Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- David Kloppe, 2016 Illinois State 4-H Award Recipient
- New “Ready for Life” exhibit opportunities
- 4-H ARCHERY Sessions:
- 4-H AIR PISTOL Sessions:
- Hey, teens! Join 4-H Federation:
- Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
- Metro 4-H Kwanzaa Celebration
- 2016-2017 Online 4-H Enrollment
- 4-H Livestock Judging/Unit 16:
- 4-H Beef Weigh Dates:
- State Fair Livestock Program
- New FDA Antibiotic Rules Will Apply to Youth Livestock Exhibitors:
- Farm Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery
- All new Illinois 4-H website has information at click of button
- Clover Spotlight
- Helping you make a difference locally
- Think Summer!!! Register for 4-H Memorial Camp
- Adventures Await: Where Will You Go? 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference Can Help Your Journey!
- Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist with Project FeederWatch:
- Illinois 4-H Scholarships:
- Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
- Educator Corner: Making Curiosity Happen
- 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
- Metro 4-H Youth Spotlight
- 4-H Calendar
David Kloppe, 2016 Illinois State 4-H Award Recipient
Congratulations to West Side 4-H member, David Kloppe, who was selected as one of twenty state-wide recipients of the 2016 Illinois State 4-H Award and $1,000 college scholarship. David received his award in Project Mastery where he focused on his 4-H career with the Poultry project. Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony held Nov. 19 in Champaign. Here is an excerpt from his "impact" essay:"My future goals are to go to college and major in Agribusiness. My poultry project has been very helpful in giving me insight into how to run a business and how to keep records. My time in 4-h has given me many important life skills such as patience, teamwork, public speaking, and leadership skills. No matter what my future may hold, 4-H has given me many life experiences that will be vital to my future success."
New “Ready for Life” exhibit opportunitiesLast year, many projects included another exhibit opportunity in "Innovation" and this year 4-H is additionally offering "Ready for Life" exhibit classes in every project area. This class encourages the study of careers and life skills associated with 4-H project work. Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in specified projects. The showbook description will read similarly to the following: "Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display." Applicable members are encouraged to consider this exhibit class option! Look for it in the 2017 Showbook which will be posted soon!
4-H ARCHERY Sessions:
This 4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Club focused on beginning and intermediate level recreational archery is open to all youth ages 8-18 (age as of Sept. 1, 2016).
Session Dates: Wednesday January 18, 25, & February 1, 8, 15, 22, 6:30 -7:30 pm.
All sessions will be held at Springfield Archery 1550 Knights Recreation Drive, Springfield, IL 62711. Registration is required and space is limited. Cost: $5 per session (in addition, a $20 annual program fee will be required for youth not currently enrolled as a member for the 2016-2017 4-H year.) Equipment is available for participant's use. To register or for more info: www.web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h or contact Sharon Lounsberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-782-4617.
4-H AIR PISTOL Sessions:
This 4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Club will teach firearm safety, and basic shooting and sportsmanship skills using air pistols, and is open to youth ages 12-18 (age as of Sept. 1, 2016).
Session Dates: Thursday February 9, 16, 23, & March 9, 16, 23, 5:30 -7:30 pm.
All sessions will be held at Lefthanders Gun Club, 9364 Rhea Park Rd, Loami, IL 62661 . Registration is required and space is limited. There will be an activity fee of $25 (in addition, a $20 annual program fee will be required for youth not currently enrolled as a member for the 2016-2017 4-H year.) Equipment is available for participant's use. To register or for more info go to web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ or contact Sharon Lounsberry at email@example.com or 217-782-4617.
Hey, teens! Join 4-H Federation:(Open to all Sangamon-Menard 4-Her's 8th grade and up!) Next meeting: Thursday, January 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sangamon County Extension Office. Questions? Contact the extension office!
Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
Sangamon County 4-H Foundation is holding its annual meeting
on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at the Extension Office. The evening will start with a potluck at 6
pm. The Foundation will provide meat,
table service and drinks. We ask that families in attendance please bring a
side dish or dessert to share. There are
several openings on the Foundation board this year. We are also looking for volunteers for
specific projects or committees. If you
have questions, please contact Ethan Krone 899-8979 or Abby Hunt 971-1359.
All 4-H members, leaders, and alumni are welcome to attend.
