Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- Stand up and be heard! Compete in the NEW Public Presentation Contest
- Jump Simulation Events
- 2018 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- Federation News
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation’s February Service Projects
- Leader & Superintendent Meeting
- Free Baby Chicks
- Illinois Pork Premiere Requirements
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Shooting Sports needs Volunteers
- Important 4-H REMINDER
- Tazewell County Shooting Sports Overview - Spring 2018
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: The Great 4-H Learning Garden
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Mason County Jr. Master Gardener
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: WANTED: TEEN TEACHERS
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: 4-H Karate SPIN Club
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Video Filmmaking 4-H Special Interest Club
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Dog Obedience and Dog Agility—Tazewell
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Dog Obedience—Peoria
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Quiltchat—Quilting 4-H Special Interest Club
- 4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: “DaVinci’s Coder” STEM 4-H Special Interest Club
- High School Seniors
- STEM Events
- Test your skills at state livestock judging contest
- Weigh in planned for state fair sheep & goats
- Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
- Horse Ownership/Lease and ID Forms
- Livestock Judging Opportunities
- Don’t be chicken; compete at state 4-H poultry judging contest
- Win $1,000!
- Ride on over to these horse contests
- Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
- Save the planet at 2018 State 4-H Robotics Contest
- How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
- Step up on National 4-H Day of Service
- Help celebrate the 4-H volunteers in your life!
- ACES Family Academies
- The best just got better! Many new Academies are scheduled
- Exciting Changes for 4-H at 2018 Illinois State Fair
- 17th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
- Paper Clover Campaign returns in April
- Help Illinois win $20,000
- Last Call for 2018 Legislative Connection Invitations!
- Take the challenge and be ready4life
- Quilting Contest
- New Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
Dear 4-H Families,
We survived the March 1 4-H Enrollment deadline!! Congrats! Now, the fun begins. I will be catching up on all your requested project manuals, so please watch your emails carefully for pick up information. If you realize you need a manual, please contact me, as you will not be able to request it through 4-H Online at this time. Fair enrollment with again be online, but more information on that in April.
As the days are longer and the weather warmer, I encourage you all to spend some time outside. These early weeks of spring are so refreshing after a chilly winter. It is also a wonderful time to go on an adventure! I know for those us that are calving, lambing, kidding, etc., every trip out to the pasture/barn lot/barn can be an adventure. Invite a friend out to see the new life in the barn or share a photo on social media. Enjoy this time however you decide to spend it!!
This edition is PACKED with information from the county level up to the state level. There are lots of opportunities for new adventures, so be sure to read everything.
Stand up and be heard! Compete in the NEW Public Presentation Contest
Three youth from each county will advance to the NEW State 4-H Public Presentation Contest, Saturday, June 9 in Decatur. All ages are eligible to compete in any of the four divisions: Formal Speech, Illustrated Speech, Original Works, Oral Interpretation. Youth may participate in this contest AND exhibit a project at the Illinois State Fair. All presentations must be 4 to 6 minutes in length. See the rules and scoresheets online at 4-H.illinois.edu. Click Member>Projects>Communications.
Our county 4-H Public Presentation Contest will be Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tazewell Extension Office. We will select who advances to the state competition at that contest.
Jump Simulation Events
If you are interested in learning about any of the upcoming Jump Simulation STEM events, be sure to check out their website, https://www.jumpsimulation.org/events/all-events-courses/2018-events/stem-events. Events are for middle school and high school aged youth.
2018 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
May 8 — Public Presentations Contest, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Extension Office
June 9 — State Public Presentations Contest, Decatur
July 10 — Clothing Judging, 5-7 p.m., Extension Office
July 28 — Fair Set Up, Mineral Springs Park
July 30 - August 1 — Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair
August 11 — Tazewell's Day at the Illinois State Fair
Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
A BIG thank you to ALL the Federation members who volunteered at Clover Clinic!! You all helped make the day a SUCCESS!
