Gallatin County 4-H Update
In This Issue
- We are Thankful Workshop
- Join the Club
- Upcoming Events
- IL 4-H Junior Leadership Conference
- Spirit of Lincoln Youth Leadership Academy
- College & Career Conference
- Dare to Lead: Teen Leadership Conference
- Citizenship Washington Focus
- International Exchange Program
- Horse Club News
- Furry Friends
- Volunteers Needed!
- National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
- Be Local, Buy Local
- Upcoming Community Events
We are Thankful WorkshopWhat to do the day before Thanksgiving? Why not spend a few hours scrapbooking and making cinnamon applesauce ornaments? Please bring a friend and photos to work with. We will provide a selection of scrapbooking paper and stickers along with glue and fun scissors.
Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fun and festive way to enjoy the season! You can make something fun for Thanksgiving or look ahead toward decorating for Christmas. Ornaments are made using cookie cutters. We will provide a selection, but if you have something special you would like to make feel free to bring your own! Depending on time a neat science activity or two may also come into play!
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join the ClubLast year we began enrolling members using 4-H Online. Re-enrollment and new enrollments for the 2017-18 year is now open.
There are a wide variety of projects offered through 4-H. Many traditional ones such as animal science, foods and woodworking are offered. Many STEM projects like robotics, aerospace, and GIS (geographic information systems) are just a few examples. 4-H is continually evolving to encompass the interests of the youth of today. This year they have added new project areas including ones new this year such as: 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).
Upcoming Events11/2 Volunteer E-Forum, "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
11/22 We are Thankful workshop
11/24 DEADLINE- College & Career Conference
12/1 DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration
12/2 College & Career Conference
12/4 DEADLINE for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference registration
12/7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work
12/22 DEADLINE – Registration due for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference
1/13-14 Illinois Teen Leadership Conference, Decatur
2/24-25 IL 4-H Junior
IL 4-H Junior Leadership Conference7th & 8th Graders -- Save the Dates!
Adventures Await! Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? Check out the 2018 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! Scheduled for February 24-25, 2018 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, this weekend conference will include a variety of hands-on workshop sessions, team-building activities, making new friends, and more!
Don't miss this chance for a fun-filled overnight event where you'll get an in-depth look at everything available in Illinois 4-H and start your leadership journey. Planned and organized by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, this weekend, overnight conference offers you a chance to explore new 4-H project areas, learn activities and games they can take home to their own 4-H clubs, learn and practice new leadership skills, and meet kids your age from across the state.
The Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference is a statewide event planned just for 7th and 8th grade 4-H members. By the time you leave, you'll have a better understanding of the opportunities available in the Illinois 4-H program and learned how to a difference in your own community. 4-H members may bring one non-4-H friend with them as a guest.
More Fun Than You Can Imagine
o Who Did It?: You're cordially invited to a dinner party at the Emerald Clover Mansion. Cowboy Ed, Mr. Lead the accountant, Al the Butler, Christabel the damsel, Dr. Green, Professor Longheart, and Annabelle the Maid are all in attendance. A crime take place during dinner that throws the whole party into a dizzy. Through theater games, role-play, and improvisation, increase your communication, leadership, and thinking skills to solve the mystery.
o Investigating Your Way Through the Business World: Learn the basics of the business world with this interactive workshop. Design a business plan and present it to a panel of judges. Skills learned can help you start your own business as a teen!
o Detecting Your Reality: Join us as we take a trip to a whole new world with the remarkable technology we can Virtual Reality. Experience other countries as if you were there, and put your problem-solving skills to the test. Learn about VR and see how it was created – what's in store for you in the virtual world?!?
o Medical Motives: In this room of wonders, come explore the mysteries of the medical world. Carpals, capillaries, and craniums, Oh my! We will be navigating our way through the body systems that make you, you.
o Cracking the Code with Forensics!: Have you ever wondered about the mysteries behind leadership? Learn how to unlock your full potential through a mock crime scene including the answer to "Why do your fingerprints leave a lasting impression?"
o Leadership on the Loose: Can you figure out the clues to solve the mystery? Through several hands-on activities, investigate your way through the leadership puzzle.
A Chance to Serve
All participants will be invited to bring small items to donate to three non-profits run by Illinois 4-H members
o It's the Small Things, run by Taylor Hartke
o H Cubed, run by Anthony Warmack
o Helmets & Heels, run by Kaley Rouse
o Check In: 10 –11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 24
o Pick Up: by 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 25
Cancellations & Refunds
All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by the State 4-H Office by 5 p.m. on the date specified below in order to receive any portion of a refund. Requests must be emailed to illinois4H@illinois.edu.
o Cancellations prior to 5 p.m. on January 16, 2018 will receive a full refund.
o Cancellations made between January 16 (5 p.m.) and January 20, 2018 (5 p.m.) will receive an 85% refund
o Cancellations between 5 p.m., January 21 and January 27, 2018 (5 p.m.) will receive a 50% refund.
o No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after 5 p.m. on January 27, 2018.
