A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped promote and celebrate National 4-H Week! We held our Unit #10 Officer training and had a wonderful turnout of 48 participates. Kudos to the following Knox County Federation who assisted with the day's activities: Amanda Rollins, Harley Carlson, Tiffany Fink, and Chris North. We want our 4-H officers to be successful so, if you are an officer and have a question visit with your leader, older 4-H member, or contact us her at extension office. We are always willing to help out. This newsletter is full of deadlines an dates so, make sure you read the entire newsletter. If you haven't noticed we have changed the newsletter to only having your own counties 4-H news. So, if you are wondering whether or not to read the entire newsletter, the answer is yes!!!. I am very thankful for all of the 4-H members and Volunteers we have in our program. Enjoy your Thanksgiving time with family and friends.
In your 4-H folders with your enrollment forms you will find Project Planning sheets, according to ages: Planning for My 4-H Project Work (ages 8-11); Illinois Project Plan (ages 12-14); and the Illinois Advanced Project Plan (ages 15-18). Completion of your age's Project Planning worksheet is a requirement for the Standards of Excellence that many of you turn in to the office at the end of the 4-H year for awards. Not only do the Project Planning worksheets help you achieve Standards of Excellence, but they assist you in setting goals for your projects and keeping track of your progress. Now is the time of year that you, a parent, and a leader can be filling these out so you can know what you want to learn this year, and so that you can use them for recognition and awards next fall (Achievement Awards and the Illinois 4-H Award). Leaders and Officers: how 'bout making this an activity after the business portion of your 4-H meeting?
1. Please check all information on the pre-printed re-enrollment form and update your address, phone numbers, and email where needed.
2. Parents, don't skip the photo-release. This must be completed before any events where photos might be taken.
3. Member AND Parent signatures are BOTH REQUIRED on the Enrollment Form! You will not be enrolled without both signatures.
4. Please include a current email address, one that you check on a regular basis.
Project Selection Form (green)
1. Mark (x) the box next to the project you want to enroll in.
2. Mark (x) the circle if you need a project manual.
3. If you received the project manual last year, you will be charged for re-ordering the manual.
Acknowledgment of Risk form- must be signed by a parent/legal guardian.
Emergency Medical Information form– must be completed and signed by a parent/legal guardian.
JANUARY 1 – Livestock Project enrollment deadline. This is the last date you may add a livestock project and still be eligible to show that project at the McDonough County 4-H Fair.
MARCH 1 – General Project enrollment deadline. This is the last date you may add a general project and still be eligible to show that project at the McDonough County 4-H Fair.
Open to 4-H members 17 and above by December 1. Applications must be submitted by local Extension offices to the State 4-H Office by December 20, 2013. Each county may submit two applications to the state level. The two-tier awards program includes plaques for the top ten scoring members and invitations to the 3-day intense Premier 20 Youth Leadership.
The Extension Office will no longer be able to make change for any purchases. We ask that the community provides payment for enrollment fees and manuals/publications in exact change or by check. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
You are invited to join other Illinois and Missouri 4-H members, volunteers, family, and friends for 4-H Day at the Edward Jones Dome at noon on Sunday, November 3, 2013, to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the Tennessee Titans in St. Louis, Missouri. Game time is noon. The game will be followed by a country music concert by a major country music artist. Tickets for the game can be purchased over the phone at 314/425-0528 or by mail or fax using the 4-H Ticket Order Form on the event flier at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/documents/2013Dome.pdf.
You can also order tickets online at http://www.stlouisrams.com/groupticketinfo using the promo code "4-H." Credit card orders will be accepted.
