Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2018 Clover Clinic Registration is OPEN!
- Horsin’ Around Special Interest Club
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation News
- Club News: 4-H Quest Club
- 4-H Online Enrollment is OPEN!
- THE GREAT 4-H LEARNING GARDEN at Wildlife Prairie Park
- Member Shout-Out
- 4-H Online Payment Methods
- Begin your global destination with 4-H
- Illinois Bicentennial Party—Canceled
- Need cash for college—we have you covered!
- High School Seniors
- Find the Clue to You! Mission: Adventure at this year’s Junior Leadership Conference
- 4-H Show Book Cover Design Contest
- Save the date!
- JOANN Rewards for 4-H members
- Test your teamwork & problem solving skills
- Teacher Tuesdays and Tech Teachers GP
- World of 7 Billion Video Contest wants you!
- Vet Science Award apps due in January!
- Win the title of Quiz Bowl Champion!
- Tazewell 4-H Deadlines
Dear 4-H Families,
I have a confession to make. As much as I love winter, I do have one complaint… COLD FEET! My feet are so cold that I am keeping a pair of wool socks in my desk for the worse days. Whew, I feel better getting that out in the open.
While the days are short and cold, I still find myself enjoying the season. Perhaps, it is all the time spent with family and friends. Or maybe it's the Christmas spirit. Or just maybe, it is the snow… Which ever it is, I hope you too find JOY this holiday season.
I am looking forward to the new year with all of you. Enjoy the holidays and the time spent with loved ones. Cherish your traditions, but be sure to make new memories. (Oh, I almost forgot...enjoy the Christmas cookies!)
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
2018 Clover Clinic Registration is OPEN!
Each year, Tazewell 4-H joins Fulton, Mason, and Peoria Counties for a huge project day called Clover Clinic. This large, regional event is held at ICC with nearly 40 different hands-on classes offered throughout the day. The 2018 event will be Saturday, February 17, 2018.
Registration is being done electronically this year, so it is super important to register early to get into the classes you want. Once they fill up, they will not be visible on the registration. To register, please visit, http://go.illinois.edu/4-HCloverClinic. Payment will still need to be done via mail or hand delivered to the Tazewell Extension Office. If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact Katharine at 309-347-6614.
Horsin’ Around Special Interest Club
Do you know someone who is horse-crazy and wants to learn all about horses? We have the perfect Special Interest Club for them!
Youth do not need a horse or even be enrolled in the 4-H Horse project to join our fun study group called "Horse Bowl and Hippology".
A younger age group of 8 to 12 years old (younger yet may attend with an adult) and an older group from 13 to 18 years old will meet weekly for three months starting in January and run through April to look over the 4-H Horse Manuals and other reference materials, and then play a game called "Horse Bowl".
We also bring in lots of horse items & equipment for good old fashioned "horsing around" fun.
When: Tuesdays, January through April
*times and dates may vary depending on members' schedules
Where: Christian Life Academy ~ Hopedale, IL
If interested please text Vera Betzelberger at 309-231-6375 or email@example.com.
Tazewell 4-H Events
23-31—Christmas Break, Extension Office closed
01—New Year's Day, Extension Office closed
11—Dog SPIN Club begins, 6 p.m.
11—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
15—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Extension Office closed
Horsin' Around SPIN Club begins in January (start date to come soon)
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
01—4-H Enrollment deadline for ALL projects
01—Dog SPIN Club begins, 6 p.m.
08—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
Thursday, January 11 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
Our club held officer elections at the October 27 meeting at the Morton Public Library. Caleb Guenther was elected President; Todd Smith as Vice President; Alayna Herring as Secretary; Rebecca Handly as Recreation Leader; Katherine Herring as Citizen Chairperson; Tristan Roth as Photographer; and Annelyse Smith as Reporter. The Rose Family offered to be the fleece purchasing committee. Mia Roth and Brielle Lawles are also part of that committee. Tristan Roth led a game of silly advertisements, and the Gays provided the snacks.
Annelyse Smith, Reporter
- 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.
- Enrollments and Payments must be received by March 1, 2018
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 dropdown bar when you select your projects. All enrollments are DUE MARCH 1, 2018!
Feel free to contact Katharine if you would like some one-on-one assistance; firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-347-6614.
THE GREAT 4-H LEARNING GARDEN at Wildlife Prairie Park
Create Art—Design Garden—Grow Food & Flowers
Youth Ages 8 to 18
Cost—$20 4-H Program Fee
First Meetings—Jan. 27 & Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
WPP Location—Forest Hall
Registration and more details at
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 will begin in January, and with at least one scheduled meeting each month.
U of I Extension Master Gardeners
May Bach: email@example.com
Rebecca Knight: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the 2017 Illinois State Fair, Maddox Dare received several top achievements in the Swine Shows. His barrow was named the Grand Champion Purebred Overall Breeds on the Rail in the Premiere Show for both the Junior and Open Shows. He also earned Reverse Grand Champion Overall in the Junior Show. Awesome job, Maddox!
