Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- August 2017
- Welcome to Pope-Hardin County 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- 2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show Dates
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- Your day at the Illinois State Fair
- It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA
- Shhhh….It’s a secret
- Honoring those who lead
- Shooting Sports
- Pope-Hardin County 4-H Federation
- Everyone loves a road trip
- Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar
- As we wrap up show season, remember what matters
- All the fun of camping with none of the mess
- 2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer Awards
- National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
- Happy Birthday!
August 2017August has rolled around, meaning that the 2017 4-H year is nearly in the books! It seems hard to believe that this year has passed so quickly, but once June rolls around, it seems like the rest of the year is a flash of lightning. In this month's newsletter, you will find information about some cool upcoming events including the 4-H Day with the SI Miners' game, the Solar Eclipse event, an opportunity for our older members to step into a new leadership role for Pope-Hardin County 4-H, some basic info on our upcoming Shooting Sports program (yes, we are finally ready to step back into Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports!!!), as well as info on some Statewide 4-H events. I know some of you are looking ahead to paperwork for this year, and I promise, I will get that info sent out soon.
Welcome to Pope-Hardin County 4-HClub Contact Information
Hardin County Corn Fed Clovers– Janetta Flener or Ida Bishop
Pope County Clover Crew– Mandy or Brad Curry
Pope County River Rats– Kala Bonnell or Julie Barger
Upcoming EventsJuly 30th– Horse Show, One Horse Gap Campground, 8:00 am
August 3rd– Composting for Kids Workshop, DSAC, 6:00 pm– 7:00(ish) pm
August 12th– Pope-Hardin Exhibit Day at Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL, Project must be checked in at the Orr Building between 8:00 am and 9:30 am. Projects must remain on display until 3:30 pm
August 20th– 4-H Day with the SI Miners Game, SI Miners' Stadium, Marion, Game will begin at 5:05 pm
August 21st– 4-H Solar Eclipse Event, SI Miners' Stadium, Marion, Gates open at 10:00 am
August 31st– END OF 2017 4-H YEAR
September 1st– 2017-2018 4-H YEAR BEGINS!!!
2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show DatesSaturday, June 17th
General Project Show (including small animal live exhibits) - Hardin County School, Registration at 9:00 am—Show starts immediately following registration
Wednesday, July 19th - Swine Show, Massac County Fairgrounds, Start time TBA
Saturday, July 29th - Horse Show, One Horse Gap Campground, Registration at 9:00 am— Show starts at 9:30 am
Understanding 4-H premiumsIn the past, the Illinois Department of Ag 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 on the actions of Illinois government.
Your day at the Illinois State FairIf you are selected as our county's representative at the state fair, here's what you need to know:
The county office will mail you more information after our local show, as well as an exhibit tag for your project. Remove all the tags and ribbons from our local show.
Our county exhibits on Saturday, August 12th
4-H members should plan to arrive in Springfield at the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Traffic can be very busy, so give yourself plenty of time. We know that delays happen, so if you get stuck in traffic, don't worry. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals.
Once on the fairgrounds, make your way the far west side of the fairgrounds…. At the Orr Building.
4-H members should drop their projects off at the table for their project area between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Then, check the master schedule to see what time YOUR conference judging begins. Everyone will have at least a 10-minute judging time to discuss your project with a judge. Return to your judging area about 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Your project will remain on display until 3:30 that day. Be sure to come back and pick it up before 4:30 closing time.
If you are registered in Fashion Revue, you don't need to arrive until 12:30 p.m. Be dressed and stage-ready by 1:30. The fashion review begins at 2 p.m.
Come back for the 4-H Clover Celebration at 3 p.m.
No projects may be removed from the judging area until 3:30 p.m. It's the rule, so follow it! If you need to leave early, please arrange with someone else from your county to pick up your project. Be sure to give them your claim ticket.
There will be lots of other fun things to do in the Orr Building.
Parking at Illinois State Fair
THERE'S GOOD NEWS: State Fair is providing Load/Unload passes to 4-H families which will allow cars to enter through Gate 8 (or other gate if that is closed) and drive to the Orr Building to drop off exhibits or people. You will need to present your admission tickets for anyone in the car upon entering the fairgrounds; then the driver will need to leave through Gate 9 immediately after drop off, GET THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR READMISSION to the fair, and then re-enter the fairgrounds through the gate for which they have a parking pass. You MUST have a regular parking pass to use the Load/Unload Pass.
