Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- April 2017
- Welcome to Pope-Hardin County 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- 2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show Dates
- Online ethics certification
- Unit 24 Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon
- A NEW National 4-H Month of Service
- 4-H Citizen Scientist
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Speaking for Illinois 4-H
- Find your place in agriculture
- Raise Your Hand
- 2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals
- Fair Entry
- Check out these leadership opportunities...
- 2017 Illini Summer Academies
April 2017Happy spring 4-Hers! It is hard to believe that it is already April (or will be shortly after you receive this newsletter). This month brings about some exciting events, including two Unit-wide events, as well as a few county and state events. I am looking at April as the transition (and catch up month) into the 2017 show season. If you haven't begun work on your 4-H projects yet, it is time to buckle down and get busy. From the date of typing this newsletter, you have a little less than three months to get them completed before General Show. That may sound like plenty of time, but once summer hits, time starts to fly by. All publications have been ordered, so if you haven't received them, check with your 4-H leader. Finally, I want to thank those of you who have been attending the County workshops that we have held in the past couple of months. Our turnouts have been great and I hope that each member has found at least one event or workshop that was of interest. Have some ideas for an activity you would like to see? Shoot me an email, or call the office and let's see what we can do! And now...on to the rest of the story.
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
1st– Illini Fighting Hunger Unit 24 Food Packaging event in Hamilton County
13th– 4-H Citizen Scientist water testing at Bell Smith Springs/DSAC - On site testing will begin at 9:30
22nd– Unit 24 Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon, Hamilton County Fairgrounds in McLeansboro, 9:00 am
25th-26th– Legislative Connection (for those who have completed the Speaking for Illinois 4-H training) Springfield
May 5th-7th– Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports Training, 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello
May 23rd-24th– Legislative Connection (for those who have completed the Speaking for Illinois 4-H training) Springfield
May 27th– Livestock Show (no swine) Saline County Fairgrounds 9:00 am
2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show DatesSaturday, May 27th Livestock Show (less swine) Registration at 9:00 am— Show starts at 9:30 am
Saturday, 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
Online ethics certificationOnline ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
All 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, small animals (pets), 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. Training must be completed by May 1st.
*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
Unit 24 Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon
- 4 Rings of Livestock
- 1 Questions Class
- Breed Identification
- Feed Ingredients Identification
- Equipment Identification
- Livestock Educational Presentations
- Cash Prizes
- Door Prizes
Who: All 4-H members age 8-18
What: $5 cash registration fee per person
When: 9:00 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds in McLeansboro
Lunch sponsored by Farm Credit Illinois
RSVP to the Hamilton County Extension office at 618.643.3416 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 14.
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, however 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 your club's accomplishments.
If you are wondering how YOU can make a difference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. probably said it best when he shared, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love."
4-H Citizen ScientistThe 4-H Citizen Scientist RiverWatch water testing season is quickly approaching!
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 (but we hope you leave as a member).
How do I join? Contact me at the office at 618-695-6060 or email me at bainbrdg@illinois.
For more details about RiverWatch, visit www.ngrrec.org/riverwatch
Our first testing will be held on April 13th beginning at 9:30 am
4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification TrainingThe spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held May 5-7, 2017. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. Cost is $125. Registration is open now through April 24th and must be completed by the Pope-Hardin Extension office. Contact me to register or with any questions about this training.
Speaking for Illinois 4-HIf you are 14 or older, and want to share your 4-H story with both local and State stake-holders, 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...
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 in-teract with others interested in similar careers. To learn more about the conference, visit womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
Raise Your HandRaise Your Hand Alumni Activation
Are you a 4-H Alumni?
This spring, Illinois 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands!
We believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you're a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we're asking for your help in spreading the word. Together we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America with the skills to handle what life throws at them.
Raise your Hand: Go to www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to show your pride as a 4-H alumni.
Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised.
Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand
Help kids learn responsibility, compassion, respect and the value of hard work by supporting 4-H. Together we can grow the next generation of true leaders.
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2017 4-H Day with the CardinalsSaturday, May 20, 2017
Ticket Orders Must be Postmarked by April 10, 2017!
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, May 20. The Cardinals will be playing the San Francisco Giants in a 6:15 p.m. game in Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their parents/leaders can take part in a parade around the ball field—that's right, participants will actually get to go down on the field and march one time around the stadium behind their state or county 4-H banner. Also, everyone who orders a ticket on this form will receive a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H and Cardinals logos to commemorate the day. Note: Groups of families or county groups that wish to sit together must send their orders in one package. Tickets usually sell out, so order early. Tickets and t-shirts will be mailed on May 8.
