Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- Happy New Illinois 4-H Year!
- 2016-2017 Online 4-H Enrollment!
- Sangamon-Menard Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
- Share your thoughts! 4-H Shows Survey:
- 4-H Archery Shoot:
- Hey teens! Join 4-H Federation:
- Make the holidays GREENer! Unit 16 4-H in the Festival of Trees!
- Adventures continue! Illinois theme for National 4-H Week is Adventures Await:
- Fly in the Sky during National Youth Science Day:
- 4-H stars in the Illinois State Fair Parade!
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association:
- Shooting Sports volunteer training on target for Oct. 21-23:
- 4-H at the Illinois State Fair!
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees
- Clover Spotlight!
- "What Do YOU Want to be When You Grow Up?"
- Jamarion Bardwell
- Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
- Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
- Mark Your Calendar
Happy New Illinois 4-H Year!
That's right, it's September and that means it's time to start a new 4-H year in your club and here at the county. What's new for the 2016-2017 Illinois 4-H year?
New 4-H projects: 4-H College and Career project, 4-H Beekeeping project
New project manual for Computer Science using Scratch programming
There are new things for your clubs, too, including two new projects: WeConnect (which
helps us understand other cultures) and Embryology.
New project manuals for Communications, Public Speaking, Geology, & Robotics
New project manuals for Sewing with STEAM…Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math!
NEW TEEN CONFERENCE coming in January. The conference will train youth in each
of the six leadership roles: Planning, Promoting, Teaching, Mentoring, Advising and Advocating.
NEW AWARDS CEREMONY coming in November which will celebrate the accomplishments of Illinois' top
4-H members and clubs.
There's a NEW Illinois 4-H website which will be live October 1. No more digging for
information …everything will be at your fingertips.
There's a NEW group for 4-H alumni…the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association so you never
have to lose contact with all the things you love about 4-H.
There's a NEW ONLINE enrollment for 4-H. YES, NO MORE WRITING your 4-H
information over and over…register as a family and your important information is saved!
A new statewide 4-H shirt is being designed
Your Guide to the New 4-H Year! See the 2016-17 edition of The Illinois Clover even before they get delivered. Access it online @ go.illinois.edu/4HClover.
2016-2017 Online 4-H Enrollment!
The new 4-H Year begins on September 1, and with it comes a great new way to join 4-H. Illinois 4-H families will now be able to enroll and select their 4-H projects online beginning this fall. The new system, 4-H Online, will allow 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 now we are able to honor that request for our busy, connected families. 4-H Leaders will be passing out guides at your meetings for directions on using 4HOnline to enroll. There will be an open enrollment day at the Sangamon County Extension Office on Tuesday, November 1st from 2-7 p.m. for anyone who would like staff assistance on enrolling 4-H Metro will have a sign-up day September 25th at Feithsans. Wi-Fi is available if you would like to bring your own laptop, but computers will also be available for those without. Contact 4-H staff with questions.
Sangamon-Menard Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
Monday, September 12th at 6 p.m. Springfield Extension Office. There have been many changes for this year; especially to the enrollment process. We will be discussing these changes, help train leaders on the new process and plan for the next year. Please let Kathryn know if you will or will not be in attendance. 4-H Metro Leader's meeting will be September 14th, contact Erica.
Share your thoughts! 4-H Shows Survey:
4-H families and show volunteers are invited to share their thoughts about the 2016 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/W8X2WYD; your feedback is appreciated! If you do not have computer access, you can request a paper copy be sent to you or you may write a letter with your thoughts and send it 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PS3HLYV
4-H Archery Shoot:
On Wednesday, August 24, Sangamon-Menard 4-H members participated in the 4-H exhibition shoot. All who participated in archersy sessions during the 2015-2016 year were invited to exhibit.
Hey teens! Join 4-H Federation:
(Open to all Sangamon-Menard 4-Her's 8th grade and up!)
September's event will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. the
Animal Protection League in Springfield where we will be given a tour and learn
about their program. Feel free to bring a donation of paper goods or something from their "wish list" online.
On October 20 at 6 p.m. we will be meeting at the Springfield Extension office and working on the Festival
of Trees community service project.
November's event will be on Saturday, Nov 5th from 1-4 p.m. at
the Orr building at the State Fairgrounds where we will be joining
with Logan's teens and decorating for the Festival of Trees. Wear
4-H apparel if possible. Pizza included.
Questions or to RSVP to any event, contact Kathryn email@example.com or text her at 217-851-1708
(Right) 4-H Federation wrapped up their 2015-16 year at Escape Springfield with teamwork and problem-solving!
