Clark County 4-H Express
In This Issue
- A note from Cartha
- FEDERATION FOOTNOTES
- PEBBLE PUPS ROCK-STUDY SET
- COOKING SCHOOL
- DOG AGILITY CLASSES
- HELP WITH THE PETTING ZOO AT BURNSIDES HEALTH CARE CENTER
- NEW MEMBER MEETING – JUNE 21
- REMEMBER THE 4-H ATTENDENCE POLICY!!
- STATE JUDGING CONTEST - GIVE IT A TRY!
- SUPERIOR YOUNG PRODUCER AWARD – WIN $1,000!
- STATE FAIR NEWS
- 4-H MARKETPLACE
- 4-H FAIR FOOTNOTES
- CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
- OTHER IMPORTANT FAIR INFORMATION
- CARTHA'S CORNER
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- NEW AWARDS SYSTEM ~ BE THINKING AHEAD!
A note from Cartha
Dear 4-H Family,Summer is here! There is nothing like those first few days of summer to enjoy the warmth and sunshine and some freedom from the daily routine of school. However, it won't be long until boredom sets in! It is a great time to be working on those 4-H projects.
Join me as we congratulate our High School graduates: Meredith Brown, Ben Macke, Elijah Davidson, Morgan Macke, Jacob Davidson, Ashleigh McManus, Phillip Gorrell, Ryan Wells, Garron Haenig, Madolyn Wilhoit, Shelbie Kile, Shelby Zellers, Bailey Lindley.
We're glad you have been a part of the Clark County 4-H program and we wish you a lifetime of success and happiness!
Ten 4-H Federation members from Clark and Edgar Counties traveled to southern Illinois to "Discover Shawnee" June 5-6! Much fun and adventure was had by all!!
Eight 4-H'ers enjoyed the May Federation Senior Bash Farewell Party at Lincoln Trail State Park to congratulate our 4-H seniors. We wish them much success in their future!!
Any Federation member who would like to be a member of the "GREEN TEAM" should sign up by responding when you make your fair entries on-line or by contacting the Extension Office during June. The "Green Team" is a group of 4-H'ers who take on additional leadership roles during the 4-H Fair by working a shift of a couple of hours. Let us know if you would be willing to help out and provide some county leadership!
PEBBLE PUPS ROCK-STUDY SET
A Pebble Pups rock-study night has been set for Monday, June 18 at 6:30 PM at the Clark Co. Extension Office and a field trip to Lawrence Gravel is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27. Geologist, Lee Beaven will be leading this classroom rock-study and the following "Diggin' In". Please plan to attend this meeting before the field trip, it will be very beneficial to all youth attending, and parents too! The field trip will give 4-H'ers a chance to collect rocks for their projects for the 4-H Fair. You don't even have to take Pebble Pups to join us! It's always a great learning experience and a fun trip - you'll dig it! Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 by June 14 if you plan to attend.
The workshop where you can eat what you learn!
This summer cooking school is where you'll learn basic food preparation skills – how to measure, read a recipe, and simple cooking techniques. This program is open to youth who have completed 4th grade and older and will be held in MARSHALL at the Clark Co. Extension Office Tuesday, June 26 from 9 AM – 2 PM.
The cost is $10 to participate. Registrations due by June 21, or until the space is filled, by calling the Clark Co. Extension Office at 826-5422 or online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/. Limited to the first 20 to register. Bring a friend along and come for the fun and good food!!
DOG AGILITY CLASSES
Although the Dog Obedience Classes are wrapped up, instructor Hillary Deckard will continue working with 4-H'ers to prepare for the Dog Agility Show. They will continue to meet on Monday evenings at 6 PM at the Marshall Fairgrounds until the 4-H Fair as long as there are enough interested participants.
HELP WITH THE PETTING ZOO AT BURNSIDES HEALTH CARE CENTER
4-H will be hosting a Petting Zoo at Burnsides Community Health Center on Wednesday, June 20 from 2-3 PM. We are looking for 4-H'ers who would be willing to bring their favorite pet – dog, cat, goat, poultry, rabbit, etc. to share with the residents. If you are interested in this community service activity, please call Cartha at 826-5422. Thanks 4-H'ers!
NEW MEMBER MEETING – JUNE 21
A New Member Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 5 PM at the Clark County Extension Office conference room for any first year members and parents who would like more information to prepare for the 4-H Fair. This is an optional, brief and informal meeting to explain the judging process and answer questions about the 4-H fair.
4-H policies can be confusing for new 4-H families and we would like to do everything possible to make your first year in 4-H a successful one. If you are unable to attend this meeting, feel free to contact the Extension Office with any of your questions. (Older members are also welcome to attend!)
