Logan 4-H News
In This Issue
- Summer 2018 4-H Camp
- 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner - February 11th!
- Logan 4-H Recognition Event - Feb. 11th!
- National 4-H Congress Attendee Report
- String Art Workshop
- LoCo Robotics Club!
- 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Team forming
- Workshop: How Do I Improve my EQ?
- 4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Event!
- Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups!
- State Fair Livestock & Premiere Program
- ANIMAL OWNERSHIP DATES
- Beef Steer/Market Heifer Tattoo Date
- Ethics Requirement/Animal Science Projects
- Foundation Fund Drive
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Educator Corner - Carissa
- 4-H Club Community Improvement Grants Available
- 4-H Online Enrollment
- Junior Leadership Conference - Feb 24/25
- County Club News
Summer 2018 4-H Camp
Summer 4-H Camp registration will take place ONLINE January 15 – March 31. After March 31st cost will increase - register asap so you will SAVE $20 by doing "Early Bird" registration. 4-H members can choose to register for ANY of the 4 weeks of camp available this coming summer (If you want preference on a certain week, reserve your space early!)
2018 4-H Camp choices
WEEK 1 – June 3 - 7 (Sun-Thurs – 5 days) - 4-H member cost $195
WEEK 2 - June 10 – 14 (Sun – Thurs – 5 days) – 4-H member cost $195
WEEK 3 - June 17 - 21 (Sun – Thurs 5 days) – 4-H member cost $195
WEEK 4 - July 1 - July 4 (Sun – Wed – 4 days) – cost TBD (check online registration when open for amount)
More info available at 4-H Memorial Camp website (online registration begins Jan. 15th - camp spots filled on first-come, first-served basis): go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp
EMPLOYMENT: If you are looking for a summer job you'll LOVE, consider becoming a camp counselor! Applications will be accepted beginning January 2nd, 2018! These are available at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/4-h-memorial-camp (scroll to bottom and look under 4-H resources for app and reference forms) Junior Counselors must be 16 by June 1 and Senior Counselors must be 18 by June 1. An application and three reference forms must be submitted by March 1st for consideration (the earlier you apply the better!) For more information, please contact camp at (217) 762-2741.
4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner - February 11th!
The Logan County 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 11th from 11 am – 1:30 pm at Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln. Meal includes Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert & Drink. Meal is by donation only. Silent Auction items will also be available including items from area businesses and theme baskets! Mark your calendars & plan to attend & support the dinner!
Logan 4-H Recognition Event - Feb. 11th!
Logan County 4-H members will be recognized for various achievements on Sunday, February 11th! This will take place in conjunction with the 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Meal. Members receiving recognition will be notified and clubs will be assigned 'times' to attend for recognition. All those who submitted 4-H records this past September will be recognized!
National 4-H Congress Attendee Report
We are thrilled Katie Lynn was selected as an award winner from the State of Illinois and chose to attend National 4-H Congress recently held in Atlanta, GA!! Katie was a winner in the Community Service area (Selection based on outstanding records/interview on state level)
Katie says "National 4-H Congress was breathtaking. It was really fun to meet other lovers of 4-H from our state as well as from around the nation. Over the five days, the Illinois delegates grew very close as we were a small but mighty group. The classes were great and gave me great ideas for my 4-H group, including even the yoga program, which I didn't think I would like. The organizers of National 4-H Congress make sure you have a great time and pack every moment possible with something to do. I even enjoyed the gala which included eating fancy food and wearing a ball gown. I definitely would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go."
Also selected as an Illinois award winner was Molly Schempp in the area of Personal Development who chose a $1000 scholarship as her award.
String Art Workshop
Youth ages 10 & older are invited to attend a String Art workshop to learn to use nails and string to create a heart design – just ahead of Valentine's Day! The workshop will be held Wednesday, January 31st from 5 – 6 pm. Cost is $5.00 payable in advance so supplies can be purchased. Please bring along a small size hammer to use as well. We need at least six interested to hold the workshop. Call 732-8289 by Jan 26th or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17771 .
LoCo Robotics Club!
4-H members interested in robotics and participating in the LoCo Robo Robotics team which will learn using Lego EV3 kits, will meet on Saturday, January 6, Monday, January 15, Saturday, January 20, and Saturday, January 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Logan County Extension Office. Interested youth must be registered 4-H members and are asked to pay a $20 supply fee (in addition to $20 annual 4-H program fee) to participate. For more information or if you have questions, call Leslie Starasta 217-732-7970.