Tazewell 4-H Events
15—Sr. Profile submission due
19—Chick Exchange, 4:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
03—Leaders & Superintendents Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
10—Archery begins, 6:30 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
11—Horse Committee Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
12—Air Rifle Safety Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
12—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
14—TSC Paper Clover Campaign Activity Station, Pekin TSC
15—Horse Lease/ID Papers Due
08—Public Presentations Contest, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
10—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
28—Memorial Day, Extension Office closed
Federation’s February Service Projects
On Thursday, February 8, Tazewell 4-H Federation members completed two service projects. They packed twenty Birthday Bags that will be donated to a local food pantry. Bags included: cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, gifts, a card, tissue paper and a bow. The other project members worked on was Knotted Dog Chew Toys. Chew toys were made out of old t-shirts, that were cut into strips and then knotted to make the toy. About a dozen toys will be donated to an area shelter. Great job, Federation!
Leader & Superintendent Meeting
Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
4-H Show Book Pick Up
Free Baby Chicks
Each year, the Embryology in the Classroom program is offered to Tazewell County teachers. This year, I am hatching some in the Tazewell Extension Office. I will be looking for good homes for these chicks plus any chicks that the teachers return to us.
If you are interested and have proper housing for chickens, I would love to give them to you. The first round of chickens will be ready to go to their new homes on Monday, March 19. I will have a second round on Friday, May 11. The chick exchange happens at 4:30 p.m. each of those days.
Please contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office to "order" some of the free chicks.
The breed we are hatching this year are White Leghorn. This breed is very athletic, hardy, non-sitters and lay very nice large white eggs. They produce more eggs on less feed than most chickens.
Illinois Pork Premiere Requirements
Farrowed on or after February 10, 2018. Both purebred and crossbred pigs are eligible.
Each exhibitor may nominate a maximum of twenty-five barrows at the time of tattooing.
Pigs must be castrated before they are tattooed.
Barrows must be nominated, ear notched and tattooed before they are 35 days old.
Pigs cannot weigh more than the equivalent of 1.0 pound per day of age when tattooed.
All pigs must be tattooed by April 15, 2018.
If premiere barrows are properly nominated, ownership can be transferred to purchaser for exhibition as long as ownership deadlines are adhered to.
To have your pigs tattooed, please contact the Tazewell Extension Office to schedule a date and time.
4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the Illinois 4-H training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader is May 19-20 at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Cost is $125, and registration is handled through the local office before May 1.
Shooting Sports needs Volunteers
Men and women, ages 21 and older, are eligible to apply to become Shooting Sports Instructors or Assistants. All 4-H volunteers begin the application process by completing a 4-H Volunteer packet and interview. Shooting Sports Instructors are required to go through training held by the Illinois 4-H Office.
This training is offered twice a year, fall and spring. The 2018 spring adult certification training for the 4-H Shooting Sports program will be May 19-20 at the 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. We ask all those interested in becoming a state certified instructor or assistant to consider the three-year commitment. At this time we are in need of the following:
Additional Air Rifle Instructor
Shooting Sports Coordinator
Contact Katharine Girone, email@example.com, 309-347-6614 for more information.
Important 4-H REMINDER
A youth who enrolls in a 4-H club must maintain an active status with their club by attending meetings, tours, workshops, or other activities of that club to be called a 4-H member. Youth that do not comply are not eligible to take part in 4-H exhibitions, receive 4-H premiums, or other 4-H awards and recognitions that are available to 4-H members.
Tazewell County Shooting Sports Overview - Spring 2018
Returning members who participated in the 2017 fall session simply need to contact the Extension Office to be added to the spring session list.
New members wishing to join the Spring session need to complete the Shooting Sports registration packet and turn it in to the Extension Office, along with payment.
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: The Great 4-H Learning Garden
Create beautiful garden artwork, experience new and interesting gardening methods, make new friends, and grow plant foods to feed the animals. Over the next few months, the club will plan, educate, and design our various garden elements with interested persons of all ages. Our work and creative adventures began in January and will have at least one scheduled meeting each month. As the growing season begins, we will plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The produce is used to feed the animals at the park.
