"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways." – by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Most of us who either participate in sports or watch them on TV sometimes wonder how can a team with so much talent lose. Truth of the matter is, those people who are directly focused on a goal and have the discipline to employ their work ethic to get the most out of their talent potential are the winners.
4-H youth have proven over and over again that they have all these qualities that define success. College studies have shown that 4-H youth do better in college, are more motivated to succeed and are less involved in risky behaviors than their peers. This is a result of excellent parenting and their involvement with 4-H clubs. These clubs impart important success attributes because of volunteers and traditions that have been in place for decades.
If you are a new family or a young 4-H'er in a club, take advantage of the leadership programs available to you. If you are now one of the older members or an officer, it is your responsibility to pass on your leadership talents and help "make the best better".
Congratulations to those of you who won awards at the recognition night. Thank you to Colleen Kinsella, Carolyn Kinsella, Karen Zelko, Doreen Harlow, Ruth Brandt, Grace Brandt, Cody Brandt, Valerie & Jessica Nordlie, and Kylie Winsor for helping make the floral centerpieces for recognition night. Thank you to Patti Tesdal and Karen Zelko for organizing the food service. It was very nice that Senator Rezin was able to attend and give us some important comments on youth and 4-H.
We have some important activities coming up before the holidays. Take advantage of them.
"Energy and persistence conquer all things". – by Benjamin Franklin
John Davis, Youth Development Educator
University of Illinois Extension
Serving Grundy, Kankakee & Will Counties
Dear Grundy County 4-H Families,
I so appreciated the opportunity to attend Recognition Night and see our young people in action. Federation and friends certainly did a nice job of presenting the program and recognizing the good work of our 4-H'ers and our 4-H Leaders. Senator Sue Rezin congratulated the 4-H'ers on their achievements and offered her continued support for our program.
Thanks to Chris Delach, Office Support Associate for all her preparations to make the evening go so smoothly. Brooke Baker, our new part-time 4-H Extension Program Coordinator for Grundy County, developed a slide presentation with musical background highlighting the activities and events of the 4-H year. Thanks to John Davis for all his expertise and energy he brings to 4-H.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Keep up the good work in this new 4-H Year!
House Bill 1683, 4-H Funding Legislation was signed into law this summer, and changed the way Extension administers the 4-H Agricultural Premium Fund (APF). Each county is to provide a list of 4-H'ers and an itemization of the premiums that the member will receive. The county process was completed in mid-October, forwarded to the State 4-H Office to be compiled and then will be sent to the Department of Agriculture for request for payment.
Extension will not be required to pay the 4-H member until the funds are received from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. With the uncertainty of the state budget, all counties, even if local funds are available, have been instructed to wait until Extension receives the APF money.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Brooke Baker and I am the new 4-H Program Coordinator here in Grundy County. While I am new to this position, I am definitely not new to 4-H or Grundy County Extension. In college, I was a summer intern in the office and then worked the next summer and past five years as extra help for the office as it was needed. Prior to working for the Extension Office, I was a twelve year member of the Highland Ag 4-H Club. Throughout my 4-H career, I did several projects including visual arts, woodworking, and veterinary science. My main project was showing horses. While I am still active in the show pen with my horses, I am now showing our family's gelding six horse hitch of Percheron draft horses throughout the state.
I am looking forward to continuing to work with the 4-Hers in Grundy County on 4-H programs. If anyone has any programming ideas that they would like to see done, please do not hesitate to let myself or John know. We are looking forward to a great 4-H year.
All meetings will be held at the Extension Office unless otherwise noted. If meetings need to be canceled or rescheduled for any reason, listen to WJDK-FM 95.7 or WCSJ-FM 103.1
Note: If a deadline date falls on a holiday or weekend when the office is not open, you will have until the next business day by 4:30 p.m. to get your paperwork turned in. We recommend you turn in things BEFORE the deadline dates to avoid any confusion and/or penalties.
Holiday Closing: U of I Extension office will be closed December 26 through January 2, 2012. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on January 3rd.
