Hamilton County 4-H News
In This Issue
- Tour Chocolate Factory
- Candy Making Workshop
- Cosmic Bowling Planned
- Federation Meeting Planned
- Speak Your Mind
- BRR Our Snowman is Cold
- County Line Crew
- Legacy of Leadership Scholarship
- Farm Credit Illinois Scholarships
- Community Improvement Scholarships Available
- Rabbit and Poultry Workshop Planned
- Online Ethics Certification Required for 4-H Animal Projects
- Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a Thon
- Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship
- Junior Leadership Conference
- Valentines for Veterans
- LEAD-The Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy
- Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H Team
- Women Changing the Face of Agriculture
- National 4-H Day of Service
- Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
- Illini Summer Academies
- Test Your Knowledge at Unit 24 Trivia Night
- Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
- Upcoming Dates
- Youth Sponsors
- 4-H is online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!
- University of Illinois Extension
Tour Chocolate FactoryPlans are underway for the next county tour. We will be going to The Chocolate Factory in Golconda on Monday, February 19. We will leave from the office at 8:00 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m. The Chocolate Factory tour will begin at 9:30. Following that tour we will tour Dixon Springs Agricultural Center where lunch will be provided. Next we will visit the Pope County Historical Society Museum, Mansion and Courthouse. If you would like to attend please call the office, by February 12, to register and let us know if you need a ride. We will carpool as much as possible. A $5.00 fee will cover the cost of lunch and tours.
Candy Making WorkshopMark your calendars for a fun and festive workshop where we make assorted Valentine Candy to sell. Participants will learn to measure, mix, melt and mold chocolate into delicious treats. The workshop will be held in the Courthouse basement, Sunday, February 11 beginning at 1:00 p.m. until we get finished. If you would like to attend please contact the office at 643-3416 and sign up today! We will only be making what is necessary to fill our pre-orders. Please plan to bring supplies needed to make some of the recipes. This year we will be taking pre-orders like the spring candy sale. The order form is in this newsletter. Get to taking orders!
Cosmic Bowling PlannedUnit # 24 is planning a six county event. You are invited to a fun evening of COSMIC BOWLING at Ross Cottom Lanes on Friday Night, February 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The cost is $3.50 per game, per person, with free shoe rental! This will be a great time to socialize with members of other clubs and other counties. We would love to see a big crowd of 4-H members and adult volunteers in attendance. Don't forget to bring extra money for snacks and drinks. Please call the office by February 9 if you would like to go. They need to know how many lanes to reserve. We may be able to carpool.
Federation Meeting PlannedMark your calendar for the Federation meeting to be held on Thursday, February 8 at 3:45 p.m. We will be making final plans for Cosmic Bowling and Valentine Candy Sales. Remember anyone can attend Federation meetings and they count towards your 6 meetings attended. Hope to see you there!
Speak Your MindThe Public Presentation Contest for Hamilton County has been set for Thursday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Woods. A1l4-H members interested in giving a talk are encouraged to do so. Four categories are available to choose from, Formal Speech, Illustrated Speech, Oral Interpretation and Original Works. You may select to do one or two talks. You could even give a speech you wrote for a class at school. Turn your science fair projects into a speech. Each time you speak in front of an audience you gain so many skills that will carry you through the rest of your life. Contact the office with your title by March 16. This is your chance to speak your mind!
BRR Our Snowman is ColdPlease Help! Our snowman in the office is cold! County Line Crew 4-H Club has decided to do a collection for clothing that a snowman would need. All items will be donated to WADI. Please drop off your gloves, hats, scarves, mittens, flannels or new socks, to the office before February 16.
County Line CrewCounty Line Crew met at 5:30 January 8th at the Macedonia lodge. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Braxton Ragan and the treasurer's report was given by Cameron Parker. Committee reports were given on the T-shirt committee. For the T-shirt committee we talked about who we wanted to make our shirts. In new business we talked about contacting the Hamilton County ministerial alliance to see if they accept donations, we talked about Challenge Saturday. We decided to pay for 2 games per club member that goes to cosmic bowling. The next meeting will be held on February 1th at the Macedonia lodge.
Legacy of Leadership ScholarshipEight $1,000 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship are offered to members who have demonstrated overall mastery and leadership in the 4-H program. You must have been a member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. Finalists must submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.