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.
Illinois Bicentennial Party—Canceled
We are sorry, but we must cancel the Tazewell Bicentennial Party that would have been on February 11, 2018 at the Tremont High School. We have returned all monetary gifts given for this celebration.
We wish to thank the Scouts, schools, 4-H, churches, veterans, and others for their anticipated participation at this event.
Dorothy and Melody
Need cash for college—we have you covered!
FARM CREDIT ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIPS
High school seniors planning careers in agriculture may apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Farm Credit Illinois will provide 30 scholarships to youth who live or farm in one of the 60 counties in their service area. The first $1,000 will be distributed for the Fall 2018 semester, and the second $1,000 will be applied during the Fall 2020 semester. Apply online at farmcreditIL.com before February 28. Are you going to the University of Illinois College of ACES? The college is MATCHING this scholarship, dollar for dollar! Double your money while getting a great ag education!
ILLINOIS 4-H LIVESTOCK SCHOLARSHIP
This $1,000 Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship is open to members who have demonstrated mastery in the livestock area and plan to continue their education in the area of agriculture. Members must have been involved in the livestock project a minimum of three years. You must have been a 4-H member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships.
LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Eight $1,000 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship are offered to members who have demonstrated overall mastery and leadership in the 4-H program. You must have been a 4-H member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. Finalists must submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.
2018 HEARTLAND BEEF ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP
The Heartland Beef Alliance of Logan, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, and Tazewell Counties is once again offering a scholarship to graduating high school seniors. Please contact the Extension Office if you are interested in this application and to learn more about all the requirements. Deadline is January 27, 2018.
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 1, 2018.
Find the Clue to You! Mission: Adventure at this year’s Junior Leadership Conference
If you are an Illinois 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade, it's time to reserve YOUR spot for the 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference! We're focusing on Mission: Adventure – Find the Clue to YOU! Solve the mystery of the missing Chris Clover, examine the business world and see what it takes to start your own business, explore virtual reality, crack the forensic codes and more!
Our 4-H'ers 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 travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. Registration is open and fills on a first-come, first-served basis with the first 100 youth. More information and the registration link is posted on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Adults wishing to chaperone this event must be screened by University of Illinois Extension screening procedures and contact the State 4-H Office for details.
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!
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.
Save the date!
Illini Summer Academies will be June 24-28. NEW ACADEMIES. NEW ADVENTURES. NEW POSSIBILITIES. Open to youth who will have completed grades 8-12 by the time of the conference.
JOANN Rewards for 4-H members
Current & lifetime 4-H members, parents of members, volunteers, and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4-H. Sign up online @ http://www.joann.com/4-h.
Plus, we will have a special PAPER CLOVER activity on February 3, 2018 at JOANN in Peoria's Metro Centre. We will be making cards from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to give to the Peoria Children's Hospital – just in time for Valentine's Day! We're looking for clubs and individuals to come out and help with this wonderful service opportunity. You can stay for the whole time, or just for part of it. If you're interested in helping, please contact Emily at 309-347-6614 or email@example.com.
Test your teamwork & problem solving skills
All Illinois 4-H Clubs are invited to participate in an engaging leadership and STEM project which builds teamwork and problem solving skills. H³, an organization founded by 4-H members, will host a 2018 Live Division I Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® on February 17 in Morris. The winner of the contest is eligible to compete at the Division I Finals and win the title: Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Division I Champion.
Teams can range from 2 to 10 people age 11-14. The contest is open to 15 teams, so register NOW at https://www.rubegoldberg.com/hosts/h-cubed-morris-2018. A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with the machines they have imagined, designed and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. Remember, to compete in an RGMC all you need is a pile of junk and a great imagination! For more information, contact Anthony Warmack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
World of 7 Billion Video Contest wants you!
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000 and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018 – use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at https://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/.
Vet Science Award apps due in January!
This award recognizes youth that have enrolled and demonstrated mastery in the 4-H Veterinary Science project for a minimum of three years. Open to youth who were 15-18 on September 1, 2017. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the 4-H Vet Science project. The award can only be received once in 4-H career. It is a $200 cash prize. Applications are due in January. Download the application at go.illinois.edu/4Hawards.
Win the title of Quiz Bowl Champion!
The State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest will be held Saturday, February 24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Peoria. The State 4-H contest will be held in conjunction with the Illinois Jr. Holstein Association "Spring Thing" workshop.
All 4-H members interested in participating are invited to attend; no need to be enrolled in dairy or own dairy cattle. There is no limit how many can attend from each county. Teams of four can compete, or individuals can be added to other teams. The State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team will be selected from the eligible 4-H members participating at this state contest. Registration will be handled through the county offices in January. For information contact Dave Fischer @ email@example.com or call 618-830-4957.
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.