Logan 4-H News
In This Issue
- Home & Family/Food, Nutrition & Health Shows!
- 4-H Shows Exhibit Tag/Exhibitor Passes/Back Number pickup info
- State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Needs New Members!
- HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES: THE 4-H ESCAPE CHALLENGE– ages 8-18 July sessions still have openings!
- 4-H CHEER CLUB (Ages 8 & older)
- Cloverbud Camp (ages 5-7)
- LEAD: The Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy Report
- Shooting Sports Events!
- 4-H Memorial Camp/Family Camp!
- Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups – SCRAMBLES: Wed, August 2!
- ILLINOIS STATE FAIR GENERAL PROJECT INFO – LOGAN CO DAY – AUG 10th
- Rabbit Tattoo Info
- State Fair Delegate/Alternate Appts
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- Everyone loves a road trip!
- Singers needed!
- Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar
- SAVE THE DATE – 3rd Annual Logan 4-H Alumni Friend-zy – Sept. 10th!
- 4-H Records/Award App Check-In Date
- 4-H Record Suggestions
- Logan County 4-H Records & Award Applications Resource Page
- EDUCATOR CORNER – Carissa Akpore –
- THANK YOU’S!
- Share your thoughts! 4-H Show Comments Survey
- Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
Home & Family/Food, Nutrition & Health Shows!
These shows will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Extension Building.
Please look over the showbook (available from your 4-H leader, the 4-H Office or on our website — http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4hshow/ for your project requirements. Clubs have been assigned specific times to register at the Food, Nutrition & Health Show. Please be sure you are here at the time your club is assigned:
9:00—9:30 am — Atlanta Ag, Atlanta Town & Country, Beason Ag, Chester, Cloverdale, & Hartem Clovers
10:00—10:30 am — Hollanders, Middletown 4-H'ers, 4 Corner Clovers, The Pioneers, Topper 4-H, & Wide-A-Wake
Home & Family project judging will take place in the afternoon of July 13th.
If you are interested in a sample scoresheet for your projects, please contact our office prior to showdate and we will try to get that sample to you. E-mail Patty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office at 732-8289 to request a sample scoresheet.
4-H Shows Exhibit Tag/Exhibitor Passes/Back Number pickup info
After the close of 4-H show entries on June 30th, exhibit packets will be prepared for each
4-H member including preprinted tags (for general projects), back number (for livestock/animal entries), exhibitor pass (age 13 & older) and show schedules. These will be ready for pickup at the 4-H office by July 13th and 4-H members should plan to stop in to get these in advance of the 4-H shows.
State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Needs New Members!
If you will be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017, enjoy meeting new friends from across the state, and are willing to step up your leadership game, then we might be looking for YOU to join the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team! This team of 22 high school and college age 4-H'ers and recent alumni plan and coordinate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and provide the Speaking for Illinois 4-H trainings across the state. In addition, members help at various statewide events throughout the year, serve as 4-H Representatives on various statewide committees and groups, and get first opportunity to attend such events at National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.
We're looking for up to seven new members to complete our team for the coming year. Applications are available for our 2017-2019 term (yes, they are TWO year terms) and there is still time to apply for interviews to be held at the Illinois State Fair in August. Applications can be found on our webpage (scroll to bottom of page) @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership/illinois-state-4-h-youth-leadership-team Completed applications must be received by July 31 for State Fair interviews. If you have questions about Youth Leadership Team, Grace Skelton, Middletown 4-H member, is a currently on the team and you could talk with her!
HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES: THE 4-H ESCAPE CHALLENGE– ages 8-18 July sessions still have openings!