Location: Wildlife Prairie Park
Dates currently set: February 24, March 24, April 28
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee
Register: http://go.illinois.edu/WPPgarden or call 309-685-3140
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Mason County Jr. Master Gardener
All youth ages 8-18 (as of Sept 1, 2017) are welcome to join the JMG Club! Youth 5-8 years of age (as of Sept. 1, 2017) can join the JMG Cloverbud Club!
Youth work alongside U of I Extension Master Gardeners (who are also 4-H volunteers) in the JMG garden at the Mason County Fairgrounds. It is a great activity for the whole family. Lessons include plants, plant science, growing your own food, and exhibiting garden produce.
Organizational Meeting Location: U of I Extension Office, Havana
Date: Organizational meeting, Feb. 24 (future meeting and activity dates planned as a club)
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee
Register: Contact Joli Pierson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-543-3308
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: WANTED: TEEN TEACHERS
We are looking for teens interested in teaching others this summer! Teen Teachers will be trained and then assist with the Jr. Chef program throughout Tazewell County. If you are interested, contact Emily Schoenfelder at email@example.com or 309-347-6614.
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: 4-H Karate SPIN Club
The Central States Shotokan Karate 4-H club teaches authentic traditional karate in a stimulating, professional and informative class atmosphere that can be enjoyed by participants of ages 8 to 18 (both boys and girls). Karate is an "empty - hand" weaponless martial art.
Students learn karate defensive techniques such as blocking, punching, kicking, evasion from attack, dangerous situation avoidance, common sense self-defense and much more. Classes are conducted in a safe, formal manner just as is found in Japan, with an atmosphere of courtesy and mutual respect that is an important characteristic of a traditional karate class. The benefits of personal protection and fitness from karate training are legendary. Profound improvements in energy levels, stress management, self-esteem, and self-discipline are also typical side benefits of karate training.
All Karate ranks and instructors are nationally certified by the American Shotokan Karate Alliance (ASKA). The instructors are regularly trained and evaluated by the National ASKA Black Belt Development Program.
Location: Kickapoo Township Hall
Dates: 12-week sessions are ongoing.
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. beginners; 6 - 8 p.m. advanced
Cost: $20 4-H program fee + $40 supply fee per 12-week session
Register: Contact Cathy Ludolph for registration details firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-685-3140
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Video Filmmaking 4-H Special Interest Club
In this fun and exciting, hands-on 4-H Special Interest Club youth, ages 10 to 18, have the opportunity to work as a team creating a three to five-minute film. The learning includes the planning, script writing, filming, and editing processes.
Location: U of I Extension Office, Peoria
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 17, 24 & 31
Times: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $20 Annual 4-H program fee + $5 club supply fee
Register: http://go.illinois.edu/bk4kclub or by calling 309-685-3140
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Dog Obedience and Dog Agility—Tazewell
The Dog Special Interest Club started their spring/summer session on Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m. All youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to participate in obedience training. Youth and dog pairs are assessed on obedience skills before advancing to agility training.
Interested members must contact the leaders prior to attending, as the session has already begun. The 4-H club leaders are Danielle Stuber: 309-241-6261, email@example.com, and Kelly Stuber: 309-645-5776.
Location: Stuber's indoor training facility, rural Tremont
Dates: Thursdays, March 1 through mid-July
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. obedience; 7 - 8 p.m. agility
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee per member
Register: Contact the club leaders
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Dog Obedience—Peoria
In this fun and exciting Special Interest group, youth, ages 8 to 18, will gain knowledge on the fundamentals of showing your dog with hands-on experience. For the first lesson, please bring proof of shots for your dog, a flat buckle collar, a water dish, treats for your dog, and a good sense of humor.
