Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2018 Clover Clinic Volunteers Needed
- 4-H Show Book Cover Design Contest
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation News
- Club News: 4-H Quest Club
- COLLEGE & CAREER CONFERENCE
- 2017 Illinois State Fair: Tell us what you think
- Share Your Story!
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- 4-H Online Enrollment is OPEN!
- 4-H Online Payment Methods
- Begin your global destination with 4-H
- STEM Project SPIN Club
- Illinois Bicentennial Party
- High School Seniors
- 7th & 8th Graders—Save the Date! The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!
- Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
- Interested in a new culture?
- Build Your Skills and Have a Great Time!
- Information to make your new year sparkle!
- Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACES
- Teacher Tuesdays and Tech Teachers GP
- Tazewell 4-H Deadlines
Dear 4-H Families,
I am in denial. We cannot be in November already! How did this happen? The holiday seasons are upon us, and I have so many things to do….
Much like you all, I am beginning to plan ahead for the next several months of 4-H. As you enroll in your 4-H projects, you too are planning for the next several months of 4-H. If you find yourself getting stuck with the enrollment/re-enrollment process, please reach out to me.
There are multiple opportunities for you to get involved with 4-H at the county, unit and state levels in this edition.
I would love to come visit your club, so please let me know if there is a particular event/meeting you would like me to be present at. If I do not happen to see you in the office or out and about, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Your 4-H Program Fee must be paid before I can accept you as a member!!
You can pay via card through 4-H Online, but you will need to change the default payment option from check to credit card.
You can mail your payment to the Tazewell Extension Office.
Payment will need to be received by March 1, 2018.
2018 Clover Clinic Volunteers Needed
Each year, Tazewell 4-H joins Fulton, Mason, and Peoria County for a huge project day called Clover Clinic. This large regional event is held at ICC and attracts around 200 4-H members. There are nearly 40 different hands-on classes offered throughout the day.
We are currently in the process of lining up the instructors and assistants for the 2018 event, scheduled for Saturday, February 17. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these roles, please contact Katharine Girone at the Extension Office.
Class topics and lessons should be hands-on, relatable to a 4-H project or service project, doable for youth 8 to 13 years old, and fit into a one hour class or a double session (2 hours).
If you are interested in teaching, but need help with a project/class idea, contact the Extension Office. We have some specific classes that kids love, for which we need instructors.
4-H Show Book Cover Design Contest
Calling all artists, graphic designers and photographers!
I would like you to create a cover for the new
4-H Show book. Designs can be drawn by hand or designed on the computer. You are welcome to incorporate original photographs or clipart into your design. Copyrighted work is not allowed.
If you would like to use the 4-H logo, please contact the Extension Office to receive an official electronic copy.
Information that must appear on the cover:
2018 Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair Book
July 30, July 31, August 1
Mineral Springs Park, Pekin
Contact the Extension Office for information about basic design principles. Designs are due to the Extension Office by February 1, 2018.
Tazewell 4-H Events
09—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
18—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
23-24—Thanksgiving, Extension Office closed
01—Club Info Sheet due (4-H Leaders)
14—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
23-31—Christmas Break, Extension Office closed
01—New Year's Day, Extension Office closed
11—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
15—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Extension Office closed
08—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
15—Leader & Superintendent Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
17—Clover Clinic, ICC, East Peoria
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
December Meeting—Christmas Party
Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
All 4-H members ages 13-18 are invited to join Federation.
Club News: 4-H Quest Club
On September 10, the 4-H Quest Club held their kick-off meeting at the Smith family homestead. Five families were present and had a good time playing beforehand. After the cook-out, they held their meeting. During the meeting, club tour ideas and the club calendar for the year were discussed; families also volunteered for snacks.
Annelyse Smith, Reporter
COLLEGE & CAREER CONFERENCE
Learn how to be intentional about your future!
High School Students! Join us from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 in the Illinois State University Prairie Room
Find out more about where you can go and how you can get there. Industry professionals will be here to help you with pursuing the right education routes that fit your interests, prepare you with advice about developing skills or experience, and share opportunities available in various industries. Register online at go.illinois.edu/lmw. $5 to attend and feel free contact us about the fee waiver option. Registration closes Friday, November 24. Space is limited! Register TODAY! For questions, please contact Emily Saddler at (309) 663-8306 or email@example.com.