Logan County 4-H "HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES: 4-H ESCAPE CHALLENGE" still have openings for July program offerings. At the program youth will be challenged to unlock the mysteries of fitness, healthy choices, and the human body! Due to the generosity of grant funding from the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the program will be offered free of charge in the following locations and children ages eight and older are welcome to register to attend! (Minimum 6/maximum 25 participants per site):
July 12—1—2:30 pm—Elkhart Public Library
July 21 – 10:30 – Noon – Atlanta Public Library
Call 732-8289 to register or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16490
July 25 —10:30 am —Noon —Mt. Pulaski Library, Mt. Pulaski (PLEASE REGISTER AT MT. PULASKI LIBRARY)
4-H CHEER CLUB (Ages 8 & older)
DATE/TIME: July 24, 25, 27, 28 4—5 pm AND Wednesday, August 2nd —7– 8 pm (Fair Grandstand Stage)
COST: No Charge-4-H Member/$20-"new to 4-H" member
LOCATION: Logan County Extension Office
DESCRIPTION: Participants in Cheer Club will practice physical fitness while having fun! You will learn cheers and cheering fundamentals. Final session will be a performance of cheer learned during 4-H Night at Logan County Fair on the Grandstand Stage on August 2nd! (Maximum 12 participants). Enrollment form also required if "new to 4-H". Call 732-8289 to register or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16488
Cloverbud Camp (ages 5-7)
University of Illinois Extension in Logan County will be offering a three-day mini camp for children ages 5—7. This camp will provide youth with activity-based learning opportunities. Topic areas for 2017 will include earth science, responsibility, science & technology and more!
Cloverbud Camp session in August will be held (Cost $10 per participant current Cloverbud member/$30 "New to 4-H" participant):
Aug 14, 15, 16 from 10 am—Noon at the Logan County Extension Office.
Cloverbud Camp is limited to 20 youth per session filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register your child for Cloverbud Camp, call 732-8929, stop in at the Extension Office to obtain a registration form or register online at: (https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16489)
LEAD: The Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy Report
Logan County 4-H members Dylan Hembrough and Murphy Roate recently attended the Spirit of Lincoln Youth Academy held at Illinois College in Jacksonville. The academy is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and they spent a full week exploring the qualities that made Abraham Lincoln such a great leader in his day. They learned why those same qualities are so important in our leaders today, and how, as individuals, they can apply those qualities as they develop their own leadership skills for the future. Dylan shared "LEAD, I'd have to say, was the best experience of my life. There were so many things about Abraham Lincoln that I never knew! I learned a lot about central Illinois history like, for example, what happened to New Salem. I also learned about the rise and fall of New Philadelphia. Finally, I learned in-depth about the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The mentors and staff that ran LEAD did a fantastic job, and I'd like to thank all of them for helping make the week such a great experience." Murphy also added "My experiences at LEAD were amazing. We took many exciting field trips to places such as Pittsfield, Springfield, Quincy, and New Salem. I met a lot of new friends that I still keep in touch with today! I got to stay in college dorms and learn in college classrooms which was a really cool experience."
Shooting Sports Events!
Please come join us for some fun filled Saturday mornings - We have the following Saturday events remaining for participation: 7/22, 8/26 & 9/23 at 9 am. All three shooting sports disciplines (shotgun, archery, and air rifle) will take place at each event. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER SO THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR EVERYONE. You may call the office to register (732-8289) or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16653—look under "Register Online". For more information on the above Shooting Sports Events or directions to the shoot site, contact Amy Hyde at 217-732-8289 or (email@example.com)!
4-H Memorial Camp/Family Camp!
Let 4-H Memorial Camp put the fun back in camping. Enjoy a weekend family camping trip with none of the prep or mess! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp! Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch), and enjoy A LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime!
At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person, while those 4-7 years old are only $35/person. Plan to arrive anytime from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, Sept. 22. Camp runs through 3 PM on Sunday, Sept. 24. Late arrivals will be accepted from 8-10 AM Saturday.
Check out all the details @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/family-camp
Please contact Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you need accommodations.
Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups – SCRAMBLES: Wed, August 2!
Openings are still available in some 4-H Scramble events. ALL scrambles must be signed up in person at the Extension Office on a first come-first served basis. Parent/guardian permission is required.
PIG SCRAMBLE — FULL (can be placed on waiting list) - 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 — FULL (can be placed on waiting list) - 8 or 9 yrs as of 9/1/2017
CHICKEN SCRAMBLE —5, 6 or 7 yrs old as of 8/2/2017 (if participated age 5 or 6 may NOT participate again)
** NO PREVIOUS WINNERS may participate again except Calf Scramble (if not filled with 'new' participants)
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR GENERAL PROJECT INFO – LOGAN CO DAY – AUG 10th
All 4-H general project exhibits will be in the Orr Building on the west side of the state fairgrounds. We will have interactive activities for 4-H families, as well as speaking contests, fashion review and an award celebration. ALL 4-H youth age (8-18) are eligible for selection as State Fair Delegates in 2017!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
DROP OFF your exhibit anytime from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Orr Building at the table for their project area. YOU WILL NOT NEED TO CHECK IN WITH ANYONE.