It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFANo worries. It will all be friendly competition when Illinois 4-H takes on Illinois FFA in a cooking contest at the Illinois State Fair. You'll want to be at the Ag Tent at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 to watch the fun.
Here are the rules:
Two people will represent Illinois 4-H. Each team gets a mystery basket with 3-5 mystery ingredients that must be used in your dish. We will have a fully stocked pantry to help supplement your dish. We will have access to a gas grill and stove burners. Each team will have 30 minutes to create a dish of their choice. You can create an appetizer, a main course, or a dessert – whatever you can come up with in 30 minutes. Judges will score each dish based on three categories: presentation, creativity and taste/flavor.
Shhhh….It’s a secretWe have an amazing, spectacular, jaw-dropping announcement we'll make Friday, Aug. 11 at the Illinois State Fair. We can't tell you more … except that it will change how you look at reality!
Honoring those who leadThe Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Activities begin at 4:30 at the completion of the day's judging.
This year, our very own Elaine Bramlet will be honored as an outstanding 4-H volunteer, and will be inducted into the "Class of 2017" Illinois 4-H Foundation's Hall of Fame. If you are a State Fair exhibitor, or plan to attend this year's State Fair, please stick around and let's show our support for our first Pope-Hardin County 4-H inductee!
Shooting SportsThis year, we are excited to be able to offer Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports in Pope and Hardin Counties!
More details will be coming later, but here is a list of FAQs and some basic Shooting Sports info to hold you over...
The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program utilizes the resources of the University of Illinois Extension's 4-H program.
Illinois offers shooting disciplines of archery, hunting, wildlife and outdoor skills, rifle (air and small-bore), and shotgun - there is also a coordinator discipline that serves as a mid-management volunteer working closely with county Extension staff (We will only be offering the rifle discipline this year, but hope to expand to include other disciplines in the future).
The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting and archery and much more. The activities of the program and support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.
How old do the youth have to be to participate in the program? Youth aged 8-19 can enroll in archery and air rifle, while .22 rifle and shotgun require youth to be at least 10 years of age to enroll. In order to qualify and compete at the National 4-H Invitational Match, youth must be 14 years old.
Do I need to bring my own equipment? Many counties have equipment that is provided for the club members. This way anyone can participate. It also lets members find out what they prefer to work with and what fits them the best. However, most clubs allow members to bring their own equipment with the approval of the Certified Instructor. We will be providing the equipment needed for this year. As a new program, youth will be required to use the provided equipment, and will not be allowed to bring their own until the certified instructor has had an opportunity to gauge the skill level of the members.
When will the club meet? Clubs may meet whenever it is convenient for everyone and wherever there is a safe shooting range available. Often meetings are held at established ranges, at sportsmen's clubs, in ranges which the group sets up in fair buildings, or at adapted outdoor ranges set up by the club. Meetings may consist of an hour of shooting and a short program. Some clubs meet throughout the year, while others combine several experiences in a one- to two-month period. Our overall emphasis is on safety and ethics.
What do 4-H'ers do at Shooting Sports club meetings?
Practice safety techniques and response to range commands.
Learn basic shooting fundamentals.
Clean and maintain firearms and equipment.
Learn about eye and ear protection.
Learn the ethics about responsible gun usage.
Take field trips.
Develop shooting skills.
Explore wildlife conservation.
Save the date for fall Shooting Sports contests
Here are the dates of the fall Shooting Sports state contests. 4-H youth may participate in one, two, or all three contests.
Minimum Age: Youth must be at least 14 years of age by Jan. 1, 2018 to compete.
Maximum Age: Youth must be no older than 18 on Sept. 1, 2017 to participate.
To be selected for the National Competition team, youth must not turn 19 before Jan. 1, 2018. Thus, youth in their final year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December 2017 may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest.
Participants must be enrolled members of a verified 4-H Shooting Sports Club.
Rifle will be held September 30 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington
Pope-Hardin County 4-H FederationAre you a Pope-Hardin County 4-H member between ages 12 and 18?
Do you enjoy working with other older 4-H members?
