Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
May 9, 2011
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN COMPLETING FAIR ENTRIES
Go & Grow 5k and walk
Gear up for a brand new 5K Race & family fun event! The IAA Foundation presents its First Annual 5K Grow & Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the important role they play in putting food on your table! Learn more about our roots in agriculture while supporting a great cause! Proceeds from this race will benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, a program providing free resources to teachers in an effort to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel & farming! More information online here: http://www.iaafoundation.org/iaaf/Events/growandgo.htm
Special awards for 4-H clubs that participate:
The IAA Foundation needs YOUR HELP to make our 1st Annual 5K a success. Form a team, volunteer or raise $$ to support IAITC and you might earn a VIP Party with the Cornbelters! Team with the most points: (Any ties will be broken with a drawing) * Wins a VIP trip to a Normal Cornbelters Stadium * Exclusive suite access from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board More information about 4-H club rewards here: http://tiny.cc/gogro5k
4-H Shooting Sports Clinic – May 21
Register now for the May 21 4-H Air Rifle-Level 2, offered by state certified 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle Instructors. The Class will offer two time choices that day: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. Registrations will be taken through May 19. Only youth who have participated in 4-H Air Rifle Level 1 may attend. Participation in each session will be limited to ONLY 10 participants per session, on a "first registered = first served" basis. Register online here: http://tiny.cc/p25vp
Quilts for Kids - McLean County HCE, May 27, 12 to 4:30 pm
Would you like to learn to sew or can you sew already? Would you like to use your talents to help others that are more unfortunate than you? Are you willing to devote time to help out? McLean County Association of Home and Community Education has set up a workshop to make "Quilts for Kids" and we would like your help. The program is to make quilts to be given to the Neonatal department at a hospital. At the workshop you will cut out squares that would be sewn together into quilt tops. If you can sew a straight line you have the talents that are necessary because all of the sewing will be done on machines using straight stitching. You will need to sew together 16 squares to make the quilt top. Those sixteen squares would then have to be outlined by a narrow and then a wide border. The workshop will be held on May 27 at the Farm Bureau building on Hersey in Bloomington. The class will be held from 12 to 4:30. If you can attend even an hour, we would love to have you. All you need to bring is one yard of 100% cotton material (do not wash it). If you have a machine you can bring, please bring it. If not, come anyway as we will have several machines that you could use. Parents and other adults are also welcome.
If you have any questions, contact Eileen Norin, HCE Cultural Enrichment at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 309-533-1135.
4-H Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 30. The 4-H clubs of McLean County are invited to meet on East Front Street at 8:15 a.m. near Station 220 (Central Station Cafe). Bring members and your club banner, wear 4-H shirts (if available), comfortable shoes, and make arrangements for transportation after the parade ends around 10:30 a.m. at Miller Park in Bloomington. Call June Jacobs, 275-8562 or email to email@example.com and let her know you plan to be there. Floats will also be accepted.
McLean County Pork Producers Scholarship 2011
What: The McLean County Pork Producers are offering monetary scholarships for young pork producers/show-men/show-women in McLean County. Who: Any McLean County High School senior who has raised or shown hogs for at least 5 years and/or is a member of a family who areactive members of the McLean County Pork Producers may apply. When: Applications are due to JC Zimmerman by June 1, 2011 will be notified by July 1, 2011 and at the 2011 Barrow Show at the McLean County Fair. Monies available: Money will be divided into separate scholarships. Total monies available: $1500 ** Students may not apply again if they have won this scholarship in the past. Scholarship link: http://tiny.cc/xuczt
Regional Livestock Judging Contest, June 10, ISU Farm
McLean County Extension will once again host a livestock judging contest on Friday, June 10. Registration will begin at 8:30 and the contest will begin at 9 am at Illinois State University Laboratory Farm 25578 ISU Farm Lane Lexington. All participants will be charged $2 to defray the cost of plastic boots, and will need to bring the completed ISU Farm Visitor Pass with them on contest day! For more information contact Brian Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-663-8306.
Equus 4-H Club Open Horse Show, June 17-19
For more information click here: http://tiny.cc/21kkk
Conservation Youth Day, June 18, FREE, Comlara Park
Learn about conservation by participating in the following activities: fishing, wildlife habitats, forestry, natural resource, and plants and soils from 1-4 pm. More information: http://tiny.cc/nynfc
McLean County Farm Bureau 2nd Annual Golf Outing, Monday, June 20, 2011
Prairie Vista Golf Course, 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start, Limited to first 128 Golfers, Golf Cart Included, Ribeye dinner to follow after outing, Raffle and Prizes as well, $85.00 per Golfer. To sign up, contact Marie Denzer (309) 275-8531.
Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show, June 25, Monmouth IL
For more information click here: http://tiny.cc/munsw
State Judging Contest Changes & Dates
For more information please go to this link: http://tiny.cc/r84px If you are interested in participating please contact the Extension Office by June 3.
