Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation News
- A BIG thank you to ALL the Federation members who volunteered at Clover Clinic!! You all helped make the day a SUCCESS!
- Interested in a new culture?
- Leader & Superintendent Meeting
- Free Baby Chicks
- Think Summer and Register for Camp
- Shooting Sports Opportunities
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Shooting Sports needs Volunteers
- Tazewell County Shooting Sports Overview Spring 2017
- Illinois Pork Premiere Requirements
- Time to Tag State Fair Sheep and Goats
- Horse Ownership/Lease and ID Forms
- Animal Project 4-H Policy
- Pork Quality Assurance Training
- Help Illinois win $20,000
- Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois—Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Team
- Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
- Get your Buzz on! FREE Stuff for Clubs
- Livestock Judging Opportunities
- Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
- Explore Life at U of I’s Explore ACES—March 10-11
- Find your place in agriculture
- Scholarship Opportunities
- NEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- 4-Hers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
- It’s for the Birds: Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist with Project FeederWatch
- Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist
- Travel the World as an International Chaperone
- Paper Clover Campaign returns in April
- How well do you know your equine?
- Coming Soon…
- Teen Leaders—We’re Looking for YOU!
- Foundation to Honor Volunteers at Hall of Fame Event
- How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
- Get Healthy; is your Robot up to the Challenge?
- 2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals
- Visual Arts Manuals Needed
- Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
- Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
- State Fair Age change means All 4-H Members are Eligible
- Do your part to help at the Illinois State Fair
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours—Equine Headgear
- Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior Show
- March Art Classes
Dear 4-H Families,
We all survived the new March 1 4-H enrollment deadline!! Congrats! Now, the fun begins. Holly and I are working hard to get you 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. Fair enrollment with also be online, so watch for more information in April.
Spring is quickly approaching, and I encourage you all to find some time to enjoy all the "new" things out in the world. I am currently incubating 24 chicken eggs in my office, and I am hoping to enjoy new chicks in about a week. I will let you know in April how it goes… I am also thrilled to introduce a NEW staff member to you all! Emily Schoenfelder is the new 4-H Youth Development Educator for Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell. Emily is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone in the four counties. And I am excited to work with her!
This edition is PACKED with information from the county level up to the state level. There are a lot of opportunities for "new" adventures, so be sure to read everything.
Please allow me to introduce myself as the new Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development in the Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties. I am joining you after working in a similar position for California 4-H, and I am SO excited to be here!
I love working for 4-H. Youth face tremendous challenges, and it takes experience and guidance for a young person to become a successful adult. We – the volunteers, youth, and staff that make up the organization – help insure that young people begin their journeys with the qualities, character and tools necessary to live happy, healthy lives. We create a sense of belonging by allowing youth to be themselves while building relationships with peers and caring adults. We encourage the mastery of skills by providing hands-on, educational opportunities in subjects about which youth are passionate. We develop independence by giving youth authentic leadership roles, allowing them to make decisions, and providing opportunities for them to learn from their mistakes. We foster generosity by setting the example of volunteerism, promoting service to the community, and demonstrating that everyone can make a difference. I believe that we have an incredibly important job, and I feel both lucky and humbled by the opportunity to help lead this team.
I am already amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication of those families and volunteers that I have met, and I am looking forward to getting to know you all. If you ever have any ideas, questions or concerns that you'd like to share, don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for all you do for our youth!
2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
July 11—Clothing Judging, 5-7 p.m., Extension Office
July 29—Fair Set Up, Mineral Springs Park
July 31-August 2—Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair
August 10—Tazewell's Day at the Illinois State Fair
Tazewell 4-H Events
9—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
4—Leaders & Superintendents Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
6—Tri-County Rocketeers Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
11—Archery begins, 6:30 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
13—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
15—Horse Lease/ID Papers Due
26—Horse Committee Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
4—Tri-County Rocketeers Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
11—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
29—Memorial Day, Extension Office closed
A BIG thank you to ALL the Federation members who volunteered at Clover Clinic!! You all helped make the day a SUCCESS!