All livestock enrollments (Beef, Sheep, Horse, Swine; Carcass & Rate-of-Gain) not previously turned in before closing on December 23rd, will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd
9 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
17 HCE Lesson "To Soy or Not to Soy" 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. with Extension Educator Drusilla Banks. Pre-registration required by November 15th. $5 per person (non-HCE members)
17 Earth Expo Committee Meeting – 3:00 p.m.
18 HCE Book Club – 9:00 a.m.
18 HCE Board Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
19-20 Horse Expo – Lake County Fairgrounds
21 4-H Federation Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
22 4-H Officer Training – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
24-25 Happy Thanksgiving! Extension Office closed.
7 4-H Association Annual Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
9 Expansion & Review Committee Meeting - Noon
15 Earth Expo Meeting – 3:00 p.m.
19 4-H Federation Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Jan 2 Extension Office will be closed
3 4-H Livestock Enrollments for Beef, Sheep, Swine & Horse, Rate-of-Gain & Carcass Classes are due by 4:30 p.m.
16 Martin Luther King Day – Extension Office closed.
University of Illinois Extension Grundy County and the 4-H Federation hosted the annual 4-H Recognition Event on Monday, October 24th at First Christian Church of Morris which recognizes the "best of the best" adults and youth in 4-H through community support, leadership, and participation while "learning by doing".
Federation President, Trent Zelko welcomed the guests. Awards were presented by John Davis with assistance from Perry Harlow, Brooke Baker, and Taggert Tesdal.
A powerpoint presentation of the 10/11 4-H program year was prepared by Brooke Baker and shown continuously during the evening program.
2010/11 Award Winners
Leadership Awards: Perry Harlow, Highland Ag.; Anna Geyer, Dutch Nave, Maverick Nave, Caitlyn Severson, and Charles Tierney all from Lucky Green 4-H Club. Trent Zelko, Saratoga Ag.; and Liz Collins, Silver Spurs were presented leadership awards also. Perry Harlow was the recipient of the Special Leadership Award.
Best Secretary & Best Treasurer Awards are sponsored by 4-H Federation. This year's recipients of those awards were Isabella Warmack, Homes Cool Kids and Dutch Nave, Lucky Green respectively.
Good Luck to the following members who have graduated from the 4-H Program: Tim Harty, Highland Ag.; Josh McComb, Brittany Ryan, and Katie Sanders from MVK Community; and Caitlin Beshoar from Wauponsee Ag.
This group has left a big footprint in the sand. They have helped their clubs and communities improve and have been responsible for individual awards and club accomplishments. We are sure your leadership skills will benefit you far into your future.
Special Award Winners
Friend of 4-H Awards: Chris & Dave Perry & Chenoa Locker
Meritorious Service Award: Millie Dyer
Alumni: Diane Rogers & Sara Brockman
State 4-H Club-Group Awards: went to Lucky Green 4-H Club in the Environmental & Natural Resource area and Saratoga Ag. in Community Involvement & Global Awareness.
National 4-H Week Window Displays: were put up throughout Grundy County by Coal City Community, Highland Ag., Homes Cool Kids, Lucky Green, and Silver Spurs 4-H Clubs.
International Activity Recognition Certificates: were presented to Coal City Community, Homes Cool Kids, Lucky Green, and Saratoga Ag.
Congratulations to all our award winners and all of our volunteers who make the 4-H program in Grundy County a success. Without you, it would not be possible.
Congratulations to Gretchen Goebel, Wauponsee Ag. 4-H club member, who received an "Award of Excellence" for her Geospatial Project at State Fair. Geospatial projects were judged at the end of the State Fair and weren't included in our last 4-H newsletter. Congratulations Gretchen!
Grundy County 4-H Association Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the Extension Office at 7:00 p.m. All members, leaders, and volunteers are invited to attend. Meeting agenda items will include 2011 fair evaluations, dates for 2012 and directors for the 2011-12 program year. All fair evaluations should be turned in prior to this meeting. If you need another evaluation form, contact the Extension Office at 942-2725. We hope to see many of you there.
The $20 enrollment fee will apply to all members this year, once again. However, 4-H Federation will pay $5 of the $20 fee. Please attach $15 to your enrollment form when you turn it in. Enrollments will be held until the fee is paid.