4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Team forming
Logan County 4-H members are invited to be part of a Horse Bowl/Hippology Team. 4-H'ers will be preparing for a regional contest that will take place in early April and hopefully a state contest scheduled for April 21. Participation in the contest is not required, as many 4-Her's just come to have fun learning about horses! Owning a horse is NOT required, nor is being in a horse project. Study groups are formed based on the member's age as of January 1 (8-12 years and 13-18 years). Team will have weekly practices every Thursday from 4- 5:15 pm beginning on Thurs., January 11 at the Logan Extension Office (and can be flexible around your other activities). Snacks & games will be included – come learn all about horses! For further information please contact Kristen Green at 217-494-3172 or firstname.lastname@example.org This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge for those of all ages with a real love of horses!
Workshop: How Do I Improve my EQ?
We talk about how important it is to have a high IQ but what about our EQ? The Ambassadors would like to invite all 9th-12th graders to their next meeting on January 23rd at 6 pm at the Logan County Extension Office for an interactive workshop on how to be more mindful, increase our social skills and improve our emotional intelligence score. The workshop will be led by ambassadors for anyone who is in 4-H or perhaps interested in learning more about how to increase their EQ score! For more information call 217-732-8289.
4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Event!
A Logan 4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Day will take place on Sunday, January 28th from 2 – 5 pm at the Logan County Extension Office. Enter the contest OR just plan to join us that day to socialize, taste the entries, and challenge yourself with trivia! All 4-H alumni and/or current 4-H parents are invited to make their best chili and/or best chocolate recipe to enter in the contest! Check-in will take place 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm. Judging promptly at 2:15 pm. Recipes (from scratch) will need to be prepared at home and brought ready to be portioned out for sampling. Serving utensils and extension cord (if needed) should be brought with the entry(ies). Prizes awarded for TOP Chili and TOP Chocolate item (determined by "celebrity" judges) and CROWD FAVORITE Chili and CROWD FAVORITE chocolate (voting for "crowd favorite" by donations of 25 cents per vote.) Trivia begins at 3 pm and crowd favorite voting/tasting can take place throughout the afternoon. Contest winners will be announced about 4:45 pm. To attend the event and/or enter the chocolate/chili cookoff, register by Jan. 25th online at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17772 or call the 4-H office (732-8289). We hope many can attend (contest entry is NOT required for attendance). If you would like to become more involved in the Logan County 4-H Alumni group, please feel free to attend our next 4-H Alumni Committee meeting on Monday, January 8th at 6 pm!
Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups!
All scrambles must be signed up in person at the Extension Office on a first come-first served basis. Parent/guardian permission is required. All signups will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
PIG SCRAMBLE — 10 yrs and not yet 15 as of 8/1/2018
CALF SCRAMBLE — 12 yrs & not yet 18 as of 8/1/2018
GOAT SCRAMBLE — 8 or 9 yrs as of 9/1/2018
CHICKEN SCRAMBLE — 5 - 7 yrs old as of 8/1/2018
** NO PREVIOUS WINNERS may participate again except Calf Scramble (if not filled with 'new' participants)
State Fair Livestock & Premiere Program
LAMBS for the 2018 Illinois State Fair live and premiere programs will need to be weighed, tattooed, and tagged at a statewide location. (Goats will also be tattooed at the same time and location as lambs.) Dates & locations will be available in February, 2018. STEERS will need to be electronically tagged as well as tattooed (see additional Steer Tattoo Date article). Call the 4-H office (732-8289) to make an appointment for BARROWS.