Are you interested in planning and leading local 4-H events and activities?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a spot on the Pope-Hardin County 4-H Federation may be just the place for you. As a member of the 4-H Federation, you will work with other older members from both counties to plan, promote, and lead a variety of programs. As a member of the Pope-Hardin County Federation, you will also have an opportunity to reach out to local stakeholders and community members to pursue possible partnerships with the 4-H program.
Be on the lookout for your chance to apply for the 2017-2018 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Federation
Everyone loves a road tripSeptember 23, 2017 @ University of Illinois Campus
Come hang out with 4-H members from across the state in a NEW event to kick off the new year. Save September 23 and plan to arrive by 10 a.m. on the University of Illinois campus. Get an in-side look at U of I. Discover new things you can do in 4-H. Start your adventure today! $10 includes lunch, t-shirt goodie bag. Road Trip is open to 4-H members age 13-18. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred of 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip.
Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 CalendarDo you love photography? Farm Credit Illinois is looking for amazing photos showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Each photographer may enter up to five photos. Learn more @ www.farmcreditIL.com/calendar2018 . Deadline is Aug. 24.
As we wrap up show season, remember what mattersAs we look back on a summer filled with shows, we encourage you to remember this:
It's never about winning; it's about being part of something more than yourself.
It's never about being perfect; it's about being your personal best.
It's never about beating someone else; it's about beating your last effort.
It's never about losing; it's about learning what you can do to keep from losing the next time.
It's never quitting, never giving in or giving up, never selling out or selling yourself short.
It's learning to lose gracefully and win graciously in the ring of life.
It's learning that sometimes the break goes your way and sometimes it doesn't, and there's nothing you can do about it but play the game you are there to play.
It's about respecting your competitor and respecting the rules of the game and knowing the minute you stop either one, you've lost.
All the fun of camping with none of the messJoin us September 22 - September 24
Let 4-H Memorial Camp put the fun back in camping. Enjoy a weekend family camping trip with none of the prep or mess! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp!
Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch), and en-joy A LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime!
At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person, while those 4-7 years old are only $35/person. Plan to arrive anytime from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, Sept. 22. Camp runs through 3 PM on Sunday, Sept. 24. Late arrivals will be accepted from 8-10 AM Saturday.
Check out all the details @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/family-camp
Please contact Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you need accommodations.
2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer AwardsThe Illinois 4-H program is built on the work of amazing volunteers, and we look forward to recognizing our volunteers for what they do! The National 4-H Council sponsors the Salute to Excellence Award Program that targets 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege. Outstanding local volunteers can be nominated for consideration as the 2018 Illinois Salute to Excellence Volunteer. If you are interested in nominating a volunteer for consideration, contact your extension office.
The award categories are:
Volunteer of the Year – recognizing individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, region, and state level.
Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer – recognizing individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, region or state level.
Nomination criteria will be available at your local Extension Office. Nominations are due to the State 4-H Office by Thursday, September 21, 2017. Illinois 4-H has a history of producing winning volunteers and is proud to remind you of recent Illinois Salute to Excellence Award winners:
2016 Illinois Volunteer of the Year – Mark Holysz, DuPage County Volunteer; also selected from the twelve states that make up the North Central Region as the 2016 North Central Region Volunteer of the Year.
2017 Illinois Volunteer of the Year – Leslie Starasta, Logan County Volunteer, also selected from the twelve states that make up the North Central Region as the 2017 North Central Region Volunteer of the Year.
National 4-H Volunteer e-ForumYou 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!
Put these dates on your calendar now so you can gain new strategies for enhancing the 4-H experience you support as a volunteer. E-Forum sessions include:
October 5, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
Have you ever wondered:
What new ideas can I use to get kids more involved?
How do I create fun, hands-on 4-H experiences that shape and prepare 4-H members to be leaders to-day and successful adults in the future?
November 2, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
Or, perhaps you have thought:
They keep saying we need more young people ready for jobs in STEM, how does that relate to the wide variety of animal science projects in 4-H?
Where so I find resources that help me make animal science projects focus more on the SCIENCE more than care, grooming, and showing?
December 7, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work
And, you probably have also questioned:
4-H members learn so many valuable skills, what can I do to help them align that with a future career?
Decision-making, leadership development, giving back to others is the foundation of 4-H but how do I help 4-H teens stay connected put those soft skills to work?
Watch for more details to register at your local site!