Lights, Camera, Challenge!
National 4-H invites all 4-H staff and volunteers to produce their own digital video for frontline educators and volunteers to better implement 4-H science programs. The purpose of this contest is to build a vault of films that will help others know what inquiry-based learning looks like in real life. The categories are science content, experiential learning, hands-on learning, inquiry, process (abilities) or science content to any 4-H project. Video must be submitted by January 31. Prizes will be 3-5 Amazon.com gift certificates for $500 each. Check out www.4-h.org/video-challenge for more guidelines and resources.
Tips and techniques are provided for 4-H food demonstrations via a DVD and special project of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. There are a couple of copies available for you or a member to borrow. The county public presentations contest is the end of March. Time to ask a few 4-H members who could represent your club!
We still do not have access to membership cards or club lists from our new software program. We do, however, have club manuals for the following 4-H clubs:
Bracken Busy Bees
Walnut Grove Progressors
Two clubs have their 4-H Recognition for Excellence packets ready to be picked up:
Knox County Power Clovers
Clubs who have turned in their club officer list, goals and calendar for the 2010-2011 year are:
Bracken Busy Bees
Walnut Grove Progressors
Let's aim for 100% for club progress this year. Could we have these reports in by January 3? These clubs receive a club progress patch for their banner.
The Register Mail 4-H Club Feature Article Due Dates Reminder . . .
January 6 – Southwestern
February 4 - UnionArticles are due to Jane Huh (email@example.com) at The Register Mail!
The 4-H Federation Board has made a goal to visit clubs that do not have a Federation Board member. If you are changing your times/dates/location for your meeting in December, please let me know. They hope to discuss 4-H Federation and promotional efforts for your club.
Clubs to be visited are:
Bracken Busy Bees (Randi Cecil)
Henderson Aggies (Emily DeSchepper)
Knox County Power Clovers (Shelby Carlson)
K'ville Clovers (Courtney Anderson & Courtney Inness)
Southwestern (Matt Murdock)
Union (Courtney Inness & Courtney Anderson)
Some clubs were visited, but I think we still have a few to go. Thanks for allowing these youth to be at your meetings to help youth learn about the 4-H Federation Board.
By participating in a quick and easy conference call you will learn more about the 4-H youth development principles that set us apart from other youth serving organizations. Please look over the list in the Illinois Leader and sign up!
If you have not attended the BIGM Positive Youth Development session in our county, then this is necessary to be completed. Dates are either February 24 or March 3. It could not get any better than this to learn about
4-H from the comfort of your own home!
These sessions are for any volunteer!
The next 4-H Leader training is set for Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. here at the Knox Agri Center. If you have any topics you wish to have discussed please let me know. Some type of training will be provided with the meeting. Mark your calendar!
Please encourage your 4-H recreation leader to have something prepared for each meeting as this helps with the "B" for belonging in our positive youth development process at club meetings. Youth will feel connected if recreation helps them to get to know each other. It is difficult to have recreation that all ages will like so perhaps making the older teens group leaders might help with it! If your officer needs activities, please let me know.
Once 4-H project enrollment is completed, the next step in our 4-H Recognition for Excellence program is to help club members set goals. As you can see, the project sheets are for each curriculum area and should encompass goals for that area if more than one project is taken. Usually members set goals in January through March.
Look through the project manual to see what they would like to learn this year or have yet to try. Look at the past show book to see what exhibit requirements will be for something new to learn and explore. However, 4-H is not all about exhibiting at the fair, so think broadly. Setting goals is a life skill and a great skill to learn. Let's help 4-H members learn the skill by having project goals set!