University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce Tony Franklin as the new County Director serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties. Tony is transferring from his position at Knox County Extension where he served as County Director since 2001. Prior to Knox County Extension, he worked at Knox College for five years in the capacity of Associate Dean of Students. He looks forward to providing leadership for program development and evaluation, marketing, volunteer and employee development, and fiscal accountability.
Tony's new position comes as part of the statewide reorganization plan aimed at trimming $7 million from Extension's budget. State of Illinois budget constraints have prompted University of Illinois Extension to explore ways to cut costs while continuing to provide high-impact programming. The availability of limited resources requires an increased sharing of resources through the creation of multi-county units and a decrease in administrative and fixed costs. The result means an increase in Extension educators that will have the ability to provide important local educational programs. Extension educators will serve the multi-counties with assistance of program coordinators and community workers who will be stationed within each county. The Milan location was designated as the main office for the multi-county unit of Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties.
Extension understands the importance of "being there" in Illinois communities, with staff who really know the counties they serve.
Change can take some getting used to. Even though funding continues to be a challenge, U of I Extension is committed to making the kinds of changes that will help create a better life for the next generations of Illinois residents.
Extension educator reassignments will take effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year - July 1, 2011. The educators serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties will be:
Jenny Garner - Community Development
Cheryl Geitner - 4-H Youth and Military
Martha Smith - Horticulture
Janice McCoy - Family Life (50%)
Open position for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNP)
If you have any questions concerning the reorganization process, please feel free to contact Tony Franklin at (309) 756-9978, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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4-6 Illinois Horse Fair
8 Leaders Meeting (M)
11 & 12 ExplorACES
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
26 State Horse Judges Seminar
29 Communications Contest (M)
31 Evelyn Titus Memorial Scholarship Applications due (W)
31 Patti Jeanne Higgins Scholarship Applications due (M & W)
1 Youth Conservationist Program Applications due
1-2 The 4-H Great Debate
2 Bi-State Horse Workshop
6 Dog Obedience Training Begins (M)
13 Club Reports for May Newsletter due
16 4-H State Robotics Competition
16-17 Illinois State 4-H Horse Contests
22 Welding Workshop
30 BTC Scholarship Applications due
1 IMCP Scholarship Applications due
7 4-H Day with the Cardinals
7 & 8 4-H Memorial Fish Camp
13 Club Reports for June Newsletter due
14 Horse Clinic, Macomb
14 Premiere Lamb Weigh-ins, Kewanee & Macomb
28 4-H Charity Open Horse Show – Schone Friendship Farm
If showing at the ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, please be aware of the following ownership deadlines:
Premiere Wethers- owned by date of weigh-in; lambed on or after January 1
Premiere Swine- owned by date of weigh-in
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
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!!
March 11 & 12, 2011
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
ExplorACES is a two-day event designed to acquaint prospective students and their families with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m on March 11 and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on March 12. For more information, visit: www.aces.uiuc.edu/ExplorACES or contact your local Extension office.
A 1996 state law requires that all hunters born on or after January 1, 1980, successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the hunter education course receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying that they have passed the course of instruction. Participants are asked to be at least 8 years of age and be able to read/answer test questions.
Courses in our area include:
· Henderson County – Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6-9:00 p.m. & Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Fire Station, 201 E. Main St., Stronghurst; register by calling (309) 924-1163; must attend both sessions to get certification.
· Mercer County – Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13 from 12-5:00 p.m.; 1st Christian Church of Keithsburg, 2005 Main St.; register by calling (309) 374-2571; must attend both sessions to get certification.
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 email@example.com.
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 to attend is available.
March 26, 2011; U of I, Urbana
This seminar is open to all youth and open horse show judges, potential judges, exhibitors and spectators of horse events. It is designed to encourage uniform standards for judging and exhibiting horses at Illinois youth and open shows, and to yield a directory of judges for show committees.
For more information, please contact your local Extension office, or email Kevin Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration materials.
Applications due: April 1, 2011
You are invited to apply to receive a heritage breed ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 8, 2011. For more information, visit http://coshocton.osu.edu/topics/4-h-youth-development/news/2011-youth-heritage-breed-conservationist-program or contact your local Extension office.
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. For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Great Debate web pages at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mclean/greatdebate/index.html
April 2, 2011; Bristol, Wisconsin
University of Illinois Extension & Wisconsin Extension is offering a full-day program for horse owners with topics including nutrition for the senior horse, managing emergencies on the trail, advanced nutrition in performance horses, and much more.
For more information, visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lake, contact the Lake County Extension Unit at (847) 223-8627, or contact your local Extension office.
