Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- State Fair Junior Livestock Shows
- IMPORTANT PREMIUM INFORMATION!!
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation News
- Photo Contest Announced
- Tell us what you think
- Who will win $5,000?
- 4-H Online Enrollment is OPEN!
- 4-H Online Payment Methods
- NEW Award Applications!
- Illinois Bicentennial Party
- State 4-H Youth Leadership Team names new members
- Share Your Story!
- Begin your global destination with 4-H
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- Another chance to speak up at Bourbonnais, Illinois
- 7th & 8th Graders—Save the Date! The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!
- Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
- Interested in a new culture?
- Build Your Skills and Have a Great Time!
- Information to make your new year sparkle!
- Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACES
- Teacher Tuesdays and Tech Teachers GP
- STEM Saturdays
- New Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
Dear 4-H Families,
Fall is officially upon us! I saw my breath the other night, which confirmed it is definitely sweatshirt weather. I hope everyone takes some time to enjoy the changing colors. I am excited to start making batches of soup and pumpkin baked goods. Oh, and I am so ready for a bonfire with s'mores!! Have I mentioned how much I love food?
With so many things to do, I know how hard it can be to fit everything in. If you find yourself with a little bit of free time, perhaps you will use that time to enroll in 4-H. This newsletter has a lot of useful enrollment information in it. Plus, there are a lot of upcoming events I would love to see Tazewell 4-Hers attend!
Your leaders will be distributing the new Illinois Clovers, and I highly recommend checking out all new projects. I also want to congratulate all the new officers being elected! Happy Enrolling!
State Fair Junior Livestock Shows
Let's give a round of applause to the following Tazewell 4-H members that exhibited in a State Fair Junior Livestock Show: Taylor Powell, Lane Schweigert, Clayton Schweigert, Luke Sauder, Lane Sauder, Lydia Rogers, Noah Rogers, Grace Sauder, Maddox Dare, Rachel Koch, Abigail Koch, Lucas McGinnis, Chase Bachman, Allie Anderson and Max Beutel. My deepest apologies if I missed anyone. Great job to all of these 4-Hers and their animals!
IMPORTANT PREMIUM INFORMATION!!
If you exhibited at the 2017 Illinois State Fair, AND received a 4-H Superior rating (the giant, purple ribbon) you have a State Fair 4-H Check. These premium checks were mailed out October 11 from the Tazewell Extension Office. You should be receiving them any day.
And to add a little more money to the mix, the Extension Office has the 2017 Tazewell County Junior Fair Premium Checks. These checks MUST be picked up and signed for. If you have not stopped in yet, check with your club leader(s) to make sure they are not distributing them at the club level. Junior Fair Premium Checks are awarded to exhibits that earned a first through fifth premium ribbon. You are welcomed to call the Extension Office if you are unsure if you have a check.
Tazewell 4-H Events
21—Federation Mtg., 5 p.m., Scott & Lexi Farquhar's Home, Hopedale
28—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
09—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
11—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
18—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
23-24—Thanksgiving, Extension Office closed
01—Club Info Sheet due (4-H Leaders)
14—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
23-Jan. 1—Christmas, Extension Office closed
01—New Year's Day, Extension Office closed
11—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
15—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Extension Office closed
Saturday, October 21 at 5 p.m.
Scott & Lexi Farquhar's Home for Bonfire & Outside Activities
Members are asked to bring a snack to share, lawn chairs and a friend. Federation will provide the meat and drinks. Please RSVP to the Extension Office by Thursday, October 19.
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. (tentatively)
Tazewell Extension Office
All 4-H members ages 13-18 are invited to join Federation.
Photo Contest Announced
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will feature a winter photo for their winter mailing, and they want the photo to be taken by an Illinois 4-H member! Here are the details… we will have cool prizes for the top entries.
Submit high resolution photos to illinois4H@illinois.edu by October 31.
File sizes must be at least 500k in size.
Photos should be WINTER scenes, but not depict holiday scenes.
Photos of people must include a signed photo release of the person in the picture.
Winning photos become the property of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
Tell us what you think
More than 3,100 4-H members exhibited in the Illinois State Fair 4-H Project Show this year. We had all kinds of excitement… from hands on demonstrations by the U of I College of Vet Med to the announcement of a $1.5 million dollar grant from Google and the launch of a virtual reality 4-H world. As many cool things as we had, we know there are always ways we can improve. We want to hear it all… the good, the not so good, and the downright amazing. Write us a note at illinois4H@illinois.edu.