You could throw out the first pitch of the game, get an autographed baseball, or win other great prizes! 4-H members who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to be selected to throw out the first pitch, and other family members, alumni, and guests can win other great prizes. Each person who completes Section B of the order form will receive one chance to be selected for every $1 they donate to the 4-H Day with the Cardinals Raffle Fund. You must order tickets on the form below to participate in the raffle. See the back of the form for details and a list of prizes.
Contact me for an order form. I will collect the orders again this year for those who want to sit as a group. All forms and money will be due to me by March 16th. If you do not want to sit with the group, feel free to submit your orders at your convenience.
Fair EntryThis fair season, class entry will be easier and more convenient than ever! In the coming weeks, I will be sharing some exciting information about enrolling in our County show classes via a new online system. Details are still in the works, but the new Fair Entry system is linked with members' 4HOnline account and will allow families to access all of the show classes that are available to them, based on project enrollment. I am still in the training process as of now, but more information will be coming soon.
Check out these leadership opportunities...Expand Your Leadership Footprint!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities be opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of industry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available March 1 and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportu-nities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in February, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for 6-7 teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
2017 Illini Summer AcademiesNEW ACADEMIES, MODERN DORMS, EXTRA NIGHT
Experience college life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. You'll stay in the newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. We have new academies including Agricultural Communication, Journalism and Filmmaking, Theatre Arts HIP HOP, Theater Arts Costuming, as well as an advanced session in Human Development/ Family Studies.
Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL!
Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus.
Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois.
That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial need scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017. Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ illinois4H@illinois.edu . Requests received before April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1.
Are you interested in writing, editing, photography? Learn how to apply these skills to tell stories about food, agriculture, and the environment! Join Agriculture Communications for an interactive and hands-on academy filled with discovery and fun! You will learn how to gather data, write and edit a story, take and edit photos to support the story, and publish your story online. We will also show you how drones are used in the agriculture industry and how they are employed to create videos for social media and advertising. Hands-on activities include writing about your experience taste-testing multiple varieties of a favorite agricultural product: POPCORN! MAXIMUM OF 20 Scholars COST: $250
How do aircraft fly and spacecraft orbit? That question and others will be addressed in this hands-on Aerospace Engineering session. We will conduct experiments in rocket propulsion, flight mechanics, and fluid dynamics. You'll have the opportunity to design a spacecraft with a mission to Mars, and explore your creativity in our "What Would MacGyver Do?" challenge. MAXIMUM OF 20 SCHOLARS COST: $440 REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed Algebra
Scholars can expect to spend 3 days learning about research, careers, and opportunities in the Animal Sciences field. Scholars will get a chance to experience hands-on labs and active research, while spending your days on our farms working with our animals. We will cover everything from food animals, to companion animals, to wildlife learning about the important role animals and animal scientists have in our community. MAXIMUM OF 35 SCHOLARS COST: $345
Are you curious about humanity and culture? Do you sometimes wonder why different people act, look, and think in the ways that they do? Anthropologists are interested in the kinds of questions that concern what it means to be human. In this class, students will engage through hands-on experience with some of the ways in which anthropologists study and analyze human biology and behavior. Students will look at sex differences using skeletal remains, learn the relationship between DNA and physical traits, explore how archaeologists interpret the past using artifacts, and consider individual and cultural differences through ethnographic research. MAXIMUM OF 25 SCHOLARS COST: $235
Work will involve conducting simple experiments that should spark your curiosity and give you first hand access to material you might not normally have. Some of the experiments will give you an opportunity to think about the Scientific Method, Organic Chemistry and Fuels, Electrochemistry and accompanying discussions. MAXIMUM OF 25 SCHOLARS COST: $240 REQUIREMENTS: While previous experience is not required, students that participate in the Chemistry program should express a genuine interest in the natural sciences.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
We introduce robotics, circuits, biomedical imaging, semiconductors/nano-technology, optics/photonics, and power/energy through interactive lessons, projects, and demonstrations in cutting-edge research labs. Lessons introduce how: to design and conduct experiments, to use control theory to make machines do what we want, the power grid operates, and basic circuits and optical elements work. We have hands-on components such as trouble-shooting an experiment, riding a Segway, using a multimeter, and working with lasers. We introduce ECE Illinois' great history of innovation. During the afternoon project time, students learn how to sol-der, make a functional circuit (FM transmitter), and test it with a radio receiver. MAXIMUM OF 24 SCHOLARS COST: $445
Entomology: Honeybees & Beekeeping