CHECK THE MASTER SCHEDULE to see what time you should be back for judging. Members must be present for conference judging. Return to judging area 10 minutes before scheduled time.
LEAVE YOUR EXHIBIT on display throughout the day. No projects may be removed from judging areas before the release time at 3:30.
PICK UP YOUR EXHIBIT from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. following the Clover Celebration. Project MUST BE picked up by 4:30 pm.
Visit the State Fair 4-H Website for further information about 4-H at the Illinois State Fair! Click over to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hstatefair/ and see lots of stuff—exhibit guidelines, complete show schedules, maps and more.
Rabbit Tattoo Info
All rabbits will need to have a tattoo in the left ear in order to be shown at Logan County Fair or State Fair. If you need rabbits tattooed, contact superintendent Donny Neal (792-5136) by July 14th. Also consult the 4-H Rabbit Superintendent if you do not know your breed of rabbit. Be sure you do this well ahead of Show Day.
State Fair Delegate/Alternate Appts
State Fair Delegate appointments will be held at the Flower Building—(Logan County Fairgrounds/Yellow Door Special Event Building) on Monday, July 31 from 3—4 pm and at the Extension Building on the Logan County Fairgrounds from 9 am—11 am on Tuesday, August 1. If you know you WILL NOT be going to State Fair in a particular area, please contact the 4-H Office (732-8289) so an alternate can be selected. State Fair Alternates may check on Tuesday, August 1, from 11 am - Noon to see if they are eligible to go to State Fair.
Logan County's Regional Day at State Fair (Orr Building) will be Thursday, August 10th. 4-H members may exhibit just ONE 4-H project regardless of whether it is a conference judged project or an action-oriented project. (Action-oriented exhibits including fashion revue and public speaking.)
Understanding 4-H premiums
In the past, the Illinois Department of Ag has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the forms of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We currently have no guarantee that those funds will be provided. We treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control on the actions of Illinois government.
Everyone loves a road trip!
September 23, 2017 @ University of Illinois Campus
Come hang out with 4-H members from across the state in a NEW event to kick off the new year. Save September 23 and plan to arrive by 10 a.m. on the University of Illinois campus. Get an inside look at U of I. Discover new things you can do in 4-H. Start your adventure today! $10 includes lunch, t-shirt goodie bag. Road Trip is open to 4-H members age 13-18. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred of 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip.
The Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Department begins each show day with the National Anthem. This year, 4-H members can audition for a chance to the featured Anthem singer. Singers must be willing to be at the fairgrounds in Springfield by 7:30 AM Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Aug. 10-12). We will select three winners so you'll each have one day to perform.
To audition, post a youtube video of you singing the National Anthem. Email the link and the dates you are available to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 20. We will notify winners by July 25. We will provide a parking pass and 2 tickets into the fairgrounds to each winner.
Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar
Do you love photography? Farm Credit Illinois is looking for amazing photos showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Each photographer may enter up to five photos. Learn more @ www.farmcreditIL.com/calendar2018 . Deadline is Aug. 24.
SAVE THE DATE – 3rd Annual Logan 4-H Alumni Friend-zy – Sept. 10th!
4-H Alumni please mark your calendars now and "save the date" for our 3rd Annual 4-H Alumni Friend-zy. Come join us for food & fellowship on Sunday, September 10th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm - at the Logan Extension Office and "reconnect" with 4-H!! More details coming soon!
4-H Records/Award App Check-In Date
Award applications are due to the Extension Office September 8. Late applications will not be judged. You must have your records to your leader prior to that date so that they may turn them in by Sept. 8th. Check with your leader for the date you need to turn them in! Leaders will receive their award nomination packets by the end of July.
4-H Records can be found on our website on the 4-H Records & Award Application Resources page (age as of 9/1/16):
Ages 8 – 10 – "My 4-H Year Record Form"
Ages 11 – 13 – ""4-H Member Record"
Ages 14 & older – "Illinois 4-H Award Application"
A training video/powerpoint that will walk you through step by step instructions on filling out the county record forms for ages 8-10 and 11-13 can also be found on the resource page.
