Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
May 25, 2012
Happy Friday 4-H Families!
These email updates will come to you every 2 weeks. You can always get these updates on the web at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/
New! Come join us - McLean County 4-H TILT (Teen Interactive Leadership Team); we enjoy working together to explore and develop our leadership abilities.
McLean County TILT is a countywide 4-H leadership program offering teen youth, ages 14-18, opportunities to network with other county 4-H Teens. Youth work together and have fun building leadership skills, planning county wide 4-H events, community service activities, and learn more about 4-H at the county, regional, state and national levels.
A TILT application is available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/39765.pdf. To join TILT fill out the application and return it to the Extension Office by July 2nd.
New! 4-Hers, 16 and older, are invited to participate in the 2012 4-H ROYALTY CONTEST.
Candidate nominations are due by your club/leader July 2nd. Let your leader/club know of your interest today! Nomination forms are available at must be completed and turned in by your 4-H leader. Candidates need to be 16 years and older and agree to participate in the activities of the court. As per 4-H Show Royalty Director Connie Moore, and Royalty Superintendents Brian Basting, Brian Dirks and Linda Dirks: "We hope you will get involved and share your enthusiasm about 4-H, by being part of the 4-H Royalty Contest."
Preliminary contest is July 17th at 7pm at the Extension Office Auditorium- you will meet other 4-H teens, talk one on one to judges in an informal setting and enjoy some snacks.
Candidate dinner Tuesday, July 24th at 7 pm,. The court members chat in small groups with judges about what is going on in their lives.
The final contest is during 4-H Night, Wednesday, Aug 1st at the Fair. Dress up, talk about what 4-H means to you for 1 ½ minutes, and answer a couple of questions on your ideas about 4-H and life. Plus, friends and family are there to cheer you on!
Court responsibilities include presenting ribbons to 4-H members, welcoming visitors to the fair, thanking exhibitors, and attending all fair entertainment and shows, while representing 4-H. And a primary goal is to have fun!
New! THANK YOU to all of McLean County's TEN YEAR 4-H Members!
This isHUGE Milestone and we want to recognize your accomplishments at the McLean County Fair, on the "TEN YEAR MILESTONE WALL OF HONOR", to be located just inside the front south entrance to Cloverleaf Hall! Please take a few minutes tell us a little bit about yourself on the Ten Year 4-H Member form, and send it and a digital photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org you may bring them into the office.Milestone biographies are due July 26. The form is available on our website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/43358.pdf
4-H members who have completed 10 or more years of 4-H will be recognized at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday evening, July 31 at 8:00 PM (All ten year members are encouraged to attend.)
New! Oh the Places You Go...in 4-H!
Bring a flash drive and all your records to get one-on-one assistance from state winners and volunteers with the Illinois 4-H Award Application. You'll be working in a computer lab at Heartland Community College Instructional Commons North Building. Workshops held on Thursday, June 14 6:30-8pm and Thursday, August 9 6:30-8pm. Register online http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/ . Parents are welcome to attend with 4-Hers. Call the Extension office with any additional questions.
New! Warren County Livestock Judging Contest – Saturday, June 2
Warren County Fairgrounds, Roseville. Registration at 8:00 a.m. with contest to begin at 9:00. Junior and Senior Divisions. $5 per person, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Lynn Shimmin at 309-221-1469 or Cassie Link at 309-734-5161.
New! 4-H Members attend Leadership Conference
Aleska Barkoviak and Megan Schwenk recently completed the 2012 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Premier 20 Leadership Conference, in Bloomington, Ill.
Aleska and Megan, along with other outstanding 4-H and FFA members participated in various leadership and personal development sessions provided by Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies. Courses included leadership management, college to career success, working with the media, understanding and dealing with diversity, as well as knowing one's values and discovering passion.
While at the conference, participants also attended a half day communication and team building session at the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College and volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank.
Aleska and Megan were invited to participate in the conference through the 4-H Premier LCP award program. The purpose of the award is to reward members exhibiting outstanding leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and professionalism during the past 4-H program year.