Interested adults (at least 21 years of age) may apply by contacting Deb Stocker @ email@example.com. The cost for chaperones is covered by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
Spirit of Lincoln Youth Leadership AcademyLEAD is a robust, one-of-a kind youth leadership program that utilizes immersive experiences to empower emerging leaders to develop leadership qualities for youth currently in 7th & 8th grade. We specifically select students who have the potential to be leaders, but may not see it in themselves.
Participants will arrive at Illinois College in Jacksonville Sunday, June 10 to begin exploring the qualities that made Abraham Lincoln such a great leader in his day. The program will end Friday, June 15. They learn why those same qualities are so important in our leaders today, and how, as individuals, they can apply those qualities as they develop their own leadership skills for the future.
During LEAD, the Emerging Leaders:
• Explore Lincoln's life and times by visiting various historic sites throughout the National Heritage Area to see how individuals were able to make a difference in their communities and affect change in their state and their nation;
• Examine how people in today's world face many of the same challenges as those faced by Lincoln and other leaders of his day – including issues such as racism through a series of group discussions and projects;
• Discuss the leadership qualities of honesty, empathy, humility and perseverance and develop a plan for incorporating those qualities into their own lives as they return home.
College & Career ConferenceCollege & Career Conference online registration is open NOW until November 24! High school students are encouraged to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to attend the first annual College & Career Conference at Illinois State University in Normal. Activities will be held in the Bone Student Center Prairie Room on December 2nd from 1 - 5 p.m. High school students will find out more about where they can go and how they can get there. Industry professionals will be there to help students with investigating the right education route that fits their own interests, prepare them with advice about developing skills or experience, and share opportunities available in various industries.
Students who have bags packed and a career path mapped have an opportunity to network, seek mentorship from industry professionals and get advice on resumes and interviews. For students who are unsure of their career path, the College & Career Conference is the place to stop and ask for directions.
This three-part event will expose high schools students to the options available to them after graduation -- college, junior college, vocational or certificate programs, apprenticeship programs or military. There will be Industry Insight offering opportunities for information, mentorship and networking. Q & A panels allow students to ask questions and get answers from the professionals who have been there and done that. The breakout workshops prepare students with the tools to survive the journey of applying and interviewing for jobs.
For questions, please contact Emily Saddler, University of Illinois Extension program coordinator for STEAM in the Classroom at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 663-8306. Register online at go.illinois.edu/lmw. Registration closes Friday, November 24th. Space is limited! Register TODAY!
Dare to Lead: Teen Leadership ConferenceBuild 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 REDESIGN 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 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!
Citizenship Washington FocusGo on trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC!
Even though we just finished the summer of 2017, we're already making plans for next summer's Illinois' Citizenship Washington Focus trip! The dates have been set for Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14! Registration will open in mid-October, so start YOUR planning now to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime 4-H experience!
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.
Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states.
The 2017 cost to youth was $1025, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Our 2018 costs have not been finalized.
More information is available on the 4-H website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/citizenship-washington-focus. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!
International Exchange ProgramBegin 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.
Horse Club NewsLocal youth took advantage of the Youth Equine Educational and Roping Clinic held at Darnell's Performance Horses in Galatia, IL. Nutrition, massage therapy, general horse health evaluation, bits and bitting, and the basics of roping were all covered. Participants had the opportunity to watch a team roping demonstrations and talk on different rodeo opportunities available locally. Lunch was provided by Southern Illinois County Farm Bureaus.
Southern Illinois University staff presented basic horse care, focusing on being aware of overall health. Participants had the chance to learn how to listen for healthy gut sounds and check the pulse of horse. The massage therapist discussed the benefits of massage for horses. Nutritional needs of horses according to their age and use was covered as well. Participants learned they needed to know tier horses weight to help determine which feed they need. Then they found out you feed by weight-not volume! Several guessed at how much of a scoop was 2 pounds- and it varied a lot!
Larry Darnell talked about bits and bitting. He showed kids how the bits work inside the mouth of the horse. Then he discussed how you choose a bit according to the level of training your horse has and the job he does.
While lunch was prepared, everyone was treated to a team roping demonstration. Afterward all participants had an opportunity to try their hand at dummy roping. Several dummy steers were placed on the ground. Each youth was given a rope, shown how to build a loop, swing the rope, and throw it. An experienced roper was at each station to help kids with their form. By the end most were hitting the target and catching the dummy!
Furry FriendsTo keep your pets healthy and happy the American Veterinary Medical Association offers a few tips.
1. Make sure your pet has access to fresh, unfrozen water. You can purchase a heated water bowl (make sure the cord can't be chewed) or change the water in the bowl throughout the day.