$14 will stay locally and be used by our program to help support 4-H costs. $6 will be forwarded to the State 4-H Program to provide educational, technical, and logistical support to maintain the 4-H program on all levels. Please contact the extension office (815) 942-2725 if you have questions.
Please keep the following things in mind to help make the enrollment process go smoother:
· Enrollments for livestock projects – beef, sheep, swine, horse, beef and sheep rate-of-gain, and carcass (beef, sheep & swine) are due January 1st. (Since January 1st is a holiday these enrollments will be due by January 3rd at 4:30 p.m.). Delays will result in the exclusion of members from the livestock auction, premium monies (if available) and awards for these projects. Members will receive a Participation ribbon only if this requirement is not met.
· No member can be enrolled in 4-H without at least one project selected and the $15 program fee per member turned in at the time of enrollment. Be sure both forms (individual enrollment form & project selection form) are
turned in together with all information complete. Enrollments will not be processed unless they are complete.
· Make sure that members who are Cloverbuds (age 5-7 by September 1, 2011) are enrolled in the appropriate Cloverbud projects. They are not to enroll in any other projects except Cloverbud
designated ones. See the Cloverbud section of the Illinois Clover.
Enrollment Notes (continued)
· A parent must sign the individual enrollment form and check the appropriate response for the photo/video release.
· 4-H members must sign the individual enrollment form so that they understand the Youth Guidelines set forth on the individual enrollment form.
· Enrollment forms should be turned in for any project leaders along with volunteer screening applications if applicable. Be sure to mark your youth who are club junior leaders as member/youth leader.
· Make sure you are using the current enrollment forms & project selection sheets for 2011-12. Do not use any forms from previous years as this causes confusion.
As always, if you have questions, contact the Extension Office at 942-2725.
Each 4-H club should have a copy of a program book or calendar of scheduled meetings and activities on file at the Extension Office for the 2011-12 program year. If you haven't turned one in yet, please do so as soon as possible. This counts toward the club's Standards of Excellence for this year.
10-11 4-H club publication costs will need to be paid by the clubs this year. Letters will go out in the mail soon to the organizational leaders for last year's costs. Payments are due to the Extension Office by January 3rd. If you have any questions, call the Extension Office at 942-2725.
4-H members wishing to participate in the 2011-12 Beef Rate-of-Gain Program must purchase their own animals, and be enrolled in the beef project & beef rate-of-gain class by January 3, 2012. Animals must be brought to weigh-in and tattooing on the county date TBA (in February). Watch future newsletters for the date.
The EARTH Expo committee is in the process of planning the 2012 Expo that will be held March 3rd at Saratoga School, 4040 N. Division Street (Illinois Route 47) in Morris, IL. from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The committee is always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer, please call the Extension Office. The next three meetings are scheduled for November 17th, December 15th, and January 19th at 3:00 p.m.
4-H members will be needed to man the Extension booths, help exhibitors unload before the fair, and load up at the conclusion of the fair. More details will follow. If you are interested in helping, contact the Extension Office at 942-2725. Assisting at the Earth Expo is considered community service and can be counted toward your Standards of Excellence.
Congratulations to Coal City Communities 4-H members for doing so well during the elections. Almost every position had a different person than last year. Our next meeting will be at Nichole Hawkin's house. That will be a meeting/party. There will be a hayride, games, and fun activities. This will be held on October 15th. Everyone should bring a dish to pass. We had one talk/demo at this meeting. Rebecca Connelly demonstrated how to cook a delicious chinchilla treat.
By Emily Monbarren
The Illinois Montadale Sheep Breeders Association is sponsoring its 1st annual essay contest and will be awarding a Montadale ewe lamb to the winner. The contest is open to Illinois 4-H or FFA members under the age of 18 and not currently raising Montadale sheep. The lamb will be presented to the essay winner at the annual Illinois Montadale Breeders picnic held in June. The winning essay will also be published in the spring edition of the 2012 "Montadale Momentum" magazine.
Illinois Montadale Sheep Breeders Association Essay Contest (continued)
The Essay should describe why the contestant would like a Montadale ewe lamb, future plans for the lamb, and how they will care for it. Essays will be judged on their content and age appropriateness. The winner will be expected to exhibit the lamb at the 2012 Illinois State Fair Junior Show.