Who will win $5,000?
The Youth in Action Award honors four 4‑H members who have gained critical life skills through their 4‑H experience and have used those skills to overcome a challenge, or challenges, they have faced. Each of the honorees epitomize 4‑H youth empowerment and leadership. In addition, the winners have demonstrated the positive impact they've made with their family, peers and community through their 4‑H experiences.
It's time, again, to nominate outstanding 4-H members in four different categories: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living, and STEM. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education, be featured as the 4‑H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at National 4‑H Council's Legacy Awards.
Learn more at http://4-h.org/parents/4-h-youth-in-action/.
Deadline for application is October 23.
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!
The 4-H leaders in Tazewell County will distribute your enrollment materials at your next club meeting. Feel free to contact Katharine if you would like some one-on-one assistance; email@example.com or 309-347-6614.
4-H Online Payment Methods
Illinois 4-H charges $20 per person Program Fee with a maximum per family Program Fee of $60.00.
*If this fee will cause a financial hardship, please contact the Extension office.*
INDIVIDUAL PAY BY CREDIT CARD
If you would like to pay the Program Fee using a credit card, choose Add New Card and complete the information. Your card will not be charged until the county staff approves your enrollment.
INDIVIDUAL PAY BY PERSONAL CHECK
If you would like to pay the Program Fee with a personal check or cash, choose County/Club 4-H Check and click Select Payment Method. You will receive a confirmation screen with instructions on where to submit the payment. Your enrollment will not be approved until the county staff receives your payment.
CLUB PAYS FEE
In some clubs, the club will do fundraising to pay all or part of the fee for all the members of the club. If this is the case, your club leader will share with you that information. Continue to the Payment screen. Choose County/Club 4H Check as the payment option, which will be highlighted by default. Choose Select Payment Method to advance to the final screen to confirm and submit your enrollment. Your enrollment will not be approved until the county staff receives payment from the club.
MULTI CHILD FEE WAIVER
Illinois 4-H charges $20 per person Program Fee with a maximum per family Program Fee of $60.00.
Based on this amount, the first 3 youth members in a family are be expected to pay the $20.00 per member. For the 4th youth member and beyond, the fee will be waived.
In order to receive the fee waiver, DO NOT advance beyond the Invoice screen. Rather than choose payment, and then on the final screen submit the enrollment, choose My Member List in the upper right portion of the screen. Notify Katharine Girone at the Extension office , 309-347-6614 or firstname.lastname@example.org, that you have enrolled the member, but did not complete so that a discount code can be applied.
NEW Award Applications!
Whether you are a first-year 4-H member or a tenured member with 7 or more years under your belt, you can begin collecting information for your 4-H award applications. With the NEW Illinois 4-H Recognition Program in place, even 8-9 year old members can submit the 4-H Experience Application and be eligible for 4-H recognition. Older members can submit both the 4-H Experience Application and the Illinois 4-H Award Application for recognition.
The Illinois 4-H Experience Award Application for Individuals focuses on all of those events and activities that you have experienced during the 4-H year in four areas: Participation, Community Service, Leadership, and Project Learning. Depending upon the type and number of experiences you can report on, members are eligible to receive recognition on the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover Award level. Your family calendar, 4-H records, check-marks, and a few written details are all that's needed for even our youngest members to submit this application. This application can be found @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/awards.
Also found at that link is the Illinois 4-H State Award Application, the application for statewide competitive awards. Many counties also use this application for their county 4-H awards; check with your 4-H leader or local Extension office to check on your county's requirements. This application is also used for our state 4-H Award selection process, so those members who are 15 and above by September 1 are encouraged to check out this application. Members may apply in any or all of the five award categories: Communications, Community Service, Leadership, Personal Growth, and/or Project Mastery. State winners in these categories can receive educational scholarships or trips to national events.
Several other 4-H award applications are also posted on that webpage; many for older members. Check them out and contact your local Extension office for local deadlines and information.
This awards program will begin in the 2017-2018 4-H year here in Tazewell 4-H. If there are any youth and/or families interested in learning more about the process, please feel free to contact Katharine.
