The Federation is offering an incentive for youth to bring a friend to the October meeting as this is the best way to recruit other youth. The choices are listed. Please send back to the office after your meeting so we can order the items . There will be one girl and one boy selected to each receive the top prize of a 4-H Clover Cuddly. Thanks for doing this!
With prospective members attending your meetings this month, it's important to remember being new at a club where you might not know anyone or know little about 4-H. It's imperative that new people are welcomed and introduced to 4-H in a positive way. They need to feel a connection with someone so if they were not invited by a certain youth, then a youth should be assigned to be their "4-H friend" for this meeting and possible the next. For those of us who have been in 4-H for years, we may not realize how much we know and could share with others.
You will find the re-enrollment forms enclosed. The state is implementing a new data management system that still has quite a few kinks in it. So, the re-enrollment forms have been generated from the data from last year. The "years in 4-H" will not be correct on paper but it is in the system.
Please remember a member cannot be entered in our system unless they are also enrolled in a project. Please double check that birth dates are on the forms as well. Re-enrollments are due January 1. Add and drops are due May 1. Be sure to have youth double check their email addresses so we can send timely information. If a member is not enrolled in a project they will not be able to show in the project at the 4-H Show. Health forms are being completed this year and will be kept on file here at the Extension office and leaders may have a copy if they would like. Please remember this information is confidential. Leaders also have re-enrollment forms to complete. A $20 shooting sports fee must be attached with the enrollment for each discipline. The program fees will again be due March 1.
A youth may enroll anytime during the year but must be enrolled by May 1 to enter at the 4-H Show. Happy enrolling! Don't forget to mention the project changes this year that were mentioned in last month's Hilite.
Just a note . . . the 4-H Cooking project series (101, 201, 301, and 401) are meant to be taken more than one year usually. Also at the State Fair this year, questions were asked from the manuals more than in the past, so members should be making recipes from the manuals throughout the year.
The Register Mail 4-H Club Feature Article Due Dates Reminder . . .
October 1 – Rio Livestock
November 5 – Rusty SpursArticles are due to John Pulliam at The Register Mail!
I have insurance forms from American Income Life if you need to purchase insurance this year for members at $1 per member. Otherwise you should receive a renewal notice from American Income Life each year.
All 4-H Leaders from last year will be recognized at the 4-H Recognition for Excellence program on Thursday, November 4 at Lake Storey. We hope that all clubs are represented and each club will receive their individual 4-H member awards that night.
During the last program year, there was a 4-H virtual fair for certain project areas. There will be a virtual fair this year in any project area. Most likely the two exhibits will be creating a map or a video to show some aspect of their project. More to come about this at a later date.
The 4-H Livestock Superintendents and the 4-H General Show Committees have met to discuss the 2011 4-H Show. The dates will move ahead one week for a variety of reasons: 1) the state junior horse show conflicts with our show on Monday and Tuesday, 2) gives the county fair more time to set up and 3) more time to allow for General Show exhibits to be entered and receive information about the state fair.
July 9 will be the Clothing Show and July 16-19 will be the General and Livestock Shows. Unfortunately, the dates will conflict with other counties that we will merge with in July, 2011. How this will be handled will be determined when we know more about the staffing available. The 4-H dog committee met and they are looking at moving the dog show to Saturday, June 25. Please let me know of any pros or cons to this. Thanks!
SPIN (Special Interest) clubs offer a new way for adults to share their skills and knowledge with youth. SPIN clubs focus on a single topic. They are a great way to introduce youth to a specific hobby or interest. All it takes is one or more caring and knowledgeable adults . . . at least five young people interested . . . and a willingness to meet as a club at least six times. This is a way to introduce youth to 4-H without a long time commitment. Please let me know of any volunteers who might be interested. Clubs in other counties had topics such as cartooning, dulcimer, media, scrapbooking, visual arts, skating, golf, quilting, rocketry, small engines, smart phones, welding.
Training was held in January for the positive youth development phrase – BIGM. These initials stand for the four overriding areas that make a great 4-H club:
If you don't know, you may want to look this up or ask me! This is the research for which all of our activities and programs should be based upon. web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/volunteers/pyd.cfm
training is available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hc/.