4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
- You're Invited
- AUDIT DUE
- LIVESTOCK PLANNING MEETING TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 3
- The Future is really up to you
- Shafter Friends Win
- 4-H at Wal-Mart
- "4-H Stories from the Heart" are available
- Projects That Pop
- Speaking for Illinois Training
- LA-CO Industries offers art contest; win great prizes
- Farmers can help 4-H win $2,500!
- Two area 4-Hers place high at National 4-H Engineering Challenge
- Win a Montadale Ewe for top essay
- An event that will change the way you look at life
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
- Clover Challenge
- 4-H Day with the Rams
- 4-H SUPPORTS NO BULL CHALLENGE
- Award Deadline Approaches for Scholarship/Key Award
- You've done the work, now reap the rewards in 4-H
The annual Achievement Award Night will be held
7 PM Saturday, Nov. 5,Brownstown Grade School
Please plan to attend this end-of-the-year PARTY to celebrate all your 4-H successes!
Clubs are asked to provide at least 2 dozen cookies for the evening. Clubs with several members are asked to provide additional cookies for their members.
AUDIT DUE4-H Clubs that have a treasury are required to complete an audit and turn it in to the local extension office each year. Each club received a Treasurer's book last fall, please complete the information and turn it in to the Extension Office. If your club has no checking or savings account, please attach a note to the inside of your club's Treasurer's book stating there is no account (make sure your club treasurer signs the note). The Extension office is required to file a 990-N e-postcard for ALL 4-H Clubs. WE ARE MISSING SEVERAL CLUBS! You will not be allowed to re-enroll members until your audit is received..... STATE RULES.
LIVESTOCK PLANNING MEETING TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 3The next meeting of the Fayette County Livestock Committee will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Extension Office.
These meetings are OPEN to ALL families interested in the Fayette County 4-H livestock program.
The group will determine the 2012 show schedule, exhibit classes, weigh-in dates and workshops. More help is needed from families exhibiting SWINE at the show.
Please plan to attend.
The Future is really up to you
Leadership for the county 4-H program lies with the Fayette County 4-H Leadership Council. The council is made up of EVERY club leader, as well as one parent representative and one youth representative from every club, including SPIN clubs.
That group is responsible for Setting up workshops for 4-H members & leader Determining the exhibit rules Setting up enrollment policies Reviewing club practices Creating new events for 4-H members Approving or rejecting committee recommendations Making 4-H fun Creating resources to fund the county 4-H activities.
The Future is really up to you. It is crucial for all clubs to send representatives to these meetings if you want the 4-H program in this county to offer exciting, new opportunities for your children and families. The Fayette County 4-H program is literally in your hands. The next meeting of the Fayette County 4-H Leadership Council will be 6 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Extension Office.
Please call the office to let us know you will be attending. Remember, we are asking for EVERY LEADER ONE PARENT PER CLUB ONE YOUTH PER CLUB to attend. This group will meet another two times before next summer.
Fayette County 4-H Leadership Council Meeting, 6 - 7:30 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 29
Shafter Friends WinCongratulations to Shafter Friends for receiving first place in the National 4-H Week Window Display. Receiving second place were the Vandalia Shamrocks. Photos of the winner is online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/
4-H at Wal-Mart
Staff with the U of I Extension represented Fayette County 4-H Saturday, Oct. 22 at Wal-Mart in Vandalia as part of a new partnership between National 4-H Council and Wal-Mart. Nearly 100 children decorated pumpkins as part of the joint 4-H and Wal-Mart program. Thanks to Adam Utter and his crew for the great program
"4-H Stories from the Heart" are available
The stories of 100 4-Hers, volunteers, staff and friends of 4-H are retold in this special 400-page publication.
To order, contact Linda White at 217-342-5407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Our own Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo has a story in the book!
Projects That Pop
There are nearly 70 different 4-H projects members can study. Some, such as cooking and clothing, are long-time favorites, but many new 4-H projects are mysterious. Well, the mysteries are about to be solved with our FIRST 4-H for Grown-Ups meeting in Unit 21.
6:30 - 8 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Community of Christ Church
751 Shadwell Ave., Flora
PROJECTS that POP will highlight some of the new or unknown 4-H projects available to members... projects such as
- Wind-energy—Bill Million, State 4-H
- Robotics—Matt Rush, Wayne Co.
