Hamilton County 4-H News
In This Issue
- International Day Planned
- 4-H'ers to be Honored at Achievement Night
- National 4-H Week
- Fall Festival Parade Planned
- Federation Meeting Planned
- Records Judging Planned
- Shooting Sports Training Planned
- 4-H Foundation Meeting Scheduled
- Citizenship Washington Focus
- Understanding 4-H Premiums
- We Need You in Springfield!
- Illinois 4-H Records
- Who will win $5,000
- Farmers Opportunity to Support 4-H
- 4-H Road Trip
- Youth in Action
- Workshop Ideas Needed
- Farmers Market Still Open
- 4-H Members Exhibit at Illinois State Fair
- National 4-H Week Window Display and Poster Contest
- Walls Need Updated
- Illini Fighting Hunger Food Packaging Event
- Upcoming Dates
- Youth Sponsors
- 4-H is online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!
- University of Illinois
International Day PlannedThe eighth annual International Day will be held at St. Clements, in conjunction with the Hamilton County Homemakers Education Association. Mark your calendars for Monday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. All clubs will have their displays set up by 4:00 p.m. and each club will have 15 minutes to showcase their display. Each club is asked to set up a booth and supply a sample food from their respective country. This can include posters, food, dance, costumes etc. It can be a skit or just kids telling their part. Remember each child will need to participate in order to be premium eligible. They will be judged and ribbons awarded. While a club is showcasing their display, the other members will help prepare the meal and have an activity about the Philippines. Following the judging, the booths will open for public viewing and sampling at 5:30 p.m. This is a great day to learn about other country's styles, customs, traditions and food. One club will win the Best of Show traveling trophy! Call the office and let us know what country you will be showcasing.
4-H'ers to be Honored at Achievement NightThe annual Achievement Night program will be held Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton County Courthouse basement. Make plans to join us for an evening of fun as leaders, members and Clover Buds are recognized. Several awards and recognition will be given to deserving individuals. Please bring a finger type food to share. The annual 4-H slide show should prove to be entertaining for all as we review the past year and a blast from the past.
National 4-H WeekNational 4-H Week is Oct. 1-7. Illinois' theme is Mission: Adventure - Join the Team / Change the World. Counties may choose to use the national theme "Grow True Leaders."
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; Getting Started in Art (beginner level).
Fall Festival Parade PlannedFall Festival will be held September 7, 8 and 9. Each year the Hamilton County 4-H clubs work together to build a float. This year should be no exception! The theme is "Family Tradition." We will be working on the float after school on Tuesday, September 5 at the floral hall at the fairgrounds. This will also be our September Federation meeting. Just like in the past we will have our Prince Aiden Burnett and Princess Kennedy Milligan ride the float. We will also need kids to ride and walk along the parade route. Please plan to attend this meeting and help with the float.
Federation Meeting PlannedMark your calendars for the next 4-H Federation meeting scheduled for September 5, while working on the Fall Festival Parade float. We will be making plans for Achievement Night and International Night. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
Records Judging PlannedWell, the first step of the new records is complete. You muddled through them and they are now in the office. The next step is to make sense of them and select winners in each category and each age group. All leaders, interested parents and older youth, please plan to attend and help us as we work through this process together on Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 in the courthouse basement. A light dinner will be provided. Let us know if you can attend.
Shooting Sports Training PlannedShooting Sports volunteer training on target for Oct. 21-23. Adults interested in teaching the shooting sports hobby to young people should attend the fall adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program Oct. 21-23 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost is $125. Volunteers must register through their local U of I Extension office by Oct. 12. Check in begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. The training ends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Volunteers must be present for all hours of the training to receive their certification. There are six concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and hunting and wildlife, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shootingsports.
4-H Foundation Meeting ScheduledIf you are a member of the Hamilton County 4-H and Extension Foundation, please plan to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Courthouse basement. We will be talking about the plat books, the 4-H food stand and discuss other possible fundraisers. Please plan to attend. RSVP by September 12, so we know how much food to prepare.
Citizenship Washington FocusSave the Dates and Get Ready for 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 $1,025, 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/citizenshipwashington-focus. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!
Understanding 4-H PremiumsIn the past, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the forms of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We currently have no guarantee that those funds will be provided. We treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control over the actions of Illinois government.
