The Register Mail 4-H Club Feature Article Due Dates Reminder . . .
May 6 – Walnut Grove Progressors
June 3 – Wataga TrailblazersArticles are due to Lisa Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Register Mail! Between Warren and Knox counties several clubs have not participated. If you do not wish to participate you must let us know in advance.
Program fees were due by March 1 at $20 per member. This includes Cloverbud groups. Show books will be held until the program fees have been turned in. Riverland FS has contacted us again and will be donating $20 per members this year! Most likely those checks will be distributed at the 4-H Show.
With the current budget session for Illinois legislators we are asked to educate state representatives and senators on the impact of 4-H. According to state specialist, Deb Stocker, they will be in their home offices the week of April 18. I am enclosing post cards for you to send to local legislators as well as information. Please either send it yourself or have a parent or member send it in. It is random whether you have Representative Moffitt or Senator LaHood.
The next training for high school age youth to attend the Illinois Speaking for 4-H event is Saturday, May 14 at the DeKalb County Extension office. Please let me know of youth who you think I should make aware of the training who would represent Knox County 4-H well.
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 us. Consider expanding your intercultural knowledge and apply to host a Japanese youth this summer!
Perhaps you know a volunteer from your club who would like to coordinate exhibits from Knox County to be in a promotional window in the Illinois Building at the State Fair. They would put together the window prior to the state fair and go down to Springfield after the fair is over. The volunteer would receive $150 for their efforts.
Two Illinois 4-H members will be selected each year to represent the Illinois 4-H program on the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Youth Education Committee. The Youth Education Committee provides support for various 4-H and FFA programs throughout the year. The 4-H representatives will assist with the planning, implementing, and evaluation of these various programs. The 1-year term runs from August 1 through July 31. Applications and recommendation letter(s) are due to the State 4-H Office postmarked by Monday, June 13, 2011.
4-H clubs who meet the challenge (of gathering 10 forms with checks per club) will be honored at an event to be held at the 2011 Illinois State Fair. Clubs who exceed the challenge will be eligible for one of three prizes, which will be awarded to the top club (in three categories based on club size) that collects and submits the most contributions. The three categories are 1) clubs with less than 15 members, 2) clubs with 15 to 30 members, and 3) clubs with more than 30 members. 4-H members from these three clubs will also be invited to be a part of the official 4-H license plate unveiling event. The challenge takes place from April 1 – July 15. If you would like copies of the enclosed handouts, please let us know.
Leaders may turn in attendance sheets after their April meetings if all members have attended at least five meetings by that time. If the leader indicates there are no changes in adds or drops – entry forms may be generated prior to the May meetings.
Leaders will discuss with members who are close to not attending 5 meetings the consequences (not being able to exhibit) during the months of March and April.
Leaders will turn in attendance sheets after their May meetings for entries to be sent. The sooner this is done, the quicker entry forms may be sent to 4-H members. Delays in getting the attendance sheets in to the office means less time for youth to complete their entry forms by the deadline.
Extension will send out entry forms directly to members when attendance has been verified and sent to those members directly.
Leaders may request all entry forms from their club be emailed to them. Copies may be requested also but preference is to email to save costs.
Extension will try to keep a list of those who have not yet entered but this is dependent upon time and other responsibilities. Leaders should encourage youth to turn in entries early so Extension staff can keep up for a more accurate list.
Entries are due Friday, June 3. There is a one day window to turn in entries without penalty – Monday, June 6. However to 4-H members the deadline is June 3.
For members who must attend the June meeting to meet the five meeting criteria, the 4-H leader must notify the office the member attended the meeting. The member must come to the office to complete the entry form the next day following the meeting.