Hamilton County 4-H News
In This Issue
- National 4-H Day of Service
- Hungry for Summer Food Drive
- Federation Meeting Planned
- Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a Thon
- Unit 24 Livestock Showmanship Clinic
- Pork Chop Dinner
- Funny Farmers
- County Line Crew
- Expansion & Review Meeting Planned
- Illini Summer Academies
- Southern Illinois 4-H Summer Camp
- Youth Leadership Team
- Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
- Illinois State Fair
- Hamilton County 4-H Exhibit Dates
- Tractor Rodeo
- Legislative Connection Planned
- GIFT Garden Classes
- Upcoming Dates
- 4-H 24/7
- Youth Sponsors
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. In Hamilton County we will be sewing dresses for Operation Christmas Child at Freedom Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until noon. Even if you can only come for an hour or so all help will be greatly appreciated. This will count as a National Community Service activity.
Hungry for Summer Food DriveThe kids from Funny Farmers are hungry for summer, and we need your help! Summer break is around the comer, and as exciting as that is, there are many kids in our community who won't get enough to eat without the breakfasts and lunches they receive during the school year. Programs such as Hungry Hearts and donations from the 4-H Gift Garden do a lot to help feed kids and their families during the summer months, but we would like to do a little more. We have partnered with the food pantry at WADI and are holding a food drive until the end of May. They are always in need of kid friendly items such a cereal, macaroni & cheese, ravioli, and more. You can bring your donations to the Extension office throughout the month until May 31st. Let's all work together and help out a good cause!
Federation Meeting PlannedMark your calendar for the Federation meeting to be held on Thursday, May 10 at 3:45 p.m. We will be making plans for the upcoming summer classes. Remember anyone can attend Federation meetings and they count towards your 6 meetings attended. Hope to see you there!
Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a ThonThe 2nd annual Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a thon was held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on April 21. We had 27 junior participants and 15 senior participants representing Clinton, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White counties. Youth judged sheep, goats, swine, dairy, beef and poultry. Then they were challenged with a livestock knowledge quiz as well as breed, feed and equipment identification. Certificates were presented to the youth receiving the highest score in each class as well as the top three individuals over all in the junior and senior divisions. Congratulations to everyone!
The winners were as follows:
Sheep Caroline Lueke JR Jordyn Swinford SR
Goats Wyatt Arnold JR Elaine Miller SR
Swine Daiden Litteken JR Kate Miller SR
Dairy Emma Carlile JR Madison Miller SR
Beef Zane Carlile JR Jordyn Swinford SR
Questions Marlee Fuqua JR Jordyn Swinford SR
Quiz Lauren Wolter JR Remington Curry SR
Breed ID Kassidy Beane JR Jordyn Swinford SR
Feed ID Tate Miller JR Maddi Maxwell SR
Equipment ID Kassidy Beane JR Natalie Bonnell SR
Poultry Claire Dorsey JR Devin Carlile SR
Overall 1st Place JR Zane Carlile, 2nd Place JR Wyatt Arnold, 3rd Place JR Kassidy Beane; 1st Place SR Jordyn Swinford, 2nd Place SR Devin Carlile, 3rd Place SR Kate Miller
QAECOnline Ethics Certification Required for 4-H Animal Projects
All 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/quec This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
Unit 24 Livestock Showmanship ClinicWho: All 4-H members ages 8-18
When: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018
Where: White County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn, Carmi
Livestock members or those thinking about becoming an owner of livestock, may come and join us for an informal clinic and learn all about livestock. RSVP is not necessary but highly encouraged at 382-2662. Reminder this will count as a beyond county level activity!
Pork Chop DinnerAll hands on deck! It is time to start thinking about the 4-H Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser on Monday, June 18 from 4:00-7 :00 p.m. The ticket price will remain the same as last year, which is $10.00 in advance and $11.00 at the door. Each 4-H member is encouraged to sell at least five tickets. This is the only fundraiser held annually to support the Hamilton County 4-H program and University of Illinois Extension. Again this year we will be awarding cash prizes to the members selling the most tickets. Make sure all money and unsold tickets are turned into the office before June 15, the earlier the better. Just as in the past each club will be asked to donate a tricky tray for the raffle. It should be at least a $20.00 value. Call the office to let us know what theme yours will be. Each club will also be encouraged to make one cake for each five members. So if your club has six to ten members you will be expected to bring 2 cakes. If you have 21 members please plan for 5 cakes. Please make sure your club comes through with the cakes. Every year we run out and people leave disappointed. Tickets are ready to be picked up May 1! SELL! SELL! SELL!
Funny FarmersFunny Farmers met on Tuesday April 17th in the courthouse basement. We discussed projects, our plans for teaching a gift garden cooking class, and plans for our future meetings. We collected donations for the children's home and discussed our upcoming food drive. After the meeting we did a science experiment filling balloons by chemical reaction and then we made slime. It was lots of fun! Our next meeting will be May 15th at 4:30 in the courthouse basement.