2. Provide your pet shelter choices. If cat or dog wants to go out of the house, let it, if it prefers to stay in the house allow it to. If you cannot let your pet stay in the house, provide it with adequate shelter. An insulated, draft-free, dry area with a raised floor and thick bedding such as straw is needed for your pet to maintain his or her body temperature. The ideal pet shelter is only big enough for the animal to stand up and turn around in. The smaller size allows for the animals body heat to help warm the space. Heat lamps and space heaters aren't recommended due to the risk of burns or fire.
3. Realize that cold combined with wet is dangerous. Allow your wet pet to come in to dry off and get warm. A wet animal can't fully use its fur to stay warm. The water prevents it from "lofting" to help trap warm air. Even after an animal has dried off, if the hairs are clumped together they don't provide enough insulation. Brush the coats of your animals who have been wet to help their hair "fluff" so they can stay warm.
4. Recognize what's normal for your pet. If you pet seems to have less energy, is whining, shivering, seems anxious, or begins looking for places to burrow bring them inside. These are all early warning signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia can result in a low heart rate, coma, and even death.
5. Put on a jacket. Yes, those little doggie sweaters can be more than just decoration. Just as your jacket helps keep you warm, a little jacket can help keep your pet comfy when outdoors.
6. Realize that pets that stay outside in cold weather may need more nutritional energy. If your pet seems to be losing weight you may need to increase the amount of food you feed by about 20% for the duration of winter.
7. Leave your pets at home. We all know that our cars become ovens in the summer. Did you know your car becomes a refrigerator in the winter? The rapid cool down of your car in the winter isn't healthy for your pet.
8. Make some noise. Warm vehicles are tempting to stray cats. Consider banging your hood to encourage any cats that might be hiding there to leave.
Volunteers Needed!We are always looking for volunteers for 4-H! Do you have a skill you are willing to share with youth? We want to facilitate learning opportunities for the young people of Gallatin County. To accomplish this goal we need adult volunteers! Do you have to be an expert on a subject? Nope. You just need to be willing to take time to work with kids. We can help provide training and assistance to make your volunteer experience great!
Taking today's busy schedules into consideration 4-H welcomes volunteers for one day workshops, 6 session Special Interest Clubs, and of course Community Clubs. If you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at email@example.com or call 272-3022.
National 4-H Volunteer e-ForumComing soon to an Extension Office near you…the 2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum, #4HGrows Through Volunteers! You are invited to be a part of the very first National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum! This is your chance to get energized as you network with volunteers, county-based staff, and state specialists from all across the county where #4HGrows through volunteers!
The e-Forum series includes these remaining sessions:
• "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders: Thursday, November 2; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Learn about strategies to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts into animal science program and project areas.
• Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work: Thursday, December 7; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Explore successful programs being implementing across the country that help youth focus on life-long learning, workforce readiness and career exploration.
Each e-Forum session is designed to include presenters sharing information virtually and interactive, hands-on activities at the local site that all volunteers, teen leaders and staff will participate in during the 90-minute program. Contact Gallatin County 4-H Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 272-3022 to let them know you are interested in participating and to find the closest location where you can attend!
Be Local, Buy LocalTOP 10 REASONS TO BUY LOCAL
By Susan Odum, Extension Educator Community & Economic Development University of Illinois Extension
1. Local businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy;therefore, the more money you spend locally, the more those dollars stay in our community.
2. Local businesses employ individuals who live within the community and contribute to the growth of the local economy.
3. Buy Local contributes to the growth of the local tax base and provides needed revenues to support essential services, like public safety and infrastructure improvements, such as roads and streets.
4. Local business owners have a vested interest in our community's future and are less likely to leave.
5. When local businesses succeed, they stay and they thrive, which in turn attracts new businesses.
6. Local businesses are the major supporters of local charities, athletics programs, fundraisers and school activities.
7. Local business owners attend our local churches, school programs and community events and their children and grandchildren attend our local schools.
8. Local businesses traditionally offer superior customer service and take the time to build personal and lasting relationships with their customers.
9. Local businesses are the lifeblood of the community, therefore, critical to the community's survival.
10. Buy Local encourages and ensures local prosperity, by supporting existing jobs and creating an environment for new job growth.
Upcoming Community EventsThere are several upcoming business open houses the first weekend in November. Also, don't forget Small Business Saturday on November 25!
11/4 Ridgway Christmas Open House on Main Street (participating Rdgway businesses)
11/3-4 Shawneetown Christmas Open House (Participating Shawneetown businesses)
11/5 Daylight Savigs Time- Fall Back
11/5 FFA Alumni Chicken Dinner (GCHS)
11/10 Gallatin County Schools Veterans Day Program
11/10 GCHS Athletics Chili Supper
11/11 Veterans Day
11/23 Thanksgiving Day
The Shawneetown Public Library has new hours! They've changed the schedule to allow time later in the day to make the library more accessible to the residents of Gallatin County. The new hours are as follows. Tuesday from 12-6:00; Wednesday from 1-5:00; Thursday from 12-6:00; Friday from 12-6:00; Saturday from 10-2:00