We Need You in Springfield!We're looking for Illinois 4-H teens that want to give back - give back to 4-H by sharing their 4-H story with others. That could be you. Whether it be talking to donors, civic groups, county board members or state legislators, we need YOUR help! Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team and share your story. The next training is Saturday, Sept. 30 in Belvidere at the Boone County Extension Office. Taught by members of the Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team, Speaking for Illinois 4-H is open to 4-H members age 14 and older. Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) offers teens advanced training in preparing your 4-H story to "tell the world" how great the 4-H program is! By taking the training, you'll be able to assist your local4-H program with speaking engagements and one-on-one conversations. Once trained, 4-H'ers are expected to work with their local Extension staff to promote 4-H on the local level. On the state level, trained members receive invitations to participate in the 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state Capitol each spring. Cost is $12 for the 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. training; lunch is included. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute to register! We hope to see you at the next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training! Register @ go.illinois.edu/4Hspeaking by September 20.
Illinois 4-H RecordsThere's still time to apply .....
Whether you are a first-year 4-H member or tenured member with 7 or more years under your belt, many 4-H'ers are currently working on their 4-H award applications for submission. Even 8-9 year old members can submit the NEW 4-H Experience Application and be eligible for 4-H recognition. Older members can submit both 4-H Experience Application, Illinois 4-H Award Application, State 4-H Key Award Application, and/or the Illinois 4-H LCP 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, checkmarks, 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. The State 4-H Key Award Application is for members age 16 and above who challenge themselves in community service, leadership, and mentoring other members. The Illinois 4-H LCP Award Application, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates, is for members ages 17-19 by December 1 who are involved in Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism. Check them out and contact our local Extension office for local deadlines and information. Each one of these awards can open up doors for our members - doors to physical award items, trips and conferences, monetary awards, scholarships, and more. It's not too late for even the oldest members to apply, but starting early has its advantages! Get started now!
Who will win $5,000The 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 or 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.
Farmers Opportunity to Support 4-HAmerica's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, partners with farmers to support farming communities by offering farmers the opportunity to enroll for a GROW chance to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite community non-profit. It takes less than five minutes to apply, and the application period runs August 1 through November 1 of this year. One winner is selected in each of the 1,335 eligible counties across 41 states. In 2018 another $3 million will be awarded to nonprofits across rural America.
This program is designed for any farmer who farms 250 acres or more, is 21 years or older, and is actively engaged in farming. Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified person (regardless of the form of entry). A farmer is "actively engaged in farming" if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
Yes, participants and winners from previous year's are eligible to participate and win this year's program if they still meet the eligibility requirements. Winners are randomly selected by a computer. There are several ways you can win.
Rural communities are the heart of America. Our community outreach programs focus on strengthening rural communities where farmers live and work. Each year the program awards more than $3 million to nonprofits in rural America. since 2010, the program has given more than $26 million to over 8,000 nonprofits.
Encourage farmers to enroll by visiting www.GrowCommunities.com or calling toll-free at 877-267-3332. The winning farmers will be announced in January 2018.
In the past, farmers have directed the funds to supporting ag youth organizations, purchasing classroom supplies, supplying food and essentials for the needy and acquiring lifesaving emergency response equipment to make farm life that much safer. Contact the farmers you know and encourage them to enroll in the program at www.GrowCommunities.com. Grow Communities is a part of the America's Farmers initiative. To learn more about all of the America's Farmers programs visit www.AmericasFarmers.com. Remember, over the past few years when 4-H has been selected, all 4-H members did not have to pay the enrollment fee!
4-H Road TripAre you a teenager looking for your next adventure? Did you know that there's even more you can do in 4-H as a teenager from leadership and teaching opportunities to international travel and scholarship awards you can win. You can find out more about these exclusive adventures by coming to 4-H Road Trip on September 23.
The 4-H Road Trip will be a one-day event located at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign on September 23. The day will include a rally with a DJ, a bucket list challenge sponsored by collegiate 4-H members, and a 4-H Opportunity Expo where youth will learn more details about leadership, awards, and open opportunities available just for teen 4-H'ers. September 23 @ University of Illinois Campus Register @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip before September 3 COST $10 DJ/GAMES/PRIZES/CAMPUS
Youth can learn more about the event and register by visiting the page on the Illinois 4-H website: http://go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip
Youth in ActionEvery 4-H'er has a story, and every story is worth telling! The 4-H Youth in Action Awards Program is a premier opportunity for your students to share their stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others. Through this program, four confident leaders will each receive: $5,000 scholarship, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to tell their stories on a national level. Pillar winners will have the chance to interact with National 4-H Council CEO Jennifer Sirangelo as well as celebrities and other prominent 4-H alumni. Through a formal selection process, one winner will be chosen in each pillar area: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). One of these pillar winners will also be selected as the 2018 4-H Youth in Action National Award Winner. Applications are due October 23, 2017!