County Line CrewCounty Line Crew met at 5:30 April 9th at the Macedonia lodge. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Madison Miller and the treasurer's report was given by Camryn Parker. Committee reports were given on Public presentations by Maddi Maxwell and Leslie Davis, Cabin fever was reported on by Maddi Maxwell, and Mc 4-H night. In unfinished business we talked about who is going to be at Challenge Saturday and who will be presenting at the livestock fitting clinic. The next meeting will be held on May 14th at 5:30 at the Macedonia lodge.
Expansion & Review Meeting PlannedMark your calendars for the next Expansion & Review meeting scheduled for May 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension Office in the courthouse basement. If you are interested in the future of the Hamilton County 4-H program and promoting the mission of the University of Illinois Extension, please plan to attend. The past meetings have proven to promote great discussions.
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.eduJillini4h for scholarship and registration information. Registration closes May 15.
Southern Illinois 4-H Summer 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. Reminder that the General Projects Show is June 18, so sign up for the second session.
Youth Leadership TeamYouth Leadership Team is Looking for New Members!
You see them at state 4-H events in their bright green shirts. Now YOU can become an Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team member.
Eligibility: Age 16 to 19 by September 1,2018.
Length of service: Two years, so new Team members selected this summer will serve from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020.
Apply mid-April online: go.illinois.edu/4HYLT. Look for the application at the bottom of the page under "Resources."
Deadline: Early deadline is June 15 for interviews during Illini Summer Academies. Last deadline is July 31 for interviews during the Illinois State Fair.
The State Youth Leadership Team plans and implements the state Jr. Leadership Conference, plans and teaches the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program, and assists (behind the scenes and in front of the audience) for many other statewide events. Team members have the opportunity to serve on statewide planning committees and advisory groups, including the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee, Illini Summer Academies planning committee, and Teen Leadership Conference planning committee. Members also have the first opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. each spring.
Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!We know clubs are doing amazing service projects. The state 4-H office wants to share your amazing stories. It's simple to tell your story: Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice Tell us a little about your project. Add a picture if you have one. Your stories will be collected and shared back on the State 4-H Website! If you've already done a service project this year .... Great, go and report anything you've done since September 1, 2017.
Illinois State FairExhibit days for non-livestock 4-H projects will be Friday, Aug. 10 - Monday, Aug. 13 in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Our day at the state fair will be Friday, August 10.
NEW IN 2018
Volunteers will be celebrated all day long with a special gift. Check in anytime Aug. 10-13 at the information booth of the Orr Building.
There will be no Clover Celebration.
There will be no Fashion Revue during the State Fair.
The State 4-H Public Presentation Contest will be held separate from the state fair on June 9.
NEW CLASSES have been added:
360 Computer Science class added
360 Video class added to Videos
Diversity and Cultural Awareness Project added
3-D Printing Print-2 levels
3-D Printing Design-2 levels
Visual Arts Fiber Non-Original Class for 8-10-year-olds ONLY
All Clover Challenge projects have been eliminated. See if your challenge fits in the Ready4Life class instead!
The Explore 4-H project will no longer be exhibited at state fair. Child Care is no longer a 4-H project.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame winners on Tuesday, Aug 14 in the Orr Building prior to the Sale of Champions festivities.
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR STATE FAIR 4-H GENERAL PROJECT SHOW
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. We hope all families will honor the 3:30 release time .... pretty please. You are allowed to have someone else take your project home for you if you are not able to stay. Be sure to provide them your claim ticket.
Hamilton County 4-H Exhibit DatesGeneral Projects-June 18 at 8:30 a.m. at Floral Hall
Pork Chop Dinner-June 18 4:00-7:00
Rabbits & Poultry-July 5 at 9:00 a.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Small Pets, Cats & Dogs-July 5 at 1:00 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Early Weigh-In-July 5 at 4:00-6:30 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Ag Olympics-July 5 at 7:00 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Livestock Show -July 6 at 8:00 a.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Hospitality Tent-July 6 at 3:00 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Awards Presentation-July 6 at 3:30 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Livestock Auction-July 6 at 4:00 p.m. at 4-H Livestock Barn
Tractor Show-July 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Floral Hall
Tractor RodeoThe annual tractor Rodeo will be held on July 7 at 11:00 am at the Hamilton County fairgrounds. Remember there will be two divisions. Junior division will be 8-13 years old as of September 1, 2017 and senior division 14 and older. Please check in with Paula when you arrive, so we can divide into age divisions! If you are signed up but have decided not to participate please contact the office today!
Legislative Connection PlannedIt's that time to really get your green shirts out of the closet, pressed, and ready to go - our SECOND 4-H Legislative Connection event for 2018 is next month! This email will provide some starter details, dates of pre-event teleconferences, and the registration link for you to indicate that you will be there.