Location: Peoria Obedience Training Center, 4115 Main St., Pottstown
Dates: Wednesdays, April 4 through mid-summer
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee per member
Register: http://go.illinois.edu/DogTrainingPeoria or call 309-685-3140
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: Quiltchat—Quilting 4-H Special Interest Club
Youth, ages 10 to 18, are learning basic sewing and quilting skills from volunteers who are active quilters. The club members may use sewing machines provided by U of I Extension. In addition to the sewing skills, youth are developing their artistic and creative skills.
Location: U of I Extension office, Pekin
Dates: Meets once or twice a month, next meeting is April 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee
Register: Contact Katharine Girone, firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-347-6614
4-H Happenings across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit: “DaVinci’s Coder” STEM 4-H Special Interest Club
The "DaVinci's Coders" Engineering SPIN Club is designed to give high school students interested in degrees and careers in engineering an opportunity to prepare a solution for a "real world" project. Students work in project teams, like engineers, to identify a customer in the community, with a problem in need of a solution.
The purpose of the SPIN club is to introduce students to the project pre-work performed by engineers, including written and oral communication, research, critical thinking, and working within project team structures.
Location: U of I Extension office, Havana
Date: Monday nights
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $20 annual 4-H program fee
Register: Contact Joli Pierson, email@example.com or 309-543-3308
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1505 Valle Vista Blvd.; Pekin, IL 61554. Deadline is March 15, 2018.
If you are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) events, be sure to check out this website for all the local happenings, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/stem.html.
Test your skills at state livestock judging contest
The Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held Monday, June 18 at the Stock Pavilion in Urbana (1402 West Pennsylvania Ave.) beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. All participants must be checked in by 9:30. The contest will begin at 10. Each county may enter a total of three teams, with no more than two junior teams or two senior teams.
Get all the rules and details online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock. Counties may enter a total of three 4-member teams and unlimited number of individuals in the junior and senior contests. (The teams may be either two junior and one senior or two senior and one junior teams.) The top three scores of a team will be combined for the final team score.
Juniors are 4-H members who were 13 years of age and younger as of January 1, 2018. Seniors were 14-18 years of age on January 1, 2018. Any 4-H member that has completed a year of college should be entered as an extra individual and not part of a team, but the college student may not have undergone training for post-secondary livestock judging. Any 4 H member who has competed at the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest as a member of the county team representing Illinois must participate as an extra individual in the June contest and not as a part of a team.
There will be three classes of beef, three classes of swine and two classes of sheep. There may also be a class of meat goats substituted for one class of the other species. There will also be a class of 15 questions (5 from a beef class, 5 from a swine class and 5 from a sheep class).
Weigh in planned for state fair sheep & goats
If you plan to exhibit sheep or goats at the Illinois State Fair, they must be tagged and weighed at one of the official locations. Please register by calling the number listed below if you plan to bring animals. The locations closest to us are:
April 28: McLean County Fairgrounds, 309-663-8306 , 9 a.m. - Noon
May 12: Illinois State Fairgrounds, 217-415-2924, 9 – 11:30 AM
A complete list of sites and dates is available at the Tazewell Extension Office.
Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
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: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
I also recommend you go through ALL of the species in which you think you may ever enroll in the future. Your status does not change to "Completed" until you have done all of the general sections and any applicable specie sections.
If you need any help completing the QAE training, or need to double check your status (you will need to know what year you think you completed the training), contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office.
Horse Ownership/Lease and ID Forms
All Tazewell 4-H members planning to exhibit in Horse projects are required to complete and return proof of ownership or lease papers, photo ID of horses and copies of most recent Coggins test results. All forms and photos are due to the Tazewell Extension Office by April 15.
Hard copies of the forms will be mailed directly to 4-H members enrolled in Horse projects. They will also be available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/tazewell4h/ under the 4-H Show and Jr. Fair tab.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Tazewell Extension Office or the Horse Superintendents.
Livestock Judging Opportunities
If anyone is interested in upcoming livestock judging events all across Illinois, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
Don’t be chicken; compete at state 4-H poultry judging contest
The Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest will be June 26. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the U of I Stock Pavilion in Champaign. Youth 8 to 13 (on Jan. 1, 2018) compete as juniors; youth 14 and older compete as seniors. The top winners will represent Illinois at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in November in Louisville, Ky.