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.
Leader & Superintendent Meeting
Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
4-H Show Book Pick Up
Free Baby Chicks
Each year, we offer the Embryology in the Classroom program to Tazewell County teachers. This year, we are also hatching some in the Tazewell Extension Office. We 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, we would love to give them to you. The first round of chickens will be ready to go to their new homes on Friday, March 17. We will have a second round on Friday, May 19. 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.
Think Summer and Register for Camp
WOW! Camp registration is HOT! Don't miss your chance for a $40 early-bird discount by registering before March 31. Go online at go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp. Choose from four 5-day camp weeks:
Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 25-29
Week 4: June 30 – July 4
Shooting Sports Opportunities
If anyone is interested in upcoming Shooting Sports events all across Illinois, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
Nothing's hotter than Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports. By summer, we will have certified more than 1,000 volunteer instructors for the program in nine year. Your next opportunity to get trained is May 5-7. Volunteers are required to complete the entire weekend training, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday. The training is held at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.
We will offer certification in the following disciplines: archery, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and hunting & outdoor. We will also offer certification in the shooting sports coordinator role.
Cost is $125 per instructor. Interested volunteers MUST work through their local Extension office to conduct background and reference checks. No adults can attend without the approval of the local county Extension staff.
Learn more online @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shooting-sports.
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 2017 spring adult certification training for the 4-H Shooting Sports program will be May 5-7 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:
1. Additional Air Rifle Instructor
2. Shotgun Location
3. Additional Shotgun Instructor
4. Shooting Sports Coordinator
5. Instructors for new disciplines:
Hunting & Wildlife
Contact Katharine Girone, email@example.com, 309-347-6614 for more information.
Tazewell County Shooting Sports Overview Spring 2017
Returning members who participated in the 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.
4-H Program Fee
Shooting Sports is a Special Interest 4-H Club. A $20 annual program fee is charged to each 4-H member. Members who belong to a traditional 4-H club or another Special Interest club only pay the $20 to the "first" club.
Air Rifle – 8 to 18 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2016)
Shoots are held at Livestock Arena, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin
Each shooter will be required to provide his/her own eye protection.
Required safety meeting is Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tazewell Extension Office. Session dates are to be determined.
$10 supply fee for each session (fall/spring) payable to Tazewell Shooting Sports.
Additional Air Rifle Instructor needed.
Archery – 8 to 18 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2016)
Shoots are held at Livestock Arena, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin
Spring session Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
$10 supply fee for each session (fall/spring) payable to Tazewell Shooting Sports.
· All Archery and Air Rifle members are required to complete a Shooting Sports Enrollment Form, Risk Form and Health Form. Members of a traditional 4-H club are also required to have their club enrollment and payment turned in. Youth joining Shooting Sports only, are required to also turn in their Program fee with completed paperwork.
· Enrollment packets are available at the Tazewell Extension Office or online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/tazewell4h/.
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. Shooting Sports Instructors are required to go thru training held by the Illinois 4-H Office. This training is offered twice a year, fall and spring. Assistants are required to go thru training held by the Tazewell County 4-H Shooting Sports board and 4-H Staff. Contact Katharine Girone, firstname.lastname@example.org, 309-347-6614 for more information.
Illinois Pork Premiere Requirements
· Farrowed on or after February 10, 2017. 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, 2017.
· 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.
Time to Tag State Fair Sheep and Goats
Dates for tagging State Fair sheep and goats have been set. Our closest site is Bloomington, Illinois at the McLean Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Please contact Leah Street (260-494-6742, daytime or 309-663-8306) with any questions. A complete list of sites and dates is available 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.
Animal Project 4-H Policy
All 4-H members enrolled in ANY livestock project, including dogs and cats, are required to complete the Quality Assurance and Ethics (QAE) training to remain "active" in that project. An "active" status is needed to be eligible to register to exhibit at the county fair and the Illinois State Fair. This rule applies to 4-H members who plan to exhibit live animals AND/OR poster exhibits.