Both the award and the conference are sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, Inc., COUNTRY Financial, Prairie Farms Dairy, and the IAA Credit Union.
Register now for the McLean County 4-H Shotgun Training Workshop on Saturday, May 26.
Level 1 will from 9:00 - 10:30 AM and Level 2 will be from 11:00 - 12:30 PM. (Participants must have completed a Level 1 Workshop before they may participate in a Level 2 Workshop.) This training will be offered by state certified McLean County 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors. Participants should be 12-18 years old, and will be accepted on a "first registered - first served" basis.
The classes will be held at Darnall's Shooting Range, 7.7 miles southwest of the Interstate Center on IL Rte. 9. Street address is 6125 East 1175 Nort= h Rd. Bloomington, IL 61705-9012. http://darnalls.com/
All equipment will be supplied; a $5.00 FEE for supplies will be collected at the door. This training is held outside, so dress accordingly.
Register online: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6799
Register for Air Rifle Workshops – June 2 – Level 1 at 9 am and Level 2 at 11:00 am
4-H members must attend Level 1 before they can attend Level 2. 4-H members typically attend Level 1 just once, but they are always welcome to attend a second time if they feel that would be helpful. 4-H members are encouraged to attend Beginner Air Rifle (Level 2 workshops) as often as possible to improve their skills. Level 3 will be offered later in the year. Register for the June 2 workshops at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6616
Additional Air Rifle workshops will be offered on the following dates:
July 7 - Introduction to Air Rifle (Level 1 workshop) at 9:00 am, Beginner Air Rifle (Level 2 workshop) at 11:00 am
September 1 - Introduction to Air Rifle (Level 1 workshop) at 9:00 am, Beginner Air Rifle (Level 2 workshop) at 11:00 am
October 6 - Introduction to Air Rifle (Level 1 workshop) at 9:00 am, Beginner Air Rifle (Level 2 workshop) at 11:00 am
November 3 - Introduction to Air Rifle (Level 1 workshop) at 9:00 am, Beginner Air Rifle (Level 2 workshop) at 11:00 am
Memorial Day Parade
McLean County 4-H clubs can sign up to march in the McLean Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. The parade will be held in Bloomington and groups should plan to meet at 8:00 a.m. If your club is interested in being a part of this event contact June Jacobs at email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunity at UNITY Community Center
If you are a 4-H member between the ages of 16 and 19, a new, volunteer, leadership opportunity is available to you this summer. The UNITY Community Center, which is a University of Illinois-Extension program will hold 3 five day "camps" and one four day camp for the underserved youth of McLean County. If you have experience in photography, robotics, engineering and science, your expertise will help us conduct our program.
Please check out the information and application.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/43092.pdf
Volunteer Application: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/43092.pdf
Should you have questions, please contact Carolyn Hansen at 663-8306.
4-H Livestock Judging Contest
University of Illinois Extension - McLean County and the Agriculture Department at Illinois State University will host a Regional 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the ISU Laboratory Farm located just north and west of Lexington, IL. The contest will be held on Friday, June 8th starting at 8:45 a.m. For more information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/42916.pdf
McLean County 4-H Horse Competition Preparation Clinics
Get you and your horse ready for the 2012 Show Season!! Participate in ARENA ACTIVITIES or BARN ACTIVITIES. Both available each week!
Location: Interstate Center, Bloomington
Cost to participate with your horse in the Arena is $10.00* per week, payable at the door. There is a limit of 30 horses for most weeks' arena activities.
Fairgrounds Open 5:00-9:00 Clinics from 6:00-8:00pm
Arena Activities are limited to 30 horses*, so register EARLY!
AUDITING IS FREE! All are Welcome!! Open to all experience levels; pick and choose any or all six weeks.
It is MANDATORY that All Manure and Trash must be hauled out with your horse.
***All 4-Hers MUST be ACCOMPAINED by a PARENT/ GUARDIAN/ TRAINER at ALL TIMES***
**Liability waivers must be signed upon entering the barn by a parent/guardian. You may download here..***
Proper barn attire required at ALL TIMES.
