Saline County 4-H Connection
February March 2017
In This Issue
- Federation Cosmic Bowling
- 4-H Calendar
- Livestock Judging Contest and Skill-a-Thon
- 4-H Online!
- 4-H Rally Night
- Beef Weigh In
- Livestock Committee Meeting
- 4-H Partnering to Package Meals
- It’s time again for our Sewing SPIN club!
- Quality Assurance and Ethics
- IMPORTANT NEWS
- Horse & Pony Committee Meeting
- Federation Meeting
- Management Committee Meeting
- Pooch Power SPIN Club
- Pinterest Workshop Series
- Trailblazers Horse Club
- Thank You!
Federation Cosmic BowlingCalling All 4-H Members and Volunteers...
The 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. We are again joining 4-H members from Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, 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!
2 - Groundhog Day!
4 - Beef Weigh-in, 1 pm, Fairgrounds
5 - Super Bowl Sunday!
7 - Sewing Club, 4 - 5:30, Extension office
10 - Call by today to sign up for Cosmic Bowling
14 - Happy Valentine's Day!
16 - Pinterest Workshop, 3:30 - 5 pm, Extension office
16 - Horse & Pony Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm, Extension office
20 - President's Day
20 - Call the Extension office with your 4-H Rally game/food choice
21 - Sewing Club, 4 - 5:30, Extension office
24 - Cosmic Bowling, 6-8 pm, Ross Cottom Lanes
2 - Pinterest Workshop, 3:30 - 5 pm, Extension Office
6 - 4-H Rally, 6 - 8 pm, Eldorado Elementary Gym (set up at 5 pm)
7 - Sewing Club, 4 - 5:30, Extension office
12 - Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set clocks forward 1 hour
15 - Livestock Committee Meeting, 7 pm, Extension office
17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day...Wear your 4-H Green!
20 - Federation Meeting, 5 pm. Extension office
20 - Management Committee Meeting, 7 pm, Extension office
21 - Sewing Club, 4 - 5:30, Extension office
25 - Regional Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest, SIUC
1 - Food Packaging Event, 9 am, Ten Mile Church, McLeansboro
8 - Swine Weigh-In, 1 pm, Fairgrounds
22 - Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest, McLeansboro
24 - or May 1 - International Night, 6 pm, Church of God, Harrisburg
29 - Lamb/Goat Weigh-Ins, 1 pm, Fairgrounds
Livestock Judging Contest and Skill-a-ThonAre you interested in livestock, meeting new people who share your interests and increasing your livestock knowledge?
Mark your calendars for a day of fun and learning on Saturday, April 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Hamilton County fairgrounds in McLeansboro. 4-H members will compete in 4 livestock judging rings, one questions class, feed ingredient identification, breed identification and equipment identification. There will also be educational livestock presentations. A $5.00 fee will register each member in all classes and cash prizes will be awarded in several categories. Lunch will be provided by Farm Credit. Please contact the Hamilton County Extension office at (618) 643-3416 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up by April 14.
4-H Online!Attention 4-H Members and Volunteers...
Approximately half of our expected members and two-thirds of our volunteers enrolled in Saline County 4-H through 4-H Online. We are encouraging the rest of you to enroll as soon as possible. Families create a family profile to enroll all members of their family at once. And, you can see your 4-H information and edit that information all year long from your computer or mobile device. To get started, go to our Saline County 4-H website:
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/saline4h/2771.html Scroll down to "How to Enroll Through 4-H Online" and "Letter to New Member" to get all the details. Or, call or come by the Extension Office and we can help you get started. The documents include info on payment options, the $20 Enrollment fee, the waiver for enrolling more than 3 youth in a family, paying by credit card online or bringing your cash or check payment in to the office, signing up for projects, etc. When enrolling - Be sure to select the county you wish to join and not the county you live in if they are different.
4-H Rally NightSaline County 4-H plans to hold our Annual 4-H Rally on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm at the Eldorado Elementary Gym. Clubs may begin setting up at 5 pm. Please call the Extension office by Monday, February 20 to let us know your club's game and/or food choice. This is a fun way to earn money for your club's activities. Increase your membership - Invite a friend to the rally! Clean-up will be from 8 - 8:30 pm. Clubs are responsible for cleaning up their area following the rally. Remember to bring your own tables, chairs, extension cords, etc. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our area food pantries. Please remind members and guests to give generously!