The contest will include three classes of past egg production hens, two classes ready-to-cook fowl or fryers, one class of ready-to-cook heavy fowl, one class of broken-out eggs, two classes of shell eggs candled, and two classes of exterior egg quality. Oral reasons will be on one of the egg production classes.
The official resource is the National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual available from UNL Extension Marketplace, University of Nebraska. Copies of the manual and more information are available from Extension Poultry Specialist Dr. Ken Koelkebeck, email@example.com.
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, and Horses as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth.
Three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in horses and three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in dairy. A total of nine $1,000 scholarships will be provided in a combined contest for beef, sheep, and swine contestants. As of this time, the only confirmed date is 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 for the horse contest.
Ride on over to these horse contests
STATE 4-H HORSE JUDGING CONTEST:
The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held Saturday, April 28 at Black Hawk College, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the contest following at noon. The contest is open to all 4-H members; one does not need to own a horse or be enrolled in a horse project to participate. Be sure to pick up horse judging cards signed by Extension staff from the county office. Top-placing youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest where the national team will be determined.
STATE 4-H HORSE SPEAKING CONTESTS:
The state 4-H Horse Speaking Contest is Saturday, April 21 at the David Kinley Hall on the U of I campus immediately following the state Hippology contest. All 4-H members may participate. No pre-qualifying is needed. You must register at the Extension office by March 23.
REGIONAL 4-H HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY CONTESTS:
Regional horse contests will be held across the state. Winning teams and individuals advance to the state contests to be held April 21 & 22 on the U of I campus. Our regional contest will be Saturday, April 7, Casey Church of the Nazarene, 1000 US-40, Casey.
Please join me in wishing our Horse Bowl and Hippology participants the best of luck at Regionals!!
Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
Tazewell County Horse Committee hosts 4-H Horse Clinics each year. Tazewell County 4-H members are welcome to attend the clinics. It is required that the youth be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone is welcome to bring their horse to the Livestock Arena at Mineral Springs Park, Pekin.
Clinics are held Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. Please bring proof of Coggins test.
Look for signs for trailer parking area.
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 9, 16
Save the planet at 2018 State 4-H Robotics Contest
Environmental health is one of the most important issues facing planet Earth. Our health is directly tied to the health of our planet. So, this year's State 4-H Robotics Competition is all about environmental health! The contest will be held April 21 at the Orr Building of the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Get all the details @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrobotics. Your Envirobot will illuminate the many environmental challenges we face as we try to heal our planet. NEW this year (replacing the teamwork challenge): Each team will identify one environmental health issue and propose a potential solution or product to help mitigate the negative effect of the issue. Teams will have 15 minutes to present their solution to judges. BREAKING: See the video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=180&v=IVtX3OXmKNI!
Not into robotics? That's no problem. Come to Springfield and enjoy the day watching the competition and exploring lots of new technologies on display!
How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
The Illinois 4-H Foundation welcomes nominations for the 2018 4-H Family Spirit Award. The Illinois 4-H Family Spirit Award recognizes a family with at least three generations and at least 15 different family members (including in-laws) that have either been 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers with at least 100 cumulative years of 4-H membership or volunteerism represented within the family.
Selection is based on the total number of family members with 4-H connections, the total number of years of 4-H involvement, the diversity of experiences and recognitions earned by the 4-H members, and the collective impact that family members have made as advocates of their county and state 4-H programs. Online applications are available at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/content/family-spirit-award. Nominations are due May 1.
Step up on National 4-H Day of Service
4-H members do service better than anyone else! Join us for National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28. If you are busy April 28, plan your service project for any time during April! 4-H members and clubs are encouraged to help their community in any of these 10 areas:
College & Career Readiness
Food Access & Gardening
Health & Nutrition
STEM & Robotics
The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
Register & Enter Your Results for a chance to appear in the Illinois 4-H Clover!
