Logan 4-H News
In This Issue
- 4-H International Night Held
- 4-H Premium Checks (2015 Show Season) Available!
- 4-H ONLINE Enrollment
- YES! Junior Leadership Team - 2017 Dates!
- Interested in ROBOTICS?
- Intro to SCRATCH Computer Programming Workshop
- Fleece Blanket Workshop
- 4-H Officer Training!
- National 4-H Week Window Display Results!
- State 4-H Exhibitions Policy (Attendance) - REMINDER!
- Foundation Fund Drive
- County Club News
- Ethics Requirement for Animal Science Projects
- Illinois Award Application/New Categories & Prizes
- Apply for State 4-H Awards - due Jan. 6, 2017!
- POP Tab Collection - Please Save!!
- Educator Corner - Carissa
- Teens needed for Speaking for IL 4-H!!
- Illinois Electric Cooperative Scholarships
- Scholarships Available
- Want $15,000?
- Animal Leasing
- Local Farmers Can Help
- Logan 4-H Shooting Sports Congratulations/State Shoot!
- 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference; "All the Places I'll Go . . . "
- Youth Livestock Conference . . . Barnyard Forensics: A Livestock Mystery
- 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus Registration is OPEN
4-H International Night Held
International Night was held Monday, October 10th. Six 4-H clubs were in attendance and participated in the program. Chester 4-H studied Hong Kong, Cloverdale studied Greece, Hollanders 4-H studied Jamaica, Middletown 4-H'ers studied Costa Rica, the Pioneers studied Japan, and Wide-A-Wake studied Italy. Many tasty and interesting foods were part of the meal that night! You can view photos from the International Night program on our website in a bulletin board here: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/board/index.cfm?boardID=276
Jakub Kolmasiak , foreign exchange student from Poland, currently staying/studying for the school year with the Ed & Colleen Jodlowski family, was our speaker and shared info about what life is like in Poland.
To find out more about participating in International Night next year, contact Amy at the 4-H Office (732-8289).
4-H Premium Checks (2015 Show Season) Available!
GREAT NEWS! The 2015 show season 4-H Premium checks have finally been approved and printed (on 10/26/2016)! If you exhibited 4-H projects during the 2015 Show season, please stop in at the 4-H office at your earliest convenience to pick up your premium check (they are void after 60 days – so should be cashed by 12/26/2016).
4-H ONLINE Enrollment
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). LAST DAY TO ADD 4-H PROJECTS IS MARCH 1, 2017 — NO EXCEPTIONS!! If you are not enrolled in your project area by March 1, you will not be allowed to enter that project in any of our 4-H shows.
YES! Junior Leadership Team - 2017 Dates!
Attention 5th through 8th graders! Mark your calendars and "Save the Date" NOW for programs in 2017! High school 4-H Teen Ambassadors will lead exciting/fun activities for the YES! Junior Leadership team on Wed., January 25th and Wed., April 19th, 2017. If you are in 5th-8th grade, get those dates reserved on your calendar now!! More details will be in the January/February 2017 4-H Newsletter!
Interested in ROBOTICS?
LoCo Robotics will host interest and information meetings for 4-H Robotics Spin Club on Saturday, November 19th and Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Logan County Extension Office. Robotics club is open to ages 8-18 and members build and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorm. Interested members need to attend at least one of the two informational meetings. Interested members are also invited to participate in a robotics field trip on Saturday, December 17 to view a robotics competition in Bloomington. For more information, please contact Leslie Starasta at 217-732-7970. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-8289 to register or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15438
Intro to SCRATCH Computer Programming Workshop
Learn more about the newest computer project by attending the "Intro
to SCRATCH" workshop on Wednesday, November 16th
from 6 – 7:30 pm. You will learn more about this fun/easy way
to program! We will have some laptop
computers for use at the Extension Office, but if you have your own laptop,
please bring it along. There will be no charge to attend this
workshop. We need at least six interested to hold the
workshop and will accept a maximum of ten. Call
732-8289 by Nov. 14th or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15437
Fleece Blanket Workshop
Great to use for a holiday gift! A fleece blanket workshop is scheduled for Monday, December 5th from 6:00—7:00 pm. Cost to attend will be $15.00 which can be paid that night and all necessary supplies will be provided. This could be used for yourself or a special holiday gift for a loved one. A maximum of eight will be accepted for this workshop. Please call 732-8289 by December 1st to attend or register online at our website: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15406
4-H Officer Training!
