Hamilton County 4-H News
In This Issue
- Candy Making Workshop
- Holiday Bazaar
- Southern Illinois Pecan Company Tour Set
- Federation Meeting Planned
- 4-H'ers were Honored at Achievement Night
- Citizenship Washington Focus
- Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACES
- Teen Leadership Conference Planned
- LEAD-The Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy
- The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!
- Pioneer Plant Tour Held
- National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum for Leaders and Teens Teachers
- Pioneer Country Kids
- Piopolis Busy Bees
- County Line Crew
- Christmas Parade Planned
- Upcoming Dates
- Youth Sponsors
- 4-H is online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
- University of Illinois
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 is in this newsletter. Get to taking orders!
Holiday BazaarYour help is needed! The Hamilton County 4-H Federation will be selling homemade candy and working the lunch counter at the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Old High School Gym. If you could work for an hour or two that would be greatly appreciated. We will be selling the candy that we make on November 17 at the Candy Making Workshop! We will also have a $.25 table like last year. If you have any unwanted Christmas items that you could donate, they sold great last year! Call the office and sign up today!
Southern Illinois Pecan Company Tour SetMark your calendar for an upcoming 4-H countywide educational tour. Wednesday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m. The Pecan farm is located at 3823 Dahlgren Rd East. This is approximately 3 miles straight east of Dahlgren. If you get to the bottom of the big hill you have gone too far. Dress appropriately since part of the tour will be outside. You will learn how the pecans are picked, shelled and packaged for sale. Contact the office, by November 6, so we can get a count of how many will attend.
Federation Meeting PlannedMark your calendar for the November Federation meeting to be held on November 9 at 3:45 p.m. We will be making plans for the Christmas float, the games and planning the Christmas party. Remember anyone can attend Federation meetings and they count towards your 6 meetings attended. Hope to see you there!
4-H'ers were Honored at Achievement NightThe annual Achievement Night program was held Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton County Courthouse basement. The evening began with the pledges being led by Princess Kennedy Milligan and recognition of the leaders, junior leaders and Teen Teachers. Cloverbuds and 1st year members were recognized.
Outstanding 1st year members were:Jenna Irwin, Raegan Irwin, Nash Sutton, Kade Wellen, Kora Wellen, Shiloh Willis, Laynna Wilson and Annabell Woodrow.
Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Emerald Experience Levels were recognized.
Fisher Brown, Grady Brown, Wyatt Brown, Caden Dean, Leah Ragan, Maizy Wallace, Kade Wellen, Kora Wellen
Emilee Cox, Cambri Dean, Maddie Karcher, Madison Miller, Alyssa Parker, Kayla Parker, Lane Parker, Braxton Ragan, Carrie Rapp, Ethan Erwin, Levi Erwin, Jenna Irwin, Raegan Irwin, Drew Rawls, Lily Rawls, Nash Sutton, Talan Sutton, Brianna Wilson, Jenna Wilson, Ava Winternheimer
Samuel Clark, Sarah Darnell, Leslie Davis, Kaitlyn Flannigan, Caroline Lueke, Samuel Lueke, Caitlyn Richards, Adrianna Maxwell, Shiloh Willis, Frank Zachman
Elaine Miller, Kate Miller, Camryn Parker, Courtney Lynn, Danielle Lynn, Maddi Maxwell
EXCEL Awards were presented to: Communications Camryn Parker; Community Service Kate Miller; Leadership Elaine Miller; Personal Growth Danielle Lynn; Project Mastery Adrianna Maxwell
Outstanding Junior High Member Courtney Lynn
Outstanding Senior High Member Elaine Miller
Victory Award winners in each age group were recognized with the over all Victory Awards going to:
8-9 Year Olds Shiloh Willis Kade Wellen
10-11 Year Olds Emilee Cox Talan Sutton
12-14 Year Olds Courtney Lynn Braxton Ragan
15-19 Year Olds Danielle Lynn Samuel Lueke
Everyone who exhibited at Sate Fair and everyone who turned in records were recognized.
The Secretary's Award went to Caitlyn Richards and the Treasurer Award went to Alyssa Parker.
Several conference scholarships were awarded to deserving individuals.
Illini Summer Academies
Kate Miller, Caitlyn Richards, 1st Alt. Danielle Lynn and second Alt. Maddi Maxwell
Junior High Leadership Conference
Caitlyn Richards, Ava Winternheimer, 1st Alt. Sarah Darnell, 2nd Alt. Maizy Wallace
LCP Award- Adrianna Maxwell
Hamilton County 4-H Week Window Display winners were recognized as follows:
1st Place - $20.00 - Piopolis Busy Bees
2nd Place -$15.00 -Barbwire Gang at Banterra
3rd Place - $10.00 - Hamilton County Federation
Honorable mention - $ 5.00 -Barbwire Gang at Mimmos
$5.00 - Pioneer Country Kids
Shiloh Willis won the best Poster Display
All clubs were recognized for participating in Intercultural Activities.
Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser top ticket sales were awarded to:
1st place $25.00 Danielle Lynn (70)
2nd place $15.00 Carrie Rapp (15)
3rd Place $10.00 Caitlyn Richards (13)
2017 Club of the Year went to County Line Crew
Trophy Winners were:
Beef Kaitlyn Flannigan; Bicycle Leslie Davis; Cat Caitlyn Richards; Clothing & Textiles Courtney Lynn; Dogs Caitlyn Richards; Food & Nutrition Courtney Lynn; Goat Leslie Davis; Intercultural Shiloh Willis; Interior Design Caitlyn Richards; Photography Lauren Burris; Poultry Leslie Davis; Swine Caroline Lueke; Visual Arts Shiloh Willis; Woodworking Courtney Lynn
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee-Tillie Kaufman
4-H Alumni-Karyn Dykstra
Friend of 4-H-Hamilton County Rotary Club
4-H Senior Awards-Kaitlyn Flannigan, Ethan Erwin, Adrianna Maxwell, Sarah Mead, Lane Parker
Citizenship Washington FocusRegistration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
Registration is open for the Illinois 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus trip! Consider joining us for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore the federal legislative process, tour various sites around the Washington, D.C. area, visit Illinois' representatives, and more. We'll be traveling Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14,2018.
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. We haven't been able to finalize our 2018 costs yet (not all of our vendors have responded), but our 2017 cost to youth was $1,025. We know we are potentially looking at a travel cost increase, so we are estimating a final cost of $1,200. That includes a discount due to financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Payments are made when registering, February, and May. The initial deposit is $325. The final payment will be adjusted as needed to meet whatever the final cost will be.
Space is available on a first-come; first-served basis, so don't wait too long! More information is available on the 4-H website: go.illinois.eduJ4Hcwf.
Scholarship takes you from Extension to ACESIncoming freshmen and transfer students to University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences may apply for a NEW $2,500 scholarship. This year, 54 scholarships (two per each of Extension's 27 units) will be awarded. To learn more and apply @ academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship. Questions? Your local Extension staff can help you! Just ask us.
Teen Leadership Conference PlannedBuild 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! Website: go.illinois.edu/4Hteens
Online Registration Link: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID= 17444
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.
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.
One full week = one life-changing experience
The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is Coming!7th & 8th Graders Save the Date
Mission: Adventure! Who doesn't love an adventure? We know our 4-H'ers in the 7th and 8th grades do because they fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we're hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25,2018 and plan to travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel.
Look for more information & registration on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. 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!
Pioneer Plant Tour HeldOn Wednesday, October 18,26 members, parents and friends attended the very fun and educational tour at the local Pioneer Plant. Participants learned about plant operations from contracted acres with local growers, unloading the grain trucks, grading, testing, separating, treating, bagging and finally shipping out the grain, to be planted next year. Thank you for your hospitality!
Remember to watch for future local tours!!!
National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum for Leaders and Teens TeachersYou 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 remaining e-Forum series includes:
"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.
Teens - by participating in the training you can earn National check marks on your records, so sign up today. If there is interest we will meet at the office to participate.
Contact your 4-H Extension staff to let them know you are interested in participating and to find the closest location where you can attend!
Pioneer Country KidsPioneer Country Kids met on September 26 at 5:00 p.m. in the courthouse basement. We worked on our super heroes for our 4-H Week display and talked about what we are doing for International Night.
Submitted by: Samuel Clark
Piopolis Busy BeesThe Piopolis Busy Bees had a meeting on September 25th. We folded cards for the nursing homes. We worked on enrollment for this year. We elected officers and we worked on Namibia posters for International Night. Our new officers are Brianna Wilson-President, Jenna Wilson Vice President, Lily Rawls-Secretary and Treasurer- Levi Erwin, and Reporter Jenna Irwin. Junior Leaders are Levi Erwin, Brianna Wilson and Reagan Irwin. We welcomed our new members and enjoyed a snack.
County Line CrewCounty Line Crew met at 4:00 October 1st at the Parkers. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Madison Miller and the treasurer's report was given by Cameron Parker. Committee reports were given on International night, Tshirt committee, and Youth choices/Youth voices. For International night we discussed what we are serving, who is making a poster, and is anyone dressing up. We came up with a design for our T-shirts and Kate gave a talk about Youth choices/Youth voices. In unfinished business we talked about the farmers market which is still open on Wednesdays, Kitchenaid Mixer status, and re-enrollment. The next meeting will be November 13 at the Macedonia lodge.
Christmas Parade PlannedPlease plan to attend the McLeansboro Christmas parade. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. and anyone that wishes to participate is welcome. Remember it will be dark so make sure you illuminate yourself! Battery operated lights or glow sticks work great! We will be working on the float on Monday, November 27 after school at the floral hall. Please join us! We will also need your help with the 4-H games following the parade!
Upcoming DatesNovember 2 - Volunteer e-Forum 6:00-7:30
November 8 - Pecan Farm Tour 4:00
November 9 - Federation Meeting 3:45 p.m.
November 15 - Candy Sales Order Forms due in office
November 17 - Candy Making Workshop 9:00 a.m.
November 27 - Float Building at Floral Hall after school
December 1 - Christmas Parade 6:00 p.m.
December 1 - Christmas Games in Basement following the parade
December 2 - Holiday Bazaar Candy Sales and Food Booth
December 7 - Volunteer e-Forum 6:00-7:30
December 15 - Deadline to turn in state 4-H records to Hamilton County office
January 5 - Deadline to turn in state records
January 13-14 - Teen Leadership Conference
January 22 - JLC Registration Deadline
February 24-25 - Junior Leadership Conference
February 16 - Cosmic Bowling 6:00 Muddy
June 10-15 - LEAD: Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy
July 7-14 - Citizenship Washington Focus