Make the holidays GREENer! Unit 16 4-H in the Festival of Trees!
Sangamon, Menard, and Logan 4-Her's and alumni are invited to donate ornaments for the Unit 16 4-H tree that will be part of the Memorial's Festival of Trees which will be held in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Remember When…" Your ornament should represent a 4-H memory. For example, you might donate an animal ornament to represent showing livestock, a camera ornament for photography, hands for service, or maybe create an ornament all your own. If making handmade ornaments please make quality ornaments as these trees are auctioned to support Memorial Hospital. As such, ornaments donated will not be returned but rather become the property of whomever wins it. We will also be collecting old 4-H ribbons to create a colorful tree skirt and will be needing a few showcase-worthy projects to display in our showcase room (projects will be returned). We would also like for some clubs to make popcorn strands to be hung in the room. Ornaments and Decorations are to be brought to the extension office by October 28th. Questions? Contact Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org >>>Decorating will be from 1-4pm in the Orr building on Saturday, Nov 5th and all Federation aged 4-Hers are invited to come help decorate (8th grade and up). Pizza included. RSVP to Kathryn by Nov 1.
Adventures continue! Illinois theme for National 4-H Week is Adventures Await:
Everyone loves an adventure… whether we're exploring new places, hanging with friends, or learning new things, Adventures Await in 4-H. As a 4-H member, you're one of 6 million other youth who are 4-H members. National 4-H Week is Oct. 2 – 8. What will your club do? Put up a display in an area business window. Visit a local nursing home. Sponsor a new member rally. Raise money to help kids in your community. Maybe you'd like to sponsor a National Youth Science Day experiment featuring the wonderful world of DRONES! Every county will have a drone kit you can borrow! See below for details.
Check out our unit Facebook page facebook.com/LMS4H to share some of your 4-H adventures during National 4-H week! Each day will have a new prompt where you can comment and share a memory and/or photo.
Sunday, Oct. 2: Where it began…when and how did you get involved with 4-H?
Monday, Oct. 3: HEAD! What was your favorite project and what did you learn?
Tuesday, Oct. 4: HEART! Why is 4-H important to you?
Wednesday, Oct. 5: HANDS! Share a memory of a community service adventure!
Thursday, Oct. 6: Throwback Thursday (TBT) share a throwback 4-H photo & tag people where possible!
Friday, Oct. 7: HEALTH! Share a recreational adventure like a field trip or activity!
Saturday, Oct. 8: For the future…ow would you like to grow in 4-H this year?
Fly in the Sky during National Youth Science Day:
The 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge, Drone Discovery, will explore how remote sensing can be used to solve real world problems while learning concepts like flight dynamics, forces of flight, basic computer coding, as well as following federal regulations while operating drones. National Youth Science Day is officially Wednesday, Oct. 5, but you can do the experiment whenever you want this fall.
4-H stars in the Illinois State Fair Parade!
4-Her's took the Illinois State Fair 2016 theme "Producing Our Future" to a whole new level and showcased how 4-H is producing the stars of the future! Lights, camera, ACTION!
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association:
Once a 4-H member; always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Click over to go.illinois.edu/4Halumni.
Shooting Sports volunteer training on target for Oct. 21-23:
Adults interested in teaching the shooting sports hobby to young people should attend the fall adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program Oct. 21-23 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. A new shooting sports discipline will be added this year, Pistol. There are five additional concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, and hunting and wildlife, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at: web.extension.illinois.edu/shootingsports. Please contact Sharon Lounsberry, if interested.
4-H at the Illinois State Fair!
More than 3,400 4-H members exhibited at the State Fair 4-H General Project Show this year. That's up 800 exhibitors over last year's fair! If you'd like to offer feedback on your experience at this year's state fair, email your comments to illinois4H@illinois.edu. Just a reminder that any premiums which are distributed from competitions at the Illinois State Fair come directly from the Department of Ag. With budget uncertainties, we do not know if or when that money might be released. Families are reminded of this general disclaimer we publish each year about the uncertainties of premium payment.
(Right: Many of the Unit 16 members at the ISF 4-H Show) 38 4-Her's from Sangamon and Menard counties exhibited on Saturday, August 20th at the ISF 4-H Show.
