Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- It’s a New year in 4-H! & that means… New 4-H Projects!
- “MISSION: ADVENTURE Join the Team. Change the World”
- Share your thoughts! 4-H Shows Survey
- 4-H Leaders, Club Secretaries and Treasurers
- 25 years and counting!
- 4-H Shooting Sports Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September
- Photos from 4-H Shows and events are available online for families to download
- Clover Spotlight!
- 2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee: Patricia Boarman
- Hello 4-Hers!
- New!! National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum!
- “Introducing New Families to 4-H”-Educator Corner ~Carissa Akpore
- Get Ready for Washington, DC! 2018 CWF!
- Sangamon County Foundation Grant Program for 4-H Clubs and 4-H SPIN Clubs
- Everyone loves a road trip… September 23, 2017 @ University of Illinois Campus
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Shooting Sports 2017 Exhibitions
- Help 4-H Grow! We need your help at the Indian Summer Festival!
- Fairy House Supplies Needed- Bark, Acorns, Cones
- Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
- September/October: Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
- Congratulations to Russell!
- 2017-2018 Online 4-H Enrollment!
- Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
- Mark Your Calendar
- Non-Discrimination Statement
It’s a New year in 4-H! & that means… New 4-H Projects!
Exhibitors from Sangamon, Menard, and Logan counties gather in front of the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds before judging begins at the Illinois State 4-H Show! Our counties had nearly 100 4-Her%u2019s representing at this show as well as the many 4-Her%u2019s participating in the junior livestock shows!
That's right, it's September and that means it's time to start a new 4-H year!
What's new for the 2017-2018 Illinois 4-H year? Check out the new projects for 2018!!!
· Creative Writing
· Free Range Robotics
· 3-D Printing and Design
· Seeing i2i – Adventures in Diversity & Cultural Awareness
· Computer Science: Coding in Visual Programming Languages
· Computer Science: Coding in Text Based Programming Languages
· NEW introductory arts project manual "Getting Started in Art"
· Visual Arts projects, including Fiber Arts, Stained Glass Projects, Duct Tape Crafts, and Paper Crafts
There are also new guides for Cloverbuds: 4-H Cloverbud Personal Development & Leadership, 4-H Cloverbuds Communicative and Expressive Arts, 4-H Cloverbuds Science and Technology, & 4-H Craft Beading
2017-2018 4-H Enrollment on 4Honline opens on September 15th
Your Guide to the New 4-H Year!
See the 2017-18 edition of The Illinois Clover
even before they get delivered.
Access it online @ go.illinois.edu/4HClover
“MISSION: ADVENTURE Join the Team. Change the World”
"MISSION: ADVENTURE Join the Team. Change the World"
… is the theme of this year's National 4-H week is Oct. 1-7
Clubs and members are encouraged to find a local way to celebrate national 4-H week and get the word out about 4-H in their community!
What will your 4-H Adventure hold for the 2017-201 year???
Share your thoughts! 4-H Shows Survey
4-H families and volunteers are invited to share 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 this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGG3BJ9; your feedback is appreciated! If you do not have computer access, you can request a paper copy be sent to you or you may send written feedback to 4-H staff. With only ten questions, this is an easy way to help improve our shows! There is also a survey for the Unit 16 Horse Show at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/survey.cfm?sID=829&UnitID=483
***More photos from 4-H Shows and events are available to families online for download http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5091.html
4-H Leaders, Club Secretaries and Treasurers
This is a reminder that every 4-H club must submit their Secretary's Book Printout and Treasurer's Book Printout (if they have a treasury), which includes the 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement, to the Extension Office at the end of the 4-H Year. Please make arrangements to have this done by September 15. Submitting these book printouts is a state requirement.
25 years and counting!
Carolyn Gerberding, Sangamon County 4-H Club Leader of the Rochester Cooper Jets 4-H Club was recognized for her 25 years as a 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!
4-H Shooting Sports Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September
Participants will learn gun safety, shooting fundamentals, and marksmanship. Class size will be limited, with slots being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment and ammunition is available for participants. Further details and registration are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/.
- 4-H air rifle sessions for the 2017-2018 4-H year are scheduled to begin Thursday, September 14, at Abe Lincoln Gun Club, located at 6369 PEC Road on the northwest side of Springfield. Sessions will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening, for six consecutive weeks, and are open to youth ages 8-18 as of September 1, 2017.
