What does this mean?
1. There are many ways to be responsible. One way is to always treat people and animals with respect. To RESPect could be the first part of RESPonsibility.
2. How about treating the earth with respect. As we know it is important to protect the environment. Recycle & reuse whenever possible. Every bit of material that can be recycled saves energy and natural resources.
3. We have a responsibility to follow through with promises and being honest will help others respect you. If you agree to take on responsibilities make sure you follow through from start to finish. If you don't have time to take on extra responsibilities, like serving on a committee, then be honest and tell people "no". It is being responsible to yourself and others when you don't overload yourself.
4. Be a role model. Do you have a hero? It could be a parent, special relative or maybe even a friend. What qualities does your hero show to you and others. Think of those special qualities that someone you look up to may have, like patience for example. Try and remember those good qualities when dealing with others.
In 4-H- Angel Wright, 4-H/Program Coordinator
If you have not yet written thank you notes to those who provided your trophy, photo, prize, or animal purchased at the sale, please do this as soon as possible. If you need an address or contact person, I would be happy to provide that for you. Those who donate love to hear from the 4-H members. Thanks!
A Special thank you to the Bright Horizons Club for fixing the rabbit cages. They took the time to fix what need to be fixed. The rabbits appreciated a comfortable environment at the 4-H Show!
University of Illinois Extension has a drop off mailbox, at the west entrance of the building for your convenience. Available anytime that we are not in the office.
Farmers Forecast articles are due to Lisa Coon at the Register Mail by the First Friday of the Month! Please email the information to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Club is Bracken Busy Bees in November!
13th– Shooting Sports Committee Meeting-6:00 PM @ Knox Agri Center
16th- Federation Meeting at the home of Tyler Main and Bethany Main, 5:00 PM.
22nd- Speaking for Illinois Training @ the Knox Agri Center - This training is for 4-H members 4-19 years of age. You must pre-register. Contact the Extension office for details, 309-342-5108.
A $500 4-H Clover Challenge Grant could be yours if you're a current 4-H member who is 15 to 18 years old as of September 1, 2011. If you have completed all levels of a project area relating to corn, soybeans or small grains. Or all levels of a foods, nutrition, or animal science project that's tied to the use of corn, soybeans or small grains. 4-H Clover Challenge Grants are sponsored by The Illinois Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Each sponsor is offering five, $500 Clover Challenge Grants this year. Applications must be postmarked or emailed to Bill Million Attn: Soybean Clover Challenge Grant 1902 Fox Drive, Suite A, Champaign, Il 61820 by November 1, 2011.
To find out more, go to: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/financial_support
The local Farm Service Agency is once again offering project loans. These loans are for rural youth 10-18. You need a 4-H leader's recommendation. Contact Lori Fink at the local Farm Service Agency; 309-342-5138, ext#2, for more details.
Thanks to all the 4-H Leaders!
Tessa Hobbs-Curley and I enjoyed meeting with you. Please find some helpful hints below:
Mark your calendar for the next Leader's Meeting:
We will meet on February 2nd, 2012. Please know that you can call the office anytime you have questions or concerns. We will plan to meet at the Knox Agri Center at 6:00 PM.
Your Club Officers have a choice
Please let your club officers know that they can go to writable PDF files for their Secretary and Treasurer's books. They don't have to they can still hand write or write and paste in their books. These are posted on the 4-H website under Volunteer Support/Club Meeting.
Bring a friend to 4-H in October and receive a prize!
Prizes for your club members, who bring a non-4-H member to October meeting, will be available at the November Salute to Excellence Awards Banquet. Please email or call me by October 31st to let me know the number of visitors. Thank for all you do. (email@example.com)
Join the Revolution of Responsibility
Thanks 4-H Clubs! Check out their window displays:
Clover Leaf: JD Hardware-Victoria
Delong Livestock: Orange Chapel Church
Hague Hustlers: Midwest Bank on North Seminary
Rusty Spurs: Mother Goose Bumps
Union: Rt. 150/South Side of the road before Appleton Corners
4-H Spinners: Gale School, Galesburg
Not Just Any Cookie Jar !
Celebrate National 4-H Week
Decorate a cookie jar with your club and turn it into the Extension office by October 3rd!
Be sure and fill it with your favorite homemade cookies.
Jars are available at the Extension Office! Please include what local dignitary you would like the cookie jar to be presented to. Cookie jars will be judged on creativity and uniqueness. Remember to use the 4-H Theme….Join the Revolution of Responsibilility.