- Video Making—David Zimmerman, Fayette Co.
- ·Computers—Michael Goldstein, Effingham Co,
- Shooting Sports—Alex Fulk, Clay Co.
- Welding—Trevor Ochs, Jasper Co.
- Citizenship—Wil Bingman, White Co.
- Agriculture—Connie Elliott, Jasper Co.
- No Bull Bullying—Paige Logan, Effingham Co.
- GIS/Geocache—Austin Zwilling, Richland Co.
- Fiber—Lisa Diaz, State 4-H Office
The meeting will be a come-and-go project fair! Participants will be entered to win a $50 certificate for stuff from National 4-H Mall. Although designed for adults, youth may attend with an adult. Please help us know how many to plan for by calling your local office by Nov. 10.
Trevor Ochs from Jasper County and Michael Goldstein from Effingham County will be present to discuss their participation in the National Engineering Contest. Both 4-Hers finished high in the competition. Will next year's winner be one of YOUR 4-H members? Learn how. Bill Million, state-level coordinator for the program, will also be present to answer questions.
David Zimmerman from Fayette County will present information about the Video Project. David swept the Open State Fair Online Competition and Video Project Competition at this year's ILLINOIS 4-H STATE FAIR. And... from Richland County, Austin Zwilling will show you how to use GPS at your club meetings & help your members try this NEW TECH PROJECT.
Paige Logan from Effingham County was selected to serve on The Great American NO BULL Challenge Council. Two youth were chosen from across the nation, and Paige was given the honor as the Youth Advisory Council Leader. Paige is a nine-year 4-H member in Effingham County. Paige has been speaking out to help put an end to bullying & cyberbullying.
Speaking for Illinois Training
The following 4-Hers will receive unique, specialized training as part of the Speaking for Illinois 4-H on Nov. 5 in Effingham. After completing the training, the youth will help spread the good news of 4-H to local and state supporters and legislators. Good luck to all of you and thank you for believing in 4-H.
- Alicia Biffar
- Rhiannon Branch
- Jessica Cartright
- Ann Clary
- Emily Crews
- Jenna Fryman
- Jessica Goldstein
- Michael Goldstein
- Jesse Haarmann
- Brandon Loy
- Michael Meinhart
- Teresa Mercado-Flores
- Cameron & Lauren Parks
- Alexis Ronan
- Taylor Roosevelt
- Ellen & Paul Schumacher
- Abi Snyder
- Nicole Thomas
- Rachel & Renee Tillman
- Lindsey Wheat
- Abagail Wolff
LA-CO Industries offers art contest; win great prizes
Here's a new way to use your livestock paint stick in a new way. ALL-WEATHER is calling on all kids to participate in the ALL-WEATHER Decorating Contest for 2011.
Entrants must submit a photo of the artwork, along with supporting photos showing the actual use of the ALL-WEATHER® product on the piece. Remember, only ALL-WEATHER® Paintstik®, TWIST-STIK®, and QUIK SHOT® may be used on eligible work.
Entries must be submitted by December 31st, 2011, so submit your entries soon! Entries can be emailed to: email@example.com or mailed to: Tom Rynberg, LA-CO Industries, Inc, 1201 Pratt Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 10 and under, and 11 to 17.
· 1st Place- 46" flat screen TV
· 2nd Place- Xbox 360™, 250GB· 3rd Place- iPod Touch™, 32GB
Farmers can help 4-H win $2,500!
The Monsanto Fund is launching its second America's Farmers Grow Communities program in which farmers may select their favorite non-profit organization to receive $2,500 within their county. The grants are randomly selected per county, and the program will run from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30. It takes 2-3 minutes to apply at www.growcommunities.com. No purchase is required.
A random drawing of one registered farmer from each county will result in $2,500 going to that farmer's designated organization. Go to www.growcommunities.com for more information.
Two area 4-Hers place high at National 4-H Engineering Challenge
Thirteen Illinois 4-H members were among 56 4-Hers from 10 states who competed for national honors in nine project areas at the 61st National 4-H Engineering Challenge held at Purdue University. Illinois sent their very best to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in Computer Science, Electric Energy, Robotics, Tractor, and Welding.