3rd Annual McLean County Fair Golf Outing – June 18
The McLean County Fair and 4-H Show has been a traditions for many years! Enjoy fun, friends and a round of golf to help support the tradition of excellence. For more information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/43167.pdf
If 4-H members have items (possibly related to a project they have taken) to donate to the raffle, please contact Shawn Hoeft at 309-242-2635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers needed for "Meet a Farmer Day" at the Children's Discovery Museum
4-H members and their families are invited to "Meet a Farmer Day" at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal on Saturday, June 16. This special day is part of an Illinois Farm Families® activity that will bring area farmers and 4-H youth in to the museum to interact with visiting families. Youth (ages 12 and up) are needed to help with hands-on children's activities in the agriculture exhibit area on the second floor. If you enjoy helping young children with games and telling your farm story, please join us! Volunteers are needed for shifts from 10 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Contact event coordinator, Trista Gropp at email@example.com by May 23 if you are interested in volunteering. We'll need to know: volunteer names and ages, your email address, and shift(s) you'd like to work. We'll get in touch with you as the event gets closer with all the final details. Thanks in advance for being a part of this special event.
McLean County Pork Producers Scholarship
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 are active members of the McLean County Pork Producers may apply for a scholarship. More information is available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/42915.pdf Applications are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/downloads/42914.pdf and are due June 15.
Calling Illinois 4-H Teens!! Leadership Opportunities Available
Applications for three state level youth leadership opportunities are available on the 4-H website.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee 4-H Representatives
Application deadline is June 15.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team
Applications will be due June 15 for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or August 1 for interviews at State Fair.
2013 Illini Summer Academies Planning Committee - Due July 15.
Food Demonstration Clinic – June 26 Register online for the Mclean County Food Demonstration Clinic on June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. If you are a 4-Her planning to do a food demonstration for the 4-H show it is strongly recommended that you attend the clinic. Bring questions pertaining to your food demonstration. An example demonstration will be presented along with a hands-on workshop and many tips to prepare you for giving a proper food demonstration. Register online at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6795
State Fair Premium Book Available
The Illinois State Fair as posted Premium Books on their website for the 2012 Illinois State Fair: http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/competition.html.
Junior Department Livestock and Horse classes are open to 4-H and FFA members. The Dog Show and General 4-H Exhibit classes are open to 4-H members only and delegates are selected at the county 4-H show.
Entries for Horse are due June 9. All other livestock entries are due July 1.
Superior Young Livestock Producer
Youth do not have to show a live animal at the state fair in order to participate in the Superior Young Livestock Producer Contests for horses, swine, beef, dairy, or sheep. Twenty-five $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to the top five individuals in each specie contest. 2012 dates and locations are:
Horse – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26th, lower level of Livestock Center
Swine – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8th, Livestock Center
Beef – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8th, Livestock Center
Sheep – 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 10th, Open Sheep Barn show arena
Dairy – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, August 18th, Livestock Center
For more specific details including registrations and rules visit the Illinois State Fair Premium Book website. www.agr.state.il.us/isf/
2012 State Fair Alerts!
Tentatively 4-H judging will be held in 4 major locations on the fairgrounds. Judging schedules will be divided between morning and afternoon to accommodate project areas. Final locations will be identified in mid-July.
Horticulture & Floriculture – Emerson Building East Wing
Fashion Revue (4 days) and Public Presentations (2 days) – IL Bldg Theater
Natural Resources, Woodworking, Welding (1 day only), Forestry, Small
Engines, Wildlife, & Tractor – 4-H Tents (MOVED to old Happy Hollow area)
All Other Exhibits (inc. 2 days of Public Presentations) – Expo Bldg Mezzanine
Due to the space changes, Foods Demonstration and Club/Group Action Presentation classes will NOT be offered at the 2012 State Fair. Exhibitors are encouraged to park in General/Public Parking (Gate 6) vs. our usual 4-H Lot (Gate 8) because it is closer to the Exposition Building. More details later.