REMEMBER THE 4-H ATTENDENCE POLICY!!
4-H'ers must attend three club meetings, club tour, or club activities before July 1 of the current year to be eligible to take part in 4-H exhibits at the fair, the 4-H Auction, or to receive 4-H premiums or awards. College students must attend at least one of the above.
STATE JUDGING CONTEST - GIVE IT A TRY!
What is the State Judging Contest? It's an opportunity for 4-H'ers to test their knowledge in the livestock areas.
The State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held Monday, June 18 at the Livestock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana, registration at 8:30 AM, the contest begins at 10 AM. Each county may enter a total of three teams, with no more than two junior teams or two senior teams. If you are interested in any of the State Judging Contests please call the Clark Co. Extension Office at 826-5422 for more information!
SUPERIOR YOUNG PRODUCER AWARD – WIN $1,000!
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H and FFA members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, and Horses as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth.
Three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in horses and three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in dairy. A total of nine $1,000 scholarships will be provided in a combined contest for beef, sheep, and swine contestants.
· Contest Dates: Horse will be July 25, 6 PM, send registration to Debra Hagstrom, U of I Extension Horse Specialist, 386 Animal Science Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Dr, Urbana. Combined Beef/Sheep/Swine will be Aug. 8, 6 PM. Send registrations to Dan Jennings, U of I Extension Animal Science Educator, 1100 E. Warrenville Rd, Suite 170, Naperville, IL 60563.
· The SYPA contest is open to any youth 14 years of age or older (on Jan. 1, 2018) who are current Illinois 4-H or FFA members who are enrolled in that project.
· Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the ISF in order to participate in the contest.
· Entries are requested prior to the State Fair Junior Shows and available at the ISF website.
· Scholarship monies are paid directly by the Illinois 4-H Foundation to the institution where the student is enrolled.
· Call the Extension Office for more information at 826-5422.
STATE FAIR NEWS
STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY DATES –
The State Fair Books and Entry Forms are now available on the web at http://agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/. Junior Livestock Entries must be postmarked by June 29. Please try to mail early! Be sure to include the entry fee amounts for each animal along with your entries (they must be signed by Extension Staff also). Exhibitor Parking Passes – All Livestock Exhibitor fair passes will need to be purchased along with your entries to the ISF! We can no longer order those through the Extension Office. Any 4-H'er 8 years old and over by September 1, 2017 may exhibit livestock at the State Fair. You do not have to be a county winner to exhibit. Please send to the following address: IL State Fair Entry Dept., PO Box 19427, Springfield, IL 62794-9427. Please keep in mind that ALL entries must be signed by an Extension Staff Person!!
HONORING THOSE WHO LEAD
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Tuesday, August 14 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Activities begin the end of the completion of the day's judging on August 14.
Come show your support for our Clark Co. Hall of Fame recipients, Bob and Angela Zellers who is being honored at this special event! Congratulations to the Zellers'!!
4-H WEBSITE ANSWERS YOUR STATE FAIR QUESTIONS!
The Illinois State Fair showcases the finest Illinois 4-H has to offer; and this year, there is even MORE — MORE exhibits, MORE prizes, MORE fun, and MORE friends. To help your family have the BEST 4-H State Fair experience possible, we've created a website. Click over to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hstatefair/ and see lots of stuff—exhibit guidelines, complete show schedules, maps and more.
HELP NEEDED AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR!
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711. You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help!
Monday, July 23
Clark County 4-H Fair
Here's YOUR chance to be an entrepreneur and market your talents! The "4-H Marketplace" will be held Monday evening of the 4-H Fair during the 4-H Dress Revue and Foods Auction. Any 4-H'er may participate free of charge!
· Members can sell or take orders for any items they have made or grown (no food items, please! We do not want to compete with the food auction or food stand.) The item does not have to be a current 4-H project; however, 4-H'ers may display their 4-H project from the exhibit hall if they wish to sell it or take orders for items to be made.
· 4-H'ers are responsible for providing their own table, signs and any supplies they need for their stand. Stands will be set up underneath or around the Arts Hall Patio.
· 4-H'ers can set up any time after 5:30 PM and all booths should be set up for sales from 6:00–7:30 PM. (If 4-H'er is participating in the fashion review or foods auction, they may have someone else man their stand during that time.)
· Members are encouraged to be creative in their marketing (signs, business cards, displays, etc.) Anyone who would like assistance and ideas can contact our Extension
Community Development Educator Tiffany
Macke at 826-5422.
Call the Extension Office by July 13th to reserve your MARKETPLACE space.