Metro 4-H Kwanzaa Celebration
This will be a CELEBRATION you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. There will be Singing, Dancing, poetry, skits and more ALL BY METRO 4-H'ERS! Bring the family to learn about African American culture and this special celebration! Thursday December 29, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at Kumler Church (600 N. 5th Street, Springfield, IL)!
2016-2017 Online 4-H EnrollmentIf you have not enrolled for the 2016-2017 4-H year, please do so immediately! We will be updating our contact lists and if you are not already enrolled for the current year, this will be the last newsletter you will receive. Everyone enrolled will automatically receive an emailed copy of the newsletter. If you would like a hard copy mailed to your home, please contact Betsy Winkleman at firstname.lastname@example.org 217-782-4617 if you have not already made this request for the current year.
March 1, 2017: Deadline to add/drop projects to be eligible to exhibit at 4-H Show
4-H Livestock Judging/Unit 16:
Livestock Judging practice sessions have begun. If you have not yet attended a session and are interested in participating this year, please e-mail Sharon Lounsberry at email@example.com to have your name, email address, and phone number added to the 2016-2017 contact list so that you will receive notifications about practices and contests. Participants not only learn a lot about livestock, they develop self-confidence, public speaking skills, and friendships.
4-H Beef Weigh Dates:4-H members enrolled in the beef project, who wish to exhibit steers or market heifers at the County 4-H Show or Illinois State Fair Junior Show, must have them weighed and tattooed. Electronic tags are required for each steer/market heifer nominated for State Fair. 4-H members who plan to have animals weighed need to pre-register online, at least one week before the date of the weigh-in they plan to attend, or call the Extension Office if they can't register online. This is important so that we have enough supplies on hand at each location. There will be two options offered by the LMS Unit. One will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, at Greenhaven Animal Clinic, Rte. 136/east side of San Jose; and the other will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday, February 11, at the Petersburg Veterinary Clinic. If you want to request permission to attend weigh-in in a neighboring county, you need to go to the online registration site mentioned ASAP, and complete the registration. One of the options on the registration will be to indicate that you would like to inquire about the possibility of attending a weigh-in at another county. Pre-register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/,
State Fair Livestock ProgramAll 4-H members 8 to 18 years of age (as of 9/1/16) may exhibit at the state fair. 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. Exhibitors can nominate up to 10 wethers for the Illini Premiere program. An electronic identification tag will be used on each lamb, as well as tattooed and weighed. Steers will once again be electronically tagged as well as tattooed in February (see Beef Weigh-in article for details). Members can nominate up to 10 steers for the Illini Premiere program. Barrows members may nominate up to 25 pigs (do not have to farrow them), must be farrowed on or after Feb. 10 and must be tattooed & weighed before 35 days old (& by April 15). Call John Fulton at 732-8289 to make appointment for barrows. Appointments need to be made in advance! Ownership dates are as follows:
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 — 4th Monday in June (6/25/17)
For a full list of Birth, Ownership, and Tattoo Dates for Illinois State Fair please go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5133.html
New FDA Antibiotic Rules Will Apply to Youth Livestock Exhibitors:
For 4-H youth livestock exhibitors, parents and project advisors, Jan. 1, 2017, will usher in major changes in accessing medicated feeds for project animals. That's when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will implement new rules, known as Guidance 209, for antibiotic use in all animals raised for food.
Antibiotics identified as medically important (to human health) will no longer be available for growth promotion purposes, including for 4-H show animals. For more information on this change and how it will affect exhibitors, please go to https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/animal-sciences/livestock-issues
Farm Forensics Solves the 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 … 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. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team. Open to any 4-H member in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. Dates: Feb. 11-12, 2017 Check-In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 11 Pick-Up: 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12 Location: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, 101 Trade Center Drive. Cost: $145. Registration: Register online by Jan. 23 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock. This & more is in store for you!
- Scoping Out the Suspect: Help us scope out the suspect as we zoom in on DNA and the bizarre world of bacteria. In this session we will be working through the case as we extract, zoom and solve together!
- Deceitful Dissection: Come explore the exciting world of dissection. With scalpels and scissors we will investigate the missing pieces of the mystery. Be prepared to reveal a vital clue!
- Order in the Court: Step into the courtroom with our livestock ethics committee as we discuss good production practices and debate a simple livestock case. Members will participate as a jury, the courtroom audience and plaintiffs or defendants.
- Cracking the Chromosomes: Joins us as we investigate the world of genetics and the mysteries of electrophoresis. In this session, you will solve the secrets with your sweet tooth as we study genetics and dig deeper into DNA.
