Hamilton County 4-H News
In This Issue
- International Night Planned
- 4-H'ers to be Honored at Achievement Night
- Pioneer Plant Tour Planned
- National 4-h Week Window Display and Poster Contest
- 2017 National 4-H Week
- National 4-H Week
- Illini Fighting Hunger Food Packaging Event
- Teen Leadership Conference
- Incredible Wearables!
- Workshop Ideas Needed
- Youth in Action
- Federation Meeting Planned
- Shooting Sports Training Planned
- Citizenship Washington Focus
- Understanding 4-H Premiums
- Walls Need Updated
- Candy Making Workshop
- Photo Contest Announced
- Farmers Opportunity to Support 4-H
- Tell Us What You Think
- Share Your Story
- County Line Crew
- Barbwire Gang
- State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Names New Members
- Upcoming Dates
- Youth Sponsors
- 4-H is Online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!
- University of Illinois
International Night 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.
Pioneer Plant Tour PlannedMark your calendar for a fun and educational local tour. Participants will learn about what Pioneer does for the community, what safety precautions are taken daily and just what they do in that big building. The trip is open to 4-H members, family and friends. We will meet at the courthouse basement on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m. We will then carpool to the Pioneer Plant for a tour that will begin at 5:00 p.m. If you live north of town and want to just meet us there you may chose to do that. If you would like to attend please contact the office before October 11 so we can get a number to them. (Pioneer has requested no sandals or flip flops be allowed) Remember this will get you another check on your records for attending a county sponsored trip. Call the office and sign up today 643-3416!
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 4-H 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.
2017 National 4-H Week2017 National 4-H Week
Monday - Federation Display at School
Tuesday - Ask a Friend to Join 4-H
Wednesday - Wear Green or 4-H Shirt to school
Thursday - Thank a Volunteer
Friday - Participate in Community Service Activity
National 4-H WeekOctober 1 - 7 is National 4-H Week and your time to shine!
Our theme this year is Mission:Adventure -Join the Team. Change the
Here's how you can join in National 4-H Week Social Media Challenge - do one or ALL
Post a picture of how you are changing the world thru 4-H ... Use the hashtag #my4Hworld and #thats4H
Post a picture of how your 4-H team (your club, your friends, your family ... whoever your team is!) Use the hashtag #my4Hteam and #thats4 H
Post a picture of any adventure you've taken in 4-H (trip, project work, award ... anything) ... Use the hashtag #my4Hadventure and #thats4H
Post a picture of you (alone or with friends) holding the 4-H Mission Adventure logo. You can download it from go.illinois.edu/n4Hw ....Use the hashtag #n4Hw17 and #thats4H
Post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram anytime October 1 - 7. Tag @Illinois4H so we will see it Make the post public if your family is okay with that!
Of course, we'll have prizes! ... duh, it's 4-H! AND, we'll share bunches on our social media channels.
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.edulregistrationl?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. Remember this will count on your records as a multi-county activity. Register today!
Teen Leadership ConferenceThe Illinois Teen Leadership Conference will 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 and who want to build their leadership skills. Dare to Be a Leader is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, January 13-14,2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
Workshop sessions will focus on public speaking, watching your digital identity, group marketing, advocating for a cause, becoming a leader, finding your leadership niche, and youth and adult partnerships. Other programming will include a keynote speaker, time to share your success with others, team-building, and more.
Here's the deal about registration: It will be done as a GROUP ... so contact the county office to get your name on the list. Registration cost will be $130 for 4-H members and $175 for those representing other groups or organizations. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 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).
Keep your eyes open for more information! Registration will open in mid-October and close on Monday, December 4. Dare to Be a Leader - and join us!!
Incredible Wearables!Join the largest science experiment ever!
4-H National Youth Science Day is the world's largest youth-led science experiment in the country. This year's NYSD will be Oct. 4 during National 4-H Week. The incredible wearables kit is perfect for classrooms, clubs, or at home! Watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E588sR-UeyM .
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.
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 National4-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!
Federation Meeting PlannedMark your calendars for the next 4-H Federation meeting scheduled for October 12, at 3:45 p.m. in the courthouse basement. We will be making plans for Achievement Night, Christmas games and the Christmas Parade. Everyone is encouraged to 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.
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/citizenship-washington-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.
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 !
Candy Making WorkshopMark your calendars for a fun and festive workshop where we make assorted Christmas candy and cookies to sell. Participants will learn to measure, mix, melt and mold chocolate into delicious treats. The workshop will be held in the Courthouse basement, Friday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or until we get finished making candies. If you would like to attend please contact the office and sign up today! The group that participated last year had a great time and enjoyed eating the mistakes! Please plan to bring supplies needed to make your favorite recipe! This year we will be taking pre-orders like the spring candy sale. The order form will be in the next months newsletter.
Photo Contest AnnouncedThe 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.
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 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!
Tell Us What You ThinkMore 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.
Share Your StoryThe Illinois 4-H website 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.
County Line CrewThe County Line Crew met September 11th at 6:30 pm at the Macedonia lodge. Minutes of the last meeting were read and reports were given regarding the federation meeting, Hamilton County Fair and State Fair. New T-Shirt designs were discussed in unfinished business. Further plans were made for international night and about our country, Greece. Everyone was reminded the farmers market is still open on Wednesday afternoons. In new business members were asked for ideas for workshop and ideas on how to redecorate the 4-H wall in the courthouse basement. Election of officers were held as well as project talks.
The new officers are as follows:
President: Elaine Miller
Vice-President: Kate Miller
Secretary: Braxton Ragan
Asst Secretary: Madison Miller
Treasurer: Camryn Parker
Asst Treasurer: Leah Ragan
Reporters: Leslie Davis, Sarah Darnell
Our next meeting will be held October 1st at 4pm at the Parkers.
Barbwire GangThe Barbwire Gang met on September 14 in the courthouse basement. It was decided that our meetings will now be held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at 6pm (with the exception of next month, since International Night is the day before) Our country is Brazil. October 9th at 12:30 we will be meeting at the Lynns house to work on the BGGB boxes and then will go set up International Night by 4:00.
Officer elections were held and new officers are:
President- Danielle Lynn
Vice President - Ava Winternheimer
Secretary- Courtney Lynn
Treasurer- Emilee Cox
Historian committee- Grace Woodrow, Danielle, Ava, Emilee and Courtney
Online re-enrollment will be open on Monday, September 18!
State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Names New MembersThe 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 are YLT members: 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.
Upcoming DatesOctober 1 - County Line Crew Meeting 4:00 p.m. at Camryn Parkers home
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 18 - Pioneer Plant Tour 5:00 p.m. meet at courthouse 4:30 p.m.
October 21-23 - Shooting Sports Training
October 23 - Achievement Night
October 28 - Illini Fighting Hunger Food Packaging Event
October 31 - Photo Contest Deadline
November 17 - Candy Making Workshop 9:00 a.m.
January 13-14 - Teen Leadership Conference
July 7-14 - Citizenship Washington Focus