Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- 2017 Show Book Release
- FREE Pet Rabbit to Good Home
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Interested in a new culture?
- Federation News
- Free Baby Chicks
- Foundation to Honor Volunteers at Hall of Fame Event
- Think Summer and Register for Camp
- Shooting Sports Opportunities
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Shooting Sports needs Volunteers
- 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
- STEM Activities for Youth & Educators
- Win $1,000!
- Livestock Judging Opportunities
- Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
- 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
- Help celebrate the 4-H Volunteers in Your Life!
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Paper Clover Campaign returns
- 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-H’ers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
- Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
- Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist
- Open your home to International Visitors
- Travel the World as an International Chaperone
- Teen Leaders—We’re Looking for YOU!
- Visual Arts Manuals Needed
- How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
- See a real humanoid robot at the 2017 State Robotics Competition
- FilmFest 4-H puts YOU in the spotlight
- We’re back to the Orr Building
- 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
- NEW Quilting SPIN CLUB
Dear 4-H Families,
I hope everyone is enjoying this glorious, spring weather! I am looking forward to spending the weekend outside on the farm. I received a call from my father this morning that I had three Easter lambs make their way into the world and are waiting for me in the barn, so I am very excited to get home and see them.
I am also looking forward to seeing all you stop by the Extension Office to drop of your fair registrations! Fair season is quickly approaching, so I suggest you try super hard to make it to your next 4-H meeting, as the leaders have the NEW show books to distribute. Be sure to make a note of the June 15 registration deadline, too.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter!!
2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
June 15—Fair Registrations DUE
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
2017 Show Book Release
The new 4-H Show Book is printed and available! If you have not already received it, your leaders will have it for you at your next 4-H meeting.
Please note a few important things:
¨ The 2017 Show Book is bright GREEN. Throw away or recycle your old PURPLE one!
¨ Enjoy the photos and quotes throughout the book.
¨ There are important pages in the front and back of the book.
¨ Each department has Superintendents listed and they are available to answer questions about classes in that department.
¨ Highlights of the major changes to this year's book can be found online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/64031.pdf.
¨ The Show Book is also available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/63923.pdf.
¨ Registration can be done two ways this year; online or on paper. The online instructions will be coming to you very shortly, so watch your email for those. Feel free to utilize whichever method you feel comfortable with.
¨ The paper version is no longer on a triplicate form. Be sure to make a copy for yourself before submitting the form to your leader or the Extension Office.
Additional registration forms are available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/69425.pdf.
FREE Pet Rabbit to Good Home
· Breed and gender unknown
· Chocolate Brown
· Less than a year old
· Cage included
· Call Pam at (309) 453-3158 if interested.
Tazewell 4-H Events
15—Horse Lease/ID Papers Due
18—Archery begins, 6:30 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
20—Air Rifle begins, 6:30 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
26—Horse Committee Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
26-May 7—TSC Paper Clover Campaign
13—Quilting SPIN Club begins, 1 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
20—Federation Mtg., 6 p.m., Kiersten Rodman's House
29—Memorial Day, Extension Office closed
1—Tri-County Rocketeers Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
5—Horse Clinics begin, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
8—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
10—Photography Workshop, 9 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
12—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
15—Tazewell 4-H Show Registration DEADLINE
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.
Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Kiersten Rodman's House for Bonfire & Outside Activities
Please watch email/mail for more information of the finalized event.
Free Baby Chicks
Each year, we offer the Embryology in the Classroom program to Tazewell County teachers. We also hatch 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 last round of chicks will be available Friday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Think Summer and Register for Camp
WOW! Camp registration is HOT! 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.
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
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!
STEM Activities for Youth & EducatorsCheck out all the upcoming STEM activities at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/69756.pdf.
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H and FFA members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, and Horses as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth.
NEW IN 2017
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.
Contest Dates: Horse will be July 19; Dairy will be Aug. 19; Combined Beef/Sheep/Swine will be Aug. 9.
The SYPA contest is open to any youth 14 years of age or older (on Jan. 1, 2017) who are current Illinois 4-H or FFA members who are enrolled in that project.
Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the Illinois State Fair in order to participate in the SYPA contest.
Entries are requested prior to the State Fair Junior Shows and available at the Illinois State Fair website.