Anyone planning to enter animals in Ilini Premiere program: STEERS – may nominate 10, weighed on Feb. 3; BARROWS – may nominate 25 pigs, must be farrowed on or after Feb. 10 and must be tattooed & weighed between Feb 10 & April 15; WETHERS – may nominate 10, must be weighed & tattooed between 3/24 & 5/13
ANIMAL OWNERSHIP DATES
Beef — Steers & Market Heifers 2/1/18, Cows 1/1/18, Heifers 6/1/18
Dairy — Cows 1/1/18, Heifers 6/1/18
Meat Goats—5/15/18 (must be tattooed for State Fair)
Dairy Goats — 6/1/18 (State Fair Milking Does 1/1/18)
Swine/Horses/Dogs — 6/1/18
Rabbits, Pygmy Goats & Poultry — Does—6/1/18; All Others—out of stock owned prior to 6/1
Sheep — Wethers 6/1/18 (State Fair 5/15/18), Breeding Sheep — 6/25/18
Beef Steer/Market Heifer Tattoo Date
Logan County weigh-in and tattoo date for Steers/Market Heifers will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 from 8 – 11 am at GREENHAVEN ANIMAL CLINIC, Rte. 136/east side of San Jose. DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 8 AM. This includes ALL steers/market heifers to be shown at Logan County 4-H Show and ALL steers/market heifers to be shown at the Illinois State Fair. Information you will need at weigh-in includes: 4-H member name, address, birthday of 4-H'er, BREED of steer/market heifer.
Ethics Requirement/Animal Science Projects
ALL 4-H members (8-18 yrs) enrolled in Dairy, Swine, Beef, Sheep, Poultry, Horse, Goat, Rabbit, Cat & Dog projects MUST take Ethics training or you will be DROPPED from project and NOT allowed to exhibit your animal. Ethics only needs to be taken once in your career, so if you already completed a previous year you are fine. HOWEVER any 4-H member newly enrolled in these projects MUST make sure they complete training at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAR. 31st, 2018!!
Foundation Fund Drive
Logan County 4-H Foundation is still conducting their fundraising drive. If making a donation is still on your "to-do" list, please make your check payable to Logan County 4-H Foundation and send it to: Logan County Extension — 980 N. Postville Dr., Lincoln, IL 62656. All donations stay in Logan County and help support the 4-H program including 4-H manual & publication costs, 4-H Scholarships and office support funding, etc.
Legacy of Leadership & Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarships
Illinois 4-H Foundation and U of I Extension offer $1,000 Legacy of Leadership & Illinois 4-H Livestock scholarships. Scholarships available to current 4-H members who are high school seniors or freshmen in college. Members must have been enrolled in the 4-H program 5 years or more to apply (for Livestock must have at least 3 years of livestock project enrollment in 4-H, plan a focus on an agricultural livestock degree and plan to be actively involved in the ag industry after graduation – farming, teaching, vet, etc.)
Applications are available on the State 4-H website at go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. (in a fill-in format – scroll down page to look for Livestock and Legacy scholarships to read more info and find application) These require answers to a series of questions, two written recommendations, verification of 4-H enrollment, and official school transcript. Completed applications due 3/1/2018.
Farm Credit Illinois Agricultural Scholarships: Scholarships ($2000) awarded to college-bound high school seniors who are pursuing agriculture-related curriculum and careers. Scholarship selection is based upon a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant's commitment level to an agricultural career. Recipients receive a $1000 credit to college student account in the fall of 2017 and an additional $1000 applied in the fall 2019 semester. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2018. Learn more @ http://www.farmcreditil.com/resources/community/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx
EXTENSION TO ACES SCHOLARSHIP
Incoming freshmen and transfer students to University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences may apply for a NEW $2,500 scholarship. This year, 54 scholarships (two per each of Extension's 27 units) will be awarded. To learn more @ academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship. Questions? Your local Extension staff can help you! Just ask us.
HEARTLAND BEEF ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Open to high school seniors who are residents of Logan, Mason, Menard, Sangamon or Tazewell counties and have an immediate family member be an active member in the Heartland Beef Alliance. Must be from a family actively involved in beef industry either showing or in production. Application and essay required – due by Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Applications available at 4-H Office for those qualified/interested.
Educator Corner - Carissa
Understanding Social and Emotional Needs of Youth
Social and emotional learning skills help to make good citizens, good learners and successful people. 4-H has integrated life skill development into content specific youth projects with the intent of helping youth develop skills that will influence multiple aspects of their health and well-being.
Social-emotional health and well-being involves the social, mental, and psychological aspects of an individual's life. With the support of caring adults, youth can actively contribute to and enhance their social-emotional health and competence within the following areas:
§ Self-awareness—accurately assessing one's feelings, interests, values, and strengths
§ Self-management—regulating one's emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles
§ Social awareness—being able to take the perspective of and empathize with others
§ Relationship skills—establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation
§ Responsible decision making—making decisions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and likely consequences of various actions
So, can participation in a 4-H club make a difference in a young person's social-emotional life? The answer is YES! One of the greatest benefits of 4-H clubs is the cross-age teaching that takes place. This occurs when 4-Hers share their skills and knowledge with youth who are either younger or older than them. Older and younger youth both benefit from cross-age teaching. Younger children respond enthusiastically to their peer's behavior modeling, so rapport is established very quickly. Cross-age teaching is an effective way to sup-port high impact social and emotional learning, both for the younger and older 4-H youth.