If you have been elected an officer of your 4-H Club this year, please plan to attend the Officer Training on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am - Noon. Be sure you mark this date on your calendar now! To register, click here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15320
National 4-H Week Window Display Results!
Four 4-H clubs participated during National 4-H Week to create window displays using the theme of "Adventures Await". First place was awarded to Middletown 4-H'ers, second place to Atlanta Ag 4-H Club, third place to Wide-A-Wake 4-H and fourth place to Chester 4-H. Thank you for doing such a nice job promoting 4-H in our communities with your displays!
State 4-H Exhibitions Policy (Attendance) - REMINDER!
A youth that enrolls in a 4-H club/group, but fails to attend any meetings, tours, workshops, or other activities sponsored by the club/group cannot be viewed as a 4-H participant/member. Therefore, the youth is NOT eligible to take part in 4-H exhibitions (shows), receive 4-H premiums, or other 4-H awards and recognitions.
What this means: If you do not attend meetings/tours/activities held by your club (verified by your Club Leader) prior to entering for the 4-H show(s), you will NOT be allowed to exhibit any 4-H projects, receive premiums (if available), be considered for 4-H awards, 4-H scholarships, or be in the 4-H auction at the Fair. Excused absences WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of attending actual meetings/tours/activities. Make sure that you attend your 4-H club meetings!
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 Logan County 4-H program. We support things such as: Recognition items, 4-H manual costs, and 4-H Scholarships.
County Club News
ATLANTA AG – Held their first meeting in September where they made cookies from the 4-H Cooking manuals for entry in the Atlanta Fall Festival and then decorated a Float for the parade during the Fall Festival with a theme of American Heroes and received First Place in the "non profit" float category!
WIDE-A-WAKE —In recent meetings we have elected officers, planned our yearly calendar, decided on a country (Italy) and created a display for International Night.
Ethics Requirement for Animal Science Projects
ALL 4-H members, regardless of age, who enroll in Dairy, Swine, Beef, Sheep, Poultry, Horse, Goat, Rabbits, Cat and Dog 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 MUST make sure they complete the ethics training. It can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ and is "live" and available to complete at any time. If you are unsure if you have completed Ethics already you can contact our office (732-8289) or your 4-H leader to see if you are on our Logan County list. THIS ETHICS TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 31st, 2017!
Illinois Award Application/New Categories & Prizes
Any youth ages 15-18 (by 9/1/2016) wishing to submit the Illinois Award Application to the State Level must have it to the 4-H Office by January 6, 2017! Last fall, a totally new Illinois 4-H Award Application and five new 4-H Award Areas for our state 4-H award competition in January was introduced - some minor changes have been made to both the application and the process since that time. Your local Extension office has access to the newest copy of the Illinois 4-H Award Application. The latest form (as of 10/2016) can be found on our website on the Logan County 4-H page – click on 4-H Records & Award Application Resources.
Our 4-H award areas no longer focus entirely on projects – members can apply in Community Service, Communications, Leadership, Personal Growth, and/or Project Mastery. While members can apply in one or more of the award areas, they will only be able to focus on one project area in a Project Mastery application and only submit one Project Mastery application. For example, a member can apply in Communications, Leadership, and Project Mastery (Woodworking), but cannot apply in both Project Mastery (Woodworking) and Project Mastery (Natural Resources).
The Illinois 4-H Award Application primarily focuses on the last three years of a 4-H member's participation in 4-H and other school or community activities. Two essays (250 – 550 words each – PER award area) are also included as part of the application – focusing on Excellence in Mastery (of your award area) and Impact (of your award area). While the first 3 sections of the application will be the same for any areas you apply in, members will need to write TWO individual essays for each award area in which they apply.
Any 4-H member who makes it to the semi-final stage will be required to go through an interview process held in March or April in Champaign/Urbana.
If selected on the State Level 4-H members will now have the choice of one of the following Awards:
1) Trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA
2) $1000 College Scholarship
3) Trip to another National Event (such as Citizenship Washington Focus)
Apply for State 4-H Awards - due Jan. 6, 2017!
The University of Illinois Extension 4-H Key Award recognizes 4-H members 16-18 as of 9/1 who exhibit outstanding 4-H leadership, community service, & service as a mentor. You may receive recognition once during your 4-H career.
The Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates 4-H Premier LCP Award recognizes youth who excel in Leadership, Citizenship and Professionalism. Open to 17-19 year old 4-H members as of Dec. 1, 2016. Winners are invited to attend the Premier 20 Youth Leadership Conference in April.
The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association provides a $200 cash award each year to an outstanding member enrolled in the 4-H Veterinary Science project. Members must have been enrolled in Vet Science for a minimum of three years to apply for award. The winning member may be invited to the ISVMA annual meeting in the fall of the year to be recognized at their event. IF INTERESTED IN THESE AWARDS, STOP AT 4-H OFFICE FOR APPLICATIONS (DUE 1/6/2017).
POP Tab Collection - Please Save!!
The State Youth Leadership Team (YLT) members are collecting pop tabs to help out Ronald McDonald House for our community service project at the Junior Leadership Conference in February. Please save your pop tabs and drop them off at the 4-H Office! It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Educator Corner - Carissa
"If I had a positive male role model enter my life at age 4, I would not have joined a gang." A reformed gang member spoke to a group of future teachers. He reminded them the most influential person in our life is the adult we choose to role model. Young people can find role models in a variety of settings from their 4-H club to the church. A report titled Role Models for Young People: What Makes an Effective Role Model Program found five key ingredients on whether a youth is likely to find a role model in the program you are leading.
First, the research found a youth wants someone to be able to relate to him or her, and display a range of relevant knowledge, skills and personal characteristics. Often, the skills and knowledge will come from the leader's expertise in a 4-H project area. The personal characteristics are traits like smiling, addressing youth by their name, or asking open ended questions.
Next is the youth feel safe in the environment and are supported. Emotional and mentally safety are as important as physical safety. Youth need to know volunteers as well as peers will treat them with respect. Their ideas need to be validated, even if their idea is not the one chosen by the club members.
Youth have growing brains. They want leaders to focus on providing purposeful activities. Adults who invest time and creativity into planning are seen as invested leaders. Youth want to walk away with a skill, ability, or information from a 4-H experience.
The opportunity for independence is another key. The youth need the opportunity to try skills and abilities out. They want to problem solve as they learn the skill. The adult intervenes when asked by the youth to help versus the adult choosing when to help.
Junior Leaders, parents, and other caring volunteers need the opportunity to be involved. The youth need many role models to choose from in a 4-H club. Youth are more likely find a role model during many opportunities for support and encouragement from a variety of role models, including peers.
Teens needed for Speaking for IL 4-H!!
haring what 4-H means to you? Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H "team" of teens who help promote 4-H in their own counties AND in the state! Speaking for Illinois 4-H offers teens ages 14-18 an opportunity to advance their public presentation skills by providing training to connect with potential donors, tell their 4-H story to elected officials, and promote 4-H to civic groups. Attendance at this one-day training places members on a statewide roster that includes invitations to participate in 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state capitol each spring. The training has been designed and is provided by teens on the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team. Sound exciting? It is!!!
Our next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 am – 3 pm in Princeton at the Bureau County Extension Office. Teens must register on-line for the training by Wednesday, November 2 and also submit an application and other required paperwork in order to attend. The registration fee of $10 includes all materials for training and lunch. Teens must attend the entire day's programming from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to be placed on the state roster. Registration available at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15276.
Illinois Electric Cooperative Scholarships
Scholarships valued at $2000 are available for high school seniors whose families are electric cooperative members. Applicants must be a son or daughter of an electric cooperative member who resides in Illinois and is receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted. If you meet this requirement, more info and an online application (DUE 12/31/2016) is available at http://www.cornbeltenergy.com/community/educational-support/college-scholarships.html
Be your own researcher and earn $500 The Illinois Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred are offering $500 Clover Challenge Grants to 4-H members in project areas that connect them with soybean, corn, or small grain industries. This is not limited to only 4-H crops members – it also includes 4-H members involved in foods & nutrition projects. Research may relate to production practices, processing, crop and/or crop-byproduct utilization (nutrition related exploration). The deadline for application submission is December 1, 2016 and projects must be completed by July 31, 2017. More information on the Clover Challenge Grant opportunity is on the Illinois 4-H Foundation site here: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/grants/clover. If you have questions, contact Pat McGlaughlin, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, State 4-H Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who doesn't need an extra $15,000 for college? If you have the right words, you could win. Go to https://makecollegehappenchallenge.com/ for all the rules. Students are challenged to creatively answer the question, "How do you plan to pay for college?" Entries can be in the form of a video, photo, essay, song, or poem (be creative!). It's open to teens at least 14 and not older than 18 at the time of entry. The contest opens at noon Nov 1 and ends Dec 31, 2016. Top prize is $15,000, 2nd/$10,000 , 3rd/$7,500, & $1,000 for 4th – 10th.