The following Sangamon- Menard members received an "Award of Excellence" for their exhibits: Daryk Baker (Electricity 3), Caitlyn Kleiss (Child Development 2), Samuel Anderson (Junkdrawer Robotics 1), Mary Brown (Animal Science), Melanie Buzzard (Theatre Arts 2), Sindija Cousineau (4-H Cooking 101), Ryan Downs (Vegetable Market Basket), Erica Edge (Veterinary Science), Rachel Fishburn (Photography 2), Lillian Frazee (Photography 1), Alex Graff (Small Engines), Ella Greenfield (Floriculture A), Dalton Leka (Tractor A), Madeleine Luna (Shopping in Style 1), Cameron Luna (Electricity 1), Sarah Meyers (Paper), David Moldenhauer (Model Rocketry), Megan Nation (Scrapbooking-Beginning), Lana Nickelson (Floriculture Display), Jane Simpson (Outdoor Adventures 1-3), Lillian Waghorn (Food Preservation), Madison White (Photography 2), and Alexandria Wilcox (Woodworking 3).
The top exhibits in each project were chosen to receive a "Superior" ribbon. The following Sangamon-Menard members received a "Superior" for their exhibits: Drew Atwater (Pebble Pups 1), Abigail Sausaman (Pebble Pups 1), Brayden Armstrong (Sportsfishing 1),Ashlee Brown (Animal Science), Carter Evans (Passport to the World-Individual), Aaron Fishburn (Entomology Display, Other), Gabriella Garcia (Fashion Revue), Isabella Garcia (Sewing & Textiles 2), Audrey Gerberding (Sewing & Textiles 1), Michael Holmes (Clay), Rachel Meyers (Sewing & Textiles 3 New Cons), Evan Ratsch (Junkdrawer Robotics 1), Sophia Sanguedolce (3-D Design/Mixed Media), Cecilia Simpson (Food Science 1), and Cheyenne Stout (Metal).
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees
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, 74 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date. Ron Sanert of Menard County and Sonya Perkins of Sangamon County were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 20, 2016. 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 these volunteers and thank them for their invaluable dedication to our 4-H program!
Haley Atwater of the New Salem Pride 4-H Club received a trophy for he r excellent Photography exhibit at the Sangamon-Menard 4-H Show in July!
Members from the Cooper Jets 4-H Club share what 4-H means to them at the Illinois State 4-H Show. People from all over Illinois shared their memories and thoughts and then drew for a prize.
Ryan Downs was awarded a trophy in addition to the "2016
Bright Futures 4-H Award for Sangamon County sponsored
by Greenleaf and Tractor Supply Co. for his Vegetable Basket!
The 2016 Clover Cooking 4-H SPIN Club included ten
members and held sessions over the month of July. Each
week the members whipped up delicious, intercultural
inspired recipes with their awesome leader, Jami.
Keep it cookin', 4-Her's!
Rochester Robotics 4-H Club had some fun with their team
photo at this year's Illinois 4-H Robotics Competition.
While waiting to meet with judges at the Sangamon-Menard 4-H show, these 4-Her's from Illiopolis 4-H Club tried their best at the Cookie Stacking Challenge with the help of 4-H alum, Nathan.
"What Do YOU Want to be When You Grow Up?"
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a changing question for anyone. 4-H Leaders you can help members explore career options sparking their interest in learning about careers and the thousands of options that are available to them.
How do we expect young people to dream if they don't know what they can dream about? You can give members information and learning experiences that will help them open doors to their future. Opportunities for career exploration give 4-Hers a broader exposure to the working world they will enter. It helps them "connect the dots" between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future.
Career exploration experiences can improve academic performance. They increase the likelihood that members complete high school and pursue post-secondary education.
Career exploration opportunities improve attitudes of youth about their career possibilities, motivating them to persevere.
Career exploration improves members' knowledge of career options, encouraging them to develop and work toward goals during the critical years when they are also beginning to venture beyond their families.
With understanding the working world, youth can envision how they successfully fit in. Knowing the preparation they need for specific careers, members set realistic goals and pursue them.
Students involved in career exploration plan their high school courses carefully to gain the skills they will need. Members participating in career exploration as middle-schoolers enroll in higher level math courses in high school and have higher self-esteem. Career exploration can be built into all club experiences. Career exploration tours are great learnings that help 4-Hers want to routinely participate in your club meetings. Challenge yourself to plan a career exploration activity into every 2016-2017 meeting.
Here is an activity to help you get started. Vegetable Beef Soup:
Divide members into groups of 4 to 5. Ask teams to brainstorm every occupation involved in producing and delivering a can of vegetable soup to the grocery store and one to the home for preparation. Encourage them to include marketing, label design, transportation and preparation in their listing of occupations. Keep their discussions going by sharing different ideas for them to discuss. Compare the group's list of occupations. Ask each member to identify a potential career they would like to explore from this listing. Have them report at the next meeting what they have learned about that career and if that career is available in your community/county.