Learn the parts of a hive and how to put one together. You will put on suits and veils and join a beekeeper to see how the bees work in the hive to make more bees, store food and survive the winter. You will learn how to help the honeybees be healthy. The bees are critical for pollinating some of our specialty crops and helping us have a good food supply. You can learn some best management practices to preserve and add to their foraging habitats. Learn how to help them so they can continue to help us. MAXIMUM OF 10 Scholars COST: $295
Exploring Human Development & Family Studies
Can science help you learn more about yourself? Can it help you grow as a person? YES! This academy introduces you to the scientific study of youth and families. Learn more about your relationships with friends and parents. What about romantic relation-ships? Can science tell you anything about what you will argue about most or how you can cope with stress? As part of this academy, you will meet cur-rent U of IL students in HDFS, discover more about yourself, and learn about careers focused on working with other people. There's a lot to discover! MAXIMUM OF 35 SCHOLARS COST: $255
Exploring Theatre & Fashion for Stage and Film at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Explore two performing arts areas in one academy! Theatre: Over two sessions, the facilitator will guide the scholars in the creation of an original theatre piece incorporating writing, movement, some technical design and other talents the scholars bring to the table! Fashion Design: This class will introduce you to what it means to be a costume designer, and you'll work on basic drawing and painting skills for a final rendering. MAXIMUM OF 10 SCHOLARS COST: $285
Exploring Theatre & Hip Hop Dance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Explore two performing arts areas in one academy! Theatre: Over two sessions, the facilitator will guide the scholars in the creation of an original theatre piece incorporating writing, movement, some technical design and other talents the scholars bring to the table! Hip-Hop Dance: Study and practice urban dance forms grounded in hip-hop culture. Explore the multiple dimensions of hip-hop dance as you train in the fundamentals of each form, learn its respective historical context, and access ways of incorporating individual ideas and life experiences into your dancing. MAXIMUM OF 10 Scholars COST: $285
Grand Challenges in Family Science
Many of society's problems are rooted in the challenges that families experience: stress, conflict, violence, discrimination, and other adversities. University of Illinois family scientists are at the forefront of understanding and finding solutions to these chal-lenges. In this academy, you will explore these issues and use scientific tools to understand their causes and consequences. As part of this academy, you will work with current U of IL students in HDFS to examine prevention and intervention methods for solving these problems and identify the next steps for improving the health, well-being, and lives of children, youth, and families. MAXIMUM OF 15 Scholars COST: $255
REQUIREMENTS: Open to incoming HS juniors and seniors only
Journalism: Activating Your Voice of Inclusion in the Media
Using professional media equipment, you will learn to express what is unique or interesting about your-self, others or a particular cultural, societal, or educational topic in a respectful and professional manner by producing multimedia content for an active website called Hear My Voice. From the first day, you will learn by doing everything from writing scripts, recording, capturing footage, editing and then posting online. You will be encouraged to focus on subjects that have been lost in the margins. The result will be multimedia reports that can be viewed and shared with the public. MAXIMUM OF 12 SCHOLARS COST: $220 REQUIREMENTS: Delegates must bring their own HD media cards (minimum 8GB) with a speed of (10) and media card reader.
llinois Informatics Institute: Design Thinking with Digital Manufacturing and Rapid Proto-typing
You are invited to explore a variety of rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing techniques at the CU Community Fab Lab, including 3D printing/scanning, game design, laser-cut architectural structures, digital embroidery fashion design, biohacking and more. MAXIMUM OF 30 Scholars COST: $350 REQUIREMENTS: Computer basics, such as use of a mouse, keyboard and ability to easily navigate a computer file system.
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Do you sometimes wonder how living things work, what is a cell and how does it function, or what are genes and what do they do? By asking these questions, you are inquiring about the fundamental cellular processes that are at work in every one of us, and starting on the same path as researchers in Biological Sciences and Medicine. Join the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology to fulfill your curiosity and start exploring the marvelous complexities and inner workings of the cell. Delegates will manipulate cells and their building blocks, using modern research laboratory techniques, while learning about the latest scientific discoveries that allow MCB researchers to discover answers to the above questions. Delegates will also have the opportunity to tour a research laboratory, learn about the research being done, and meet the scientists. We will spend time working on: The effects of UV light on a bacterial population How to insert a gene of interest into a population of bacteria How to extract their own DNA Blood Typing PCR and DNA Typing The physiology of the circulatory system The eukaryotic cell Enzyme Biochemistry MAXIMUM OF 24 Scholars COST: $345
Are you interested in animals, medicine, and science? Do you like helping people? Do you like unraveling mysteries? Do you like real challenges? If you answered yes to these questions, then the wide world of veterinary medicine just may be for you. Veterinarians have a strong interest and ability in science. They enjoy working with people as well as with animals. Take a step into the world of veterinary medicine and see what veterinary school is like, learn about the different aspects of veterinary medicine, and more. Participants in the veterinary medicine academy will learn about the science of veterinary medicine, anatomy, immunology, bacteriology, parasitology, wildlife medicine, large and small animal medicine, and more. Participants will participate in clinical equine rounds, streak and read bacteriology slides, learn about veterinary specialty fields such as dentistry, ophthalmology, and forensic pathology, and so much more. MAXIMUM OF 25 Scholars COST: $335 REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed 10th grade.