State Fair Employment Opportunities
The State Fair Jr. Department Job Application and Job Listings is posted on the Illinois 4-H website Fair & Exhibits page: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/fairsandexhibits.cfm. There are openings for youth ages 14-15 (limited); 16 and over (LOTS) and adults as judges, project assistants, livestock crew, superintendents, and set-up crew. If you are interested, check out the website.
2nd Annual Illinois 4-H State Fair Online
It's not too early to remind members about the additional state judging opportunity that is made available through the 2nd Annual Illinois 4-H State Fair Online event. Members in all project areas are invited to make a video or map to share with a larger public to teach something they've learned in their 4-H project area. Entries are submitted online during the summer. Details on last year's event and entry examples can be viewed at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/4hstatefaironline/
Club/Group Award Application
State 4-H Club/Group Report Forms, are due to the McLean County Extension Office no later than Friday, August 10. The form is posted at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/volunteers/support_recognition.cfm.
State award-winning clubs will receive state recognition, a state award patch, and $75 if they place in the Top Ten of any of the seven eligible curriculum areas. Applications must be submitted from a club member and a volunteer and must demonstrate youth leadership, project area development, and more.
Service Project Needs Assistance
Hello from the Space Age Pioneers 4H Club. We are planting trees along historic Route 66 in Chenoa, Illinois. Our goal is to plant 66 trees. We are so close to finishing this project. If each club in McLean County donated$5, $10, or even $20we would be one tree closer to our goal and would honor your club for getting us there.Any amount of support is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions feel free to call 815-945-4555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our club address is 227 N First Ave, Chenoa, IL 61726.
Social Media Guide for 4-H
Facebook Terms of Service do not allow for children under age 13 to have accounts. So, while Facebook may be a great way to stay in touch with teens and parents, it's not a good choice for communicating with our youngest program participant's. For guidance on using Facebook and other social media with youth audiences, check out http://ow.ly/8IC8S
Salute to Agriculture
Plan on bringing your 4-H members to the University of Illinois on Saturday, September 15 and help the College of ACES celebrate agriculture! This year's Salute to Agriculture event will include lunch and a football ticket for $15!
Come cheer on the Illini against Charleston Southern! Registration will open mid-summer once kick-off time has been determined. Once open, a link to registration will be found at www.academics.aces.illinois.edu/future-students.
4-H Clover Challenge Grants
Attention 4-Hers, 15 to 18 years* of age - you've put a lot into your 4-H project...now let it pay you back. The 4-H Clover Challenge Grant is an opportunity open to members who have completed all levels of the corn, soybeans, or small grains project OR all levels of a foods, nutrition or animal science project that is tied to the use of corn, soybeans, or small grains. Members will work with a mentor to create two communication presentations using computer presentations, videos, GPS maps, posters, etc. These grants are sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Check with the local Extension office for additional information.
(* age as of 9/1/12)
2012 North Central Region Volunteer Forum
Register Now! 2012 North Central Region Volunteer Forum will be held Oct. 11-14, in Wichita, KS. For more information go to: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=314. All 4-H volunteers in the 12 North Central states are welcome to attend. Early bird registration is $200 through July 31.
Statewide 4-H Surveys
This spring, we will be collecting data statewide to answer 3 critical questions:
(1) Are we incorporating the essential elements of positive youth development programming into our 4-H club experiences? We will be asking about 1/3 of our clubs to complete a survey and will analyze the data statewide.
(2) Have we positively influenced youth's aspirations and interest in 4-H Science? Youth attending science rich events for 4-H members are non-members will be asked to participate in the evaluation.
(3) As 4-H members graduate, we want to know how 4-H has influenced their career decisions. 4-H members 17 and 18 years of age will be asked to complete an online survey.
As a statewide team, we are very excited to have information we can share with our stakeholders. If you have any questions regarding the surveys, please contact me.
Volunteers needed for the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail Project
Volunteers are needed to paint quilt blocks on 2 by 2 plywood pieces. The blocks will be put in business windows throughout McLean County to stimulate interest in the "Barn Quilt Heritage Trail – McLean County" project.