QAE training is only required to be done once during your entire 4-H career. If you have completed it in the past, you should be good to go.
If you have never done the online training, you will go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/, register and complete the required section. I highly recommend that you save your QAE code and certificate in a safe place.
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.
Pork Quality Assurance Training
Every youth exhibiting a swine project is required to complete the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training. The PQA certification must be renewed on an ANNUAL basis. This year we will not be scheduling a class for this certification. Members must now take the class online at http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/.
If this is the first time taking PQA, you will need to set up an account. Youth ages 8-12 must have a parent register for them.
If you need any help completing the PQA certification, please contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office.
Help Illinois win $20,000
Starting March 1, we need every 4-H alum to raise their virtual hand and be counted by National 4-H Council. It's easy to do. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. You'll even have a chance to donate $10 if you want to help Illinois 4-H. That's up to you. 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, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Watch our social media channels for the BIG PUSH to raise all the hands of Illinois Alum!
Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois—Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Team
It is estimated one in five Illinois children, almost 745,300 children under the age of 18, face hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis. To respond to this sad reality, Illinois 4-H is continuing to address this hunger challenge through the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities program.
Last year, with generous funding from Evelyn Brant Thomas, over 2,050 youth and adult volunteers provided 6,529 hours of service reaching 1,439 families with 2,315 pounds of fresh produce valued at over $4,860. In addition to gardening efforts, Illinois 4-H members partnered with Illini Fighting Hunger and packaged and distributed over 249,168 soy-rice casserole meals within communities where they were packaged. Additionally, over $11,375 was received by local counties to support 4-H's fight against hunger in Illinois communities.
Illinois 4-H club members are encouraged to accept the challenge of addressing hunger in their community. We want 4-H members, volunteers, families and whole communities to be part of the solution for alleviating hunger where you live.
Here are some ways you and your 4-H club may help:
Establish a 4-H Hunger Ambassador committee within your club to help fight hunger in your community.
Establish a community 4-H garden where members grow fresh vegetables to be given to local food pantries, soup kitchens or shelters serving individuals in need.
4-H members enrolled in vegetable gardening can Plant a Row for the Hungry and donate their extra produce to local food pantries, churches and other organizations serving families facing food insecurity.
Encourage other gardening enthusiasts to Plant a Row for the Hungry and pledge to donate their extra produce to local food pantries and organizations serving families in need.
Conduct a canned food drive to support a local food pantry.
Organize a group of 4-H Teen Hunger Ambassadors to learn about hunger in their community and develop a plan to contribute to it reducing the problem.
Organize a food-packaging event where volunteers assemble soy-rice casserole meals for distribution through food pantries within their county. Funding for these events would be available on a cost share basis.
Sponsor a booth in grocery or other retail stores heightening the awareness of hunger in the local community and collect non-perishable food donations to support local food pantries and soup kitchens and other meal sites.
Partner with local organizations by volunteering to serve at a summer lunch program where one or more 4-H clubs sponsors a day or a whole week.
Contact your local Extension Office for details how you can help fight hunger in your community. Grants are available to help fund your Feeding and Growing project.
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 5, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 17
Get your Buzz on! FREE Stuff for Clubs
Honeybees and other pollinators play an important role in our food production. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. By planting a pollinator garden, your club can help increase honeybee populations. The program is sponsored by GROWMARK and FS.
· Clubs which want to participate get lots of free stuff from Growmark including:
· ¼ pound of seed for each club.
· Planting and care instructions.
· Educational signage.
· A customized press release to use in your local newspaper.
· Publicity for the program through our SOURCE magazine, FS member cooperative newsletters, and social media.
Clubs will need to:
· Locate a public place and secure permission to plant a pollinator garden. This could be in a park, near a school, along a well-traveled road, at the fairgrounds, or any visible location. Look for a location with approximately 700 square feet, or multiple locations that add up to that size. Please do this before filling out the application.