This year will mark the 6th year for Operation Santa. The goal is send 35,000 homemade stockings filled with goodies to our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and combat support hospitals. Last year 23,000 stockings were sent. To download a pattern to make this special stocking please go to www.operationsanta.info/Files/stockingtemplate.pdf. If you do not wish to sew you can help collect items to go in the stockings or money for postage. Go to the website for details. All stockings must be made and dropped off at designated sites. For those sites go to www.operationsanta.info./DropOffs.htm.
Tyler Main Competes Nationally
Tyler Main, Walnut Grove Progressors, and his family traveled all the way to Purdue University for the National Engineering Challenge, September 25th –27th. This was a great experience and an honor to have Tyler compete for Knox County Illinois. Congratulations Tyler!
Speaking for Illinois
Speaking for Illinois is for 4-H members 14-19, to advance their public speaking skills. Once trained you are put on a state roster and can be contacted for assistance at Legislative Connection! This is a great opportunity...do not miss out. To register for the Saturday, October 22, 2011 training right here in Knox County please contact Angel Wright at the Extension Office, 309-342-5108, by October 7th.
Writeable PDF files for Secretary and Treasures are available if you wish to use them. Club Officers can download these on their computer, enter information and save to your club's file. To access go to the 4-H website….under Volunteer Support/ Club Meeting.
Paper Clover Drive
Maybe you have been to Tractor Supply lately and seen the Paper Clovers for 4-H? They are being sold and the money goes to our state and local 4-H Clubs. The money will help provide resources for 4-H members. Remember to thank TSC and buy a Clover. The drive is September 27-October 2nd.
The Monsanto Fund
America's Farmers Grow Communities Program $2500.00 grant can be given to any farmer for their favorite non-profit organization (4-H!); to register, go to www.growcommunities.com
4-H Special Interest
What is a Special Interest Group? This is a group that meets at least six times during the 4-H year. They can show at the 4-H Show. They pick a special interest project to work on together. It can be a group of friends. There must be at least five members in the group and an adult leader. We are currently looking for an adult that would want to be a leader for a 4-H Special Interest Robotics Group. Contact Angel Wright for details.
Bring a friend to 4-H!
In October bring a non 4-H member to your October 4-H Meeting! You will earn a prize that will be given to you at your November 4-H meeting. Your name will also be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H Clover Travel Chair.
Fun Youth Horse Show!
Sponsored by the Rusty Spurs 4-H Club. Sunday, October 2nd at 10:30 AM. At Woodland View Farm Indoor Arena. No show clothes, please. Available for youth 18 and under. To enter office fee $5 and Class fee $3-4-H members, $4 for Non-4H'ers. Don't have a horse...feel free to come and watch.
Archery, Riffle, Shot Gun
We are in the process of training some additional instructors. To join shooting sports you can talk with your 4-H Club Leader or contact Angel Wright at the Extension Office, 309-342-5108. The shooting sports schedule will begin in April and goes through September 2012. Please note that it is an additional $20, per discipline. The $20 fee covers the cost of space rental and equipment fees.
The awards banquet will be held Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 PM. at the Lake Storey Pavilion. Leaders and 4-H'ers receiving awards be expecting an invitation by mail. Additional 4-H members, that wish to attend, please contact the Extension Office, at 309-342-5108.
Please RSVP before October 28th. This will help us have an accurate account for refreshments and seating arrangements. Thanks!
We will have a booth at Walmart during National 4-H Week. Anytime your club would be willing to pass out 4-H information would be helpful. Call Angel at the office for more details!
Reminder about the 4-H Attendance Policy:
You must attend at least 50% of your 4-H club's, meetings to exhibit at the 2012 4-H Show! This policy starts in September of the new 4-H year 2011.
The National 4-H theme this year is Join the Revolution of Responsibility. I will be taking a letter each month from Responsibility and picking a word that goes with it that involves Responsibility. The "R" stands for Respect. 4-H is more than an organization, it is people. Learning to respect others helps you to understand those around you and being a responsible person to all you come in contact with whether they are like you or not. Doing a community service project may help you respect others, the environment or community where you live.
Join the Revolution!
Happy National 4-H Week and Happy Fall.
Angel and I are very excited about the Awards Program and looking forward to celebrating with you. A big thank you goes out to our judges for the awards program.
Remember to turn in enrollment and your project enrollments as soon as possible. I like to plan workshops and programs around your interest. If you have good ideas for workshops please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. Angel and I welcome any ideas for events, workshop topics or Special Interest Clubs.