Saline County 4-H Achievement Night will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at Southeastern Illinois College.
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend.
Each club should provide enough finger foods, snacks, or cookies for your club members, parents and guests.
All 4-H Federation officers should plan to arrive no later than 5 pm to prepare to speak and hand out awards.
Also, we need help from the Achievement Committee members to set up the food area in the cafeteria and help with stage decorations. Please arrive by 5 pm.
Premium checks will be distributed to all 4-H members in attendance.
Premium checks must be cashed within 60 days!
The Saline County 4-H Federation met on Monday, September 19 at the Extension office.
Those in attendance discussed Achievement Night, National 4-H Week events and a Veteran's Day event.
We also elected officers.
Our 2011-2012 Federation officers are:
New officers will be installed at Achievement Night.
The Federation will meet again on November 7 at 6 pm at the Extension office. At that time, we will be finalizing plans for our Salute to Veterans event and our Christmas Party.
Federation officers, delegates, 4-H club members and adult volunteers are invited to join us at the Veteran's Day Ceremony to be held at the Harrisburg Cemetery on November 11, 2011. Plan to arrive no later than 10:30 am. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 am and conclude at 11:11 am.
Following the ceremony, those who can join us will be going to Pizza Hut for lunch. Parents/Leaders will need to accompany youth and lunch is on your own.
We will then be going to the Shawnee Rose Nursing Home from 1 - 3 p.m. to paint nails, play games, and serve cookies and drinks to the residents.
Wear your 4-H T-shirt or something red, white or blue!
New 4-H Year paperwork will be ready for pick-up at Achievement Night. Included in the Achievement Night Packet for each club will be:
Club Re-enrollment Form, Committee Forms, Financial Activity Form, Club Officers and Progress Goals Forms, Community Service, Fundraising and Publicity Forms, etc.
Club paperwork will be due in to the Extension office no later than December 15.
The individual member enrollment and re-enrollment forms are slightly different this year and will include a box to indicate payment of the $6 Program Fee or Request for Scholarship.
Club leaders, as well as members, must re-enroll each year. There is currently no program fee for adult volunteers.
If your club is planning a fundraiser or field trip, please contact the Extension office with the type of event, date, times, etc., for insurance purposes.
Leaders, we need a copy of your drivers license and insurance card on file at the office.
If you have any gently used project books that you would like to donate to the extension office, we can distribute them to other county 4H members.
If your child is switching clubs for the new 4-H year, please contact the Extension office to let us know.
Also, you will need to contact their former leader.
4-H families, alumni, and friends are invited to cheer on the St. Louis Rams at the 2011 4-H Day with the St. Louis Rams event on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Rams are playing the Cincinnati Bengals in a noon game, and tickets are $40 each (a $15 discount from regular ticket prices.)
With each ticket ordered, participants are to receive a $10 voucher for food and drinks at the Dome as well as a 4-H Day with the Rams souvenir t-shirt.
For orders of 10 or more tickets (placed on one order form,) each person receives an additional $10 food and drink voucher!
There are a limited number of seats available again this year so 4-H families are encouraged to order soon.
Ticket orders can be mailed, or you can call or e-mail the order. All the information for ordering is available on the enclosed flier and order form, or at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/4-HRams.
T-shirts are to be picked up at the Dome on game day.
For additional information, please call University of Missouri Extension staff member Dave Hileman at (636) 583-5141.
I am very excited to join the Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White County Extension staff as 4-H Youth Development Educator! I have enjoyed meeting 4-H members, parents, leaders, and supporters in each of the six counties I serve. During my time with Extension I have been so proud of our 4-H members and the outstanding work they are doing in our communities!
As a Pope County 4-H alumni myself, I know the value and impact our 4-H program has on our youth. Many of the opportunities I have enjoyed in my life I attribute to lessons I learned through 4-H. Whether it was life lessons from the show ring or public speaking opportunities at National 4-H Conference, 4-H laid a solid foundation for me to build my life upon.
I look forward to working with my fellow Extension staff members and each of you to offer programs and opportunities for our 4-H members! I am here to serve. Please let me know how I can be of assistance to your club. You may reach me anytime at the Saline County Extension office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for fun and exciting programs coming your way!
Melissa Bramlet Wilson,
4-H Youth Development Educator
We each have a role to play to be a great club.
As we start a new 4-H year, clubs will have new officers. With these positions come new responsibilities and leadership roles. Below are some responsibilities of each office. Club officers have a responsibility to all members.
The President keeps the meeting running smoothly. Calling the meeting to order on time and conducts the meeting in a orderly fashion. The president appoints committees.
The Vice President will be prepared to conduct the meeting in case the president is absent. He/she also introduces speakers and other guests.
The club Secretary is responsible for taking minutes and attendance at each meeting. An accurate record of motions made and who made them is necessary for the minutes. The secretary keeps records of talks, demonstrations and business conducted. They also write thank you notes on behalf of the club.
The Treasurer handles all club money and keeps accurate records in the treasurers book. They report at each meeting how much money the club has; and completes a financial summary at the end of the 4-H year to be audited.
The club Reporter attends meetings and reports business minutes to local newspapers keeping people informed about 4-H activities.
The Recreation Leader has one of the biggest jobs, to arrange activities or games at each club meeting, and plans special parties' and events with the help of leaders.
Committees are essential to any group or club, including 4-H. Aside from getting everyone involved, committees allow individuals who do not work well alone the chance to become part of a team and learn responsibility.
All of these offices and jobs are very important, but another job that is just as important even if you are not an officer, is to attend and participate at your club's meeting.
4-H Stories from the Heart is a book of short stories which showcase 4H. The 100 stories, collected from around the country, are representative of the whole 4-H family.
They are stories by and about 4-H members, volunteers, staff and friends of 4-H, and the authors range in age from 6 to over 80.
This is a "Chicken Soup" type book of sometimes humorous, sometimes inspirational, and always real stories.
We have a limited supply of books for sale at $15 each. They would make great gifts!
Please call the Extension office soon if you would like a copy of 4-H Stories from the Heart.
2 - 8 - National 4H Week - Our theme is "As American as Red, White & Blue - Baseball, Apple Pie & 4-H, too!"
2 - Window Displays and Posters in place by today for judging.
10 - Achievement Night, 6 pm, Southeastern Illinois College Auditorium (Set up at 5 pm). Refreshments will follow in the cafeteria.
31 - Happy Halloween
2 - Election Day
6 - Daylight Savings Time ends - Set Clocks back 1 hour
7- 4-H Federation Meeting, 6 pm, Extension office
11 - Veteran's Day Event, 10:30 am ceremony, Hbg. Cemetery, lunch at Pizza Hut, Shawnee Rose Nursing Home for games and fun with residents from 1 - 3 pm, - Thank a Veteran for serving our Country!
24 - Happy Thanksgiving!
24-25 - Extension office will be closed for Thanksgiving
5 - 4-H Federation Christmas Party, details TBA following the November Federation meeting
8 - Harrisburg Lights Parade (tentative date)
10 - Shop with a Cop (tentative date), Harrisburg Walmart
15 - Club and Individual Enrollment forms, Club Report forms, Committee forms, Financial Activity Statements, etc., due in to the Extension office
18 - 4-H Day with the St. Louis Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25 - Christmas Day
26-Jan. 2 - Extension office closed for the Christmas Holidays.
The office will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.