Please, I want to remind you that if you do not register for workshops or clinics you will not be contacted if there are changes or cancellations.
Please follow up on getting your project goals and plans written. Also, do at least one community service project related to each of your project areas. Brainstorm with others enrolled in your project area for ideas. Project areas are in the back of the Illinois Clover.
Weigh-ins start this month. Please make sure you have all of your paperwork available when you and your livestock show up for the weigh-in.
Have a wonderful month moving forward with your 4-H goals and plans.
Carol E. Wilcoxen
Unit Educator, Youth & Family
Due to budget constraints, in the future there will be NO reminders (postcards or letters) of meetings or events sent to you personally. Please make sure to read your newsletter thoroughly each month for announcements.
Available Starting February 1, 2011
If you are planning on exhibiting livestock at the 2011 State Fair, you must complete your Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification by JUNE 15, 2011. State Fair Jr. Horse Show exhibitors must complete certification prior to JUNE 9, 2011. This is the only method of testing for 2011 and future years.
If you have been certified on the site for any species, you will NOT have to test again.
You may access the site beginning February 1st at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec If you do not have access to the internet, you may go to your local Extension Office and use an available computer to complete your certification. Our staff is always ready to help. Please call ahead to make sure a computer is available. Good luck!!
1 QA&E Clinic Website Opens
4 Fair Book Cover Design Contest deadline (M)
5 Steer Weigh-in (H & W)
5 Master of the Showring Clinic
12 Steer Weigh-in (M & W)
13 Club Reports for March Newsletter due
15 At the Heart of America Scholarship Applications due
18 Fair Book Cover Design Contest deadline (H)
19 4-H Night with the Quad City Mallards
19-20 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference
25 Fair Book Cover Design Contest deadline (W)
25 & 26 Bulls & Broncs at the I-wireless Center
1 Radon Posters due
1 Illinois 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Applications due
1 Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship Applications due
4-6 Illinois Horse Fair
12 Mercer County 4-H Chili Cook Off (M)
13 Club Reports for April Newsletter due
19 Skating Party (W)
25-27 Shooting Sports Spring Training
26 NW Regional Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest, Galesburg
29 Communications Contest (M)
31 Evelyn Titus Memorial Scholarship Applications due (W)
31 Patti Jeanne Higgins Scholarship Applications due (M & W)
1-2 The 4-H Great Debate
13 Club Reports for May Newsletter due
16-17 Illinois State 4-H Horse Contests
If showing at the ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, please be aware of the following ownership deadlines:
Dairy Cows- January 1
Goat Milking Does- January 1
Premiere Wethers- owned by date of weigh-in; lambed on or after January 1
Premiere Swine- owned by date of weigh-in
Premiere Beef- owned by date of weigh-in
Beef Steers- February 1
Horses- May 1
Market Sheep- May 15
Dairy Calves & Heifer- June 1
Goats; Kids & yearlings not in milk- June 1
Beef Breeding Females- June 1
Breeding Swine- June 1
Barrows- June 1
Dogs - June 1
Rabbits - June 1
Poultry - June 1
Pygmy Goats - June 1
Breeding Sheep- June 25
February 5, 2011; Kewanee, IL
A great educational opportunity for kids showing cattle and hogs has been planned by Cargill on February 5, 2011 at Blackhawk Community College, Animal Science Pavilion, in Kewanee. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The day will be broken into specie segments starting with hogs. The experts will be covering daily care and management, clipping, fitting, feeding and showmanship. Lunch will be provided with great door prizes. To make your reservation, please go to http://www.showmasterfeedinfo.com/ContactInfo.aspx?medcd=SMBC11 or contact Kim Lewis at (319) 665-8912.
DEADLINE: February 15, 2011
1st Farm Credit Services is pleased to offer their "At the Heart of a Growing America" Agricultural Scholarship Program. These scholarships are designed to assist deserving high school seniors to further their education in an agriculture or rural life-related field of study. For further information or an application, visit their website at: http://www.1stfarmcredit.com/AboutUs/Pages/ScholarshipDetails.aspx or contact your local Extension Office.
4-H Night with the Quad City Mallards has been scheduled for February 19, 2011. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, visit their website at: www.myqcmallards.com or contact your local Extension office.
February 25 & 26, 2011
I-wireless Center, Moline
Groups save $7 on each ticket. Don't miss the All Access Pre-Show where you can meet the cowboys and enjoy free pony rides! To order tickets, contact Ashley at 309-277-1356 or email her at email@example.com
Due March 1, 2011
· Illinois 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship: sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, offers six, $1,000 scholarships each year. Currently enrolled 4-H members who are seniors in high school or already college age may apply. Five years of 4-H membership is required.
· Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship: sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, offers $1,000 scholarships. Currently enrolled 4-H members who are seniors in high school or already college age may apply. Three years of 4-H enrollment in 4-H livestock projects and focus on an agricultural degree and career are required.
For an application, visit the Illinois State 4-H website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/recognition_scholarships.cfm or contact your local Extension office.
Deadline: March, 1, 2011
The Radon Poster Contest is open to any youth ages 9-14. Here's an opportunity to win a trip to Washington D.C. and a fun, educational way to share information about the health effects of radon. Posters must be submitted to your local Extension office by March 1, 2011.
For complete rules and guidelines, visit the Take Action on Radon website at: http://www.takeactiononradon.illinois.edu/resources/contest, or contact your local Extension office.
March 4-6, 2011
For schedule information, visit: www.horsemenscouncil.org, or contact your local Extension office.
March 5, 2011; State Fairgrounds, Springfield
Entries due: February 4, 2011
This contest is open to any youth contestant between the ages of 8 & 18 (as of January 1, 2011) that is a 4-H member. Please visit: http://www.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair/AllYouthHorseJudging.php for more information and an entry form.
The H-M-W Shooting Sports Club is active and has been meeting since August. Numbers are growing, especially now during the 4-H re-enrollment period. Growth is great to see, but with more members, we need more coaches and assistant coaches (assistant coaches are needed soon!). If you (or someone you know) have an interest in supporting the new Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports by becoming a coach, contact Karen Davis at the Henderson County Extension Office at (309) 924-1163 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a certified Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports coach, participation in a weekend training is required. Two weekend trainings for coaches are scheduled for Spring 2011: March 25-27 and May 13-15. Please call Karen Davis at 924-1163 for more details. Financial assistance is available.
March 26, 2011
Carl Sandberg College, Galesburg
For registration instructions and complete details, please contact your local Extension office AFTER February 1. Registration forms will be due by February 28, 2011.
April 1-2, 2011; Springfield
The 4-H Great Debate is a conference for high school age teens from across Illinois who converge in Springfield to debate bills and learn about the legislative process. At the printing of this newsletter, only the date and location were available to us. For more information and to register, keep checking the McLean County Extension website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mclean/greatdebate .
The 2011 State 4-H Horse Contests will be held April 16 & 17, 2011 at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Hippology & Speech contests will be held on Saturday the 16th, with the Horse Bowl following on Sunday the 17th. Consider booking your hotel room early! More information on the 4-H Horse Contests will be available soon at your local Extension office.
4-H Day With the Cardinals has been scheduled for May 7, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Ticket order forms were not available at the time of this newsletter printing. More details to come in future newsletters.
Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit's camp dates at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, will be June 5-9, 2011. More information will be included in future newsletters.
The State 4-H Office has recently set dates for two 4-H volunteer training opportunities available to HMW Unit 4-H leaders:
· The VALUED Volunteer Telenet Series
Behavior Management – February 2 or 15
Communications within a 4-H Club – February 8
Parental Involvement - February 23 or 28
Positive Youth Development/BIG M – February 24 or March 3
Risk Management – February 7 or 17
The telenets will be held on the dates above from 7:00-8:00 p.m. You MUST register in advance in order to receive the training materials in time for the program.
· Online 4-H Volunteer Courses. These may be done online any time day or night and on any day you choose!
For more information on either of these opportunities, visit our website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmw/4hyouth3222.html or contact your local Extension office.
Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit's 4-H General Projects will be judged on Saturday, August 13. All project exhibits must remain on display until the posted release time OR whenever judging is completed, whichever is later. For Filmmaking and Geospatial exhibits, public display and on-site recognition will be held on Saturday, August 20. All exhibits in these two classes must be posted for on-line judging by August 12.
NOTE: 4-H members will only be allowed to exhibit ONE General Project (for example…you may NOT participate in the Fashion Revue and exhibit a photograph or a loaf of bread. You must choose one or the other!)
Other changes that may be of interest….
· Due to building deterioration, judging will no longer be allowed in the Jr. Home Economics-Dorm Building. Locations and times will be released to the Extension office at a later date. There WILL NOT be dorm facilities available to exhibitors or staff at the 2011 Illinois State Fair.
· Exhibits in the following project areas WILL NOT BE JUDGED: Communications, Electronics, Journalism, and Performance Showcase.
There are many more changes being made to the 4-H General Projects section of the State Fair. Please make sure to read the project requirements in your fair book thoroughly before entering your exhibit!
Changes to SF animal exhibits; birth, ownership, tattoo dates; and livestock information for the Illinois State Fair Junior Shows are available at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmw/downloads/26123.pdf or from your local Extension office.