body, recycle garments, and make smart clothing purchases.
Can be used as a first project for new members to learn about 4-H, meet people in their club, and sample some popular 4-H projects.
Build Your Future
Explore potential careers, plan your own business, create a career portfolio, and analyze case studies.
The following projects will no longer be offered:
Walk in My Shoes
4-H Membership Age Remains the Same
You may have heard talk about upcoming changes to the Illinois State Fair competitive events for youth. Some families have asked if those changes will impact our 4-H membership age. No, they will not. Illinois 4-H membership eligibility will remain 8 to 18 years of age on September 1, 2015.
Cloverbud membership is open to youth who are 5 to 7 years of age by September 1, 2015. Cloverbuds are NOT the younger kids who come to 4-H meetings. It is a separate club. Right now we have one in Canton and one forming soon in Astoria. For more information, call 547-3711.
4-H National Youth Science Day
"An object in motion stays in motion … unless acted upon by another object." Does that sound familiar? We're using Newton's law of motion as the basis for this year's 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment. #4HNYSD "Motion Commotion" will see just how far cars can go… and how hard the impact can be when they hit a stationary object. The two-part experiment combines a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in an activity that explores the physical and human factors of motion. Youth will use every day materials – including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator, and cell phone – to explore physics in the real-world. Although the "official" National Youth Science Day is Wednesday, October 7, 4-H members will be experimenting throughout the fall. A kit will be available at the Extension Office for your club to check out if you want to do the activity.
4-H Leader News
4-H Leaders' Meeting -- October 5th
There will be a 4-H Leaders' Meeting on Monday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Extension Office in Lewistown. Each club is asked to have at least one adult leader present.
Topics will include recruiting new members, maintaining current members, fiscal policies for 4-H clubs, a review of enrollment materials, upcoming events, and other youth-related topics. Key leaders may pick up their materials that evening to begin the 2015-2016 4-H year. There will be refreshments after the program, and door prizes will be given! If a club does not have at least one leader present, an individual meeting will need to be scheduled with Janis. It is very important for each club to have at least one adult leader present.
4-H Treasurer Books and 4-H Secretary Books Due at Extension Office
Please bring in your 4-H Club Treasurer Book Printout (requires five signatures) and Secretary Book Printout from the 2014-2015 4-H Year by September 30, 2015. We are required by the state to collect these every year. They will be returned to you this fall. This is not optional. Thank you to the clubs that have already brought theirs to the office. State 4-H Policy states that a 4-H club will NOT be re-enrolled for the new year until the Treasurer's and Secretary's Book Printouts for the prior year have been submitted.
The State 4-H Office provides some accident insurance for 4-H club members, as part of the yearly program fee that is paid. Our four-county unit provides some accident insurance for 4-H leaders. The University of Illinois provides liability coverage for enrolled, screened volunteers who conduct 4-H events and activities. It is excess coverage, which means it pays after the person's own coverage pays.
A state requirement of the 4-H Program is that we must screen all new volunteers, and have certain information on file for all volunteers. Any new leaders must complete an Extension Volunteer Application form, an Authorization For Background Check, and a Conviction Information Name Check Request form.
Do not submit an enrollment form for a new adult leader unless you have these forms completed by them. Volunteer Screening forms are good for five years, and then must be updated. Adults will not be viewed as 4-H leaders until their screening forms have been processed and are back from the state. If you have an adult in your club who has been serving in a leader capacity, and has not been screened, this is in violation of state policy. Please be sure your adult volunteers are all screened so they can be legally viewed as 4-H leaders. If yours is a club with just one leader, it is suggested to have at least one more person be screened, to take your place during an absence.
4-H Program Fee
The 4-H Program fee will remain at $20.00 for this year. The fees will again be collected shortly after May 1st. Thank you to the clubs who met the deadline. To avoid last minute problems, 4-H club leaders may collect the fees throughout the year if they wish to, then submit them to the office after May 1st. No one will be denied membership because of inability to pay — there will be funds to cover the fee for those who cannot afford it. There will also be a family cap of $50.00 per family.
Fulton County 4-H Week, October 19-23, 2015
(or use a theme of your choice)
Your club is invited to help publicize its activities and Fulton County 4-H during 4-H Week, October 19-23, 2015. "Adventures Await" tells the exciting story of how 4-H can be whatever you want it to be — try new things, meet new people, start your own 4-H adventure! Show how 4-H enhances the lives of 4-H members, their families, and communities. Fulton County 4-H is excited about what it has to offer, and wants to let everyone know!
We want families to get involved in the 4-H Program, if they are not already! The list of ideas for 4-H promotion could be endless. Here are a few:
- Put up a Window Display or Bulletin Board (See contest rules below).
- Design a poster to be put up in store windows, in support of 4-H.
- Invite a new person to join your club — Do this one for sure!!!!!!
- Wear an article of clothing that has 4-H on it. — Wear 4-H T-shirts, green shirts, pins, etc.!!!
- Thank your leaders -- send a thank you note; bake him/her some cookies.
- Talk to your local newspaper or radio station about a 4-H story, or take out an ad in the paper.
- Give a talk, demonstration, or skit to civic organizations about what 4-H has to offer.
- Plan a member recruitment drive for your club; distribute fliers about 4-H to area schools.
WINDOW DISPLAY/BULLETIN BOARD CONTEST RULES
1. Displays must be in place by noon on Monday, October 19, and remain in the window until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23.
2. Displays will be given ratings based on the same criteria as used in the past. Copies of the score sheet are available at the Extension Office.
3. Entries are due to the Extension Office by October 16.
KEY LEADERS: Return the form below by October 16th to the Extension Office, to inform us of your
4-H Week plans (or call or email). Recognition will be given at the Achievement Program to all clubs that participate in some activity during this week (and notify us). Federation will give a prize to clubs that do window displays or bulletin boards. The winning club in the Window Display Contest receives a traveling trophy and a prize. The prize will be an item for use by their club.
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The ____________________________ 4-H Club will have a (check all that apply):
_____ Window Display, located at this town business___________________________
_____ Bulletin Board, located at this town business___________________________
_____ Will participate in Fulton County 4-H Week by (list other activities):
11-12 4-H Science Sleepover at Dickson Mounds Museum, for those pre-registered
13 Big Ten 4-H Club Radio Program, 6:03 a.m.
4 Canton Luckettes 4-H Club Radio Program, 6:03 a.m.
5 4-H Leaders' Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Extension Office
15 4-H Federation meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office
16 Entries due for Window Display Contest
19-23 Fulton County 4-H Week
25 Fairview Huskies 4-H Club Radio Program, 6:03 a.m.
31 Happy Halloween!
10 Deadline for nominations for 4-H Leader and Volunteer of the Year
15 Country Bloopers 4-H Club Radio Program, 6:03 a.m.
15 4-H Achievement Program, 2:30 p.m., Lewistown Community High School
26-27 Extension Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Extension Office Hours and Accommodation Statement
The Fulton County Extension Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed during the lunch hour, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The answering machine is left on when we are out of the office, or when we are away from the phone. Our office is located in the lower level of the Farm Bureau Building, on the north edge of Lewistown.
If you are a person who needs a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of the listed programs or events, contact Janis Blout at University of Illinois Extension, Fulton County Office, phone 309-547-3711.