- 4-H .22 pistol sessions for the 2017-2018 4-H year are scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 6, at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami, IL. and will be held for 6 consecutive Wednesdays. Sessions are open to youth ages 12-18 as of September 1, 2017. Classes would start at 5:30 and end by 7:30 pm.
Photos from 4-H Shows and events are available online for families to downloadhttp://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5091.html
- A close bond between a boy and bird…. John Walker of the North Sangamon 4-H Club poses with his poultry project at the Sangamon County 4-H Poultry Show.
- Several members of the Sugar Creek Pioneers 4-H Club get a group photo with their exhibits at the Sangamon-Menard 4-H General Show!
- 4-H brought free summer programming to several community libraries in
all three counties. These youth are working together to solve one of the
puzzles in the "Human Body Detectives:
4-H Escape Challenge" at the Athens Municipal Library.
- The end of a 4-H year means exhibit opportunites for all projects…which includes shooting sports! Adam Kloppe prepares for the 4-H Rifle Exhibition with other members of the Abe Lincoln Shooters 4-H Clubs which was held on July 21st at Lefthander's Gun Club in Loami, IL.
2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee: Patricia Boarman
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 from Pawnee in Sangamon County was 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 thank her for her invaluable dedication to our 4-H program!
I am very excited to be your new Extension Director. I grew up in the Nokomis area and began my career as a teacher. I then went on to head up the marketing department at an auction company, later opening my own website design and marketing firm. Before accepting this position, I handled communications for Extension Unit 18 to the south. I hold a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield and received my undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
I am part of a 4-H family, and currently have two daughters, Alexandra and Lauryn, who are active in 4-H. I live on a farm outside of Hillsboro with my girls and or furry (or feathered) friends. I have a deep love for education and believe knowledge is key to solving societal challenges. Everyday, 4-H is working in our communities to change lives. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization!
I encourage anyone with questions, suggestions, and concerns to reach out to me by contacting the Menard County Extension office at 217-632-7491, the Sangamon County Extension office at 217-782-4617 or via email at email@example.com.
Terri Miller, MPA
County Extension Director - Unit 16 Serving Logan, Menard, and Sangamon Counties
New!! National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum!
This is your chance to get energized as you network with volunteers, county-based staff, and state specialists where #4HGrows through volunteers! Each e-Forum session is designed to include presenters sharing information virtually and interactive, hands-on activities at the local site that all volunteers, teen leaders and staff will participate in during the 90-minute program.
· October 5, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders…What new ideas can I use to get kids more involved? How do I create fun, hands-on 4-H experiences that shape and prepare 4-H members to be leaders today and successful adults in the future?
· November 2, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders…They keep saying we need more young people ready for jobs in STEM, how does that relate to the wide variety of animal science projects in 4-H? Where can I find resources that help me make animal science projects focus more on the SCIENCE more than care, grooming, and showing?
7, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work…4-H
members learn so many valuable skills, what can I do to help them align that
with a future career? Decision-making, leadership development, giving back to
others is the foundation of 4-H but how do I help 4-H teens stay connected put
those soft skills to work?
“Introducing New Families to 4-H”-Educator Corner ~Carissa Akpore
Being new to a group is something we have all experienced in the past or will likely experience in the future. Many times those new to a group have feelings of nervousness, worry or confusion. When first joining 4-H, members and their families may experience some of these feelings as they dive into learning new skills, experiencing new things and learning all the 4-H lingo. One of the benefits of being a 4-H member is having a sense of belonging to a 4-H club. As leaders, there is role you can play bridging the feeling of newness families feel when they first join 4-H and/or your club to them feeling a sense of belonging to the club.
Doing get-acquainted or ice breaker activities is one of the ways to welcome new families into your club and to encourage current members to get to know the other members better. Consider adding an activity of this nature to your club meeting agenda for each club meeting. Focus on activities that really encourage each member to talk and highlight what they like/don't like, experiences they have had and generally get the youth up and moving.
It is equally as important for new families to talk with Extension staff as it is with leaders as they begin their 4-H experience. Leaders should consider the following when meeting or talking with new families.
- Club meeting dates/times.
- Expectations for families involved in 4-H and in their club.
- How information is shared through the Extension office and the club. i.e. newsletters, email, text, others.
- Plan a get-acquainted or ice breaker activity for each meeting.
- Encourage family involvement in the club.
- Consider assigning a new family to an experienced family in your club to further encourage a welcoming environment.