There are two seating options. You can purchase a $50 upper terrace level seat or a $99 field level seat. You will receive with each ticket purchased a $10 food and drink voucher and a special t-shirt in four sizes featuring the 4-H and Rams emblems. If your order is for 20 or more tickets, you will receive an additional $10 food and drink voucher for each ticket! Orders of 20 or more tickets can include some $50 tickets and some $99 tickets, or all the ticket values can be the same. As an additional benefit, $5 of each ticket order will be used to support Illinois and Missouri 4-H and Extension program initiatives. Questions can be addressed by contacting Dave Hileman with University of Missouri Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any youth 14 or over submitting their Illinois Award Application on to the State Level must have them to the 4-H Office by Friday, December 20, 2013! Please plan your time accordingly and work on updating your records before that time. Keep in mind, any 4-H member who makes it to the semi-final stage will be required to go through an interview process. If selected on the State Level 4-H members are awarded a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA!! If you would like any help on updating records before submitting them to state, feel free to contact the 4-H office at 309-837-3939 to talk to Beth Chatterton or Tessa Hobbs-Curley. The online form can be download at http://my.extension.uiuc.edu/documents/257071911071107/90221.pdf
Conference is in April. See website for the full application: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/recognition_awards.cfm
The CPR training on October 12th was a success. McDonough District Hospital is very excited to partner with 4-H again to offer a second class! If you were interested in attending the first class but were unable to make it due to scheduling conflicts because notify Beth Chatterton 309/837-3939 or email@example.com. This will help us as we look at the calendar for a date for the next class.
Thank you to Jessika Runquist, Taylor Runquist, and Anna Curley for making the class a lot of fun.
Are you a 4-H'er in 8th grade or up? Federation wants you!
Come and join the fun on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Beth Chatterton 309/837-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the next upcoming event with Federation.
Please join us in thanking the Blandinsville Blue Ribbons on hosting 4-H Night with the West Prairie Girls Volleyball team. All current 4-H members who attended were treated to free admission. Thank you again!
Help your Treasurers update the signature card at the bank. Signatory cards should be updated each year, even if your signatories don't change. Be sure the signatories have been approved by the club and that this is documented in the Secretary's meeting minutes.
National 4-H Week
Thank you to all of the clubs that participated in National 4-H Week. The creativity of the window displays and marketing was out of this world! Check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mcdonough4h) for all of the pictures. Feel free to share any that your club took while they were working together.
Dec 1 - All re-enrollment and project forms due (Members, Leaders, Group, Shooting Sports)
Jan 1 - Livestock Project Enrollment deadline
March 1 - Last day General Projects can be added
May 1 - Horse Ownership/Lease/Pictures due
May 1 - Quality Assurance & Ethics certification deadline
Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show
The date has been set for the Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show. The date is June 21st with a rain date of June 28th. More information will be coming soon.
Livestock Weigh In
Keep an eye out for the Weigh In dates for McDonough County in the next newsletter.
Photography & Film the Universal
Unit #10 4-H offers youth between the age of 8-18 as of September 1, 2013 the opportunity to participate in a Photography and Film making workshop on December 23rd in Macomb, IL at the 4-H Auditorium. We are delighted to announce that world renowned Photographer and film maker Mr. Dean Williams will lecture on various parts of photography.
Mr. Williams is a resident of Springfield IL and still works with Hollywood elites such as Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, and recently Bruce Willis, just to name a few. Mr. Williams offered 4-H members the opportunity to be in the upcoming movie Heart Land, which was filmed on location in Peoria, IL.
Mr. Williams will use his professional talents and experience to show how photos are used to tell a story. He will cover Credit photography, Videography along with how to prepare for State Fair Competition. Mr. Williams would also like to extend an offer for family or individual portraits.
The program will be held from 10:00am – 3:00pm in the 4-H Auditorium at 3022 West Jackson in Macomb. Lunch will be provided during the program. The admission is $5.00 for 4-H and $10.00 for the general public; we ask that you register in advance by December 16, 2013 . To register for this workshop, please call or email Julian Inniss, 4-H SPIN Coordinator at 309-342-5108 or email@example.com. You are encouraged to take advantage of this workshop "Photography and film the universal language" and see how a picture can say a thousand words. You must have the fee mailed by December 16th.