Workshop Ideas NeededThe Project Learning Dimension of the new (4-H records) Individual Experience Application requires more learning experiences with your club that relates to project areas. So, if your club would like to plan a workshop (also leadership opportunity) or would like to suggest a topic for a workshop, please call the office to discuss or schedule.
Farmers Market Still OpenThe Hamilton County 4-H GIFT Garden sets up weekly at the McLeansboro Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. or until we sell out. It is located at the corner of Jackson and Randolph east of Subway. If you would like to help sell produce from the GIFT Garden plan to join us after school any Wednesday!
4-H Members Exhibit at Illinois State FairHamilton County was well represented by fifteen 4-H members who traveled to Springfield to the Illinois State Fair on August 12 to exhibit their 4-H projects.
The following is a list of Hamilton County 4-H members who received an "Award of Excellence" rating and the project they exhibited:
Sarah Darnell-Cooking 301
Leslie Davis-Public Presentation, Oral Interpretation
Cambri Dean-STEAM Clothing 2
Courtney Lynn-Visual Arts, Scrapbooking
Danielle Lynn-Interior Design
Maddi Maxwell-Visual Arts, Chalk/Carbon/Pigment
Leah Ragan-Veterinary Science
Natalie Reynolds- Cooking 201
Caitlyn Richards-Interior Design
Four members earned the coveted "Superior" rating with their projects:
Emilee Cox-Interior Design
Adrianna Maxwell-Cooking 401
Braxton Ragan-Aerospace Display
Shiloh Willis-Visual Arts, Cake Decorating
Congratulations to all!
National 4-H Week Window Display and Poster ContestJoin millions of 4-H members around the world in celebrating National4-H Week on October 1 through October 7. You may use either the state theme- "Mission:Adventure - Join the Team/Change the World" or the county theme "Grow True Leaders" to promote 4-H.
Clubs are asked to set up window displays and posters in area businesses. The window display judging criteria is as follows:
• Sells 4-H 20
• Effective Message of Theme 15
• Draws Attention 15
• Holds Attention 15
• Creative Use of Materials 10
• Uses Explanatory Material 10
• Tells where assistance and more info is available (Address & Phone of Office) 10
(Name and phone number of local leader must be included)
• Name of Club on Exhibit 5
The Poster Display Criteria for individuals is:
• Effective Message of Theme 20
• Draws Attention 20
• Holds Attention 20
• Promotes Attention 20
• Tells where more info available 20
Contact the office and let us know where you have a display or poster. They must be in place by Monday, October 2 and will be judged Thursday, October 5.
Walls Need UpdatedWith Achievement Night rapidly approaching, it is time for your club to update your club wall in the basement. Some of the photos are really outdated and many of the kids are no longer 4-H members. Please try to have this done before Achievement Night on October 23!
Illini Fighting Hunger Food Packaging EventMany people in our communities do not know where their next meal will come from. Many worry how they will feed their families. Our local food pantries need help to meet the needs of our area. YOU can help! Gallatin, Hardin, Hamilton, Pope, Saline, and White county 4-H members, volunteers, and parents are partnering to package meals to stay in our 6 counties. We need 50-60 volunteers to make this possible!
The Unit 24 food packaging event will take place at Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Check-In and set-up will begin at 8:30 with welcome and instructions beginning at 9:00. We anticipate packaging will take approximately 3-4 hours to package the meals. This will depend on the number of volunteers we have. Volunteers must be age 10 and older to work on the packaging line.
To sign up, go online to https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID= 17189 or call the Extension Office. Each participant will need to bring a signed assumption of risk form to the event.
This is your opportunity to help fight hunger in your community. Kate Miller is the coordinator of this event and needs your help to make this a success. Register today!
Upcoming DatesSeptember 4 - Labor Day-Extension Office closed
September 5 - Float Building and Federation Meeting-after school at Floral Hall
September 9 - Fall Festival Parade-6 pm-line up at 5 pm
September 12 - Records Judging 5:30 pm
September 23 - 4-H Road Trip-U of I, Champaign
September 30 - Speaking for IL 4-H training-Belvidere
October 1-7 - National 4-H Week
October 2 - Window Displays and Posters Up
October 5 - Window Displays and Posters Judging
October 7-9 - Discover Chicago Trip
October 9 - International Night
October 12 - Federation Meeting-Election of Officers
October 23 - Achievement Night
October 28 - Illini Fighting Hunger Food Packaging Event