Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- February 2017
- Welcome to Pope-Hardin Co 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- Handbook Cover Contest
- Farm Forensics
- It’s time to start preparing for gardening season!
- Citizen Scientist
- Start Your Journey at the 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference
- Cosmic Bowling
- Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
- Speaking for Illinois 4-H
- Illinois 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities
- Are you ready to show off your livestock judging and id skills?
- Find your place in agriculture
- Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois
- All new website has information at click of button
- Illini Summer Academies
- Community Improvement Grants
- A NEW National 4-H Month of Service
- Think Summer and Register for Camp
- New exhibit option in every project in 2017
- Happy Birthday
February 2017I hope this newsletter finds all of our Pope-Hardin County 4-H families recovered from the Christmas and New Years holiday! For those of you who are new to 4-H, things are about to get pretty busy in the 4-H world. We have several events scheduled for this month, International Night is coming up next month, and it is time to get busy working on those 4-H projects. I am currently working on our 2016-2017 Handbooks, and hope to have them completed very soon; now if only I had a cover for them…(see in-side). These handbooks are your go-to source for lo-cal and State 4-H policies, project requirements, show schedule, and State Fair info. Last, but not least, the deadline to enroll in 4-H and be eligible to exhibit is March 1, so if you know someone who wants to participate in any of our 4-H shows, but hasn't joined yet, please let them know. Project selections and enrollment/publication payments are March 1 as well.
Welcome to Pope-Hardin Co 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
February 2– Handbook Cover Contest Entries Due (see pages 4-5)
February 4– Maple Syrup Workshop (see page 6)
February 9– Valentines Craft Workshop (see page 7) Pope County School Community Room 5:30– 7:00 pm A light snack will be provided
February 11– 12– Youth Livestock Conference at Hawthorn Suites, Champaign (see page 8)
February 18– Seeding Workshop led by Bronwyn Aly (see page 9) DSAC 9:30– 11:00 am
February 25– Junior Leadership Conference at Park Regency Hotel and Conference Cen-ter (see page 10) Bloomington– Registration is closed for this event
February 27– Deadline for Farm Credit Service Grant Applications (see page 11)
February 28– Polar Plunge Pre-Registration Party (see page 11) Ross Cottom Lanes in Harrisburg 6:00-8:00 pm
Handbook Cover ContestIt's handbook time? So here are some guidelines that I think will make the contest fair to and fun for everyone. There are a few changes from last year, so make sure and read all of the guidelines. All guidelines must be met to be considered for judging (especially the Clover emblem and 4-H name guidelines)!
1. The image created must be an original work completed by the member. Computer generated graphics will be allowed this year. Covers will be printed in color.
2. The image must be presented on 8.5" x 11" paper and should be presented vertically (from top to bottom).
3. The image must contain the 4-H Clover. The emblem may be drawn, or can be a computer image or a pre-made emblem (i.e. a clover sticker). Please make sure that you use the trademark number 18 USC 707 on your 4-H clover whether it is drawn or computer generated (see below).
4. Be creative! Since 4-H touches all aspects of members' lives, you may choose to include images from various types of projects and activities.
5. To ensure fair judging, I will present all entries to an outside source. I WILL HAVE NO INPUT ON CHOOSING THE WINNING ENTRY!
6. Make sure your name and club name appear on the cover you create in either the TOP or BOTTOM LEFT-HAD CORNER (please do not use your club name in the title. See below.).
7. Please remember that this is a bi-county handbook. DO NOT include your individual club name in the title. For example, do not put Corn Fed Clover or River Rats Handbook. Instead, use Pope-Hardin in the title. Remember use of 4-H should always be used exactly like this: 4-H Using 4H without the hyphen is not the proper use of our organization's name (see below).
A special award will be given to the member with the winning entry at the awards night ceremony. The winning image will also be published in the winner's local paper and will be posted on the Pope-Hardin County 4-H Extension webpage, as well as the P-H and corresponding club's Facebook page.
Due to the need to get the handbooks ready to print ASAP, the deadline for entries is February 2. Late entries will not be accepted. Good Luck!