· Complete an online application by March 31, 2017: www.bit.ly/20174hpollinator
· Prepare the planting site per provided instructions.
· Plant the seed once the danger of frost has passed in your area.
· Place provided educational signs near the garden.
· Tend to the garden throughout the summer. Keep it looking nice and neat, and water if necessary.
· Share photos of the garden and the pollinators it attracts with GROWMARK and your local media.
· Work with your local FS cooperative to offer advice and answer questions you may have about pollinators or agriculture in general.
Clubs that participated in the program last year are automatically re-enrolled in the program.
For more information, contact Karen Jones (email@example.com or 309-557-6184) with questions.
Livestock Judging Opportunities
If anyone is interested in upcoming livestock judging events all across Illinois, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
Saturday, June 10
University of Illinois Extension, Tazewell County office, Pekin
Registration deadline—June 1
$10 registration fee per session for youth currently enrolled in a 4-H Club
$15 registration fee per session for youth not currently enrolled in a 4-H Club
Super Project Days are open to youth ages 8 to 18 along with an adult mentor of their choosing.
The Photography Workshop will include teaching and hands-on learning. Participants should bring their own photography equipment. Optional supplies include your camera's user manual and photography equipment for the mentor.
9 a.m. to Noon
Topics focused on:
We will be shooting in Auto mode for the morning session.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Topics focused on:
· Shutter Speed
· Aperture & depth of field
· Long exposure
We will be shooting in Manual mode for the afternoon session.
Photography Workshop Instructors: Scott Farquhar & Anita Wilkinson, 4-H photography judges and hobby photographers
Explore Life at U of I’s Explore ACES—March 10-11
Learn about chocolate, put your hand inside of a cow, taste hot pepper sauces and learn about the opportunities awaiting you in Washington, DC! Explore ACES, a two-day student-run event, acquaints prospective and admitted students with ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) faculty, academic offerings, and countless student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research and innovative student projects. Learn about study abroad programs, what students can do with their ACES degrees and how to apply for more than $3.5 million in scholarships. Join the more than 2,000 students who will attend Explore ACES on Friday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Find your place in agriculture
Are you a young woman interested in a career in agriculture? Consider attending the "Women Changing the Face of Agriculture" Conference on the University of Illinois campus March 10. The keynote speaker is Elzandi Oosthuizen, vice president of global strategy at Monsanto. Oosthuizen's 12-year career with Monsanto began in South Africa and includes global and regional roles in the Seed and Traits, Crop Protection, and Vegetable operations.
The conference offers career advice and direction for young women in high school and college who are thinking about a career in agriculture. At the conference, women learn more about careers in the industry, network with women from across the country and interact with others interested in similar careers. To learn more about the conference, visit womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
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NEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday, June 25 through Thursday, June 29. You'll stay in newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. We have new academies including Agricultural Communication, Journalism and Filmmaking, Theatre Arts - HIP HOP, Theater Arts - Costuming, as well as an advanced session in Human Development/Family Studies.
Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial need scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017.
Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ illinois4H@illinois.edu. Requests received before April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1.
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-Hers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
4-H clubs across the nation will be using their hands to larger service as part of the first National 4-H Day of Service during April 2017. 4-Hers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 has been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach. The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volunteers and community partners. 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.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to create a tool kit and website that will be launching soon to provide tools and resources to plan successful service experiences across the nation. Included will be: National 4-H Day of Service Planning Guide; Service Project Ideas; Project Implementation Timeline; Web-based Service Project Registration and Reporting Resource; and a media tool kit.
Watch for National 4-H Day of Service resources that will be released soon as you begin identifying the difference you will make!
It’s for the Birds: Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist with Project FeederWatch
4-H members who enjoy bird watching are invited to become a citizen scientist with Project FeederWatch. What is Project FeederWatch? Project FeederWatch lets you become the biologist of your own backyard. Participants identify the birds at their feeders from November – April and submit their observations to the Cornell Lab. You can count every week or only once all season – the time you spend is up to you! Using an easy online data entry, you can immediately see all of your counts and view colorful summaries and graphs.