For additional learning experiences for career development check project manuals such as Building Your Future or Tackling the Tough Skills or www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskill
stole the hearts of everyone in the audience when he spoke in front of hundreds of people at Illinois State Fair 4-H foundation's event this past Saturday on what 4-H means to him and how it has impacted him. He gave a great genuine speech! Jamarion has been in 4-H for 3 years. He has participated in Clover buds, Male Scholastic Achievement, & robotics club. He gave a special shout out to Cristal Hill, who inspired him with field trips and information on engineering. He really wants to be an engineer now because of his experiences with 4-H. Jamarion stated "I think 4-H is fun, it helps you prepare for life ahead of you."
Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
Cass Green is the September volunteer of the month. Cass is employed as a Manager for Springfield Public School District. Cass has been a DYNAMIC volunteer for 4-H for 3 years. One of her daughters is currently in BOOM Remix and was a part of 4-H Health Jam too. Whatever the metro community is doing and needs 4-H volunteers Cass is right there willing to serve. Whether it's cooking for MLK Breakfast, building the float, or being an extra person for support you can COUNT ON CASS! 4-H is proud to honor Cass as the July volunteer of the month. Here are a few fun facts about Cass:
What is your Favorite Color-? **Red
What do you like to do in your free time? ** I am actually always doing stuff with kids doing my free time.
What do you like to do with your family?** I enjoy spending time with my family. Going to church and doing fun things.
What is a goal you would like to achieve? ** I have achieved all my goals-being saved and being a mother??
Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? ** I like to help out. I do it because I want to, not for recognition; normally I try to hide (LOL)
In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? ** Once you put your whole heart into it, it makes you feel good.
Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
My name is Talore Rowl. I am in 15 and a sophomore at Springfield High School. I have been in 4-H for almost 5 years. I am a member of 4-H BOOM (Becoming Our Own Motivation) club, a 4-H Teen Teacher, and a member of the Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference planning committee.
4-H has helped me to become more open to a variety of opportunities here in Illinois. I am very pleased to say that I have learned different skills in planning, mentoring, advising, and teaching just from being a part of my 4-H groups. I have learned new teaching techniques such as playing different games to help kids get engaged in the lesson that you are teaching. I have also learned some life skills. One skill that my eyes have been opened to is giving back. I did not do too much community service until I entered 4-H. Now, I know that my community is in need of help and I am willing to give back in areas that are needed.
Some advice I would give to others who are thinking about joining 4-H would be to broaden your horizons. Do not stick to perfecting just one skill. Open your eyes to different options and opportunities that are available for you.
**When I graduate high school, my goal is to enroll in Johns Hopkins University to study as a Pre-Medicine student. Once I graduate college, I would like to work towards being a pediatrician.
Mark Your Calendar
September 1, 2016 Start of new 4-H year!
Individual Records due to leader, September 1
Secretary's Book and Treasures Book (including Financial Statement) due to office Sep 16
Shooting Sports: State Shoot Archery September 10
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Leaders Meeting 6 p.m. Springfield Extension Office September 12th
September 15 DEADLINE: State Fair Jr. Horse Show Scholarship Application
4-H Family Camp, Monticello, IL 4-H Memorial Camp September 16-18
4-H Federation trip to APL September 22nd 6 p.m.
Shooting Sports: State Shoot Rifle September 24
Shooting Sports: State Shoot Shotgun October 1
National 4-H Week October 2-8
National Youth Science Day October 5
October 5-16 Fall Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign
4-H Federation- Sangamon County Extension Office 6 p.m.
Unit 16 Horse Show Committee October 24th 6 p.m. Sangamon County Extension Office
Shooting Sports: Fall Instructors Certification October 21-23
4-H Officer's Training Nov. 5th 9:30 a.m. -12 Sangamon County Extension Office
Festival of Trees Decorating Nov. 5 Orr Building (state fairgrounds) (4-H Federation)
4-H Space Camp 2016 Nov 10-13
Celebrating Excellence – Illinois 4-H Award Reception, Champaign November 19
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference January 2017
State 4-H Key Award Applications, 4-H LCP Award Applications, & State 4-H Veterinary Science Award Applications January 6, 2017
Teen Leadership Conference January 6-7
Youth Livestock Conference February 11-12
Junior Leadership Conference February 25-26, 2017
March 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Applications; 4-H Livestock Scholarship Applications
State 4-H Robotics Competition April 29, 2017
Citizenship Washington Focus June 10-17, 2017
Unit 16 Horse Show at Refuge Ranch Sunday, June 11 (June 25th rain date)
State Livestock Judging Contest June 19, 2017
Illini Summer Academies June 25-28