Farm Credit Illinois ScholarshipsHigh school seniors planning careers in agriculture may apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Farm Credit Illinois will provide 30 scholarships to youth who live or farm in one of the 60 counties in their service area. The first $1,000 will be distributed for the Fall 2018 semester, and the second $1,000 will be applied during the Fall 2020 semester. Apply online at farmcreditIL.com before February 28. Are you going to University of Illinois College of ACES? The college is MATCHING this scholarship, dollar for dollar! Double your money while getting a great ag education!
Community Improvement Scholarships AvailableLooking for funding support to conduct community service outreach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois is ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs and FFA chapters bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Fifty $400 Community Improvement Grants are available. Clubs must be located in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Illinois. Check if your club is eligible and apply today at farmcreditIL.com. The deadline is Feb. 28.
Rabbit and Poultry Workshop PlannedAre you planning to exhibit poultry or rabbits at the fair this year? Do you wonder what it takes to get Best of Show? Attend this workshop to learn all the tricks of raising healthy and happy animals. This fun and educational workshop will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00am - 11:00am at the White County Extension Office located in Carmi, Illinois. University of Illinois Extension Units 24 and 25 are invited to attend this Multi County activity. Mike Wilson of Wabash Co. will be instructing the clinic. He has served as judge the past few years and has lots of knowledge to share. Please contact the office at 643-3416 by February 1 to sign up! Sponsored by the Enfield Blue Ribbon 4-H Club
Online Ethics Certification Required for 4-H Animal ProjectsAll 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ . This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a ThonAre you interested in livestock, meeting new people who share your interests and increasing your livestock knowledge?
Mark your calendars for a day of fun and learning on Saturday, April 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Hamilton County fairgrounds in McLeansboro. 4-H members will compete in 5 - 6 livestock judging rings, one questions class, feed ingredient identification, breed identification and equipment identification. There will also be educational livestock presentations. Any youth interested in teaching an educational workshop should contact the Hamilton County Extension Office. One or two will be selected.
A $5.00 fee will register each member in all classes and cash prizes will be awarded in several categories to junior and senior participants. Lunch will be provided by Farm Credit. Please contact the Hamilton County Extension office at 643-3416 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up by April 13.
Illinois 4-H Livestock ScholarshipThis $1,000 Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship is open to members who have demonstrated mastery in the livestock area and plan to continue their education in the area of agriculture. Members must have been involved in the livestock project a minimum of three years. You must have been a member for at least 5 years and attending either a 4-year university, community. college, or trade school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are due March 1. Download the application @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships.
Junior Leadership ConferenceHelp Solve the Mystery - Join the Mission Team at Junior Leadership Conference!
Calling Illinois 4-H'ers in the 7th or 8thgrade - it's time you step up your leadership skills and reserve YOUR spot for the 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference! We're focusing on Mission: Adventure - Find the Clue to YOU! Solve the mystery of the missing Chris Clover, see what it takes to start your own business, explore virtual reality, crack the forensic codes and more!
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 on a first-come, first-served basis and this conference fills up FAST so you will want to move quickly!
More information and the registration link is posted on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. Adults wishing to chaperone this event must be screened by University of Illinois Extension screening procedures and contact the State 4-H Office for details.
Caitlyn Richards and Ava Winternheimer were award the scholarships at Achievement Night. If you do not plan to attend please let us know so we can offer the scholarship to the alternate Sarah Darnell.
Valentines for VeteransOnce again we are collecting items to be delivered to hospitalized Veterans on or near Valentines Day. You may bring items to the office any time before February 9.
Following is a list of acceptable items:
Quarters (loose), Toothpaste, Sugar, Coffee, Razors, Shaving Cream, Socks, Puzzle books, Kleenex, Toothbrushes, Creamer, Denture cleaner, Shampoo, Sweat suits, Conditioner, , dental floss, Books, Cards/stamps, T-Shirts, Playing cards
Make sure you let the office know what items you donate. Each club will get credit for number of items donated and number of kids participating. We will also be taking Valentine cards. You may make them yourself or as a club project. The federation will be making Valentine cards at the Federation meeting on February 8. Please join us!
LEAD-The Spirit of Lincoln Youth AcademyLEAD is a robust, one-of-a kind youth leadership program that utilizes immersive experiences to empower emerging leaders to develop leadership qualities. We specifically select students who have the potential to be leaders, but may not see it in themselves.
Participants spend a full week exploring the qualities that made Abraham Lincoln such a great leader in his day. 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.
This trip will take place June 10-15,2018 at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Open to current 7th grade 4-H members. If you are interested in attending please contact the office for more information. We can only send one from Unit 24!
Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H TeamWe're looking for 4-H members interested in spreading the great news about 4-H. 4-H members 14 years of age or older can join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team. The training is Saturday, February 10 at the Jackson County Extension Office in Murphysboro.
The day-long training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, gives you the chance to explore your own 4-H history and why you are involved, put that story into words, and learn the best ways to approach donors, civic groups, elected officials, and others to talk about 4-H. Learn why 4-H believes in Positive Youth Development and how we emphasize the essential elements of Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery. All of this - and more - is a part of Speaking for Illinois 4-H! Once you're trained, you'll receive an invitation to be a part of our Legislative Connection events at the State Capitol this spring.
Women Changing the Face of AgricultureRegistration for the 2018 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference is now open! Register @ womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com. Registration fee for students is only $15. The conference will be March 9 at the Activities and Recreation Center at University of Illinois in Champaign. There's even a chance for you to attend BOTH this conference and EXPLORE ACES! Discounted hotel room rates are available. Groups are encouraged to attend!
Take a day and find out just what University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences offers students. March 9 is saved for prospective students and their families; March 10 is for confirmed ACES students. Learn more online @ exploreaces.org.
National 4-H Day of Service4-H clubs across the nation will be using their hands to larger service as part of the National 4-H Day of Service during April. 4-H'ers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 28 as 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, such as 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.
Southern Illinois 4-H CampLooking for something fun to do this summer? Want to make new friends and learn new things while enjoying the great outdoors? Check out Southern Illinois 4-H Camp located at DuBois Center in DuBois, Illinois. You will live in cabins for four days while you spend the day swimming, fishing, making crafts and hanging with new friends! Camp is open to youth ages 8 to 16 and you do not have to be a 4-H members, so bring a non-4-H friend. You can chose one of two options, either June 17-20 or June 20-23. The cost is only $199 and worth every penny! Registration information is available at the office.
Illini Summer AcademiesImagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending four 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. Illini Summer Academies is open to ANY Illinois youth who is currently in 8th to 12th grade.
The Academies will be Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus. Check online @:go.illinois.edu/illini4h for scholarship and registration information. Registration should open March 1. The academies include:
Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Animal Science
Engineering Electrical Computer, Aerospace
Technology & Media Arts Journalism, Video & Film, Digital Fabrication, Theatre, Dance, Fashion, Creative Writing
Applied Sciences & Health Veterinary Medicine, Human Development
Sponsors include: Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, Growmark, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, H. Richard and Sarah McFarland Endowment for Youth Leadership, DuPont/Pioneer, Illinois 4-H Foundation, Human Development and Family Studies Department.
Test Your Knowledge at Unit 24 Trivia NightThe Hamilton County Barbwire Gang 4-H Club will host a Unit 24 4-H Trivia Night on March 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the courthouse basement. All clubs are invited and you can enter as many teams as you like. A $5.00 fee will be charged per team of 4 players and CA$H prizes will be awarded. All ages are encouraged to play along. There will be many different categories and you may be surprised by the amount of useless knowledge you have stored in your brain. There will be many different topics and categories. Please contact the office at 643-3416 by March 3 with your entries. A meal will be provided at 5:30. We will try to be finished by 8:30 p.m.
Governor's Volunteer Service AwardsThink of that person that never stops helping. They are the one that always raises their hand to volunteer first, and they are the one who has made Illinois a better place to live and work. We want to recognize them for their service to all of us! Serve Illinois is now accepting applications for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. There are separate divisions for youth, adult, senior, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps volunteers. Winners will receive their awards in April in Springfield. Nominations are due February 15. Don't miss your chance to thank a person who makes a difference every day! Complete online application and paper application submission information are available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Pages/Volunteer-Awards.aspx.
Upcoming DatesJanuary 22 - JLC Registration Deadline
February 3 - Rabbit & Poultry Workshop 9:00 a.m.
February 8 - Federation Meeting 3:45 p.m
February 9 - Valentines for Veterans Deadline/Orders Due
February 11 - Valentine Candy Making Workshop 1:00 p.m.
February 16 - Cosmic Bowling 6:00 Muddy
February 19 - Road Trip County Tour to Golconda
February 24-25 - Junior Leadership Conference
February 28 - Farm Credit Scholarship Deadline
March 8 - Trivia Night
April 6 - Community Safety Day
April 14 - Challenge Saturday
April 21 - Livestock Judging and Skill a thon
June 10-15 - LEAD: Spirt of Lincoln Youth Academy
June 17-20 - Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
June 20-23 - Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
June 24-28 - Illini Summer Academies
July 7-14 - Citizenship Washington Focus