Anyone interested in birds can participate; you do not have to be an expert. All you need is a comfortable chair, a window and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood. There is an $18 fee which provides first time participants with a Project FeederWatch Kit and part of the fee helps to support the continuation of the program which is in its 30 year. Once you register online you can immediately start collecting data at your feeders.
4-H members/families can obtain additional information and sign up online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: http://feederwatch.org/.
Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist
"Hands to larger service," the third "H" of the 4-H pledge, is what awaits Illinois 4-H members interested in taking science to a new level in the 4-H Citizen Scientist program. Thanks to the generous support of Archer Daniels Midland, this program will provide junior and senior high youth interested in environmental science opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. Members observe and record information on a given site, collect data from samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of scientific research related to water quality.
The program is open to current 4-H members and volunteers, as we well as youth and adults who are not current members but wish to learn how to improve their local environment. Counties are encouraged to recruit teams of 1-2 adult volunteers and 3–5 teen youth interested in environmental education around water quality. Participating teams will receive specialized training at no cost. Unit offices will receive a tool kit of equipment for use by 4-H citizen scientist teams in their data collections.
Participants are required to attend a one-day session through the Illinois RiverWatch organization. The following training is in our area:
·April 29--Peoria – registration due by April 19
Click on this link to register: at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wx7o69dab&oeidk=a07edl7h880f8b38664. Special instructions for 4-H members and volunteers. 4-H members must select "payment by check" and list their organization as their 4-H club & county so that the Illinois 4-H office can pay your registration fee. NOTE: there needs to be at least one adult 4-H volunteer who will be guiding the 4-H Citizen Scientist team attending the training with the team.
Travel the World as an International Chaperone
The following international travel opportunities are open.
One chaperone is needed for the 4-week Japanese exchange with travel dates of July 12 – August 10 and chaperone fee of $1,750.
For Spanish speakers, Costa Rica is open with travel dates of June 18 – July 17 and chaperone fee of $1,050.
Contact Miriam Rosenbohm, Illinois for 4-H International Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, will run April 26 to May 7. During that time, patrons may make contributions to their local 4-H programs at any Illinois TSC store. The campaign runs twice a year. Last fall, more than $900,000 was raised nationwide for 4-H.
How well do you know your equine?
The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held Saturday, April 8 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. Participants must bring signed horse judging cards with them to registration. The cards require an Extension staff signature and are available from the local office.
Youth will judge six classes of horses, at least two being halter classes. Youth 14 years of age and older may also choose to participate in oral reasons following the classes. For those not participating in the oral reasons class, one question class will be required. AQHA Ranch Riding has been added to the list of possible performance classes to be judged. Top-placing youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest where the national team will be determined.
Tazewell 4-H will be launching a new SPIN Club in the VERY near future. Be sure to watch your newsletter, email and the Facebook page for more information.
Teen Leaders—We’re Looking for YOU!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities opening this spring and summer. All applications will be available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of industry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available March 1 and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the two-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in January, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for 6-7 teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1, as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Foundation to Honor Volunteers at Hall of Fame Event
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will be honoring its 2017 Hall of Fame class at a ceremony, Saturday, August 12 in the Orr Building at the State Fairgrounds. Nominations are submitted by Extension staff, one per county. If you have suggestions for a local winner, please contact Tazewell Extension Office.
How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
The Illinois 4-H Foundation welcomes nominations for the 2017 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. On-line applications are available at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/content/family-spirit-award. Nominations are due May 1.
Get Healthy; is your Robot up to the Challenge?
The theme for the 2017 Illinois State 4-H Robotics Competition has been announced, and we think your robots will be jumping for joy. … if they do, they might earn points for it!
HEALTH BOT 2017 will have a "Healthy Living" theme. You'll compete as a team (up to 10 members), while you design a course, and program your robots to complete tasks related to healthy living: jogging, weight lifting, playing soccer, cheering, visiting the library, filling a plate, getting vaccines and helping the needy. We can't wait to see all the ways you promote HEALTH.