April 16, 2011; U of I Campus, Urbana-Champaign
Youth enrolled in 4-H robotics are invited to demonstrate their learning, celebrate their accomplishments, and interact with others who share an interest in robotics at the 3rd Annual Illinois 4-H State Robotics Competition. Participants do not have to be selected by their county, do not have to have won a county fair class, or have received a Superior rating at the Illinois State Fair to participate in this event. This is a TEAM competition consisting of three members in two different age divisions: Junior – ages 9-14; Senior – ages 14-18. Junior team members must be 9 years of age by the date of the December 2011 First Lego League Competition. Senior team members must be 14 by January 1, 2011. Team registration is due by April 2, 2011.
For more information or a registration form, visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/4hroboticschallenge.cfm or contact your local Extension office
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.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2011
The Illinois Meat Goat Producers (IMGP) scholarship is designed to encourage educational enhancement of young goat breeders by awarding $500 annual scholarships. Applicants must be a high school senior or a college student in the fall of the year in which the application is made, and must be an active IMGP member, or immediate family member of an active IMGP member, who has been involved in raising, breeding, or showing goats.
For more information, visit http://www.ilmeatgoat.org/education.html or contact 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 deadline is March 28, but in previous years tickets have sold out BEFORE the deadline, so order soon! Ticket order forms are available at your local Extension office.
May 7 & 8, 2011
4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello
Fish Camp is open to any adult/child "team" interested in learning more about fishing. Each adult may attend camp with up to three youth campers. An adult must attend the entire weekend event with the youth campers. It is recommended that youth campers be at least 8 years of age. 4-H membership is not required.
Pre-registration and payment is required at the time of registration. Camp fills up quickly, so register early! Please contact 4-H Memorial Camp at: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/4hmemorialcamp/specialtycamps.html or your local Extension office for additional information.
May 14, 2011; Macomb
The McDonough County Mounties 4-H Club is sponsoring a horse clinic on Saturday, May 14 at the McDonough County 4-H fair grounds from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attractions include local clinician demonstrations throughout the day, vendor alley, stallion alley, horses for sale (no animals on display – information only), pony rides from 12 – 2 p.m., concessions on grounds, and much more. For more information contact Jackie at (309) 313-2826 or Joyce at (309) 333-9387 or visit: www.mcdonoughcountymounties.com or your local Extension office.
June 27-29, 2011
University of Illinois, Urbana
The 3-day academies are open to ANY Illinois youth who is currently in 8th to 12th grade. They must be an incoming high school freshman to graduating senior this summer and must fall within the 14-18 age range as of September 1, 2010. Delegates will live in college dormitories and have opportunities to tour the campus. This is a live-in academy; delegates will not be allowed to commute to the campus for daily activities.
Early bird fee discount runs until April 15, 2011.To learn more, visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/summeracademies.cfm or contact your local Extension office.
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Registrations due Friday, June 3, 2011
Camp: JULY 5-9, 2011
Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit's camp dates at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, will be July 5-9, 2011. Camp registration forms are now available. The brochure and registration form WILL NOT be included in the 4-H Clover Update as in past years. Leaders will be given the forms, and are asked to hand them out at a club meeting. If you do not receive a brochure and registration form, please contact your 4-H Leader or your local Extension office. Registration forms are due to your county Extension office on June 3, 2011. Scholarships are available through the HMW Extension Unit. Please keep in mind that the entire camp fee must be paid by the participant at time of registration. Scholarship monies will be reimbursed AFTER camp is over.
If you are in need of a 4-H member ID for use in purchasing supplies at a discount, contact your local Extension Office and we will print one for you. Otherwise, ID's will not be available until later this summer due to adjustments needed in the new 4-H enrollment program.
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.
The summer 4-H exchange program involves Japanese youth (ages 12-16) living with a family for approximately one month from July 21 through August 20, 2011. Families have opportunities to learn about Japanese life and culture and share their own culture. For more information about the Japanese and other hosting opportunities, contact your local Extension office.
1. Speak to people – there is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
2. Smile at people – it takes 72 muscles to frown, but only 14 to smile!
3. Call people by name – the sweetest music to anyone's ear is the sound of their own name.
4. Be friendly and helpful – if you would have friends, be friendly.
5. Be cordial – speak and act as if everything you do were a real pleasure.
6. Be genuinely interested in people – you can like everyone IF YOU TRY!
7. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
8. Be considerate of the feelings of others – it will be appreciated.
9. Be thoughtful of the opinions of others.
10. Be alert to give service – what counts most in life is what we do for others.