Entries should be sent to John Coers, P.O. Box 78, New Holland, IL. 62671 by February 1, 2012. Please include the entrants name, address, phone number, age and 4-H club or FFA chapter name.
Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo
The Horsemen's Council of Illinois will present this year's expo on November 19 & 20, 2011 as part of their mission to expand educational opportunity and economic viability of the horse industry. The expo will be held once again at Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Grayslake, Illinois. Hours of operation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Keynote Speakers will be: Robert M. Miller, DVM, Thousand Oaks, CA.; Jane Savoie of Wellington Florida; Charles Wilhelm, Castro Valley, CA.; and Ann Reilly, PhD of McLean VA. Daily tickets are $8; Weekend Pass is $14 per person.
Applications for the 2012 1st Farm Credit Services Scholarship program will be available on December 12th.
A total of 24 students will be selected to receive the $1000 scholarship to use to pay for expenses related to obtaining a higher education. The application will be available online at www.1stfarmcredit.com or at your local branch after December 12th.
The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into an agriculture or agriculture-related curriculum at a university, college, or community college. Applicants must also either reside or attend high school within 1st Farm Credit Services' service territory. Agriculture-related fields include those that would contribute to the quality of life for people living in rural areas.
Selections will be based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agricultural youth organization involvement and two short essays. Students must also include an official high school transcript and photo. Recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges.
Applications are due by February 15, 2012. Please visit www.1stfarmcredit.com for more information or contact your local branch.
The 4-H Premier LCP Award is sponsored for older 4-H members in Illinois. The purpose of the award is to reward members exhibiting outstanding leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and professionalism during the past 4-H program year (September 1 through August 31). Although all members can apply, the program is designed to recognize and promote achievement in the agricultural industry.
Applicants must be 4-H members who are at least 17 years of age by December 1, and cannot have reached their 19th birthday by September 1 of the year they submit the application. A maximum of two applicants per geographical county may be submitted for the state competition.
Awards: Three distinct awards are available through this program. First, the two entries submitted by a county will receive the county LCP Award. Next, the 4-H members with the highest cumulative point total will receive the State 4-H Premier LCP Award, which will be presented at the Illini Summer Academies.
The Final award is the opportunity to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates two-day Premier 20
Leadership Conference. This award will be made available to the ten 4-H'ers with the highest cumulative score who indicate their availability to participate. This conference will begin on Wednesday evening, April 25 and run through Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Illinois Farm Bureau headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates will pay all necessary expenses (excluding travel and personal purchases) for delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Premier 20 Leadership Conference.
Note: Once the applicant has attended the conference as a winner or an alternate through the Illinois 4-H Program or the Illinois Association FFA, they are ineligible to participate in the conference again. They are, however, if not a previous winner, eligible to apply for the 4-H Premier LCP Award.
This award is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, Inc., COUNTRY® Financial, Prairie Farms Dairy and the IAA Credit Union in cooperation with the Illinois 4-H Program.
The completed application, including the appropriate signatures, as well as the required 3 reference evaluations, must be postmarked by January 4, 2012 and mailed to: State 4-H Office; 4H LCP Application; 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite E; Champaign, IL. 61821. Applications are available at the Extension Office.
We had five 4-H clubs participate in the annual window display contest. They were: Homes Cool Kids, Highland Ag., Lucky Green, Coal City Community and Silver Spurs. This year's theme was: Revolution of Reponsibility. Ribbons and prizes were presented at the 4-H Recognition Event on October 24th. Great Displays!
If you've been by the office on Sunday nights lately and wondered about the full parking lot, it's because horse bowl time is back. The 2011-12 horse bowl team has started practices once again. Last year's team did very well and most of the youth are returning. Lisa Leach is in charge of this year's team again and would welcome more youth interested in expanding their horse knowledge. The group meets at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday nights at the Grundy County Farm Bureau Building. You don't have to be an expert to begin, only someone who wants to learn more about horses. Lisa would also welcome adult volunteers to help with the teaching. There are about 30 youth currently practicing. Last year's teams won several awards and our public speakers did really well. I think we will be hosting the regional contest this year, so we need extra people to make this event a success. For more info, call the office at 942-2725.