A participant may receive only one scholarship throughout their career. Further, after receiving a scholarship in any of the specie award areas, the eligible 4-H and FFA member may participate in other specie award programs in following years but will be eligible to receive phase awards only.
In order to receive a scholarship, the 4-H or FFA member must pursue studies at an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college, university, certified post- secondary trade school, or advanced educational program.
Scholarship monies are paid directly by the Illinois 4-H Foundation to the institution where the student is enrolled.
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
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
Help celebrate the 4-H Volunteers in Your Life!
April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, and University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program wants to thank the more than 20,000 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. It's about demonstrating that by working together, communities have the ability to 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.
High school seniors should check out the Taco Bell scholarship program. Tell your story in a 2-minute video. The scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. There are no essays, no test scores and no right or wrong answers. Taco Bell is looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers. Its foundation will award 1 million dollars to 100 young adults this year. Learn more @
Paper Clover Campaign returns
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.
NEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Registration is 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 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-H’ers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
We know that 4-H members do Community Service better than anyone. Now, there's a day set aside to celebrate that service as 4-H clubs across the nation come together for the first National 4-H Day of Service April 29. 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-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. Register your project online @ http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service.
Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
May 6—Derby Day, Seasons Gastropub, Morton, 11 a.m. till close
May 20—CIRT Benefit Horse Show, HOI Arena, Peoria, 8 a.m.
June 17—Sporting Clay Shoot, Oak Ridge Sportsman Club, Mackinaw, 8 a.m. registration
For more information, contact Jenna Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 699-3710.
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.
Open your home to International Visitors
Illinois 4-H is participating in the 4-H Summer Exchange with Japan. The hosting period will be from July 22 – August 18. We are currently recruiting host families for Japanese youth 12 – 16 years of age or adult chaperones. The youth are currently participating in language acquisition programs – LEX and Labo with similar emphasis on family involvement much like our 4-H program. However, many youth are learning English and come with limited language skills, which provides opportunities for host families to be very creative in communicating with the child.
To be a host family, you must have a child the same gender and within 3 years of age as the host student. Host families do not need to plan special activities as these youth want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English by staying with your family.
More hosting opportunities…
This year the IL IFYE Association will sponsor Poppy (a 24-year-old female from Wales) and Matthias (a 26- year-old male from Austria) arriving in Illinois around June 19 and departing around September 5. We are looking for three homes for each of them. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Susan Herren at email@example.com or call 618-234-2045.
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.
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.
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 are now available 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 will be 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 15, as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Visual Arts Manuals Needed
Due to a backorder, 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.
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.
See a real humanoid robot at the 2017 State Robotics Competition
THIS IS BIG! NAO, an advanced humanoid robot, will be one of the featured displays at this year's 2017 State 4-H Robotics Competition May 6 at the Orr Building on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
You don't have to know how to program a robot to have fun at this year's Illinois 4-H State Robotics Competition. This year's event is for the whole 4-H world! It is a perfect outing for your 4-H club! There is no cost to attend.
We are expecting more than 60 teams of 4-H members. This year's robots will be in great shape… that's because the contest is all around healthy living! Watch as robots fill their plates with healthy meal choices and exercise to be fit for life.
This statewide event is an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H robotics to demonstrate their learning, celebrate their accomplishments, and interact with others who share an interest in robotics. Participation is open to all 4-H members.
FilmFest 4-H puts YOU in the spotlight
FilmFest 4-H gives 4-H members across the nation a chance to express their creativity, showcase their filmmaking skills, and nurture that spark inside that drives them to make the imaginary real. This year's showcase will be July 23-26 in Kansas City, Mo.
FilmFest is a national film festival for youth who are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and others interested in meeting creative people. FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. Check it out @ http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/.
We’re back to the Orr Building
Once again, all 4-H general project exhibits will be housed in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
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. following the Clover Celebration. We hope all families will honor the 3:30 release time….pretty please.
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
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.
NEW Quilting SPIN CLUB
Who: Youth 10-18 years old
What: A Special Interest (SPIN) Club for those interested in learning the art of quilting. Members will construct their own quilt throughout the meetings.
Where: Tazewell Extension Office
When: Saturday Afternoons, 1-3 p.m. The first meeting is May 13, 2017.
Fee: $20 4-H Program Fee for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H.
Call Katharine at (309) 347-6614 to sign up.