Citizenship Washington Focus
Citizenship Washington Focus trip registration is now OPEN!
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a national conference opportunity in Washington, D.C. that offers older 4-H members an opportunity to explore our country's government and history, as well as advance their own leadership and communication skills and meet youth from other parts of the country. It is a week-long experience for 14-18 year old members (age as of 5/1/2014) that is organized by the State 4-H Office. * Our Illinois delegation will be travelling on Week #6 of CWF - July 5 - 13, 2014. The group will travel with the Wisconsin delegation, usually leaving Champaign at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and returning at 8:00 a.m. on the following Sunday morning. There is a limit of 13 youth delegates and 2 chaperones. So initial registrations will be restricted to a maximum of TWO DELEGATES PER COUNTY. The 13 registrations will otherwise be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Cost of the 2014 trip is $750. That is considerably less than the actual cost of the trip ($1200), due to generous funding provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. A $250 deposit is due immediately upon on-line registration in order to hold a member's registration spot. For more information visit Illinois 4-H CWF website page: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/citizenshipwashington.cfm.
Speaking for Illinois 4-H
SFI4-H is a wonderful opportunity for teens 14 and above to become involved on the county, unit and state level, enhance their presentation skills, assist the local unit in promoting 4-H and Extension, and give back to the program. While youth who participate are invited to join us at Legislative Connection events in the spring, the PRIMARY PURPOSE of the SFI4-H program is to help YOU in the local Unit -- recruiting volunteers, soliciting donations for special programs, speaking to civic groups about 4-H, AND reporting to county elected officials about the benefits of UI Extension and the 4-H program in their lives.
Registration is NOW OPEN for the November 9 session: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=8939.
Cost for the day's training is $10 for each member and adult who wishes to attend. On-line registration is required and MUST be completed no later than Wednesday, October 30. There is also required paperwork that must be filed before the training date - those pieces are available on the website, 4-H Contacts portal, and the registration site.
The November training will take place at the Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus in Moline from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in for the day begins at 9:30 a.m. and members must attend the entire day's program to be added to the SFI4-H statewide roster.
Season Of Giving
For many November 1st is the moment when family holiday plans begin to take shape. This is also the time we begin to plan how our 4-H family can make the season brighter for those in our community. The McDonough County 4-H Clubs do a great job helping others in the community. Whether it is a food drive, ringing bells for Salvation Army, making cards for a nursing home, or a toy drive, our 4-H'ers go above and beyond. We want to remind everyone to show their support as they see these "gifts from the heart" around the community.
4-H Shooting Sports
DECEMBER 1 - Deadline for re-enrollment
Archery or Air Rifle - Open to ages 8-18, as of September 1.
Rifle or Shotgun - Open to ages 10-18, as of September 1.
Enrollment forms must be completed and the $20 Program Fees paid before participating. Get your enrollment forms at the Extension Office or at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/mcdonough4h. For more information contact Julian Inniss at 309-342-5108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethics Requirement for Livestock Projects – Rabbits ARE Added!
ALL 4-H members, regardless of age, who enroll in Dairy, Swine, Beef, Sheep, Poultry, Horse, Goat and Rabbit projects MUST take the online Ethics Training. This includes all members ages 8-18. If you do not complete the online Ethics Training, you will be DROPPED from the project and will NOT be able to exhibit your animals in any 4-H shows. Ethics only needs to be taken ONE time in your 4-H career, so if you have already completed it in a previous year you are fine. HOWEVER, any 4-H member newly enrolled in these project areas or a member in Rabbits MUST make sure they complete the ethics training. It can be found at
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ and is "live" and avaible to complete at any time. If you are unsure if you have completed Ethics already you can contact our office (309/837-3939) or your 4-H leader to see if you are on our County list.
THIS ETHICS TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 1ST, 2014!