4-H Record Suggestions
Here are a few suggestions to help you on filling in your 4-H records:
· Write things down onto record form as you go. If you have given a talk or participated in an activity at the club meeting, go home and write it down on your record form that day.
· If you participate in a workshop or camp or other 4-H activity, again, get it written on your record form after you have participated.
· If you participate in the Home & Family show in July, go home and write down the information about those project areas after you have completed showing.
· DON'T SAVE ALL YOUR RECORD KEEPING FOR THE WEEK BEFORE RECORDS ARE DUE!
Types of things which count as leadership: when you have been in charge of something, if you are team captain, when you have gotten up in front of people to present something (talks at 4-H club meeting, speaking at school events or other 4-H functions), planning, organizing and implementing a club activity, serving as a junior judge, teaching a younger 4-H member or family member or being a mentor.
Things which count as participation: when you attend a program and are a participant, or if you are a "member" of a committee
Call the 4-H Office (732-8289) and talk to Patty or Carissa if you have questions about where to put things on your records. We'll be glad to help!!
Logan County 4-H Records & Award Applications Resource Page
Visit the 4-H Records & Award Applications Resource page to find common record questions, blank record forms (8-10 yrs as of 9/1/16—My 4-H Year Record Form, 11—13 years as of 9/1/16—4-H Member Record, 14 & older as of 9 /1/16 – Illinois Award Application), "fillable" record forms, example record forms, and online training powerpoint/video (for county records). Contact the 4-H office at 732-8289 if you have questions on how to complete 4-H records!
EDUCATOR CORNER – Carissa Akpore –
The Value of Contests in 4-H
The word CONTEST (or competition) brings about an enormous amount of emotion. Some relish in the excitement, while others may want to avoid it at all costs. However, you feel about competition, we cannot deny that it is a fact of life. Youth compete in speech, music, sports, and of course, 4-H. However, com-petition does not end with graduation. Youth also compete for scholarships and college acceptance, while adults are in competition for jobs, promotions, marketing and sales.
So if we are expected to compete, how can 4-H contests prepare our youth for this lifelong skill? First, 4-H is centered on Positive Youth Development (PYD). The contests offered through 4-H celebrate the learning process, not just the ribbon or trophy. These contests encourage youth to stretch themselves be-yond their comfort zone within a safe environment. Stories echo across the state of individuals who have joined our organization eager to learn but terrified to compete. Through the encouragement of a trusted adult, these youth initially may participate in a one on one conversation with a judge answering various questions about a project. Once they have tasted success, they may decide to record a one-minute PSA and then are soon on their way to being able to deliver an eloquent five-minute speech. They may or may not go on to "win" a contest, but they have learned the skills needed to organize their thoughts in order to speak confidently and effectively throughout their lifetime.
Contests also have the ability to bring about the absolute best in an individual. Knowing that others are working toward the same goal creates an environment that encourages creative thinking and focus. Individuals are pushed to think outside the box and not be satisfied with the status quo. It encourages youth to think strategically, finding ways to accentuate their strengths and discover how to overcome their weak-nesses.
While a few benefits of competition have been mentioned, I remiss to underestimate the difficulties that will be encountered along the way. With any new endeavor, there will be obstacles to over-come. Youth will feel inadequate, will not know how to organize themselves, and will want to quit. However, as club leaders, parents, 4-H Staff or other caring adults, it is our job is to encourage our youth to see their infinite potential and celebrate their small or big victories.
DON'T FORGET!! If you win a trophy/plaque or other award at the 4-H shows this summer, be sure to send a THANK YOU to your sponsor. THIS YEAR THANK YOU NOTES (preaddressed) can be found attached to your award! Please take the time to fill these out and thank them as they are important to our 4-H program!
Share your thoughts! 4-H Show Comments Survey
4-H families and show volunteers are invited to share their thoughts about this year's 4-H Shows, to determine what went well, and what could be improved upon for next year. Please fill out the online survey which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N7MTZBL Your feedback is appreciated! If you do not have computer access, you can request a paper copy be sent to you. Deadline to enter/return your survey info is August 21st! There is also a survey for the Unit 16 Horse Show at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/survey.cfm?sID=829&UnitID=483
Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
Tuesday, September 26th at 6 p.m. @Logan Extension Office. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE to learn all about details for the 2017-2018 4-H year!! Online registration available here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16975