Illinois Bicentennial Party
Citizens in Illinois are looking forward to many bicentennial celebrations beginning December 3, 2017 with a cannon blast in Delavan and ending a year later with a closing cannon blast. Tazewell County Museum, 15 S. Court St., Pekin along with Cristal Dagit are the Tazewell County facilitators for the events in our county. Tremont has been invited to participate with a 200 year birthday party at Tremont High School on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
This birthday celebration is a chance of a lifetime for students to engage in and create a historical table scape to display and share at the celebration. Any Tazewell County event, historic sight, or geological sight that displays significance during the past 200 years is welcome. All students, any age may create an individual or group table scape to be in place by 1 p.m. on February 11.
Table scapes may include, but are not limited to memorabilia, photos, pencil drawings, creative replicas, etc. Students should be available at their table for Q and A. Students will research via internet, library, museums, interviews with knowledgeable persons and list their sources. We also welcome any Young Authors, who wrote stories or pieces with historical relevance to present them that day as well.
Suggestions for projects:
One room schools; some are now houses
Centennial farms; 137 in Tazewell
Landmarks; 4 plaques mark these
Farmdale Geologic Exposure in East Peoria
Historical places; Google National Register of historical places in Tazewell County, Illinois
History of your town
Abraham Lincoln in Tazewell County
Tazewell County in the Civil War
Tazewell County in World War II
Our own astronaut, Scott Altman
Colombia River Boat sinks in Pekin
Who is buried in Tazewell?
Email your interest and the approximate number of youths who will participate to Dorothy Theobald at email@example.com.
State 4-H Youth Leadership Team names new members
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team recently named eight Illinois 4-H'ers to the statewide group. The new members include:
Hannah Barger, Pope County
Grace Betz, Will County
Lindy Couch, Henry County
Amareon Naudain, Sangamon County
Josh Rossi, Grundy County
Kaley Rouse, Stark County
Beth Warden, Cass County
Isabella Warmack, Grundy County
The state Youth Leadership Team is responsible for planning and implementing both the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. The 22 members assist with other statewide events throughout the year, as well as have members serve on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education in Agriculture Committee. Members serve 2-year terms.
Continuing to serve the Illinois 4-H program as YLT members are:
Joshua Cole-Brodnax, Rock Island County; Ryder Flener, Hardin County; Krzysztof Gajda, Winnebago County; Alex Hartke, Effingham County; Taylor Hartke, Effingham County; Ethan Heidrich, Kendall County; Justene Jennings, DeKalb County; Parker Karrick, Marion County; Paw Kaw Ku, Rock Island County; Shelby Ledbetter, Rock Island County; Brittney Muschetto, Will County; Charlotte Roberts, Lake County; Grace Skelton, Logan County; and Anthony Warmack, Grundy County.
Share Your Story!
The Illinois 4-H website, https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/, has a place for you to share the story of your 4-H adventure. We want to hear from you! Club leaders, we know you're proud of your club members, so please take two minutes to tell us about your club and include a photo! We will feature all the stories on the website during the year. The share your story option is on EVERY program page and EVERY event page.
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.
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.
Another chance to speak up at Bourbonnais, Illinois
If you enjoy talking to others about the 4-H program, are 14 years or older, and want to get involved in some state 4-H programming efforts, THIS is the training for you!
Speaking for Illinois 4-H provides members with tips on how to fine-tune their 4-H story to talk to elected officials (like county board members or state legislators), donors, civic groups, or other audiences. Learn how to enhance your information with statistics or facts about the Illinois 4-H program – tell your audiences why 4-H is so great for young people! If you are a 4-H Ambassador for your county, what a great way to enhance your skills for the greatest impact. And to top it all off, after you are trained, you'll receive an invitation to join us at the State Capitol next spring for Legislative Connection.
Registration is now open and we're filling up quickly. Registration closes November 8 or when our space is full, so you'll want to act soon. Cost is $12 and includes lunch. Youth are required to attend the entire day's program (9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) to be placed on the state roster. Step forward and tell the 4-H story! Learn more @ go.illinois.edu/sfi4H.
7th & 8th Graders—Save the Date! The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!
Mission: Adventure! Who doesn't love an adventure? We know our 4-H'ers in the 7th and 8th grades do because they fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we're hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and plan to travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel.
Look for more information & registration on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team creates a fun, hands-on weekend that's full of 4-H educational sessions, lots of laughter, meeting new people, and learning new things! Take the mission and find the adventure - we'd love to see you there!
Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
Registration is open for the Illinois 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus trip! Consider joining us for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore the federal legislative process, tour various sites around the Washington, D.C. area, visit Illinois' Representatives, and more. We'll be travelling Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. We haven't been able to finalize our 2018 costs yet (not all of our vendors have responded), but our 2017 cost to youth was $1025. We know we are potentially looking at a travel cost increase, so we are estimating a final cost of $1200. That includes a discount due to financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Payments are made when registering, February, and May. The initial deposit is $325. The final payment will be adjusted as needed to meet whatever the final cost will be.
Space is available on a first-come; first-served basis, so don't wait too long! More information is available on the 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hcwf.
Interested in a new culture?
Do you enjoy learning about different cultures? Does learning a new language sound exciting? The Chinese Language Institute and the ICC International Center is hosting Chinese classes and would love for you to join them! ICC's Visiting Chinese Scholar is teaching free classes centered around the Chinese language and culture. Also, the scholar is willing to help individual 4-Hers on Passport to the World and International projects.
Club leaders, are you looking for a fun program for one of your monthly meetings? Clubs are also encouraged to hold a meeting at ICC's International Center and have a program on the Chinese culture. They have presented topics such as kite making, tea ceremonies, Chinese games, Calligraphy and much more. If your club is not able to make it to ICC's International Center, Shari West is happy to come to you and present. Please contact Shari West at 309-657-3484 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Build Your Skills and Have a Great Time!
DARE to build upon your leadership skills. If you want to hang out with other teens while you learn to be a better leader, this conference is for you. TOTALLY REDESIGNED WITH TEENS IN MIND. This year's event is be open to ANY Illinois high school teen in grades 9 to 12. We're excited to open the doors of this event to teens who belong to any type of organization, club or sports team – any teen who desires to step up and DARE to LEAD. The conference is Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
Workshop sessions will focus on public speaking, watching your digital identity, social media marketing, advocating for a cause, becoming a leader, finding your leadership niche, and youth and adult partnerships.
Teens need to attend in a county, club, organization or school "group" (Illinois 4-H'ers included) and each group must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (age 21 or older).
If you want to go, you need to contact the 4-H office NOW. The staff will enter all the registrations for the county. Cost is $130 for 4-H members or $175 for other group members. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are the only one from your area who is interested, ask your Extension office if neighboring counties have a group that you can join. ("Groups" are for chaperoning purposes only; they are not required for conference work.)
Registration will close on Monday, December 4. DARE to LEAD – and join us!
Information to make your new year sparkle!
Congratulations for working through the first year of 4-H Online enrollment! Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 year is currently open and the enrollment deadline is MARCH 1, 2018.
Consider taking one of these NEW projects: Collectibles, Creative Writing, Coding in Visual Programming Languages, Coding in Text Based Programming Languages, Seeing i2i—Adventures in Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Free Range Robotics, 3-D Printing & Design, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Fiber Arts, Stained Glass Projects, Duct Tape Crafts, Paper Crafts, and Getting Started in Art (beginner level)
Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACES
Incoming freshmen and transfer students to University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences may apply for a NEW $2,500 scholarship. This year, 54 scholarships (two per each of Extension's 27 units) will be awarded. To learn more and apply @ academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship. Questions? Your local Extension staff can help you! Just ask us.
Teacher Tuesdays and Tech Teachers GP
Teacher Tuesdays are a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around STEAM Education for our region. Any type of educator, interested in expanding their STEAM knowledge is invited to join.
In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers GP—Join our conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TECHTeacherGP/
The current Teacher Tuesdays schedule includes the following dates and topics:
November 7: Networking with Professional Associations
December 5: Classroom Tools for STEM Career Exploration
February 6: Spark Learning with Makey Makey
March 6: Maker-Ed, Peoria's First Makers Space
April 3: Minecraft, Illinois Computing Educators
May 1: Scratch, UIUC MSTE National Month of Coding
June 5: Flip Your Classroom, Illinois Computing Educators
As registration comes available for each individual event, it will be available at http://go.illinois.edu/teachertuesdays.
Be sure to check out the STEM Saturday events for middle school and high school students through Jump Simulation, https://www.jumpsimulation.org/events/all-events-courses.
New Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
Each month, we will list all the new Tazewell 4-H members that have joined our program. These members are in a 4-H SPIN Clubs and/or multi-project 4-H Clubs.
Let's welcome these new 4-Hers to the Tazewell 4-H Family!!