- Defending the Herd: Keep your eye out, the Stockyard Stalkers are on the loose! In this workshop you will examine footage to learn about motives of anti-agriculture activists and how to defend your position if you are ever "under attack."
All new Illinois 4-H website has information at click of button
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.
- 4-H Hosted a Holiday Foods
Workshop in both Sangamon and Menard counties
in December. It was a packed house both days and participants made delicious treats including: Tortilla Snowflakes, Dutch Stroopwafels, and Pretzel Rod Snowmen! Pictured above, participants carefully roll the stroopwafel dough and prepare to put it in the waffle iron.
- 4-H Teens from all three counties gathered together to decorate the 4-H Showcase at Memorial's Festival of Trees!
- November included Unit 16 Officer Trainings. It was a fun morning with representation from most clubs! Participants learned about their specific duties and about useful skills to be great leaders in their club!
- Another example of how our 4-H'ers lend their hands to larger service! Town & Country 4-H Club raised over $480 for the Tennessee 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. Wildfire Relief Efforts with their bake sale!
Helping you make a difference locally
Looking for funding support to conduct community service outreach in your community? Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Service are ready to help Illinois 4-H clubs across Illinois make bring positive and visible change to Illinois communities! Community Improvement Grants are a great way for Illinois teens to demonstrate their leadership on a local level as teen advocates working for positive change in their hometown! Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants: Farm Credit Services Illinois Community Improvement Grant is inviting 4-H Clubs to apply for a $400 grant to assist club members in being positive change agents by making their local communities better places to live. Eligible clubs are those located in one of the counties served by Farm Credit Services Illinois which includes 14 Extension Units in southern & central Illinois. This includes the following Extension Units: 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 representing the 60 counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois: including, Menard and Sangamon. Applications are due February 27, 2017. For more info or to apply, go to http://www.farmcreditil.com/resources/community/grants/Pages/default.aspx
Think Summer!!! Register for 4-H Memorial Camp
Registration for Summer Camp at 4-H Memorial Camp will open January 9. Go online at go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp. Choose from four 5-day camp weeks: Week 1: June 4-8 (Sunday-Thursday), Week 2: June 11-15 (Sunday-Thursday), Week 3: June 25-29 (Sunday-Thursday), or Week 4: June 30 – July 4 (Friday-Tuesday). Early-Bird Registration for Illinois 4-H members is $195. These early-bird registrations must be postmarked by March 31.The registration fee for 4-Her's will increase to $215 beginning on April 1, 2017. If you've always loved camp, but are too old to attend, consider serving as a camp counselor or camp staff member. Applications are available online
Adventures Await: Where Will You Go? 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference Can Help Your Journey!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! Your local Extension office has the information. Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Registration for Delegates closes on Monday, January 16. Cost is $145. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend! Scholarship Opportunity: A limited number of $50 scholarships are available for first-time 4-H member attendees who need financial assistance in order to attend. To apply, print and submit a scholarship application by January 9, 2017.
Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist with Project FeederWatch:4-H members who enjoy bird watching are invited to become a citizen scientist with Project FeederWatch. What is Project FeederWatch? Project FeederWatch lets you become the biologist of your own backyard. Participants identify the birds at their feeders from November – April and submit their observations to the Cornell Lab. You can count every week or only once all season – the time you spend is up to you! Using an easy online data entry, you can immediately see all of your counts and view colorful summaries and graphs. Anyone interested in birds can participate; you do not have to be an expert. All you need is a comfortable chair, a window and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood. There is an $18 fee which provides first time participants with a Project FeederWatch Kit and part of the fee helps to support the continuation of the program which is in its 30th year. Once you register online you can immediately start collecting data at your feeders. 4-H members/families can obtain additional information and sign up online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: http://feederwatch.org/
Illinois 4-H Scholarships:Two scholarships are available to college-bound youth who have been 4-H members for at least five years. Both can be used at a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. Applications are due March 1 and open to high school seniors and college freshmen. Applications are available at go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. Applications are due March 1, 2017. If you're selected as one of the finalists, you'll be asked to submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.
Governor’s Volunteer Service AwardsIllinois citizens are recognized by the governor's office for volunteer service they have given in their local communities. The awards are presented to both individual volunteers and volunteer programs, recognizing the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. Governor's Volunteer Service Awards will be presented to: one Youth (18 years and under); one Adult (19-54 years); and one Retiree/Senior (55+ years) in each of the Commission's five service regions across Illinois. The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. February 17. Complete online application and paper application submission information are available at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
Educator Corner: 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 youth programs.