The dates for our MAY Legislative Connection event are Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23. You can come one day or both days ... or if you can't come at all, that's okay too. (HOWEVER, if you still wish to remain on the SFI4-H roster, please continue to read through the rest of this email)
Two pre-event teleconferences have been scheduled - you only need to attend one. Dates/times for the teleconferences are Monday, May 7 and Monday, May 14. Both teleconferences will be at 7:00 p.m. Phone numbers and codes for the teleconferences will be sent later in a reminder email. IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE ANNUAL UPDATE TRAINING to remain on the Speaking for Illinois 4-H roster (this would be EVERYONE who attended their primary training PRIOR to September 2017) and you plan to attend the MAY Legislative Connection dates, you MUST ATTEND one of these two MAY teleconferences!! You need to actually be ON the teleconference in order to stay on the roster.
We request that everyone who is attending be at the Capitol by 8:30 a.m .. If you live farther than 1-1/2 hours away, we can provide a hotel for the night prior to your day(s) at the Capitol. However, that room MUST BE "ORDERED" via the registration link. If you will be attending both Tuesday and Wednesday, we will also provide a hotel for you on Tuesday evening - but again, it needs to be ORDERED via the registration link. We do not provide hotel rooms for parents - only for the 4-H members attending. For the May Legislative Connection, we will be staying at the Carpenter Street Hotel, which is several blocks away from the Capitol (near St. John's Hospital). If staying at the hotel, cars can stay in their parking lot and you can either ride with us to the Capitol in the morning OR you can make arrangements to take the hotel shuttle (as a group).
For those of you who will be attending both days, we will take you out to dinner on Tuesday evening. (Parents are welcome to join us at your own expense.) A free breakfast is available at the hotel.
The attached Emergency Medical Form is required for EVERYONE this year - whether you are staying overnight or not. We need these IN ADVANCE - PLEASE plan to send it to us so that we receive it NO LATER THAN Wednesday, May 16. Thank you!
You are required to wear your green Illinois 4-H or Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team shirt for Legislative Connection with black dress slacks or ladies may wear a black skirt if you wish and COMFORTABLE black leather-type shoes (no athletic shoes; no sandals/flip-flops! l), Ladies, we do NOT recommend that you wear shoes with a high heel unless you are used to walking in them every day - the marble floors that you will be walking on (in addition to all the steps) are incredibly hard on your feet!
Here is the Registration Link for the MAY dates. The last date to register is Wednesday, May 9 - We know that is early, but there is a lot of preparations on our end that need to be completed before the event and we need that time to get things organized. We also need to confirm hotel rooms as soon as possible - so if you need a hotel room, it would be greatly appreciated if you could register as soon as possible. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?registrationid=18534
GIFT Garden ClassesDo you like playing in the dirt and being outdoors? Would you like to learn how to grow healthy fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to make new friends and learn in a safe inclusive environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions we have just the right summer activity for you.
The classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. beginning May 31 through August 2.
Wednesdays will be held at the garden and will include hands on gardening activities. Youth will learn basic gardening concepts, growing techniques, insect identification etc. They will also pick and prepare produce for the Farmers Market!
Thursdays will be cooking day, youth will learn how to wash fruits and vegetables, freeze and can produce and taste all types of fresh produce.
A $20.00 program fee will cover ALL costs associated with these classes! Parents must come to the office to register youth.
Contact University of Illinois Extension office at 643-3416 for more information!
Upcoming DatesApril 28 - National Day of Service 9-noon
April 30-May 1 - Premier 20 Conference for LCP Award Winners
May 8 - Senior Awards
May 17 - Expansion & Review Meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 22-23 - Legislative Connection
May 30 - Farmers Market opens
May 31 - Summer Cooking Classes begin 9-11 a.m.
June 6 - Summer Gardening Classes begin 9-11 a.m.! Farmers Market 12-5:00
June 7 - Cooking Class 9-11 a.m.
June 10-15 - LEAD: Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy
June 13 - Gardening Class 9-11 a.m.! Farmers Market 12-5:00
June 14 - Cooking Class 9-11 a.m.
June 17-20 - Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
June 18 - General Projects Show, Pork Chop Dinner 4-7:00 p.m.
June 20 - Gardening Class 9-11 a.m. / Farmers Market 12-5:00
June 20-23 - Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
June 21 - Cooking Class 9-11 a.m.
June 24-28 - Illini Summer Academies
July 5 - Rabbit & Poultry Show, Small Pet, Cat and Dog Show, Weigh-in and Ag Olympics
July 6 - Livestock Show, Hospitality Tent, Awards Presentation, Livestock Auction
July 7 - Tractor Rodeo
July 7-14 - Citizenship Washington Focus
July 24 - TENTATIVE Horse Show 9 am
August 10 -Hamilton County Day at Illinois State Fair