Logan 4-H News
In This Issue
- Summer 2017 4-H Camp/Register Jan 9 – March 31
- 18th Annual 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner – Sunday Feb. 12th!
- National 4-H Congress Attendees!
- Birthday Boxes/Community Service Opportunity!
- Logan 4-H Recognition Event – Sunday, Feb 12th!
- Visual Arts/Paper Folding Workshop!
- 4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Event!
- 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Team forming
- Logan County 4-H Ambassadors Year of Service (gloves & socks requested)
- Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups!
- State Fair Livestock Program
- State Fair Premiere Program
- ANIMAL OWNERSHIP DATES
- BEEF STEER/MARKET HEIFER TATTOO DATE
- ETHICS REQUIREMENT/ANIMAL SCIENCE PROJECTS
- New FDA Antibiotic Rules Apply to 4-H Youth Livestock Exhibitors
- Foundation Fund Drive
- SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- EDUCATOR CORNER – Carissa Akpore
- 4-H Club Community Improvement Grants Available
- 4-H ONLINE Enrollment – http://il.4honline.com
- 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference Can Help Your Journey!
- NEW Illinois State 4-H Website!
- County Club News
- “Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery” Conference (7th/8th/9th graders):
Summer 2017 4-H Camp/Register Jan 9 – March 31
Summer 4-H Camp registration will take place ONLINE January 9 – March 31. Cost for 4-H members during this registration period will be $195 (no additional program support funds are currently available). After March 31st cost will increase to $215, 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 that are available this coming summer (If you want preference on a certain week, reserve your space early!)
2017 4-H Camp choices
WEEK 1 – June 4 - 8 (Sun-Thurs)
WEEK 2 - June 11 – 15 (Sun – Thurs)
WEEK 3 - June 25 - 29 (Sun – Thurs)
WEEK 4 - June 30 - July 4 (Fri - Tues)
More info available at 4-H Memorial Camp website (online registration begins Jan. 9th - 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 1st, 2017! These are available at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/4-h-memorial-camp-job-opportunities (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 letters must be submitted by March 1st for consideration (the earlier you apply the better!) For more information, please contact camp at (217) 762-2741.
18th Annual 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner – Sunday Feb. 12th!
The Logan County 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 12th 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! Some things already donated toward our silent auction for 2017 include Lu La Roe items, crocheted afghan, fleece horse blanket, barnboard crafts, and meat bundles. Mark your calendars & plan to attend & support the dinner!
National 4-H Congress Attendees!
We are thrilled to announce Clayton Skelton and Grace Skelton were selected as award winners from the State of Illinois and chose to attend National 4-H Congress recently held in Atlanta, GA!! Clayton was a winner in the Leadership area and Grace a winner in Community Service (Selection based on outstanding records/interview on state level)
Grace says "Attending National 4-H Congress was a life changing opportunity where I met many new friends from all over the country and Puerto Rico. The best part was creating new friendships, especially with the 12 other Illinois Delegates. We started out as strangers and now are all best friends."
Clayton adds "National 4-H Congress mainly taught me three things. First being that in life it's less about what you're doing but more about who you are doing it with. The friends I have made there are a group of unforgettable people who made my experience a great one. Secondly, I learned that a good goal has to have stronger motivations than it has excuses. The third thing I learned is that this country has a seemingly endless amount of diversity and people."
Birthday Boxes/Community Service Opportunity!
We received a request for assistance with a "Birthday Box" program through CIEDC. The Foster Grandparents will be putting these together to give to the county Food Pantries. They are looking for donations of the following items: cake mixes, canned frosting, candles, decorative icing, sprinkles, balloons, party favors, party decorations, shoebox size Rubbermaids, candy, etc. This would be a great thing to include on your 4-H Records! Please bring donations of items to the Extension Office BY January 6th.
Logan 4-H Recognition Event – Sunday, Feb 12th!
Logan County 4-H members will be recognized for various achievements on Sunday, February 12th! 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!
Visual Arts/Paper Folding Workshop!
Attend a Visual Arts/Paper Folding workshop to learn to create art from an old book! You will also learn an "iris folding" technique to create a card. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 1st from 5 – 6:30 pm and all supplies will be provided. Cost is $5.00 & can be paid that day. We need at least six interested to hold the workshop. Call 732-8289 by Jan 27th or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4h/ and click on the link under "Register Online".
4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Event!