Most contests included a written test and either a technical speech or the skillful operation of a vehicle. Robotics included the design and operation of a VEX robot to perform a specific task. Safety was emphasized in all phases of the contests. Every participant competed in the Engineering Bowl, a team competition requiring quick recall and in-depth knowledge of the 4-H project manuals and other references.
Illinois participants and their accomplishments included:
- Computer Science – Michael Goldstein (Effingham County) 2nd place
- Welding – Trevor Ochs (Jasper County) 3rd place; Trevor received a new Lincoln Arc Welder compliments of the contest Sponsor Lincoln Electric Co.
Contestants and accompanying adults spent a day on educational field trips at Purdue University. Included were workshops in the Departments of Electrical Engineering Technology, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Aviation Technology, and guided tours of Subaru of Indiana and Rea Magnet Wire Company.
Win a Montadale Ewe for top essay
The Illinois Montadale Sheep Breeders Association is sponsoring an essay contest and will be awarding a Montadale ewe lamb to the winner. The contest is open to Illinois 4-H or FFA members under the age of 18 and not currently raising Montadale sheep. The lamb will be presented to the essay winner at the annual Illinois Montadale Breeders picnic held in June. The winning essay will also be published in the spring edition of the 2012 "Montadale Momentum" magazine.
The Essay should describe why the contestant would like a Montadale ewe lamb, future plans for the lamb and how they will care for it. Essays will be judged on their content and age appropriateness. The winner will be expected to exhibit the lamb at the 2012 Illinois State Fair Jr show. Entries should be sent to John Coers, P.O. Box 78, New Holland, IL 62671 by Feb. 1, 2012. Please include the entrant's name, address, phone number, age and 4-H club or FFA chapter name.
An event that will change the way you look at life
Yep, it's that good!
Citizenship Washington Focus is a weeklong program that will provide you with many insights into the workings of our federal government. Through small group sessions at the National 4-H Center you'll learn about federal legislation, the political parties, the Bill of Rights, and how to make a positive impact in your community.
You'll have appointments to meet with some of our Illinois Congressmen and share information with them about 4-H and University of Illinois Extension.
Target Audience: CWF is open to 4-H and Extension-related youth delegates ages 14-18 by May 1, 2012.
Dates and Location: Illinois delegates travel to Washington, D.C. in even-numbered years only. The next trip is scheduled for Saturday, July 7 through Saturday, July 14, 2012. Delegates stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD.
Cost: The 2012 trip will cost delegates approximately $1,120. This registration fee covers bus transportation to, from, and around Washington, D.C.; CWF programming; room and board at the National 4-H Center; and most meals. Some local Extension offices may offer scholarships for delegates; delegates should check with their local University of Illinois Extension staff about that possibility.
Requirements of Participants: Delegates must register/apply on-line and pay a $375 deposit at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=5996. . The registration/application deadline is December 15, 2011.
You will also have the opportunity to see a theater performance and tour various locations Washington including:
- Arlington National Cemetery
- FDR Memorial
- Iwo Jima Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- Mt. Vernon
- US Capitol
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Washington National Cathedral
- And more!
Counties may be limited to 2 delegates, so please contact your local office.
See a slide show of CWF events during the PROJECTS THAT POP meeting on Nov. 16. If you weren't sure before you see the video, you'll be sure after you watch all the cool things you'll do.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Over the past 15 years, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have become one of the country's largest and most prestigious recognition program for middle school and high school youth (in grades 5-12) who volunteer in their communities.
4-Hers know the value of community service and are perfect to apply for this award.
Students have until Nov. 1 to apply online through: http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc/14830 . After submitting their applications electronically, students must also send their applications to their school principal (either electronically or by hand). Their principal will then select the school's top applicants and certify that application online at www.applyists.net.
Older 4-H members sometimes get bored with the various projects and feel there is nothing new. If you are 15 years of age and older, you can take a "Clover Challenge" project. The Clover Challenge is an opportunity for members to explore advanced topics within a specific project area. If you are interested in a Clover Challenge project you need to indicate this on your enrollment form.