4-H FAIR FOOTNOTES
A few things to keep in mind…
4-H SEWING/PURCHASED GARMENTS – If you are taking a sewing or purchased garment project, keep in mind that the judging is held prior to the 4-H Fair on Tues. July 10 beginning at 9 AM at the Extension Office. You will receive a letter prior to the judging with instructions. Those members will also participate in the Fashion Revue on Monday, July 23 during the 4-H Fair.
TRACTOR DRIVING & GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTESTS - If you are 12 years old, you're old enough to participate in the Tractor Driving Contest. You must be 10 years old to participate in the Garden Tractor Driving Contest. Be sure to sign up while doing your online 4-H Fair Entry! The contests will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 PM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. Give it a try!
4-H ARCHERY CONTEST – Did you participate in 4-H Archery this past year? If so, join us at the 4-H Archery Contest on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 PM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. This will be the end of the year competition and will be divided into beginners and advanced competitions.
BICYCLE RODEO – Give it a try, Tuesday, July 10 at 6 PM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds! Anyone can participate, but only those enrolled in the Bicycle project will receive a premium. Go through a safety check and ride through a skills course. Don't forget your helmet! Sign up while doing your online 4-H Fair Entry.
GENERAL PROJECT OPEN HOUSE – Come one, come all to the Arts Hall, Monday,
July 23 at 5:30 PM. Visit with our 4-H'ers, who will be there to share their project expertise and how they created their projects. Hats off to our 4-H'ers!
DRINK STAND – 4-H Clubs will be asked to serve as a "host" of a drink stand during the 4-H Fair during show times. We'll see you at the 4-H FAIR!
FOOD STAND – Thank you Willow Creek Church Ladies for hosting the 4-H Food Stand during the 4-H Fair! Be sure to support this group and their wonderful food during the 4-H Fair! You can find them at the Willow Creek Stand (on the midway).
UNDERSTANDING 4-H PREMIUMS - In the past, the Illinois Department of Ag has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the forms of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We currently have no guarantee that those funds will be provided. We treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control on the actions of Illinois government.
DON'T FORGET TO WORK ON YOUR RECORDS
NEW THIS YEAR – the "orange" Project Form is NOT required for general project judging on Saturday, July 21st! Yes, you may do your Happy Dance! Many of you need a variety of records which should be available from your 4-H leader, the Extension Office, or on our website under the 4-H section. MANY of our records are new this year. J
A MESSAGE TO PARENTS - Each child is an individual, keeping this in mind, try to make 4-H a positive learning experience. Part of this experience is the 4-H exhibit. The 4-H exhibit is not an end in itself nor does it measure all the learning that takes place in the 4-H project. The exhibit is only one measure of success. Self-recognition, self-satisfaction and the learning from completing the project are important rewards. Discuss the purpose of judging with 4-H members: to evaluate the exhibit, which is an example of the child's work; to help each member see the progress that he/she has made and put judging in perspective; to help the child set realistic goals for himself/herself according to his/her own age and experience. (Be sure that goals are in line with the child's age and experience). Recognize good work. Give constructive criticism. Be familiar with the requirements or criteria of the 4-H project that is to be judged.
Regardless of who does the judging there are some basic points to keep in mind. The development of young people is our first consideration in 4-H work. We are really concerned more about what the 4-H'er learns than with the exhibit. Projects are a means to an end – not an end in themselves. No exhibit is so poorly done that it is not worthy of an encouraging comment. No exhibit is so well done that some improvement may not be made.
Projects are evaluated, not members. All completed projects meeting show requirements will receive a Blue, Red or White rating. Projects are evaluated independently, not compared. Stress that judging comments can be helpful, but that they are only one person's evaluation.
In competition, avoid overemphasis of the winner. Help the child accept the results of the competition and realize that through his/her own accomplishments everyone is a winner.
NOT ABLE TO EXHIBIT AT GENERAL PROJECT JUDGING – 4-H'ers not able to be present to exhibit their project at the 4-H Fair will need to complete a 4-H Fair Excused Absence Form. The exhibit must be shown by another Clark County 4-H'er. Forms are available on the Clark County 4-H website. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PROJECTS? Be sure to keep yourself informed by reading the requirements of each project you are planning to show at the 4-H Fair. Be sure to read your Green 4-H Handbook or check out our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/ . Be sure to read your newsletters and incoming mail from the Extension Office! We can't wait to see you are the 4-H Fair!!
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
We love volunteers! Summer lends itself to many opportunities to help out with the 4-H program such as serving as judge's helper, building sitter, etc. Although there are lots of helpful parents around, it is often hard to know whose work schedule will allow them to help. If you'd be willing to help out with a summer event, please let us know! We always appreciate the support given by our 4-H parents AND grandparents!
OTHER IMPORTANT FAIR INFORMATION
The July newsletter will have all the final details about the upcoming 4-H Fair,
but here's a few items for you to keep in mind.