Illinois State Fair Livestock: Changes/Notices Regarding the 2014 Illinois State Fair Animal Exhibits
Note: This list is only a NOTICE of changes that have been made regarding various animal exhibits at the State Fair. Local Extension staff, Vocational Agriculture instructors, and exhibitors and their families should read complete rules and regulations included in the 2014 ISF Jr. Department Premium book once printed copies are received or the book is posted on the ISF website: ttp://www.illinoisstatefair.info/
Premises Identification numbers will be required for all Junior Department Barrow entries to the Illinois State Fair. This is required by most packing house(s). Even though the State Fair show is no longer a terminal show, a majority of exhibitors still have to eventually ship their animals from State Fair to the packing house for processing and Premises ID along with PQA will be required.
Beef – Major change –
ALL Steers must be weighed, tattooed and tagged during the January 25 - March 15, 2014 dates noted.
4-H Record Books
4-H Treasurer and Secretary Books are online in a writable version and a printable version at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/mcdonough4h. Follow the link to Club Resources. Your Club Leaders have been given a printed book for you to begin using immediately. These books should be used at every meeting: Treasurer Books, to give a financial report; Secretary Books, to take attendance, and to read the last meeting's minutes and have them approved and signed.
¨ Club Reporters are encouraged to submit articles and photos to our local newspapers. 4-H members are the best promoters of 4-H, and what better way to do this than to share your activities in the newspaper! After each meeting club reporters may also submit reports to the Extension office; these reports will then be posted on our county website. Next fall, the Top Reporter Award will be given to the club reporter with the most reports submitted during the 4-H year. We ask that the reporters keep track of all the article they submit and will turn them into the office at the end of August in the form of a scrapbook. Reports can be as creative as they want to be! So, get those reports to the paper and to the McDonough County Extension Office following each meeting. Send your reports to Beth Chatterton either by email at email@example.com, fax it to 309/833-3019, or mail it to 3022 W. Jackson, Macomb, IL 61455.
¨ When you submit your reports to the newspapers, be sure to let Beth know! ** Our community supports 4-H, and enjoys seeing what your club is doing and what their donations are supporting!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Officer Training on October 14th! The following youth represented McDonough County; Bailey Cale, Erin Curley, Anna Curley, Alex Creasey, Payton Creasey, Riley Smith, and Katie Riggins.
How did you do?
1. What is the official 4-H emblem? Four-Leaf Clover
2.This 4-H Color stands for life, growth, and youth. Green
3. This 4-H Color stands for purity. White
4. What do the four H's stand for? Head, Heart, Hands, & Health
5. What is the 4-H motto? To Make The Best Better
6. What is the educational philosophy of the 4-H program? Learning By Doing
7. What date is used to determine your 4-H age? September 1st
8. What is the last date to enroll in a livestock project? January 1st
9. When is National 4-H Week? October 6th-12th
10. The first National 4-H Congress was held in this year. 1922
11.These early youth clubs later became 4-H clubs. Corn and Tomato Clubs
12. 4-H is managed by this government agency. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
13. What city is the Illinois State Fair held in? Springfield
14. The event where 4-H'ers can exhibit the following projects; sewing, clothing and textiles, public presentations, and food demonstrations. Mini Fair
15. True or False there is a 4-H program in all 50 states? True
16. 4-H re-enrollment are due on this date? December 1st
17. No general show projects can be added after this date. March 1st
18. The deadline for Treasurer, Secretary, and Reporter's books are due to the Extension Office by this date. August 30th
19. What was the most popular 4-H animal project in McDonough County in 2013. Beef
20. Clubs select two delegates from their club to be part of this group where they learn leadership skills and host activities for the 4-H Clubs in the County. Federation
We are continuing our trip down memory lane and it sounds like you are enjoying the pictures as much as we are. Please, feel free to share if you have any of your own "Blast From The Past." Simply bring them to the office or email them to Beth Chatterton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures from our 4-H Vault will be featured in every newsletter until the 2014 Fair.