Extension Unit News
4-H and Youth
- 4-H invites youth to join 4-H clubs
- Tell us what you think about the Illinois 4-H State Fair
- Share Your Story
- Sangamon County 4-H Member Wins Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest!
- Aylesworth Named Master Showman of State Fair
- 2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees
- Honored for Years of Service As An Illinois 4-H Volunteer
4-H invites youth to join 4-H clubs
4-H members in this county will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.
There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H clubs, coordinated by local screened adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from dozens of project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.
Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project, said Carissa Akpore, University of Illinois Extension Educator for special interest clubs.
One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person's life skills.
To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact: Sangamon County, Monday - Friday at 217-782-4617 or Menard County, Monday/Wednesday at 217-632-7491 or check out current events on https://www.facebook.com/LMS.4H/
Tell us what you think about the Illinois 4-H State Fair
More than 3,100 4-H members exhibited in the Illinois State Fair 4-H Project Show this year. We had all kinds of excitement… from hands on demonstrations by the U of I College of Vet Med to the announcement of a $1.5 million dollar grant from Google and the launch of a virtual reality 4-H world. As many cool things as we had, we know there are always ways we can improve. We want to hear it all… the good, the not so good, and the downright amazing. Write us a note at illinois4H@illinois.edu.
Share Your Story
The Illinois 4-H website has a place for you to share the story of your 4-H adventure. We want to hear from you! Club leaders, we know you're proud of your club members, so please take two minutes to tell us about your club and include a photo! We will feature all the stories on the website during the year. The share your story option is on EVERY program page and EVERY event page.
Sangamon County 4-H Member Wins Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest!
Sangamon County 4-H member of the West Side 4-H Club edged out his competition by one point to claim the top prize in the 2017 Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest held Aug. 10 during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Daniel Kloppe, 15 of New Berlin, earned first place in the senior division, with Will County 4-H member Ben Mills, Peotone, taking second place.
Poultry Judging teaches 4-H'ers how to judge live hens, grade eggs, grade ready to cook poultry, and identify poultry parts. It also provides experience in organizing thoughts and defending decisions with oral reasons.
Other awards were given for the team and in the junior divisions. The contest was organized by Ken Koelkebeck, University of Illinois Extension poultry specialist.
Aylesworth Named Master Showman of State Fair
In its 18th year at the Illinois State Fair, the Master Showmanship Contest brings the best livestock exhibitors from around the state together for one elite contest. Up for grabs are more than $8,000 in prizes and the title of "Illinois Master Showman."
This year, a Logan County 4-H member claimed the honor of master showman. Lukas Aylesworth, Mt. Pulaski, is the son of Rick and Debby Aylesworth. The 2017 Master Showmanship Contest was held Aug. 11 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds with 56 exhibitors advancing from county competitions. The contest was coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network.
Exhibitors were judged on their handling of each of three species of animals; beef, sheep and swine, and also quizzed on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production. One winner was named for each species and scores for all three species were tallied to determine the overall winner.
2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees
The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, Patricia Boarman of Sangamon County and Carol Ann Tibbs of Logan County were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 13, 2017. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion. Be sure to congratulate Pat and Carol Ann and thank them for their invaluable dedication to our 4-H program!
Honored for Years of Service As An Illinois 4-H Volunteer
Congratulations to Dale Edwards, Sangamon County 4-H Club Leader of the Tri-City 4-H Club, lifetime Sangamon County Foundation member, livestock volunteer, and 2014 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee, for his 35 years as an Illinois 4-H volunteer. Thank you, Dale, for your dedication and willingness to serve the 4-H program!
Carolyn Gerberding, Sangamon County 4-H Club Leader of the Rochester Cooper Jets 4-H Club and long time 4-H show volunteer, was recognized for her 25 years as an Illinois 4-H volunteer during the "Clover Celebration" on Aug 10, 2017. Thank you, Carolyn, for your many years of service enriching the 4-H program!