A Logan 4-H Alumni Chocolate/Chili Cookoff & Trivia Day will take place on Sunday, January 29th 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. 26th at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4h/ (look under "Register Online" options) 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 Tuesday, January 10th at 6 pm!
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 29. 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 5 at the Logan Extension Office. 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!
Logan County 4-H Ambassadors Year of Service (gloves & socks requested)
Logan County Ambassadors, Katlyn Helton, Dawn Irwin, Jayden Lawrence, Ruth Lessen, Katie Lynn, Emma Mammen, Kahlan Merriman, Alice Roate, Clayton Skelton, Grace Skelton, Sarah Starasta, Abi Stefens, Reagan Tibbs and Charolette Toohill have committed to 2016-2017 4-H year, as the year of service. In October the team of dedicated 9th-12th graders focused on serving their local clubs by judging the 8-10 year old 4-H records; in November the Ambassadors teamed with Operation Gratitude, a service organization that mails care packages to the military both within the United States and abroad; December's focus is on providing gifts to local families to use during the holiday season; in January they will be serving in Springfield on Martin Luther King's Day in celebration of National Day of Service. Ambassadors will be serving hot meals to members of the community who may be without homes or have access to a hot meal. Ambassadors are making a special requests of 4-H families and 4-H Clubs that if you would like to donate gloves and or socks to be distributed during the National MLK Day of Service on January 16, 2017 that they will be collecting new/gently used items at the Logan County Extension Office until January 13, 2017. Majority of the community members are adult males followed by adult females and children. Thank you for your continued support of Logan County 4-H and our amazing teen leaders!
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 Monday, January 9, 2017.
PIG SCRAMBLE — 10 yrs and not yet 15 as of 8/2/2017
CALF SCRAMBLE — 12 yrs & not yet 18 as of 8/2/2017
GOAT SCRAMBLE — 8 or 9 yrs as of 9/1/2017
CHICKEN SCRAMBLE — 5 - 7 yrs old as of 8/2/2017
** NO PREVIOUS WINNERS may participate again except Calf Scramble (if not filled with 'new' participants)
State Fair Livestock Program
LAMBS for the 2017 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, 2017. 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.
State Fair Premiere Program
Anyone planning to enter animals in Ilini Premiere program: STEERS – may nominate 10, weighed on Feb. 4; 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 3/15 & 5/16
ANIMAL OWNERSHIP DATES
Beef — Steers & Market Heifers 2/1/17, Cows 1/1/17, Heifers 6/1/17
Dairy — Cows 1/1/17, Heifers 6/1/17
Meat Goats—5/15/17 (must be tattooed for State Fair)
Dairy Goats — 6/1/17 (State Fair Milking Does 1/1/17)
Swine/Horses/Dogs — 6/1/17
Rabbits, Pygmy Goats & Poultry — Does—6/1/17; All Others—out of stock owned prior to 6/1
Sheep — Wethers 6/1/17 (State Fair 5/15/17), Breeding Sheep — 6/25/17
BEEF STEER/MARKET HEIFER TATTOO DATE
Logan County weigh-in and tattoo date for Steers/Market Heifers will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 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, 2017!!
New FDA Antibiotic Rules Apply to 4-H Youth Livestock Exhibitors
January 1, 2017 major changes in accessing medicated feed for 4-H project animals will become effective. Youth exhibitors and their families must work with a licensed veterinarian with whom they have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) in order to receive permission to order and use feed containing a VFD drug.
4-H livestock exhibitors often have just a few animals and buy bagged feed from the local feed or farm supply store. With FDA's new rules, these stores may no longer carry feed that exhibitors are used to buying. Exhibitors will need to contact a veterinarian if they don't already have one and get a comprehensive health plan in place. This will include which antibiotics are needed to maintain good health along with other animal husbandry tools, such as biosecurity and vaccinations.
For complete details, visit the Logan County 4-H page of our website and read the Animal Science Fact Sheet: web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4h/
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 costs, recognition items, & 4-H Scholarships.
Logan County Ag Day Scholarships - The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee will award scholarships to high school/college students from Logan County studying for a career in Ag. Applications must include one written reference. These have been due by February 1st in the past. Application will be available at http://www.lincolnillinois.com/ in near future. Click on "Events" and "Ag Scholarship Breakfast" for form.
Legacy of Leadership & Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarships
Illinois 4-H Foundation and U of I Extension offer $1,000 Legacy of Leadership (at least six) & Illinois 4-H Livestock (at least one) 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 also plan a focus on an agricultural livestock degree and have ag career interest).