Many community organizations are supporting the project already, The Bloomington Downtown Association, The
Museum of History, The Town of Normal, the Hands All Around Quilt Guild, and many farm owners, to name just a few.
Volunteers will be supplied with paint, primedplywood boards cut to size, quilt patterns and paint supplies (and basic instructions only if you need them). Volunteers can choose the quilt pattern and paint colors they want to use.
Please call Karen Gottlieb, 663-4259 or GnWscout@aol.com for more information.
State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest – June 18
The 2012 Illinois State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held Monday June 18th at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion 1402 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, IL. Participants must be checked in and registered between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The contest will start at 10:00 a.m. There will be a $5.00 registration fee for each senior participant to cover his or her lunch.
All participants will evaluate 8 classes of livestock and answer questions on three sets of questions. Senior contestants will give 3 sets of oral reasons after lunch while the junior contestants are released. Each county may enter a total of three four-member teams plus three extra individuals. Those teams can be either two senior teams and one junior team or two junior teams and one senior team. This contest will decide the high county team which will represent Illinois 4-H at the American Royal Livestock Contest in Kansas City, MO. In addition, the top 20 overall seniors will be invited back to a special work out to select the State 4-H Livestock Judging Team. This team will represent Illinois 4-H in November by participating in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, KY.
Click here for more detailed information on rules, eligibility, resources, and classes.
Click here for registration form.
State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest – August 9
The Illinois State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest will be held Thursday August 9th in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair Junior Poultry show. The contest will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Orr building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Illinois.
A county may enter any number of 4-H participants. A county team may be made up of three or four individuals with no limit on the number or teams or individual contestants. The four highest senior 4-H'ers will be selected to participate on the Illinois State 4-H Poultry Judging Team which will represent Illinois in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Judging Conference during the third week of November in Louisville. KY.
Click here for more detailed information on the contest classes and format.
Click here for registration information.
State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest – August 18
The 2012 State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest will be held Saturday August 18th, 2012 in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair. The contest will take place in the Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Illinois.
Registration is to be made on the day of the contest at the site of the contest. Registration will be from 8:30 am to 9:30 am with the contest starting at 10:00 am. To be eligible for selection, members must have been 14 years of age and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2012. There is no limit on the number of participants per county.
The state 4-H dairy cattle judging team will be selected from participants in this contest. The selected State 4-H Dairy Team will participate at the National Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. Click here for more contest information and rules.
State 4-H Horse Judging Contest
The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held at Black Hawk College – East Campus Horse Arena on Saturday, May 5. Registration and contest start time are still TBA. Mark your calendar and watch for more information to come.
4-H Program Fee/Club Challenge Update
There is a statewide $20 Program Fee assessed for each 4-Her and Cloverbud. In McLean County, the McLean County Extension Foundation offers support to cover $10 of that fee. 4-H members are responsible for the remaining $10. Many of our clubs work together by doing fundraisers to collect these funds. Check with your club leader to see how your club will be handling the Program Fee.In June, 4-H clubs will be assessed fees for the number of club members they have for the year. Funds raised through the program fee pay for things like project manuals, accident insurance, training for leaders, and state and regional programs and initiatives. If you have more questions about the fee please contact Cathy Blunier at email@example.com.
Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification
This program is no longer mandatory for State Fair exhibition. However, the website should be available February 1, 2012. All State Fair beef, sheep, swine, horse, dairy, meat goat and poultry exhibitors are encouraged but not required to complete QA&E Certification via this site.
Fair Book is online
If you can't wait to get a printed copy of the McLean County Fair Book, it is available online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/mclean4hfair/115.html
Save the dates:
June 10-14 – McLean County Week @ 4-H Memorial Camp
August 1-5 – McLean County Fair & 4-H Show
August 9-19 – Illinois State Fair
August 10 – McLean County Exhibit Day at State Fair
August 25 – State Fair Dog Show
Unit Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension – Serving Livingston, McLean & Woodford Counties
402 N Hershey Rd
Bloomington IL 61704
phone 309.663.8306 fax 309.663.8270