2017 Illinois State Fair: Tell us what you think
More than 3,100 4-H members exhibited in the Illinois State Fair 4-H Project Show this year. We had all kinds of excitement… from hands on demonstrations by the U of I College of Vet Med to the announcement of a $1.5 million dollar grant from Google and the launch of a virtual reality 4-H world. As many cool things as we had, we know there are always ways we can improve. We want to hear it all… the good, the not so good, and the downright amazing. Write us a note at illinois4H@illinois.edu.
Share Your Story!
The Illinois 4-H website, https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/, has a place for you to share the story of your 4-H adventure. We want to hear from you! Club leaders, we know you're proud of your club members, so please take two minutes to tell us about your club and include a photo! We will feature all the stories on the website during the year. The share your story option is on EVERY program page and EVERY event page.
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
Once a 4-H member, always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Click over to go.illinois.edu/4Halumni.
4-H Online Enrollment is OPEN!
It's time to enroll and re-enroll in 4-H! The enrollment process will still be completed through 4-H Online, IL.4Honline.com. That's right, we are still using the online enrollment process. Here are some tips.
If you are re-enrolling, do NOT create a new profile. You will need the email address and password you created last year. If you can't remember which email you used, Katharine will look it up for you. If you forgot your password, just use the "I forgot my password" option on the login screen to reset it. Once you make it to your "Member List" screen, simply select the youth or adult volunteer member you want to re-enroll by clicking on the "edit" button next to their name. ALL adult volunteers will need to re-enroll, as well. Please edit any information that has changed. Your years in 4-H automatically rolled over, so you do not have to do anything with that. All of your 4-H projects from last year will still be listed, so please be sure to take the time and delete any of those you no longer wish to take. When you make it to the payment option, remember you can pay via credit, but you will have to make sure you select that option. Also, please be sure to check your credit card information from last year, as it saved that information. If your card has changed, then you will need to edit the information. Be sure to stop at the invoice screen if you are enrolling more than 4 youth, so Katharine can get the discount applied to your invoice.
If you are adding a new youth to the family or just getting started in 4-H Online for the first time, the documents located on our website will be the most helpful, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/tazewell4h/5386.html. Remember, you will have to add at least one project to submit your enrollment.
Please remember, you will not be activated until payment is received. Also, if you need the project manual, remember to select it from the drop down bar when you select your projects. All enrollments are DUE MARCH 1, 2018!
The 4-H leaders in Tazewell County will distribute your enrollment materials at your next club meeting. Feel free to contact Katharine if you would like some one-on-one assistance; firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-347-6614.
4-H Online Payment Methods
Illinois 4-H charges $20 per person Program Fee with a maximum per family Program Fee of $60.00.
*If this fee will cause a financial hardship, please contact the Extension Office.*
INDIVIDUAL PAY BY CREDIT CARD
If you would like to pay the Program Fee using a credit card, choose Add New Card and complete the information. Your card will not be charged until the county staff approves your enrollment.
INDIVIDUAL PAY BY PERSONAL CHECK
If you would like to pay the Program Fee with a personal check or cash, choose County/Club 4-H Check and click Select Payment Method. You will receive a confirmation screen with instructions on where to submit the payment. Your enrollment will not be approved until the county staff receives your payment.
CLUB PAYS FEE
In some clubs, the club will do fundraising to pay all or part of the fee for all the members of the club. If this is the case, your club leader will share with you that information. Continue to the Payment screen. Choose County/Club 4H Check as the payment option, which will be highlighted by default. Choose Select Payment Method to advance to the final screen to confirm and submit your enrollment. Your enrollment will not be approved until the county staff receives payment from the club.
MULTI CHILD FEE WAIVER
Illinois 4-H charges $20 per person Program Fee with a maximum per family Program Fee of $60.00.
Based on this amount, the first 3 youth members in a family are be expected to pay the $20.00 per member. For the 4th youth member and beyond, the fee will be waived.
In order to receive the fee waiver, DO NOT advance beyond the Invoice screen. Rather than choose payment, and then on the final screen submit the enrollment, choose My Member List in the upper right portion of the screen. Notify Katharine Girone at the Extension office, 309-347-6614 or email@example.com, that you have enrolled the member, but did not complete so that a discount code can be applied.