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 by March 1, 2017.
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. 27, 2017. Learn more @ http://www.farmcreditil.com/resources/community/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx
EDUCATOR CORNER – Carissa Akpore
Making Curiosity Happen
I've been thinking about curiosity and how to spark
it. A colleague recently
asked why the innate skill of asking questions tends to drop off as
we move through school and into careers. This prompted me to look a bit more
deeply into how we can more intentionally develop curiosity as a skill in our
A study published in Neuron last fall about the science of curiosity confirmed that when people are curious, they: Learn more; Remember better; Absorb incidental material (the boring stuff) better than they ordinarily would.
An article by Todd Kashdan in Experience
Life magazine summarizes other research showing that curiosity is a
leading contributor to better health, intelligence, relationships, and
happiness; and while the research does not directly support the claim, it does
suggest that curiosity also helps us find meaning as it relates to our
interests and passions.
We create the most effective learning experiences when we stimulate learner curiosity. But what do we do when curiosity seems stagnant? Is curiosity a skill that can be learned and strengthened?
As it turns out, the answer is yes – but it takes effort to make the continual development of curiosity a priority in our lives. Kashdan has a few ideas for invigorating innate curiosity.
Build knowledge: The more we learn about something, the more we tend to want to grow that understanding. Questions about what we have just learned naturally come up, and with them, a desire to find answers.
Thrive on uncertainty: For experiences such as sport-games or movies, not knowing the outcome means we are more likely to enjoy watching. Similarly, uncertainty can be a powerful motivator for learning. And while we wouldn't choose to fill our lives with the more stressful situations of uncertainty (will I get the job, where will I get my next meal), it is worth making sure that our lives have an element of surprise—take the path less traveled, try that new dish, meet someone new—rather than completely rely on routine and familiarity, in order to nurture curiosity.
Play: Fun is the backbone of a brain-based learning movement that shows how people learn more efficiently when they're having fun.
See the extraordinary in the ordinary: This
strategy forces you to see things in a new way. Think of a mundane or boring
topic or task, and then force yourself to look for something novel or unexpected.
How can we make curiosity itself a topic of learning in our clubs, community and world? Reduce the barriers and own it. Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own!
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 27, 2017.
4-H ONLINE Enrollment – http://il.4honline.com
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 All program fees are to be paid by check through your 4-H club leader so be sure to mark "pay by check" when you get to invoice/payment screen (and give checks to your club leader). 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 1/1/2017. Beef Cow 4-H members also should be enrolled by 1/1/2017. Beef Steer/Market Heifer project members need to be enrolled by 2/1/2017. All other species and any other project areas last day to enroll is March 1, 2017 — 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.
2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference Can Help Your Journey!
Adventures Await: Where Will You Go? (7th/8th grade)
Adventures Await! 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! It will be February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. You'll be busy doing things, making new friends and working as a team.
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 from suggestions made 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! Cost of attendance for this conference is $145 and registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc . Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend!
NEW Illinois State 4-H Website!
We know you want 4-H information every moment of every day … and now, the NEW Illinois 4-H website has everything you need. Go to: 4h.extension.illinois.edu.
· New modern look filled with 2,000 photos of ... you & your club members
· Easy-to-find information … nothing is more than three clicks from the home page
· Easy links to apply for award
· Easy links to register for events
· More information about 4-H projects
· Direct link to 4-H Online enrollment & project selection
· Request buttons for programs you want in your county
· Easy-to-submit 4-H stories which we'll feature on the site and in social media
· Responsive design which will look great on your smart phone or computer
· Easy-to-use Donate Buttons let you give back to the program you love
· All-in-one library with all the 4-H documents you need.
We'd love to hear what you think of the new site. Send us a note at illinois4H@illinois.edu.
County Club News
CLOVERDALE – At the October meeting we passed out enrollment materials, made toilet paper costumes, played get to know you games, and made pumpkin peanut butter dip. In November we elected officers and discussed club plans for year. Members also gave talks.
“Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery” Conference (7th/8th/9th graders):
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 … Farm Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. This program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. Scheduled workshop sessions include Scoping out the Subject, Deceitful Dissection, Order in the Court, Cracking the Chromosomes, and Defending the Herd. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team.
Dates: Feb. 11-12
Open to any 4-H member in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
Conference at: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, 101 Trade Center Drive.
Registration: Register online by Jan. 23 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock
Check-In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 11
Pick-Up: 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12