All the fun happens Saturday, May 6. The contest has a new location—The Orr Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Find out all the details and WATCH THE VIDEO describing the challenge @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrobotics.
2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, May 20. The Cardinals will be playing the San Francisco Giants in a 6:15 p.m. game in Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their parents/leaders can take part in a parade around the ball field—that's right, participants will actually get to go down on the field and march one time around the stadium behind their state or county 4-H banner. Also, everyone who orders a ticket on this form will receive a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H and Cardinals logos to commemorate the day. Note: Groups of families or county groups that wish to sit together must send their orders in one package. Tickets usually sell out, so order early. Tickets and t-shirts will be mailed on May 8.
You could throw out the first pitch of the game, get an autographed baseball or win other great prizes! 4-H members who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to be selected to throw out the first pitch, and other family members, alumni and guests can win other great prizes. Each person who completes Section B of the order form will receive one chance to be selected for every $1 they donate to the 4-H Day with the Cardinals Raffle Fund. You must order tickets on the 4-H form to participate in the raffle.
Order forms are available in the Tazewell Extension Office or online at ,http://www.4h.missouri.edu/4h-day-with/4h-day-with-cardinals.
Visual Arts Manuals Needed
Due to a back-order, we are in need of any extra Visual Arts Members' Manuals. These are the tan books with the purple writing that read, "Illinois 4-H Arts". Please bring them by the Tazewell Extension Office.
Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
Look to advance your leadership skills and become part of the state Speaking for Illinois 4-H leadership team! If you are 14-18 years of age and looking to take a new step in leadership, join us May 6 at the Effingham Extension Office. This all-day training will prepare you to help your local 4-H program in soliciting donors, speaking to community groups and keeping county board members informed of local 4-H impact. On a state level, those attending will be invited to participate in 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state capitol and tell their story to our Illinois Representatives and Senators. Cost is $10. Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/sfi4h.
Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
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.
An EXTRA exhibit entry in EVERY project has been added to the state fair this year.
State Fair Age change means All 4-H Members are Eligible
All Illinois 4-H members who were 8 to 18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016 are eligible to show in BOTH the Junior Livestock Show and the 4-H General Project Show of the State Fair. Last year, we had a 28% growth in general project exhibits… and many of them were 8- and 9-year-olds.
If you are an active member of FFA who is 19 to 21 years of age, you may also qualify to exhibit at the Junior Livestock Show if you meet one of these criteria:
· Maintain active membership on the roster of their local high school FFA Chapter
· Maintain active membership in a collegiate FFA Chapter in a post-secondary institution of higher education in the State of Illinois
· Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.
Since 4-H age ends at 18, the only way to exhibit at the State Fair Junior Livestock Show if you are 19 to 21 is to be an active FFA members as verified by Illinois FFA.
4-H members exhibiting in the General Project Show must be selected as a delegate at their county 4-H show.
Do your part to help at the Illinois State Fair
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711. You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help.
Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours—Equine Headgear
All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified equestrian helmet whenever mounted or driving at all 4-H horse and pony events, shows, activities or practices. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened snugly in place whenever mounted. Helmet policies apply to all county, area and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows and activities. Protective helmets are recommended for all riders and drivers at all times. It is recommended that all adults working with 4-H members model the desired youth behavior by also wearing protective helmets whenever mounted or driving.
Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior Show
If you are one of the 2,000 4-H members who exhibit livestock at the Illinois State Fair, pay close attention to the revised schedule for 2017's fair. The NEW livestock show book will be available soon online at the state fair website. The Junior Show and Open Show information is now together in ONE BOOK. Illinois 4-H is proud to partner with the Illinois Department of Ag and support the efforts of the Illinois State Fair.
March Art Classes
The Pekin Academy of Fine Arts is offering a wide variety of classes for all ages in March. For details and registration, please find them at http://www.pekinacademyoffinearts.com/.