Begin your global destination with 4-H
Applications are being accepted for participation in the 2018 4-H outbound international exchange programs being offered through University of Illinois 4-H and the States' 4-H International Committee. For 2018, interested 4-Hers between the ages of 12 – 18 can select to participate in a 4-week home stay to Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea or Norway. If you are interested in a longer experience abroad, the Japan program offers an opportunity to attend Japanese school for three weeks before starting a 4-week homestay. Dates of travel range from mid-June – mid-August depending on the program.
These programs enhance the 4-H program through international, cross-cultural experiences that enable young people to improve their leadership and communication skills, while increasing their international awareness and understanding.
Selected delegates will be placed with a host family where they will experience family life, community activities, and be immersed in the local culture of the country. With 4-H exchange opportunities, you are not just a tourist, but also a family member and expected to participate in all aspects of family and community life the program has to offer.
Program costs vary depending on the country and estimated airfare. Scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to selected delegates. States' 4-H will provide orientation and travel manuals to aid in delegate preparation. Delegates will be assigned to an adult chaperon who will travel with the group and will be placed with their own host family(ies) during the homestay experience. Adults interested in serving as a chaperon are encouraged to apply.
Interested individuals may access program information and delegate applications at: go.illinois.edu/global4H.
STEM Project SPIN Club
If you are interested in problem solving within STEM fields, then Mason County has the perfect 4-H SPIN Club for you! They currently meet on Monday nights, 7-9 p.m. in the Mason County Extension Office in Havana. For more information, contact the Mason County Extension Office at 309-543-3308.
Illinois Bicentennial Party
Citizens in Illinois are looking forward to many bicentennial celebrations beginning December 3, 2017 with a cannon blast in Delavan and ending a year later with a closing cannon blast. Tazewell County Museum, 15 S. Court St., Pekin along with Cristal Dagit are the Tazewell County facilitators for the events in our county. Tremont has been invited to participate with a 200 year birthday party at Tremont High School on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
This birthday celebration is a chance of a lifetime for students to engage in and create a historical tablescape to display and share at the celebration. Any Tazewell County event, historic sight, or geological sight that displays significance during the past 200 years is welcome. All students, any age may create an individual or group tablescape to be in place by 1 p.m. on February 11.
Tablescapes may include, but are not limited to memorabilia, photos, pencil drawings, creative replicas, etc. Students should be available at their table for Q and A. Students will research via internet, library, museums, interviews with knowledgeable persons and list their sources. We also welcome any Young Authors, who wrote stories or pieces with historical relevance to present them that day as well.
Suggestions for projects:
One room schools; some are now houses
Centennial farms; 137 in Tazewell
Landmarks; 4 plaques mark these
Farmdale Geologic Exposure in East Peoria
Historical places; Google National Register of historical places in Tazewell County, Illinois
History of your town
Abraham Lincoln in Tazewell County
Tazewell County in the Civil War
Tazewell County in World War II
Our own astronaut, Scott Altman
Colombia River Boat sinks in Pekin
Who is buried in Tazewell?
Email your interest and the approximate number of youths who will participate to Dorothy Theobald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Seniors
Send Katharine your Sr. Picture to be included in the 2018 4-H Show Book. An electronic version is best, but a hard copy will work, too.
Please include the following information:
4-H Club(s) – (include county clubs as well as State committees)
If you have had a project focus or favorite project, what is it?
In a short description describe one of the following:
Something you learned during your years in 4-H
A favorite 4-H memory
Advice to younger 4-Hers
What are your plans for next year?
Are there any 4-H volunteers you would like to thank publicly?
Send to email@example.com or 1505 Valle Vista Blvd.; Pekin, IL 61554. Deadline is March 1, 2018.
7th & 8th Graders—Save the Date! The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!
Mission: Adventure! Who doesn't love an adventure? We know our 4-H'ers in the 7th and 8th grades do because they fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we're hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and plan to travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel.
Look for more information & registration on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team creates a fun, hands-on weekend that's full of 4-H educational sessions, lots of laughter, meeting new people, and learning new things! Take the mission and find the adventure - we'd love to see you there!
Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
Registration is open for the Illinois 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus trip! Consider joining us for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore the federal legislative process, tour various sites around the Washington, D.C. area, visit Illinois' Representatives, and more. We'll be traveling Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. We haven't been able to finalize our 2018 costs yet (not all of our vendors have responded), but our 2017 cost to youth was $1025. We know we are potentially looking at a travel cost increase, so we are estimating a final cost of $1200. That includes a discount due to financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Payments are made when registering, February, and May. The initial deposit is $325. The final payment will be adjusted as needed to meet whatever the final cost will be.