- Encourage the new family to read their 4-H newsletter and ask questions if they have them.
Leaders should be cautioned not to overload families with more information than they can digest for one meeting. Consider giving them the information that is needed for the time of year you are meeting with them.
Inevitably, leaders play an important role in creating a welcoming environment for members, both new and experienced. Purposefully creating a welcoming environment will increase members' and families' sense of belonging.
Get Ready for Washington, DC! 2018 CWF!
Even though we just finished the summer of 2017, we're already making plans for next summer's Illinois' Citizenship Washington Focus trip! The dates have been set for Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14! Registration will open in mid-October, so start YOUR planning now to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime 4-H experience! Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states. The 2017 cost to youth was $1025, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Our 2018 costs have not been finalized. More information is available on the 4-H website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/citizenship-washington-focus. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!
Sangamon County Foundation Grant Program for 4-H Clubs and 4-H SPIN ClubsThe Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Club/SPIN Grant is intended to provide funds in support of activities and experiences that will enhance the values of learning, leadership and service for 4-Her's involved in community clubs, special interest clubs or Cloverbud clubs in Sangamon County. Clubs that submit a completed application are eligible to receive up to $500.00 after approval by the Sangamon 4-H Foundation Board. Each club in Sangamon County may apply once per 4-H year. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5338.html
Everyone loves a road trip… September 23, 2017 @ University of Illinois CampusCome 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 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Shooting Sports 2017 Exhibitions
On Friday, July 21, all Sangamon-Menard members that have participated in the Pistol, Rifle, or Shotgun sessions during the current 4-H year were invited to participate in a 4-H exhibition shoot at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami, IL. Fourteen Abe Lincoln's 4-H Shooters Club members, some competing in more than one discipline, had a great time demonstrating what they've learned in each of their disciplines.
On Wednesday, August 23, all Sangamon-Menard 4-H members that participated in one or more of the four six-week archery sessions held throughout the 2016-2017 4-H year were invited to participate in a 4-H Archery exhibition shoot at Panther Creek Bowhunters Archery Club, Chatham, IL.. Thirteen youth had a great time demonstrating skills they learned through the archery program.
Special thank you to the wonderful volunteers who serve as our shooting sports coordinators and instructors!
Help 4-H Grow! We need your help at the Indian Summer Festival!
Extension and 4-H will again be providing fun youth activities at the Indian Summer Festival on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th! This is a great way to interact with local youth and promote 4-H. There will be plenty of hands needed to help with pollinator themed activities and building fairy houses with the master gardeners. Adults and youth (aged 12+) are encouraged to contact 4-H staff to sign up for a shift ahead of time to ensure we have adequate coverage and that your name is put on the master list to get into the event.
Fairy House Supplies Needed- Bark, Acorns, Cones
Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers will host Fairy House building activity at the Lincoln Memorial Garden Indian Summer Festival. The Festival will be held on October 7 and 8, from 10am to 4pm on both dates.
Items that are needed include:
· Bark in 10" strips or longer (We Need lots of bark)
· Acorns and acorn caps
· Cones- all sizes (pine, hemlock, spruce)
· ½" diameter sticks, lengths of 8", 12" or 14" (approximate size)
· Twine or raffia (cut to 10 to 12" lengths)
· Grape Vines
· Corn husks
· Small shells, less than 2 inches
· Okra Seed pods
· Wool or cotton
· Chicken, duck, peacock, turkey feathers
Need fresh items on Friday, Oct. 7, flowers including marigolds, mums, lavender, zinnia, large leaves such as bur oak, catalpa, caladium, etc. If you have items to donate, please begin collecting them. Items may be dropped off at the nature center at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens on Friday's from August 1 to October 6.
Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
Yacira is the September/October 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month. Yacira is a reading Specialist at Harvard Park Elementary. Yacira started volunteering this summer with the Health Rocks Teens as Teachers Program as a co-leader in which she was responsible for 17 Teen Teachers! Her daughter Yaslin was one of those teen teachers! Yacira has been active ever since. We appreciate her bubbly and energetic spirit! We acknowledge and thank her for all she done in this short amount of time; she has a way of relating to the students and going beyond to do her part! We are proud to honor her as our September/October Volunteer of the month. Here are a few fun facts about Yacira:
*What is your Favorite Color? Pink
*What do you like to do in your free time? Read and work out
*What do you like to do with your family? My family and I love to go to football games, basketball games and track meets together.
