4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
November 4-H NewsletterUpcoming Events & Deadlines
Achievement Night November 5, 2016
Foundation Soup Luncheon November 6, 2016
Leadership Council & Livestock Committee Meeting November 10, 2016
Enrollment Forms are now available!
There is a new enrollment form for all members, new and returning, this year! Your club leaders will have the new enrollment packets at your next meeting. The forms can also be found on our website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/fayette4h/3074.html, along with the project list and medical forms. Please take the time to fill them out in their entity. The information will help us update our records and create accurate profiles in 4-H Online. Once your family has been enrolled, you will receive an email with your account password. We plan to host 4-H Online trainings in the future for those interested in learning more!
Re-Enrolling Members: 4-Hers must be enrolled in each 4-H project they wish to exhibit at the 4-H fair by February 1st. 4-Hers may not add any additional projects after April 1st. 4-Hers should check their enrollments with their leader prior to April 1st to ensure they are in the correct projects.
New Members Enrolling: New 4-Hers must be enrolled in each 4-H project they wish to exhibit at the 4-H fair by April 1st.
Foundation Soup Luncheon Club Help Time Slots:
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Loudon Bunch and Sefton Clovers
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ramsey Senors & Senoritas and Caprine Kids
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Ramsey Senors & Senoritas and Shafter Friends
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Shafter Friends and St. James Hornets
1: 00 PM – 1:30 PM
St. James Hornets
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Vandalia Shamrocks and Golden Harvestors
** Reminder: Each club is asked to provide 3-5 desserts for the bake sale. **
Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m.
Brownstown Elementary School
* Please join us for a night of celebration, recognizing the hard work from our 4-H members over the past year! *
NOW is the Time to Brag on Yourself!!
Start working on your Illinois 4-H Award Applications
If you are interested in applying for any of our State 4-H Awards, then you'll want to check out this information carefully. CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE to the Illinois 4-H Recognition Program over the past year and you'll want to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information available!
Last fall, we introduced a totally new Illinois 4-H Award Application and five new 4-H Award Areas for our state 4-H award competition in January. We learned a few things during those first few months, so some minor changes have been made to both the application and the process. Your local Extension office has access to the newest copy of the Illinois 4-H Award Application. Be sure to obtain your copy from the office; at this time the Illinois 4-H website is undergoing a total overhaul and the older site DOES NOT have the most current application or information! (Watch carefully though – the new website will be making its debut REAL SOON!!!)
Last year, changes were made to more widely broaden our award opportunities for the various ways that teens are involved in the 4-H program. Whether you take a variety of projects or belong to a one-project SPIN club, serve as a Teen Teacher or focus on leadership opportunities while promoting 4-H, or have been a member for only 2 years or 11 – there is an opportunity for you to apply and be recognized on the state level.
Our new 4-H award areas no longer focus entirely on projects – members can apply in Community Service, Communications, Leadership, Personal Growth, and/or Project Mastery. While members can apply in one or more of the award areas, they will only be able to focus on one project area in a Project Mastery application and only submit one Project Mastery application. For example, a member can apply in Communications, Leadership, and Project Mastery (Woodworking), but cannot apply in both Project Mastery (Woodworking) and Project Mastery (Natural Resources).
The new Illinois 4-H Award Application primarily focuses on the last three years of a 4-H member's participation in 4-H and other school or community activities. Two essays are also included as part of the application – focusing on Excellence in Mastery (of your award area) and Impact (of your award area). While the first 3 sections of the application will be the same for any areas you apply in, members will need to write individual essays for each award area in which they apply.
Award winners will be given the option of receiving one of the following three options: 1) Trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA in November, 2017; 2) Scholarship to another national 4-H conference or event to which the member is eligible to attend; or 3) Educational scholarship. All awards will be worth approximately $1,000 or the cost of event expenses, whichever is less.
With the Illinois 4-H Award Application, 4-H members who were 15-18 years of age on September 1, 2016 and are currently enrolled in 4-H may apply in any of the award areas. For state eligibility, check with your local Extension office; Some offices may have a nomination process. Applications must be submitted to the local Extension office by (counties will want to insert that deadline here); Applications will then be scanned and emailed to the State 4-H Office by end of business on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Revised applications are also available for the State 4-H Key Award (16-18 years of age by September 1, 2016) which focuses on Leadership, Community Service, and Mentoring and the Illinois 4-H LCP Award (Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism.) The 4-H LCP Award is open to 4-H members 17-19 years of age as of December 1, 2016. For these two awards, county review is required as only a few applicants are accepted from each county. Check with your local Extension office for their submission deadlines.
Barnyard 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 … Barnyard Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. The conference will be held Feb. 11 & 12 at Hawthorn Suites in Champaign and is open to 4-H members in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. 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.