Farm ForensicsAre you a 7th, 8th, or 9th grade 4-H member who is interested in livestock? Would you enjoy studying DNA, genetics, fingerprinting, livestock advocacy, and much more? If so, I encourage you to register for the University of Illinois Extension 4-H workshop "Farm Forensics." This event will take place on February 11th and 12th at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, and will include youth from throughout the state. This workshop will provide youth with hands-on activity sessions including DNA extraction, studying bacteria, as well dissection. They will also learn how to be an advocate for anti-agriculture activists, and participate in various leadership opportunities. Registration is open now via go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock. For more information, feel free to contact me. Registration closes January 23rd!
It’s time to start preparing for gardening season!As spring approaches, it is time to start thinking about our 4-H GIFT, Club, and Feeding & Growing our Communities Gardens. Come join us as U of I Local Food Systems Small Farms educator Bronwyn Aly helps us learn about germinating seeds, transplant production, and choosing the best variety of plants for your 4-H (and home) gardens. This free workshop is open to 4-H members and families in both Pope and Hardin County Clubs. When: Saturday, February 18th from 9:30– 11:00 am
Where: Pope-Hardin County University of Illinois Extension Office at the Dixon Springs Ag Center
Please RSVP by so we can prepare supplies for this workshop. You can RSVP by calling the office at 618-695-6060, or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen ScientistThe 4-H Citizen Scientist RiverWatch water testing season is quickly approaching! I am currently in contact with Matt Young, RiverWatch Coordinator, to schedule a spring training/retraining. Want to join our 4-H Green Stream Team?
Here are the details:
What do Citizen Scientists do? 4-H Citizen Scientists take an active role in monitoring the health of their environment. The Green Stream Team focuses on testing local wadeable streams and reporting their findings to the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.
Who can join? Any youth who is in grades 7-12.
How much does it cost? Z-E-R-O (unless you are a non-4-Her who decides to become a member)!
Do I have to be in 4-H? NOPE. Our Green Stream Team is open to any youth who is in 7th-12th grades.
How do I join? Contact me at the office at 618-695-6060 or email me at bainbrdg@illinois.
For more details, visit www.ngrrec.org/riverwatch
Start Your Journey at the 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership ConferenceAdventures Await! Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! It will be February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. Participants will explore robotics, understanding cultural differences, animal sciences, ways to meet others and more!
Come join us as we explore the crazy and vast world of our bovine buddies. We all know a cow goes moo, but there is so much more to be said about these moo-ssive creatures. Together we will blow away the stereotypes to become "fit" for "show" as we dive into the world of dairy and market cattle and all the "blue-ribbon" by-products they produce.
Stand Up! Stand Out!
Do you ever have trouble coming out of your shell? If so, we have the perfect thing …. Communication. I know … it may sound hard, but we promise when you learn how it's done, you will be up and meeting new people in no time. Who knows what communication will do for you?
A Robot is a Robot
Come explore the wonderful world of robotics, and see that a robot can truly be any size! Everyone will be guided through the construction, programming and execution process of the NXT Lego ro-bots. Then you'll build a robot to navigate a track using only a light sensor. This will be a great in-troduction to the 4-H robotics project.
Esto es la Vida
Come join us as we learn what role culture plays in a society, how each of our experiences and oppor-tunities shape our culture, and how we can use the knowledge we've gained to help strengthen our leadership skills. A very interactive session is planned!
Building Your Way Around Challenges Today
You have the brains to build and the hands to work. So, put your creativity and leadership skills to the test learning about architecture and design while overcoming obstacles along the way.
No Need to Fear; First Aid is Here
Band-Aids, gauze, and wraps … What can you learn about the basics of first aid that may save a life?
Registration for this event closes on January 16!
Cosmic BowlingCalling All 4-H Members and Volunteers...
The Saline County 4-H Federation invites you to a fun evening of COSMIC BOWLING at Ross Cottom Lanes on Friday Night, February 24, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The cost is only $3.50 per game, per person. Shoe Rental is free! This year we are joining 4-H members from Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, and White Counties for a fun Unit 24 Bowling night! This will be a great time to meet 4-H members from other counties. Don't forget to bring extra money for snacks and drinks. In order to have enough lanes reserved, you must RSVP by February 10th!
Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projectsAll 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/qaec/ . This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits. *If you have completed the training in a previous year, you do not have to take the training again.This training is REQUIRED for anyone enrolled in an animal project! No QAEC=No Exhibition
Speaking for Illinois 4-HIf you are 14 or older, and want to share your 4-H story with both local and State stakeholders, save the date for Saturday, May 6th for the next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training. This training will be held in Effingham, and will be the last training available to those who plan to attend the 2017 Illinois Legislative Connection in Springfield to be held in May (date TBA). More details will be coming soon, so be sure and watch for more info...
Illinois 4-H Feeding and Growing Our CommunitiesLast year, 4-H members and volunteers from Unit 24 (Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White counties) were able to package over 16,000 meals for our local food pantries. Another food packaging event is scheduled for April 1st in Hamilton County. More details are to come as I get them.
Are you ready to show off your livestock judging and id skills?If so, you don't want to miss the upcoming Unit 24 4-H Skill-a-thon.
This event will be held on April 22nd, and is hosted by Hamilton County 4-H. Participants from each county will form teams in both Jr. and Sr. divisions to compete in areas such as livestock judging, and breed, food additive, and equipment id. Never participated in a Skill-a-Thon or judging contest? That's ok. There will be a session devoted to teaching you the skills you will need to succeed. This is a great way to develop skills for future 4-H and/or FFA sponsored judging contests. More details coming soon...
Find your place in agricultureAre you a young woman interested in a career in agriculture? Consider attending the "Women Changing the Face of Agriculture" Conference on the University of Illinois campus March 10. The keynote speaker is Elzandi Oosthuizen, vice president of global strategy at Monsanto. Oosthuzien's 12-year career with Monsanto began in South Africa and includes global and regional roles in the Seed and Traits, Crop Protection, and Vegetable operations. The conference offers career advice and direction for young women in high school and college who are thinking about a career in agriculture. At the conference, women learn more about careers in the industry, network with women from across the country, and interact with others interested in similar careers. To learn more about the conference, visit womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics IllinoisMarch 4, 2017, Rend Lake, South Sandusky Beach, 12220 Rend City Road, Benton, IL
Registration: 10 am
Plunge Time: Noon
Contact: Rhonda Knight email@example.com (628) 383-4400
Register online at www.plungeillinois.com
Pre-Plunge Kickoff Party
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, Ross Cottom Lanes
All new website has information at click of buttonWe know you want 4-H information every moment of every day … and now, the NEW Illinois 4-H website has everything you need. Go to: 4h.extension.illinois.edu. New modern look filled with 2,000 photos of ... you & your club members Easy-to-find information … nothing is more than three clicks from the home page
Easy links to apply for award
Easy links to register for events
More information about 4-H projects
Direct link to 4-H Online enrollment & project selection
Request buttons for programs you want in your county
Easy-to-submit 4-H stories which we'll feature on the site and in social media
Responsive design which will look great on your smart phone or computer
Easy-to-use Donate Buttons let you give back to the program you love
All-in-one library with all the 4-H documents you need.
We'd love to hear what you think of the new site. Send us a note at illinois4H@illinois.edu.
Illini Summer AcademiesSave the date
Illini Summer Academies is expanding… one more day to explore the University of Illinois campus and college life.
NEW DAYS June 25 -29
NEW ACADEMIES, such as Ag Communications, Journalism, plus advance sessions of Microbiology and Human Development and Family Services.
Community Improvement GrantsLooking for funding support to conduct community service out-reach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs across Illinois make bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Community Improvement Grants are a great way for Illinois teens to demonstrate their leader-ship on a local level as teen advocates working for positive change in their hometown! For assistance with grant application, contact me at 618-695-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A NEW National 4-H Month of ServiceConsider what your club can do in April
4-H members have always demonstrated pride in the communities they call home. Whether they live in cities, towns, or rural areas, 4-H'ers strive to find ways to make their communities better. We are excited to announce that 4-H'ers in every county in the nation will be joining together in April 2017 to celebrate community service and service learning throughout their local communities. Service projects can be scheduled at any time during April, how-ever the celebration of service culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017. 4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to provide you with tools to plan service experiences across the nation. Look for a toolkit soon, along with ways for you to report.