The ONLY animals which are allowed to be leased and then shown in Unit 16 4-H shows and State Fair Jr. Shows are Horses (UNIT 16 Show on June 11th, 2017 at Refuge Ranch in Rochester IL) & Dogs (UNIT 16 Show tentative date, Saturday 7/29/17 in Logan County). All other animals MUST be owned by the 4-H exhibitor (in their OWN name). Horses must be leased by June 1. Dogs vary by division.
Local Farmers Can Help
Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program give local farmers the opportunity to win $2500 awards for their favorite nonprofit organization. We would love for our Logan County farm families to nominate the Logan County 4-H Program to be the recipient of this award! Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and/or cotton or 40 acres of open field vegetables are eligible. Farmers can enter now through Nov. 30, 2016. One winner will be drawn from each participating county, including Logan County! Please take the time to nominate Logan County 4-H by visiting http://www.americasfarmers.com/community-outreach/grow-communities/ and click on "ENROLL" (on right hand side of page). Be sure to enter Logan County 4-H in the 'recipient name' box. What a boost this could be to our 4-H program!
Logan 4-H Shooting Sports Congratulations/State Shoot!
The Illinois 4-H State Shotgun Shoot was held Saturday, Oct. 1, with 69 competitors at the Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill.
The Logan County 4-H Shooting Sports Club took first place in the shotgun division of the Illinois 4-H State Shooting Sports competition for the third year in a row! Members of the team included Brandon Batchelder, Landen Alcorn, Seth Gleason, Brayden Rohlfs, Brayden Hunter, Brandon Goldhammer, Maison Sherman and Makayla Stewart.
In shotgun, each competitor shot four rounds of 25 targets. The top ten finishers included Logan 4-H team members Brandon Batchelder, second place, Landen Alcorn, eighth place, and Seth Gleason, tenth place. The Shooting sports club is led by William Kennett – Congrats to the team on an awesome State Shoot!
2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference; "All the Places I'll Go . . . "
Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! Scheduled for February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, this weekend conference will include a variety of hands-on workshop sessions, team-building activities, making new friends, and more!
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has planned workshops on first aid, robotics, understanding different cultures, animal science, team-building, and robotics – ALL suggested by delegates at the 2016 conference! The Youth Leadership Team members will also be sharing stories on their own leadership journeys throughout the conference so you can see the opportunities that are available to all Illinois 4-H members!
Registration will open in mid-November. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend! Want to be sure you don't miss any information? Sign up to receive updates about conference registration here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15278.
Youth Livestock Conference . . . Barnyard Forensics: A Livestock Mystery
How do you increase livestock productivity? How do you keep your herd healthy? What traits do you want in your breeding stock? How do you successfully run your farm business? Uncover the answers in this year's Youth Livestock Conference … Barnyard Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. The conference will be held Feb. 11 & 12 at Hawthorn Suites in Champaign and is open to 4-H members in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. This program provides leadership/team building activities & exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science of livestock production and exhibition. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team. The conference website & registration will open after November 15 at go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock
2017 Citizenship Washington Focus Registration is OPEN
Be part of the Illinois 4-H delegation for the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus program! It's a tremendous national citizenship event that focuses on the federal legislative process and the impact youth voices can make. The trip is open to 4-H members who are 14 to 18 years of age by May 1, 2017 and runs Saturday June 10 through Saturday, June 17, 2017.
We'll travel by bus to Washington, D.C., stopping at Gettysburg on the way to learn about a most challenging time in our country's history. Once our delegation reaches the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., the Citizenship Washington Focus program includes workshops, group discussions and work, tours of memorials and museums throughout the D.C. area, and more. Through the generosity of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, we are able to offer this week's full program, transportation, Illinois CWF shirt, insurance and more for approximately $1,025. Members are responsible for the trip to/from bus pick-up location(s), meals on the road, and 1 or 2 meals during the week.
Register online here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15277. A deposit of $300 will be due at the time of initial registration. Registration will close December 1, 2016 OR when registration is full, whichever occurs first. Payments of $375 and $350 (estimated) will be due 1/15 and 5/ 15.