This committee is responsible for reviewing programs, identifying new program needs, and volunteer needs for Grundy County. It meets approximately 2 times per year. The next meeting will be December 9th at 12:00 noon at the Extension Office. New committee members are always welcome. Potential candidates include 4-H youth, alumni, parents and other interested adults. Contact John at the Extension Office if you'd like to serve on this committee.
University of Illinois Extension Office would like to challenge all the 4-H clubs to help brighten the holidays for the military troops serving overseas this year. Most of you have extra cards at home or maybe you would like to make up your own personal card from your club. We are asking each club to do 25 or more cards with a personal comment inside each card telling the soldier a little about what is happening in your life and a comment thanking them for their work in serving our country. If you desire, you can put your return address inside the card or use the office address. We will mail them from the office. In order to get them to the troops in a timely manner, please get them to the office by December 3rd.We also have an opportunity to help Operation Care Package with putting together packages to be sent to the troops. The event will be from 10 to 12 on the Friday after Thanksgiving (I know this is a big shopping day but by 10 you will be out of money anyway so let's do something for the soldiers) Call John for more details.
We would also like the names of any local soldiers serving overseas. Call the office 942-2725 with the names and mailing address so we can ship more cards off. We will be contacting local units that are deployed and since my sons know of several troops deployed to Afghanistan & Iraq, they will provide us contact addresses. Call the office if you have any questions and don't delay since the mail must go out by early December. Please do this at your next meeting.
The 4-H Federation year is off and running. New officers were elected in September. They are: President, Trent Zelko; Vice-President, Perry Harlow; Secretary, Liz Collins; and Treasurer, Luke Halterman.
The Federation has voted to pay $5 of the $20 4-H fee again this year. They also elected to have the Winter Party on February 11th if the rec center is available.
The following clubs have agreed to put up displays at the office to show off club and member activities: Highland Ag – November; Homes Cool Kids, - December, Saratoga Ag. – January; February is open, Coal City Community – March and Lucky Green - April. There are still a couple of months available to display call the office to get a spot.
Just a reminder that all older club members are welcome to come to Federation meetings. We should have representation from each club. Our next meeting is November 21st at 6:30 p.m.
What: Officer Training Day
When: Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:30 – 8 pm
Where: University of Illinois Extension Office—4004 Division St., Morris, Illinois
Cost: Free---Refreshments will be provided
Details: Youth will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience on running meetings and improving their leadership skills. There will be emphasis on meeting organization. Good officers make for good 4-H clubs, and all clubs should have as many officers as possible attend. This workshop is open to committee chairman also.
If you have any questions, please call 815-942-2725. Reservations are due by November 15th.
The backbone of the Illinois 4-H program is the volunteers that devote their time and talent to providing the opportunity for the youth to succeed. Sometimes as a volunteer you may wonder if you are handling a situation correctly or if there is a better answer or method to providing your expertise. Well, we are offering a couple of telenets on volunteering. These are best suited to club leaders, project leaders or any adults who will be playing an active role in the 4-H clubs. Some of the details are below and there is a flyer in this newsletter. If you have any questions or to pre-register please call the office at 942-2725.
The 2011 North Central Region Volunteer e-Forum will be held for the first time ever on November 17, and 22, 2011. Each evening there will be a two hour session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CST. There will be a different theme for each evening - 4-H Program Management (November 17), and New and Emerging Curriculum (November 22). All 4-H leaders from across the North Central states are invited to participate.
Volunteers are Special People
The following little verse is very appropriate since we just finished recognizing our volunteers at Recognition night and we have an upcoming volunteer 3-forum. 4-H volunteers – always caring, always sharing.
V aluable in more ways than words can say.
O ptimistic and helpful every day,
L ending support with a heart-warming smile.
U nselfishly going the extra mile,
N otable for all the work they do,
T rusted because we can count on you,
E ffective in all you undertake,
E steemed for the difference that you make,
R eady to serve in so many ways,
S pecial and deserving of our praise!
Keep up the good work and if you are a 4-H member, thank the adult that helps you to succeed.