Go to https://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/ and register your event with National 4-H Council.
Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice and find helpful resources.
Do your event and promote on social media using #thats4H and #TrueLeaders. Tag @illinois4H for a chance at fun prizes for your club!
Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice after your event and submit a report on what you did.
Help celebrate the 4-H volunteers in your life!
April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program wants to thank the more than 12,000 4-H adult and youth volunteers who guide and support the nearly 200,000 4-H participants in Illinois.
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. By working together, communities can meet challenges and accomplish goals.
Illinois 4-H volunteers are empowering and preparing youth for success as 4-H members provide service to others and their community. Today's 4-H youth are engaged in learning activities as they are practicing skills employers want; growing and distributing food to communities in need; stewarding the natural resources; making a difference in local, state, national, and global issues; and influencing positive choices for healthy living. None of that would be possible without our Volunteers.
In Tazewell County, there are 75 volunteers who are inspiring youth involved in county and local 4-H club programs. Thank you for all that do for our youth!!
ACES Family Academies
Are you a graduate of University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences? Share your excitement for U of I with a child you know. Participants will enjoy the college experience living in a residence hall, eating in the dining facilities and participating in educational classes on the College of ACES campus. This program will give you an opportunity to relive and share your college days as well as create new memories with your little Illini. ACES Family Academies is geared for children ages 8-13 years. Mark your calendars for July 12-13, and register after March 15 @ https://acesalumni.illinois.edu/events/aces-family-academies. Illinois 4-H is proud to support the efforts of the ACES Alumni Association.
The best just got better! Many new Academies are scheduled
Registration is open for the BEST SUMMER CONFERENCE EVER! Illini Summer Academies lets you try out college life while you study with college professors and learn about possible careers!
We have lots of new Academies this year, including:
Companion animal nutrition and pet food manufacturing
Plant biology: Exploring life beneath our feet
Game Design: Digital art, storytelling and fabrication at the Fab Lab
Work Hard/Play Hard: Careers in health sciences, sports and wellness
Returning Academies include aerospace, animal science, anthropology, electrical and computer engineering, human development and family studies, advance family studies, beekeeping, molecular and cellular biology, agricultural communications, theater hip hop dance, theater fashion design, and veterinary medicine.
The conference is Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 and is open to ALL YOUTH who have completed 8th grade and are at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2018. Check it out @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
If you are paying your entire registration fee, register now @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
If you are requesting a Trailblazer scholarship from the Illinois 4-H Foundation, apply @ go.illinois.edu/illini4Hscholarship. Check the website to see if you qualify.
If you are in 4-H and your county is providing you a partial scholarship, contact the Extension office for registration information.
Sponsors which cover part of the cost of Illini Summer Academies include Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, Growmark, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, H. Richard and Sarah McFarland Endowment for Youth Leadership, DuPont/Pioneer, Illinois 4-H Foundation, and the Human Development and Family Studies Department.
Exciting Changes for 4-H at 2018 Illinois State Fair
Exhibit days for non-livestock 4-H projects will be Friday, August 10 – Monday, August 13 in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Our day at the state fair will be Saturday, August 11.
NEW IN 2018
Volunteers will be celebrated all day long with a special gift. Check in anytime August 10-13 at the information booth of the Orr Building.
There will be no Clover Celebration.
There will be no Fashion Revue during the State Fair.
The State 4-H Public Presentation Contest will be held separate from the state fair on June 9.
NEW CLASSES have been added:
360° Computer Science class added
360° Video class added to Videos
Diversity and Cultural Awareness Project added
3-D Printing Print—2 levels
3-D Printing Design—2 levels
Visual Arts Fiber Non-Original Class for 8-10-year-olds ONLY
All Clover Challenge projects have been eliminated. See if your challenge fits in the Ready4Life class instead!
The Explore 4-H project will no longer be exhibited at state fair.