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? Focusing on the positive is one of my goals.
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? I chose to volunteer with 4H because I have always felt that I need to give back. I have truly been blessed. I feel like I can share some of my blessings with others.
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? As a volunteer, I feel like we can encourage, uplift, and just be another support system for someone else.
September/October: Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
Hello! My name is Jazmin Simmons (with a z and no e) I attend Ball Charter School going into the 6th grade. I have been in 4-H for 2 years in the group FAME. Since being in 4-H I have had the opportunity to speak at the Illinois 4-H Foundation Celebration Event about my experience in 4-H. I enjoy 4-H because of all the activities we do like Kwanzaa and International Night. Through 4-H, I have learned skills such as writing a check, financing, Swahili words, and learning about Brazil and Costa Rica. I would tell all my friends to join 4-H so they will get a chance to meet new friends, learn new things, and enjoy activities that they probably would never do or experience on their own!
Congratulations to Russell!
Congratulations to Russell who was the spokesperson for the huge Google announcement August 11, 2017. The announcement was made that Google will donate $1.5 million in funding support and virtual reality equipment to support 4-H youth science programs across the U.S., including Illinois!
Youth in Illinois' 4-H programs will use the donated virtual reality kits and Google Chromebooks for three-dimensional learning experiences set in locations all over the world. Illinois 4-H will use the funding from Google to purchase drones and cameras to create additional virtual reality experiences for the program, including a new farm expedition.
Russell spoke at
the announcement and credits Illinois 4-H with
helping him find his career path. "4-H
saw my potential in STEM, and created a safe space for me to grow those
skills," said Moore, who will be attending college on a full scholarship to
Lincoln Land Community College. "Because
of 4-H, I've started my journey towards my dream career in the field of
computer science." Way to Go Russell; we are proud of you! Also, a special
shout-out to all of the youth who served as expeditioners for the event!
2017-2018 Online 4-H Enrollment!
The new 4-H Year begins on September 1, and 4Honline will be available on September 15th for re-enrollment and new enrollments for the 2017-18 year.
4Honline allows families to create a family profile to enroll all members of their family at once. Instead of repeating information several times on several forms, the information is entered once. 4-H families have been asking for an online enrollment system for years, and as of last year, we are able to honor that request for our busy, connected families. For those of you who already have a 4Honline profile, re-enrollment will be a breeze with a quick check to make sure all information is up-to-date and new project selection.
4-H Leaders will be passing out guides at your meetings for directions on using 4HOnline to enroll or re-enroll. If you do not have access to a computer or would like assistance, please contact 4-H staff if you would like to set an appointment to enroll at the extension office.
Mark Your Calendar
See newsletter and website for registration and further details
(If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in advertised programs, please contact U of I Extension, 782-4617)
- September 1st 4-H Member Records due to extension office
- September 3: DEADLINE – 4-H Road Trip
· September 6: 4-H .22 Caliber Pistol Sessions at Lefthander's Gun Club begin
· September 6: Rochester STEM Fair
· September 9: State Archery Shoot, Panther Creek Bowhunters Archery Club, Chatham
· September 14: Air Rifle Sessions at Abe Lincoln Gun Club begin
- September 15th Deadline: Club Treasurer's Report and Secretary Book due to office
- September 15th 4-H Online Enrollement Opens for 2017-18 4-H year
· September 16: State Shotgun Shoot, Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill
· September 21: Fall 4-H Sangamon-Menard Leaders Meeting 6 p.m. Sangamon Co. Office
· September 22-24 Family Camp at Memorial 4-H Camp September 23: 4-H Road Trip Rally, Champaign
· September 24: Metro 4-H Sign-up Day at Feitchans Elementary School
· September 22-24: Family Camp at Memorial 4-H Camp
· September 23: 4-H Road Trip Rally, Champaign
· September 30: State Rifle Shoot, CIPS Central Illinois Precision Shooters, Bloomington
· October 1-7: National 4-H Week!! "MISSION: ADVENTURE Join the Team. Change the World"
· October 4: National 4-H Youth Science Day
· October 5: Volunteer E-Forum, Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
· October 7-8: Indian Summer Festival at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens
· November 2: Volunteer E-Forum, "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
- December 1: DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration
· December 7: Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work
- December 22: DEADLINE – Registration due for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference
· January 13-14: Illinois Teen Leadership Conference, Decatur