Beef Weigh InThe Saline County Beef Weigh-In will be held on Saturday, February 4 at 1 pm at the Fairgrounds. Beef exhibitors who want to participate in the Beef Rate of Gain Contest should plan to attend. 4-H members who plan to take a market steer or market heifer to the Illinois State Fair are required to have the animal electronically tagged. Contact the Extension office if you will need an e-tag.
Livestock Committee MeetingAt the January Livestock Committee meeting, members present elected officers and superintendents. Livestock Committee officers are: Chairman - Dan Evans, Vice Chairman - Amy Richey, and Secretary - Rachel Parish. Superintendents are: Beef - Dan Evans; Dairy Cattle - Jane Carlile; Swine - Samantha Parish; Meat Goats and Dairy Goats - Rachel Parish; Sheep - Lonny Reed (Assisted by Brianna Johnson); Rabbits - Cindy Boulds (Assisted by Gayla Heath); Small Pets and Poultry - Matt Deal (Assisted by Amy Richey); Weigh in dates were set as follows: Beef - February 4, 1 pm, Fairgrounds; Swine - April 8, 1 pm, Fairgrounds; Lambs and Meat Goats - April 29, 1 pm, Fairgrounds. The next 4-H Livestock Committee will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7 pm at the Extension Office. We will be finalizing the livestock pages for the handbook and discussing the July Show schedule and judges.
4-H Partnering to Package MealsMany people in our communities do not know where their next meal will come from. Many worry how they will feed their families. Our local food pantries need help to meet the needs of our area. YOU can help! Gallatin, Hardin, Hamilton, Pope, Saline, and White county 4-H members, volunteers, and parents are partnering to package meals to stay in our 6 counties. We need 50-60 volunteers to make this possible! The Unit 24 food packaging event will take place at Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Check-In and set-up will begin at 8:30 with welcome and instructions beginning at 9:00. We anticipate packaging will take approximately 4 hours to package the meals. This will depend on the number of volunteers we have. If you can only volunteer for an hour, that's ok too. How do I sign up to volunteer? It's easy, call your local Extension Office. Each participant will need to bring a signed assumption of risk form to the event or drop off at your local office. Do you want to learn more about our upcoming event? Check out this video to see an event in action, http://www.youtube.com/illinifightinghunger 4-H can make a difference! Please join us to lend your hands to larger service. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Wilson at email@example.com. Thank you for helping us make this event a success!
Each county wanting meals for their local food pantries is encouraged to fundraise to pay for ingredients. Please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas or if clubs or individuals would like to contribute money.
It’s time again for our Sewing SPIN club!Do you like to sew, or would you like to learn how? Have you sewn with us in the past and want to continue to advance your skills? We have the perfect opportunity for you!
Our Sewing SPIN Club is back! We are scheduled to meet the first and third Tuesdays in February and March from 4:00-5:30 pm at the Extension office.
Workshop Dates: February 7th & 21st, March 7th & 21st
Due to space, we will have a limit of 10 participants, so call now to reserve your spot! You may bring your own machine, or use one of ours. We also need some additional adult and teen volunteers to help! We look forward to hearing from you! Bring your sewing kit with basic supplies such as: Scissors, Measuring Tape, Pins and Pincushion, Needles, and Thimble. Participants will be sewing an apron this year. Sewing leader, Denise Bond, is looking forward to another successful Sewing Class!
Quality Assurance and EthicsOnline ethics certification is 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, Horse & Pony, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine, and Animal or Vet Science Poster Projects!
The training is to be completed online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/
Youth will only need to complete the training once. The deadline for completing the training in Saline County is June 1, 2017. Any youth not completing the training by this date will be removed from any livestock projects and will not be allowed to exhibit at the Saline County 4-H Livestock shows. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits. After you complete your training, print out the certificate and bring it to the Extension office for our files. If you need help accessing the internet to complete this training, call the Extension Office at 252-8391.