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.
4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
Demara Albert is the January volunteer of the month. Demara is a human services caseworker and has been a part of the 4-H family for 3 years. Demara gives back by being the DYNAMIC 4-H Kwanzaa Leader that we have been doing for 3 years and have had raving reviews about. She also volunteers wherever is needed throughout the year. All of her children are a part of 4-H in the 4-H BOOM Remix group and Male Scholastic Achievement 6-8th Grade Group. She is a true asset to our family. Here are a few fun facts about her:
*What is your Favorite Color: ** Blue
*What do you like to do in your free time? ** My free time is spent volunteering and working on my new home
*What do you like to do with your family? ** My children and I enjoy bike riding, games, and DIY projects
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? ** Complete my masters and become a family counselor
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? ** I enjoy spending time with the kids, they remind me not to be so serious all the time and just enjoy life. They teach me so many things and in turn I get to teach them new things as well
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering?
** With all of the programs that I volunteer for or have in the past, volunteering for me is good for the soul. I get a chance to meet different people from all walks of life, interacting and learning more and more through each interaction and each event. What I learn from each 4-H event or project I can take back into the community and share with others that don't know who or what 4-H is about.
*Is there anything else you would like to share? ** Thank you for the opportunity! I was a 4-H member as a child and it feels wonderful to come full circle and give back to the current members as an adult
Metro 4-H Youth Spotlight
Hello! My name is Taryn Gragg. I am in 8th grade and attend Lincoln Magnet School. I have been in 4-H for 3 years. Currently, I am in 4-H BOOM Remix and I am the president. I enjoy 4-H because I love to help people and being a leader.
Since being in 4-H I have learned how to be a leader, doing things to make my community better, and working with different types of people.
Advice that I would give my peers would be to: 4H is fun and you LEARN LOTS OF THINGS AND GET TO DO THINGS NOT EVERYONE CAN DO. PLUS YOU GET TO MEET NEW PEOPLEAND HELP YOUR COMMUITY.
Taryn states: "I am happy to be with 4-H and I looking forward to moving to the high school level."
Attention!If you have not enrolled for the 2016-2017 4-H year, please do so immediately! We will be updating our contact lists and if you are not already enrolled for the current year, this will be the last newsletter you will be notified about!
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)
- 4-H Federation Meeting Thursday, January 5 6:30 p.m.Sangamon Office
- State 4-H Key Award Applications, 4-H LCP Award Applications, & State 4-H Veterinary Science Award Applications due January 5, 2017
- Teen Leadership Conference January 6-7
- Sangmon Livestock Superiendent's Meeting Janurary 12th 6 p.m. (rescheduled from December)
- 4-H Archery Sessions begin Wednesday January 18 at Springfield Archery 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- All Superintendents' Meeting January 26, 2017 6 p.m. Sangamon County Extension Office
- State 4-H Award Judging January 28, 2017
- Beef Weigh-in Sat, Feb. 4th Greenhaven Animal Clinic 9-11 a.m.
- 4-H Air Pistol Sessions begin February 9, 2016 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lefthanders Gun Club
- Beef Weigh-in Sat, Feb. 11th Petersburg Veterinary Clinic 9-10 a.m.
- Youth Livestock Conference: Farm Forensics February 11-12
- Junior Leadership Conference February 25-26, 2017
- March 1, 2017: Deadline to add/drop projects to be eligible to exhibit at 4-H Show
- March 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Applications; 4-H Livestock Scholarship Applications
- National 4-H Conference, Washington, D.C. March 25-31, 2017
- 4-H .22 and Air Rifle Sessions begin April 13th registration posted in February
- State 4-H Robotics Competition April 29, 2017
- State Hippology Contest April 29 and 30, 2017
- June 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H county/unit show registrations due
- 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
- Clothing Show Saturday, tentatively June 24th Sangamon County Extension Office
- Illini Summer Academies June 25-28
Saturday July 8 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
(including Animal Science Displays)
- Sangamon County 4-H Livestock Shows July 8- 9 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
- State Junior Horse Show July 16-23
- Unit 16 Dog Show July 29, Logan County Fairgrounds
- Illinois State Fair August 10-20, 2017 Illinois State Fair: Sangamon-Menard general projects will show on Thursday August 10th