4-H Day with the Rams
4-H families, alumni, and friends are invited to cheer on the St. Louis Rams at the 2011 4-H Day with the Rams event on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams are playing the Cincinnati Bengals in a noon game, and tickets are $40 each (a $15 discount from regular ticket prices.) With each ticket ordered, participants are to receive a $10 voucher for food and drinks at the Dome as well as a 4-H Day with the Rams souvenir t-shirt. For orders of 10 or more tickets (placed on one order form,) each person receives an additional $10 food and drink voucher!
There are a limited number of seats available again this year so 4-H families are encouraged to order soon. Ticket orders can be mailed, or you can call or e-mail the order. All the information for ordering is available on the enclosed flier and order form, or at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/4-HRams. T-shirts are to be picked up at the Dome on game day. For additional information, please call University of Missouri Extension staff member Dave Hileman at (636) 583-5141.
4-H SUPPORTS NO BULL CHALLENGE
The Great American NO BULL Challenge is the first campaign that empowers teens to help one another by giving them a national platform to be heard on the subject of cyberbullying and you're at the forefront to make change. Founder and bestselling author Shawn Edgington is using the power of social networking to inspire 25 million teens to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. The Great American NO BULL Challenge offers teens, 6th – 12th grades, the opportunity to write and direct videos on the perils of cyberbullying and compete in a national competition where the winners will be recognized as a celebrity at the star-studded NO BULL Red Carpet Awards Event in San Francisco on July 21, 2012.
Paige Logan from Altamont was selected to serve on The Great American NO BULL Challenge Council. Two youth were chosen from across the Nation, and Paige was given the honor as the Youth Advisory Council Leader. Paige is a junior at Altamont High School & nine-year 4-H member in Effingham County. Paige has been speaking out to help put an end to bullying & cyberbullying.
Paige recently went to the National Bullying Summit in Washington D.C., where she was the voice for nearly 8 million other youth in America during the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit. She spoke on the panel and was one of only eight youth that were invited to share their story in hopes of creating stronger legislation and policies against bullying & cyberbullying. She is also serving on the Illinois School Board of Education Student Advisory Council, Speaking for IL 4-H, Youth Leadership Team (YLT), and Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassador (ECYA).
Award Deadline Approaches for Scholarship/Key Award
The University of Illinois Extension 4-H Key Award. recognizes older 4-H members who exhibit outstanding 4-H leadership, community service, and service as a mentor. A member may receive this recognition once during their 4-H career.
Applicants must be 4-H members, 16 to 18 years of age by September 1 of the 4-H year in which they are applying. Each Extension unit may submit a maximum of three applications for award consideration each year. A maximum of 30 4-H members will receive the Illinois 4-H Key Award annually. Awards are presented at the Illini Summer Academies in June. Local Extension offices must submit applications to the State 4-H Office, postmarked no later than March 1.
Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates 4-H Premier
This award is open to 4-H members 17 and above by December 1. The award recognizes members who have exhibited outstanding:
- · Leadership
- · Citizenship
- · Cooperation
- · Professionalism
Applications must be signed by county staff and sent to the state office before January. The top ten members will receive plaques and invitations to the 3-day intense Premier 20 Youth Leadership Conference in April.
You've done the work, now reap the rewards in 4-H
Wonder how it feels to be named the BEST? The Illinois State 4-H Program selects the top 4-H members in the following project areas each year. The winners get a TRIP to National 4-H Congress where they'll meet more than 1,000 of the brightest 4-H members across the nation.
Before you say you can't win, you need to know that it's 4-Hers JUST LIKE YOU who win every year.
Every state project fits into one of the categories below.
- Animal Sciences
- Community Involvement & Global Awareness
- Dairy (Special award on state level only)
- Engineering & Technology
- Environment & Natural Resources
- Home & Family
- Personal Development
- Plants & Soils
What do you need to do:
- You must be 15-18 years old by Sept. 1, 2011.
- You must submit your application to your local office so it can be sent to the State 4-H Office by Dec. 31.
It's never too early to start thinking about being a state award winner. Ask what type of leadership and community service activities you can do NOW to help you become a state winner!
APPLICATIONS FOR ALL THIS AWARDS ARE ONLINE AT:
"Recognition encourages young people, increases their interest, and when used appropriately, helps them learn."
—Illinois 4-H Unit