§ This year's General Project Judging will once again be held on Saturday morning, July 21 at the Martinsville Fairgrounds.
§ A Welcome to the 4-H Fair gathering will be held at 9 PM Sunday, July 22nd at the livestock show arena. This will be a great opportunity to meet all our other 4-H'ers (new & returning) along with our superintendents! It will be a great time to run through the week's schedule and pick up on some last minute details too! Can't wait to see everyone at the 4-H FAIR!!
§ Remember that Clark County Day at the State Fair is Monday, August 13. All general projects will be conference judged on that day. (4-H'ers must be in attendance to participate).
§ Be sure to review your copy of the Green 2017-2018 4-H Handbook. You may also view the handbook at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce.
¨ 4-H HORSE CAMP WAS HELD – Eleven 4-H'ers attended the first day of the 2-day horse clinician Terre Myers. Twelve participated the 2nd day at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. A huge thank you for all the parents and volunteers who assisted with horse camp and to St. Mary's College along with Clinician, Terry Myers. It was truly a great weekend for all who attended!
¨ Fourteen travelers from our 4-H Horse Club went to Lexington, KY to the Kentucky Horse Park and Louisville's Churchill Downs on June 2-3. It was a great experience for all who attended!
¨ Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to donate a banner! If anyone else is interested, please let the office know. Cost is $25.
¨ The Martinsville Ag and the Clark County Fairs are approaching. The Martinsville Ag Fair will be held June 10-16 and the Clark County Fair will be held August 13-18. Remember these fairs provide some excellent opportunities to show livestock and general exhibits. Support our fairs through your participation!
JUNE ~ 1 – Horse State Fair Entries Due to ISF
15 – 4-H Fair Entries due on-line
18 – Pebble Pups Rock Study, 6:30 PM, EO
18 – State Livestock Judging Contest, U of I
19 – Leaders Meeting, 7 PM, EO
20 - Petting Zoo, 2:00 PM, Burnsides Nursing Home
21 – New Member Meeting, 5 PM, EO
26 – Cooking School, Clark Co. EO, 9 AM – 2 PM
27 – Pebble Pups Field Trip, 6PM, Lawrence Gravel
JULY ~1 – State Fair Livestock Entries Due to ISF
10 – Clothing Judging, Extension Office, 9 AM
10 – Tractor & Garden Tractor Driving Contest, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
10 - Bicycle Rodeo, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
10 – 4-H Archery Contest, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
19 – 4-H Fair General Building & Livestock Barn Set-Up beginning @ 6:30 PM
21-25 - 4-H Fair, Martinsville Fairgrounds
26 – Swine Carcass Judging, Edgar Co. Locker, 2 PM
22-28 – State Fair Jr. Horse Show
AUGUST ~ 9-19 – IL State Fair
13 – Clark County Day at State Fair
13-18 – Clark County Fair
SEPTEMBER ~ 8 – 4-H BBQ
NEW AWARDS SYSTEM ~ BE THINKING AHEAD!
It will soon be time to finish your 4-H records. Have you met the requirements necessary to be an award winner? Be sure to check with your 4-H Leader or the Extension Office if you need more information! If not, you still have a few months left to complete them.
The "My Experience Award Application" is part of our new Illinois 4-H Recognition program and will replace the Standard of Excellence checklist. (Please continue using your "My 4-H Portfolio" or permanent record, but disregard the Standard of Excellence checklist on the back page of the record.)
4-H members completing this form will be recognized as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover at our 4-H Achievement Night in November. Diamond and Emerald Clovers are a very high level of recognition and those members will also be recognized at the State Recognition Banquet. Included is a description of the requirements for each award level.
This form can be also be completed on-line and downloaded from the Clark County 4-H website. A new county award application will also be used and it will be available on our website in the near future. All awards information and applications will be due to your 4-H Leader by AUGUST 17th!
BRONZE – Complete 1 experience in each row (May not count the same experience two years in a row)
SILVER – Complete 2 experiences in each row.
· At least 2 must be at the county level or beyond.
(May not count the same experience two years in a row)
GOLD – Complete 4 experiences in each row;
· 2 must be BEYOND the county level.
(May not count the same experience two years in a row)
DIAMOND – Complete 6 or more experiences in ONE dimension;
· 4 must be BEYOND the county level
· Participation activities cannot be used
(May not count the same experience more than once)
EMERALD – Complete 8 or more experiences in ONE Dimension;
· at least 4 must be BEYOND the county level.
· at least 2 must be at the State or National Level
· Participation activities cannot be used (May not count the same experience more than once)
4-H Records will be due to your leaders by Friday, August 17th!