The conference website will open after November 15 at go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Who doesn't need an extra $15,000 for college? If you have the right words, you could win. Go to
makecollegehappenchallenge.com for all the rules. Students are challenged to creatively answer the question, "How do you plan to pay for college?" Entries can be in the form of a video, photo, essay, song, or poem (be creative!). It's open to teens at least 14 and not older than 18 at the time of entry.
The contest opens at noon November 1 and ends on December 31, 2016. Top prize is $15,000, or win $10,000 for second, $7,500 for third, or $1,000 for fourth through tenth.
Share YOUR voice in Washington D.C. - Register for the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus program!
Be part of the Illinois 4-H delegation at the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus! Beside a great focus on the federal legislative process, you'll have the opportunity to share your voice and opinion on national issues. Citizenship Washington Focus is open to 4-H members who are 14 to 18 years of age by May 1, 2017 and runs Saturday June 10 through Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Travel by bus to Washington, D.C., stopping at Gettysburg on the way to learn about a most challenging time in our country's history. While staying at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., Citizenship Washington Focus delegates are involved in workshops, group discussions and work, tours of memorials and museums throughout the D.C. area, and more.
Through the generosity of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the week's full program, transportation, Illinois CWF shirt, insurance and more is available for approximately $1,025. Members are responsible for the trip to/from bus pick-up location(s), meals on the road, and 1 or 2 meals during the week. Some counties offer partial fee scholarships to 4-Hers – check with your local Extension office for more information regarding financial assistance.
On-line registration IS OPEN @ go.illinois.edu/4HCWF. A deposit of $300 is due at this time. Registration will close December 1, 2016 OR when registration is full, whichever occurs first. Other payments of $375 and $350 (estimated) will be due January 15 and May 15.
At least one female chaperone will also be needed for the trip. If you are interested, check out the information on the website and indicate your interest on the registration site by December 1.
All the Places I'll Go…
Start your 4-H journey at the 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference!
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! Scheduled for February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, this weekend conference will include a variety of hands-on workshop sessions, team-building activities, making new friends, and more!
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!
Registration will open in mid-November; details on the 2017 event will be on the Illinois 4-H website at that time. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend!
Want to be sure you don't miss any information? Sign up to receive updates about conference registration here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15278.
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
Leadership comes in many different forms. Maybe you like to plan events. Maybe you like to speak in front of groups. Maybe you like to teach or mentor others. Maybe you like to solve world issues or be at the table when important issues are discussed. Illinois 4-H is here to help you with a NEW conference. The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership will provide both new and experienced teen leaders with new skills and methods for advancing your abilities to make an impact.
Whether you are a Junior Varsity teen leader with less than two years of experience or a member of the Varsity squad with two or more years' experience in 4-H leadership roles, this conference will include training in skills that you need to improve your work as a teen planner, promoter, mentor, teacher, advocate, or advisor. From youth and adult partnerships to learning about group management and strategies for persuading adults, Illinois 4-H teen leaders who attend will be able to focus on skills that they can use not only with 4-H, but with advanced education, scholarship applications, and future careers. Share ideas with 4-H'ers from other counties to improve on your local program.
Here's what you need to know:
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
WHEN and WHERE: January 6 – 7, 2017; Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
WHO CAN ATTEND: Counties can send a team of four teens and one adult to this conference (6 teens for counties that have a 4-H Metro program). But space is limited to the first 100 teens and their corresponding adult coach, so you'll want to have your team selected so you can register as soon as you can. Teens must currently be enrolled in high school (9th – 12th grades) in order to attend and an adult coach MUST be included on the team.
HOW TO REGISTER: Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in being one of your county's team members. Registration will be opening in early November, so you'll want to have your teammates named to get your group on the list.
WHY? – Because you'll never regret building your leadership skills, sharing your voice, and making new friends – ALL THROUGH 4-H!
Let your 4-H voice be heard!
Share what 4-H means to you with others in your county and throughout the state of Illinois. Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team of teens ages 14-18 and advance your public presentation skills by learning to connect with potential donors, tell your 4-H story to elected officials, and promote 4-H to civic groups. Once you take the 1-day training, you'll be on a statewide roster that lets you participate in 4-H Legislative Connection at the state capitol each spring. The training has been designed and is provided by teens on the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team. Sound exciting? It is!!!
Our next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 in Princeton at the Bureau County Extension Office. Teens must register on-line for the training by Wednesday, November 2 and also submit an application and other required paperwork in order to attend. The registration fee of $10 includes all materials for training and lunch. Teens must attend the entire day's programming from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to be placed on the state roster. Registration is open: go.illinois.edu/4hspeaking.
Since its beginning almost seven years ago, hundreds of Illinois 4-H members have taken this training, assisted their local county 4-H programs, and told their stories to local county boards and state legislators. Advance your 4-H leadership skills in promotion and join us!