Illini Summer Academies, ญญญญญญJune 27-29, 2011 University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana - This 3-day event provides Illinois teens new opportunities to explore the University of Illinois campus; study potential careers or build their leadership skills; and meet youth from across the state. As of right now, Art & Design is FULL and has 1 person on the waiting list. Ag & Biological Engineering and Veterinary Medicine each have one space left before they are full. Other Academies still have several spaces left. Registration is open until May 25 or until Academies are full, whichever comes first. Register online: http://tiny.cc/isa2011
LMW 4-H Night with the Cornbelters – July 22
Come and meet 4-Hers from Livingston and Woodford while you watch local baseball! A petting zoo and fireworks after the game!! $5.00 DISCOUNT FOR 4-H MEMBERS, LEAD CROWD IN 4-H PLEDGE, PRE-GAME PARADE IF 300 OR MORE PAID TICKETS FOR 4-H, OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OFF LAST YEAR'S PRIZE WINNING PROJECTS OR GIVE A SNEAK PEEK OF THIS YEAR'S FAIR EXHIBITS ON CONCOURSE! If you wish to bring a 4-H exhibit, please contact Kathy Weinzierl at 309-663-8306 or email email@example.com. Orders must be turned in by July 8 to receive discount for 4-H members. See flier online here: http://tiny.cc/5f7r5
Ice Cream Sundae Booth – Fair
Clubs are asked to volunteer for the sundae booth sponsored by Timeless Clovers 4-H Alumni Association. When four 4-Hers and two adults that volunteer for a shift the club will receive $50. This is a great way to get funds for the Club Challenge for program fees. The booth is open the duration of the fair. Simply fill in the appropriate times by or before July 23, 2010. For paper version of this form: click here.
4-H MISSIONS IN SPACE
During the 4-H Missions in Space camp, you'll go on a simulated Shuttle Mission, see what life is like on the Space Station and go through some of the work astronauts go through in their training. The camp is open to anyone who will be in the 7th, 8th or 9th grades in the fall 2011. Cost of the trip is $360. Register online at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/space . First payment will be due June 24.
Mark your calendar! National 4-H Science Experiment – October 5
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal that the 2011 National Science Experiment is Wired for Wind, an in-depth look at renewable energy technologies in the form of wind-power. www.4-H.org/NYSD
Have you ever wanted to do more? Here it is!
Ever wonder who plans the state programs and events– much of that is done by the Youth Leadership Team. Now is your time to apply for this AMAZING leadership group.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is open to 15-20 older 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni. The group helps coordinate and assist with various regional and statewide 4-H activities. Team members are involved in planning and implementing the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference (JLC); assisting behind the scenes with events such as Illini Summer Academies and Illinois State Fair; serving as the training team for the Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) program; serving on various statewide 4-H committees and boards (i.e. Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee, Recognition for Excellence Committee) and assisting with 4-H curriculum reviews, among others.
Applications for this elite group are due June 17. Members will serve the 2011-2013 term. Interviews will be held during the June ISA or at the State Fair). Information is available at:
2011 Illinois Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
On April 6, 2011, the Governor of Illinois announced the 2011 Volunteer Service Awards. Illinois Extension/4-H is proud that two 4-H members from Effingham and White counties, one 4-H leader from Peoria County, and one Extension volunteer from Monroe County received these awards. Check out their stories at:
Mind your rules for Illinois State Fair livestock entries
Exhibiting livestock at the Illinois State Fair junior show is a wonderful learning experience IF you follow all the rules. Don't be disappointed show day because you missed one of these important deadlines.
Horse Show Ownership/Lease Paperwork & Photographs – 4-Hers who wish to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair Junior Horse show must complete papers of ownership and photos due to local offices by May 2. Deadline for offices to send paperwork for state horse show is May 15.
SF Jr. Horse Show Entries– 4-Hers who wish to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair Junior Show must complete entries by June 9. Entries may be sent directly to State Fair by the exhibitor.
Quality Assurance & Ethics –4-Hers wishing to exhibit beef, sheep, dairy, goats, swine, poultry and horses must complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics test. Deadline for horse exhibitors is June 9; all others must be completed by June 15. If you have not completed QA&E Certification by that date, you will not be allowed to exhibit at the State Fair. Ethics training is available online at: , http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/
Pork Quality Assurance Certification– 4-Hers who exhibit swine at the Illinois State Fair must have passed the required PQA certification. Check with your local office.
Livestock and Dairy Entries–4-Hers wishing to exhibit livestock or dairy at the Illinois State Fair Junior Show must send their entries to the state fair office by July 1
DATES TO REMEMBER
Get more information from your county Extension office today.
Illinois State Fair – Superior Young Producer Information
For registration form go to page 42 of this link: http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/junior.pdf
Support Getting 4-H License Plates on the Road: It's a 4-H Club Challenge
How cool would it be to see 4-H clovers driving down the road! In order to begin production of a 4-H specialty license plate, we must first get $25 from 1,500 Illinois drivers who have a current license plate on file with the Illinois Secretary of State. http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/4-Hclubchallengeresources
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