This is why it works:
§ Older youth form an identity around the role of being the teacher. Younger youth feel "at ease" with the older youth and display heightened participation in emotion-based activities.
§ The smaller age gap in cross-age teaching emphasizes social-awareness, as both the younger youth and the youth teachers tackle each other's strengths and limitations.
§ The younger youth observe positive role-model skills that they can immediately apply to other aspects of their lives.
§ Enriched relationship skills are created between younger and older youth.
In 4-H, social and emotional learning is not something that we have to work hard to embed into our programming. It is the nature of what we do -- it's already happening. How can you purposely incorporate-rate cross-age teaching in your 4-H club? For more ideas on how to incorporate social emotional learning techniques into your 4-H club, contact Carissa Akpore at email@example.com or 217-732-8289.
4-H Club Community Improvement Grants Available
Grants of $400 per year are available to 4-H clubs to assist club members in being positive change agents by making their local communities better places to live. These grants are sponsored by Farm Credit Illinois. Additional info can be found at http://www.farmcreditil.com/resources/community/grants/Pages/default.aspx
Grant applications are due by February 28, 2018.
4-H Online Enrollment
Be sure you have completed your 4-H ONLINE enrollment ASAP if you have not already done so. Online enrollment can be found here: http://il.4honline.com . Consult your 4-H leader about how your 4-H club is handling the annual program fee. Please refer to last year's showbook or contact the office to find out deadline dates for specific project enrollment (some animal/livestock have early in the year enrollment deadlines). You should be enrolled in the animal curriculum area of Dairy and Goats (if you have State Fair Milking Does) by 1/1/2018. Beef Cow 4-H members also should be enrolled by 1/1/2018. Beef Steer/Market Heifer project members need to be enrolled by 2/1/2018. All other species and any other project areas last day to enroll is March 1, 2018 — NO exceptions!! If you are not enrolled in your project areas by the dates above, you may not exhibit the project at 4-H shows.
Junior Leadership Conference - Feb 24/25
If you are an Illinois 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade, it's time to reserve YOUR spot for the 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference! We're focusing on Mission: Adventure – Find the Clue to YOU! Solve the mystery of the missing Chris Clover, examine the business world and see what it takes to start your own business, explore virtual reality, crack the forensic codes and more!
Our 4-H'ers fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we're hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. Registration is open and fills on a first-come, first-served basis with the first 100 youth - cost is $160 to attend. Twenty $50 scholarships are available to those who are first time attendees with a financial need. More information and the registration link is posted on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Deadline for registration is January 22nd. Adults wishing to chaperone this event must be screened by University of Illinois Extension screening procedures and contact the State 4-H Office for details.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team creates a fun, hands-on weekend that's full of 4-H educational sessions, lots of laughter, meeting new people, and learning new things! Take the mission and find the adventure - we'd love to see you there!
County Club News
ATLANTA AG – At our October meeting we heard committee reports and asked members to sign up for snacks. Discussed plan for Christmas shopping and party meeting. A guest speaker spoke about the country of Turkey and gave a lot of good information. Reminders were given about plastic Cap collection and 4-H enrollment. In December we shopped for Angel Tree gifts, played game, and had a Pizza Party.
ATLANTA TOWN & COUNTRY – At the November meeting we discussed plastic cap collection, December meeting which will be food shopping for backpack program and meal at Pizza Hut. We also cut tags which will be used on Angel Trees.
BEASON AG – At recent meetings we visited the U of I Vet Med Open House, elected officers, wrote letters to soldiers, brought canned goods to donate to Food Pantry, distributed 4-H manuals, played board games and discussed plans for next meeting.
MIDDLETOWN 4-H'ERS – Our club attended International Night and studied India, created a Window Display for National 4-H week, went trick or treating for canned goods, and discussed ideas for the coming 4-H club year.
WIDE-A-WAKE – At recent meetings we elected officers and created our display for International Night for country of Mexico.