Child Care is no longer a 4-H project.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame winners on Tuesday, Aug 14 in the Orr Building prior to the Sale of Champions festivities.
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR STATE FAIR 4-H GENERAL PROJECT SHOW
DROP OFF your exhibit anytime from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Orr Building. YOU WILL NOT NEED TO CHECK IN WITH ANYONE.
CHECK THE BOARD to see what time you should be back for judging. Members must be present for conference judging.
LEAVE YOUR EXHIBIT on display throughout the day. You cannot remove it before the release time at 3:30.
PICK UP YOUR EXHIBIT from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We hope all families will honor the 3:30 release time…pretty please.
You are allowed to have someone else take your project home for you if you are not able to stay. Be sure to provide them your claim ticket.
17th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
Illinois and Missouri 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 17th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals. The Cardinals will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game will be $25.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front.
4-H members, leaders, alumni, and their families who purchase 4-H Day with the Cardinals tickets will have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield. Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. As an added bonus the Cardinals give-away item for the game is a replica 1968 National League Championship ring. The first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive this one-of-a-kind item.
Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Cardinals order form. Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or on the web at www.mo4h.missouri.edu. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 9, 2018. Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline so families are encouraged to order early. 4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to sit together must send their orders in the same envelope.
Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle to win prizes such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to other Cardinal baseball games. Funds raised through the raffle support Illinois and Missouri 4-H programs. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle is on the ticket order form. 4-H Day with the Cardinals has raised $77,000.00 to support Illinois and Missouri 4-H and Extension programming.
Paper Clover Campaign returns in April
Dates for the Spring Paper Clover Campaign, held in conjunction with Tractor Supply Stores and National 4-H Council, are April 11 - 22. Money donated during the campaign STAYS in that local county. The campaign runs twice a year. Last fall, more than $981,000 was raised nationwide for 4-H. Clubs are encouraged to have displays.
Tazewell 4-H will have an activity station on Saturday, April 14 at the Pekin TSC store. Please watch your email for more information.
Help Illinois win $20,000
April 1 – May 15, you can help Illinois win $20,000 just by raising your hand! We need every 4-H alum AND (NEW IN 2018) ANY ILLINOIS FRIEND OF 4-H to register online with National 4-H Council. 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, snap it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Your vote counts even if you voted last year! We will provide you the EXACT website to register soon! We are a HUGE state. Let's WIN this year!
Last Call for 2018 Legislative Connection Invitations!
If you always wanted to speak about 4-H at the State Capitol, you have one more chance to get trained: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro. Speaking for Illinois 4-H teaches you to tell your story to legislators, donors, 4-H volunteers, and civic groups and show the impact 4-H makes on the world. Training is conducted by Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team members. Those who complete this training are invited to attend the May 22-23 4-H Legislative Connection event at the state capitol in Springfield. Registration opens Monday, March 5 and closes Wednesday, April 18. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to our Speaking for Illinois 4-H page for more information and to register: go.illinois.edu/4Hsfil4H.
Take the challenge and be ready4life
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.
The Decatur Quilters Guild is sponsoring a youth quilt contest, and Illinois 4-H members are encouraged to participate. Amazing prizes are available to youth in four age divisions. Learn more at Icanquiltnsew.com. The theme of the contest is "Where in Zootopia is a 4-leaf clover." Quilts can be no larger than 50"x50" and no smaller than 24"x24." Registration opens April 15 and closes May 15. Each contestant must submit a 200-word initial report by May 31. This Progress Report Essay must be written by the contestant and explain their quilt construction plans and include a picture of them working on their quilt with their adult mentor, parent, or leader. Contestants will submit a 200 word Final Report Essay and photo of them holding their finished quilt no later than June 15, 2018 by email to ICanQuiltnSew-IL@sewverysmooth.com. Learn more at the Extension Office.
New Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
Each month, all the new Tazewell 4-H members are celebrated. Members are in a 4-H SPIN Clubs and/or multi-project 4-H Clubs.
Let's welcome these new 4-Hers to the Tazewell 4-H Family!!