Space is available on a first-come; first-served basis, so don't wait too long! More information is available on the 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hcwf.
Interested in a new culture?
Do you enjoy learning about different cultures? Does learning a new language sound exciting? The Chinese Language Institute and the ICC International Center is hosting Chinese classes and would love for you to join them! ICC's Visiting Chinese Scholar is teaching free classes centered around the Chinese language and culture. Also, the scholar is willing to help individual 4-Hers on Passport to the World and International projects.
Club leaders, are you looking for a fun program for one of your monthly meetings? Clubs are also encouraged to hold a meeting at ICC's International Center and have a program on the Chinese culture. They have presented topics such as kite making, tea ceremonies, Chinese games, Calligraphy and much more. If your club is not able to make it to ICC's International Center, Shari West is happy to come to you and present. Please contact Shari West at 309-657-3484 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Build Your Skills and Have a Great Time!
DARE to build upon your leadership skills. If you want to hang out with other teens while you learn to be a better leader, this conference is for you. TOTALLY REDESIGNED WITH TEENS IN MIND. This year's event is be open to ANY Illinois high school teen in grades 9 to 12. We're excited to open the doors of this event to teens who belong to any type of organization, club or sports team – any teen who desires to step up and DARE to LEAD. The conference is Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
Workshop sessions will focus on public speaking, watching your digital identity, social media marketing, advocating for a cause, becoming a leader, finding your leadership niche, and youth and adult partnerships.
Teens need to attend in a county, club, organization or school "group" (Illinois 4-H'ers included) and each group must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (age 21 or older).
If you want to go, you need to contact the 4-H office NOW. The staff will enter all the registrations for the county. Cost is $130 for 4-H members or $175 for other group members. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are the only one from your area who is interested, ask your Extension office if neighboring counties have a group that you can join. ("Groups" are for chaperoning purposes only; they are not required for conference work.)
Registration will close on Monday, December 4. DARE to LEAD – and join us!
Information to make your new year sparkle!
Congratulations for working through the first year of 4-H Online enrollment! Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 year is currently open and the enrollment deadline is MARCH 1, 2018.
Consider taking one of these NEW projects: Collectibles, Creative Writing, Coding in Visual Programming Languages, Coding in Text Based Programming Languages, Seeing i2i—Adventures in Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Free Range Robotics, 3-D Printing & Design, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Fiber Arts, Stained Glass Projects, Duct Tape Crafts, Paper Crafts, and Getting Started in Art (beginner level)
Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACES
Incoming freshmen and transfer students to University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences may apply for a NEW $2,500 scholarship. This year, 54 scholarships (two per each of Extension's 27 units) will be awarded. To learn more and apply @ academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship. Questions? Your local Extension staff can help you! Just ask us.
Teacher Tuesdays and Tech Teachers GP
Teacher Tuesdays are a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around STEAM Education for our region. Any type of educator, interested in expanding their STEAM knowledge is invited to join.
In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers GP—Join our conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TECHTeacherGP/
The current Teacher Tuesdays schedule includes the following dates and topics:
December 5: Classroom Tools for STEM Career Exploration
February 6: Spark Learning with Makey Makey
March 6: Maker-Ed, Peoria's First Makers Space
April 3: Minecraft, Illinois Computing Educators
May 1: Scratch, UIUC MSTE National Month of Coding
June 5: Flip Your Classroom, Illinois Computing Educators
As registration comes available for each individual event, it will be available at http://go.illinois.edu/teachertuesdays.
Tazewell 4-H Deadlines
March 1, 2018: 4-H General Enrollment—Anyone planning to enroll in the Tazewell 4-H program must complete their online Enrollment and pay their program fee by March 1, 2018 in order to be eligible to register for the 4-H Show exhibit opportunity. ALL projects must be selected at this time! Use the 2018 IL Clover to enroll.
April 15, 2018: Horse & Pony ID & Lease Forms—Tazewell County 4-H members planning to exhibit their horse/pony at the 4-H Show and Jr. Fair are required to complete an ID form and Ownership or Lease papers and turn in a copy of their current Coggins test to the Extension Office by April 15. Packets will mailed out to members after March 1, 2018.
June 15, 2018: 4-H Show Registration—ALL Tazewell County 4-H members planning on exhibiting at the 2018 Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair will need to register for their eligible exhibit opportunities by June 15, 2018.